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Catastrophic Injuries

Buffalo Catastrophic Injury Attorney

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 catastrophic 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 catastrophic, 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 file a personal injury claim 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.

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When Is an Injury Catastrophic?

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, catastrophic 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 personal injury claims.

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 lawyers can help you understand your legal options and help you pursue the justice and recovery you are owed.

The True Cost of a Catastrophic Injury

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 at (716) 300-5885 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We are available to assist you 24/7.


    Successful Verdicts & Settlements That Our Attorneys Have Achieved
    • Trucking Accident $4,250,000 Settlement
    • Asbestos Exposure $3.2 Million Settlement
    • Asbestos Exposure $2.5 Million Jury Verdict
    • Asbestos Exposure $2 Million Jury Verdict
    • Delayed Diagnosis $1.2 Million Jury Verdict
    • Mesothelioma from Asbestos Exposure Seven-Figure Settlement
    • Anesthesia Error Seven-Figure Settlement
    • Defective Product $800,000 Settlement

    Contact Richmond Vona, LLC Today for a Free Consultation

    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 attorneys today to learn how we can help. Unlike many other personal injury 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.

    Contact us online or call (716) 300-5885 to get started with your free, no-obligation consultation.

    Frequently Asked Questions About catastrophic Injury

    • How do I file a catastrophic injury claim in New York?

      Catastrophic injury claims work in essentially the same way as typical personal injury claims. In order to have grounds to file a claim, you will need to establish that another person or party owed you a duty of care and that this duty of care was breached. You will also need to prove causation between the breach of the duty of care and your catastrophic injuries; in other words, you need to show that the breach of the duty of care was the actual cause of your injuries. Lastly, you will need to establish that, as a result of your injuries, you suffered measurable damages, whether economic or non-economic in nature. We strongly recommend that you reach out to one of our attorneys for help getting your claim started, as the process can be confusing and complex.

    • Do I need a catastrophic injury lawyer?

      While you are not legally required to have a lawyer when filing a catastrophic injury claim—or any personal injury claim, for that matter—it can be incredibly difficult to recover the compensation you need and are owed without the help of an experienced attorney. This is especially true in catastrophic injury claims in which you will likely need compensation for future damages, not just the losses you are currently navigating. Insurance companies know that these are high-value claims and, in order to avoid having to pay out large claims, they will often offer quick settlements. However, the initial settlement offer is likely far below what you really need—and deserve. By working with an attorney, you have a much better chance of recovering the full, fair compensation you are owed.

    • How long do I have to file a claim?

      In the state of New York, the standard statute of limitations on personal injury claims, including those involving catastrophic injury, is three years. This means that, in most cases, you have three years from the date of the accident or injury to file your claim. If you fail to file within the three-year statute of limitations, you will almost certainly be barred from seeking recovery.

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    • “This firm’s attention to detail is second to none. It’s evident that they are true professionals and really care about their injured clients. This is the firm to call if you have been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence.”

      - Jason D.
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    • “To this day, I am grateful for the dedication and compassion he displayed throughout my case. The outcome of my case was successful as a result of his drive and commitment.”

      - Sue A.
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    We Are Committed to Providing:
    • A Results-Oriented Focus

      Our legal team is prepared to do whatever is necessary to get you the full and fair financial compensation that you deserve.

    • Care, Compassion & Respect

      After all you’ve been through, you deserve someone to fight for you, while providing the individual attention you deserve.

    • Open and Honest Communication

      We value communication and honesty, and we promise to always keep you informed and up to date about your case.

    • Personalized Legal Representation

      When you entrust your case to our skilled attorneys, you become part of the Richmond Vona family - not just another case file.

    Meet Our Attorneys Results-Driven, Client-Focused

    With almost 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.

    Awards & Achievements

    • Martindale-Hubbell
    • Super Lawyers
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