Catastrophic Injuries

New Mexico Catastrophic Injury Attorneys

Fighting for Catastrophic Injury Victims in Artesia, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Jal, and Lovington

Suffering one or more catastrophic injuries is a life-altering event that goes far beyond the temporary pain or inconvenience typical of minor injuries. You may already be worried about how you will pay mounting medical expenses, especially if your injuries prevent you from returning to work. 

If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence or while you were at work, you may be entitled to compensation and should seek legal advice right away. At Simon Perdue, we are committed to advocating for injury victims and can provide the aggressive representation you need to recover just compensation. Our New Mexico catastrophic injury lawyers are relentless trial attorneys who will not rest until we deliver the results you deserve.

Not sure if you have a catastrophic injury case? We encourage you to explore your legal options in a free consultation by calling (505) 588-5962 or contacting us online.

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Types of Catastrophic Injury Cases

Catastrophic Injury Cases We Handle

At Simon Perdue, we understand how to effectively approach a wide range of catastrophic injury cases and successfully advocate for our clients. When you come to our firm for help, we will listen to your story, answer your questions, and explain how the legal process of recovering compensation will work in your case. We recognize you are going through an unimaginably difficult time and will be there to support you every step of the way. 

Our New Mexico catastrophic injury lawyers are ready to represent you in cases involving:

  • Traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a serious and complex injury type with a spectrum of symptoms and disabilities that stem from a blow or jolt to the head or when an object such as a bullet or shattered piece of skull, penetrates brain tissue. They can result from various activities or accidents, including falls, assaults, and vehicular collisions. TBIs range from mild concussions to severe and life-threatening injuries that can lead to permanent neural damage or death. The immediate impact of a TBI can include bruising, bleeding, and tissue damage to the brain, which can lead to a cascade of secondary effects such as increased intracranial pressure, ischemia, or brain cell death. Longer-term issues can manifest as cognitive deficits, including problems with concentration, memory, judgment, and emotional regulation. Victims may find it challenging to process information or engage in complex tasks, which can hinder their ability to return to work, school, or social activities.
  • Burn injuries. Burn injuries can be devastating due to the significant pain, scarring, and potential for severe disfigurement they tend to inflict. These injuries can occur in many types of environments, including the home, workplace, during a vehicle collision, or as a result of a product malfunction. Burns are categorized by degrees, with third-degree burns being the most severe, often damaging both the outer and inner layers of skin and even affecting muscles and bones. The impact of a serious burn injury extends far beyond physical suffering. The visibility of the injuries can result in emotional and psychological distress, deeply affecting an individual's self-image and confidence. The healing process is typically prolonged and involved, requiring multiple surgeries, skin grafts, and extensive rehabilitation.
  • Spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of the back and transmits signals between the brain and the rest of the body. The consequences of a spinal cord injury can range from partial loss of motor functions to complete paralysis. The severity and location of the injury determine the extent of the impairment: Injuries higher up on the spinal column typically result in more widespread paralysis, for example. The physical impact of a spinal cord injury often includes the loss of muscle function, decreased sensation, and the absence of reflex functions below the injury point. This can lead to secondary health complications such as pressure ulcers, blood clots, respiratory issues, and infections. Daily activities such as dressing, bathing, and even breathing can become challenging and may require assistive devices or care support.
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Recovering Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries in New Mexico

If you suffered a work-related catastrophic injury, you will most likely need to seek compensation through New Mexico’s workers’ compensation system. Your employer is likely required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance, and you can file a claim to seek benefits that include compensation for your medical treatments as well as a portion of your lost income. Your employer or their insurance company is not looking out for you, however, and may try to lowball you or reject your claim entirely. We can fight to ensure you receive all benefits you are entitled to under the law.

If your catastrophic injury was not sustained at work, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party whose negligence harmed you. Note that you still may be able to bring a personal injury claim against a third party (someone other than your employer or a co-worker) if you were injured at work. 

You can recover both economic and non-economic damages through a personal injury lawsuit, including compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Our New Mexico catastrophic injury attorneys do not give up and will fight for everything you deserve. Call (505) 588-5962 or contact us online today.

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Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries may result from a wide variety of events and actions. You could have a personal injury case if your catastrophic injury was caused by another person or organization’s negligence. You may have a workers’ compensation claim if your catastrophic injuries are work-related, meaning they occurred at work or while you were performing job-related duties. 

Many catastrophic injuries warranting legal action are caused by:

  • Motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common sources of catastrophic injuries. They can involve cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians and often result from another driver’s negligence. Examples of negligent driving include speeding, impaired driving, texting while driving, or failing to obey traffic signals. The sheer force involved in high-speed collisions can lead to devastating injuries that in some cases result in permanent disability or death.
  • Medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when healthcare professionals fail to provide the standard of care that is expected in the medical community, leading to patient harm. This can include surgical errors, misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, childbirth injuries, or improper treatment. Such negligence can result in catastrophic outcomes like severe brain injury, paralysis, or other permanent conditions that severely impair an individual's quality of life.
  • Workplace accidents. Catastrophic injuries in the workplace are frequently reported in hazardous industries like construction, manufacturing, and oil and gas. These may arise from falls from great heights, machinery accidents, explosions, or exposure to toxic substances.
  • Slip and fall accidents. Property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises safe. Slip and fall accidents can result from neglected hazards such as wet floors, uneven surfaces, broken stairwells, or poor lighting. These accidents may not seem like a big deal on paper, but they have been known to cause head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and fractures that significantly alter the victims’ futures.
  • Defective products. When consumers use products, they have a reasonable expectation of safety. However, defects in design, manufacturing, or labeling can lead to grave injuries. Defective automobile components, children’s toys, medical devices, and pharmaceutical products are just a few examples of products where faults can cause life-altering damage.

What Makes an Injury “Catastrophic?”

Catastrophic injuries are distinct from other types of injuries due to their severe nature and the extensive ramifications they can have on an individual's life. At their core, they are injuries that cause profound and permanent damage to the person affected. The term “catastrophic” is used because these injuries can radically alter one's lifestyle and capabilities at a moment's notice, leaving the individual with disabling conditions that may require a lifetime of special care and accommodation.

One of the primary indicators of a catastrophic injury is the loss of a critical physical function. For example, spinal cord injuries that result in paralysis permanently change a person's mobility and ability to perform daily tasks independently. Similarly, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can lead to cognitive impairments, affecting memory, speech, and the ability to process information, which can prevent someone from maintaining their livelihood or managing their personal affairs.

Unlike more minor injuries that heal with time, catastrophic injuries often necessitate continuous medical treatment, including surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and various other forms of rehabilitation. This ongoing care can be both financially and emotionally draining for the injured individual and their family, as they may face a future with costly medical bills and the need for assistance with everyday activities.

The psychological impacts of catastrophic injuries should also not be underestimated. Victims may experience depression, anxiety, and social isolation due to their new limitations. Relationships might strain under the weight of new roles and responsibilities, and the injured person may grapple with a loss of independence and a sense of identity, as they can no longer engage in activities or work that once gave their lives purpose and satisfaction.

If you suffered a catastrophic injury that has radically changed how you live your life, you deserve to recover compensation from those responsible. Our New Mexico catastrophic injury attorneys can review your unique circumstances and walk you through your options.

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