What to Do If You Suffered a Serious Injury

Any unexpected injury can change your life in an instant, but catastrophic injuries have the potential to completely alter your life and your future. A very serious injury requires extensive medical treatment and may leave you struggling to cope with new disabilities. You could be unable to return to the same type of work you once enjoyed, or you could be completely unable to earn a living whatsoever. A permanent injury brings immense financial hardships, not to mention unimaginable physical pain and emotional suffering, for victims and their loved ones.

If you or someone you love sustained a life-altering injury due to someone else’s negligence, you should not have to simply deal with the consequences on your own. In fact, under New York State law, you have the right to hire an adept personal injury attorney and seek compensation for your losses, and our firm can help. At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo catastrophic injury lawyers have helped numerous injured individuals and their families face some of the most challenging times in their lives and, in the process, have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. We are here to answer your questions and guide you through this process.

What is a Catastrophic Injury?

As previously mentioned, any serious injury can have a major, permanent effect on the victim. However, when an injury is so severe, it completely disrupts the victim’s normal life, it is generally considered to be catastrophic in nature.

Examples of common catastrophic injuries include:

It’s important to note that there is no official definition of a “catastrophic injury,” nor do you need to prove that an injury is catastrophic in order to bring a claim. These types of cases are, however, distinct from other personal injury claims in a number of ways. For one, permanent injury victims tend to require more extensive medical treatment, including ongoing rehabilitative therapy and, in some cases, lifelong care. This means that these cases often have a higher value than other injury claims. A knowledgeable Buffalo attorney with experience handling permanent injury cases could help you understand the differences.

Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

A catastrophic injury can happen at any time and for a wide variety of reasons. Most often, they result from traumatic accidents and events.

Some of the main causes of catastrophic injuries include:

Whether you were paralyzed in a car accident or your loved one suffered brain trauma as a result of a doctor’s negligence, our Buffalo catastrophic injury attorneys can help you understand your legal options and help you pursue the justice and recovery you are owed.

Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries have serious, long-lasting implications for victims and their families. Unlike many less-serious injuries, catastrophic injuries will typically not heal on their own. In fact, catastrophic injury victims often face a long, uphill battle in terms of their recovery; some will never make a full recovery at all. The true cost of these injuries—in terms of both economic and non-economic losses—is incredibly vast.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, we can help you seek compensation for all of your damages, including but not limited to:

  • Emergency medical care
  • Ambulance and emergency room fees
  • Hospital stay expenses
  • Surgeries and other treatments
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Medications and pain management programs
  • Medical devices and equipment
  • Modifications to a home
  • Counseling services
  • Lost wages/income, including lost future earnings
  • Lost or reduced earning ability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and trauma
  • Property damage repair costs
  • Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and related conditions

Give us a call today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a skilled Buffalo catastrophic injury attorney.


If you were seriously injured and you believe someone else was at fault—be it another person, a product manufacturer, business owner, or any other person or party—reach out to our Buffalo catastrophic injury lawyers today to learn how we can help. Unlike many other law firms in the area, we actually take the time to sit down with you and listen to your story. We work to understand your unique concerns, challenges, and goals. From there, we can begin investigating your case and building a claim centered on maximizing your recovery.

The first step is reaching out to an experienced legal team who can inform you of your options and help you understand the best path forward. Get in touch with Richmond Vona, LLC today.

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With over 25 years of combined personal injury experience, our co-founding attorneys, John E. Richmond and Keith R. Vona, have helped injury victims and their family members recover more than $150 million in financial relief.
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John E. Richmond
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As one of New York’s top personal injury attorneys, John E. Richmond understands that clients come first. With over a decade of experience representing plaintiffs, he knows how to hold negligent corporations and big insurance companies liable.
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In his nearly 15 years in practice, Keith has been consistently recognized for his client service and record of results. He has been selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list four times (2013 to 2016), an honor reserved for the top up-and-coming attorneys.
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