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What to do after a catastrophic injury accident

When you’ve been in a catastrophic injury accident, it turns your world upside down. Regular injuries like scrapes and broken bones are difficult to deal with, but these injuries heal. On the other hand, calamities like car crashes, slips and falls, defective product injuries, or medical malpractice can cause a range of traumatic, lifelong injuries, including:

  • Paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Brain damage
  • Loss of hearing or sight
  • Disfigurement

These types of injuries can significantly alter your daily routines and activities. You might need special medical equipment or home modifications to handle your condition, or you might even need care around the clock. It’s overwhelming to think that life will never be the same as it was before the accident, but there are specific steps you can take to help adjust to this “new normal.”

Prioritize your health

If you didn’t get medical attention at the accident scene, visit a physician as soon as possible to have your injuries evaluated. Some injuries from catastrophic accidents aren’t always obvious and can develop over time. A doctor can help detect these injuries and can help you get the treatment you need. They can also provide a record of your injuries, which will be a critical piece of evidence if you decide to file a claim.

Keep good records

In the aftermath of an injury accident, it’s easy to forget details that will be vital if you decide to file a claim or lawsuit for the accident. To help keep track of these details, take photographs of the accident scene and your injuries, and write down everything you can remember about the incident.

Keep a log of everyone you speak to about the accident, important meetings like doctor’s appointments, and all expenses related to the accident. Catastrophic accidents are not only physically and emotionally traumatizing, but they are also astronomically expensive.

If you decide to file a claim or lawsuit for the accident, you’ll need to need thorough documentation to show proof of expenses caused by the accident. Some of these expenses might include things like:

  • Current and future medical care
  • Emotional trauma
  • Disability accommodations and equipment
  • Special vehicles and home modifications
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Lost wages

Watch your words

Don’t speak to the other party’s insurance company without consulting with your lawyer. The insurance company will do everything they can to reduce or eliminate the amount they have to pay you. They might show up at the accident scene or call you to try to talk you into a low settlement that might not cover the full range of expenses you’re facing. Catastrophic accidents can lead to a lifetime of expensive medical bills and procedures, so it’s essential to make sure you’re getting full compensation.

Contact a New York injury lawyer

At Hach & Rose, LLP, we are dedicated to helping children and their families suffering because of others’ recklessness. If you were injured in a catastrophic accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to significant compensation, and the experienced personal injury lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP are here to help. Call us today at (212) 779-0057 to schedule your free consultation.

Batavia, NY – 21-Vehicle Crash Results in Multiple Injuries on I-90

Staten Island, NY – At Least Minor Injuries Follow Collision on West Shore Expressway

Batavia, NY (January 30, 2019) – A multi-vehicle collision closed down a stretch of the I-90 near Batavia on Wednesday afternoon, January 30. The serious collision took place at around 2:00 p.m., involving 21 cars, trucks, and tractor-trailers, and was likely caused by high speeds on snowy roads.


Brooklyn, NY – 10 Injured in School Bus Crash near Intersection

Mahopac, NY – School Bus Crash on Baldwin Place Road with Four Injured

Brooklyn, NY (January 28, 2019) – A total of ten people were reported to have suffered injuries after a school bus crash in the Flatbush – Ditmus Park section of Brooklyn on Monday morning, January 28. According to police, the accident happened a little after 8:00 a.m. in the vicinity of the intersection at East 22nd Street and Farragut Road.


Rochester, NY – Police Officer Injured in Motor Vehicle Collision on St. Paul Street

Wyandanch, NY – Police Officer Injured in Collision Following Pursuit

Rochester, NY (October 22, 2018) – A police officer in Rochester is one of two people who was reported to have sustained injuries following a traffic accident on Sunday evening, October 21. Both victims are said to be recovering from their injuries due to the accident that took place around 5:30 p.m. on St. Paul Street.


New Video FAQ: Why is settling your lawsuit after the first offer never smart?

Have you ever wondered how personal injury lawsuits work? Have you been hurt in an accident and are wondering when is the right time to settle? Hach & Rose, LLP attorney Michael Rose talks in a new video FAQ about why settling a lawsuit after the first offer is never a good idea.

Watch the video above to find out the answer. If you have been hurt in an accident, contact the New York personal injury lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP today.

New Video FAQ: How do I know how much my case is worth?

Have you been hurt in an accident? Do you feel that you might have a valid personal injury claim? If so, you may be wondering exactly how much your case might be worth, and how that value is determined. In a new video FAQ, Hach & Rose, LLP partner Michael Rose answers this question for you. Watch the video above to learn more, and contact us at (212) 779-0057 to speak with a member of our team today.

New Video FAQ: How do you know that all available insurance has been disclosed in an accident?

Have you been in an accident? Have you wondered whether or not the other party has fully disclosed all available insurance that might be available to compensate you for injuries or damage to your property? In a new video FAQ, Hach & Rose, LLP attorney Michael Rose answers this question for you. Watch the video to find out the answer, and contact us if you’ve been hurt in an accident and need assistance getting the money you are owed.



If I’m unhappy with my personal injury lawyer, can I switch?

In a new video FAQ, Hach & Rose, LLP attorney Michael Rose discusses your options for changing legal counsel if you are unhappy with your current attorney. Watch the video above to get the answer and review our video FAQ page to learn more.

Hurt in an accident? Not satisfied with the representation you initially chose? Contact an experienced member of our team for assistance at (212) 779-0057.

New Video FAQ: How does the location of the courthouse where I bring my lawsuit affect the value of my case?

If you have been injured in an accident, you may wonder about the effect that the location of the courthouse where you file your claim may have on the value of your claim. Attorney and partner Michael Rose answers this question in the video FAQ above. For more information and for assistance with your injury case, contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 today.

UPSC and Backcountry Access recall Avalanche airbags

A nationwide product recall of Avalanche airbags due to dangers of them causing injuries or deaths was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and Backcountry Access on Tuesday, November 26. According to the CPSC, the recall includes Avalanche airbag model floats 18, 22, 30, 32, 36, and Throttle.

The recall was made due to the airbags’ trigger assembly failure, which can lead to instances of the airbags not deploying, making it dangerous for people stuck in an avalanche as they are in risk of injury or even death.

For more information regarding the recall, consumers can get in touch with company officials at (800) 670-8735 between 8 a.m. and 5 pm. Monday through Friday or online at backcountryaccess.com.

Product manufacturers can be held accountable if their products, which should be safe for public use, have inflicted injuries or illnesses on consumers. Call our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, if you live in New York City and have suffered an injury due to a defective product. We can be reached at (212) 779-0057.

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