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Catastrophic Injuries

Virginia Attorneys Experienced in Catastrophic Injuries Cases

Alexandria firm fights for clients suffering from devastating accidents

If you or a loved one suffer from catastrophic injuries sustained in an accident due to the negligence of someone else, you need a personal injury attorney who is experienced and is committed to obtaining the full financial compensation the law rightfully allows for your or your loved one. In addition to recovering compensation for past and future medical expenses and past and future lost wages, an injured person is entitled to be fully and fairly compensated for their past and future physical pain, mental anguish, and inconvenience.

In allowing for the recovery of such damages, the law recognizes that when a person is injured the injuries go well beyond the cost of medical care and lost wages and affect us in many important ways, such how we feel physically and mentally, and affects our personal and professional obligations and routines. In short, while none of us can undo the accident and resulting catastrophic injuries, the purpose of a personal injury claim, and the goal of the lawyers and team here at Curcio Law is to make an injured person “whole” by compensating him or her with money.

With more than 35 years of experience representing seriously injured people, we at Curcio Law we have the skill, the resources, and the ability to present the strongest possible claim on your behalf to achieve the full compensation the law allows either by way of settlement or at trial, if necessary.

What is a catastrophic injury?

Though not precisely defined, a catastrophic injury is one with long-term, serious consequences for the victim’s health, such as dismemberment, disfigurement, impairment or disability. Examples are:

  • Brain injuries — Several types of disability or impairment can result from injuries to the brain, including those affecting hearing, vision, speech, memory and control of bodily functions.
  • Spinal cord and neurological injuries — The spinal cord contains nerves that transmit signals between the brain and other parts of the body. Spinal injuries can cause paralysis and loss of feeling to the legs (paraplegia) or both the arms and legs (quadriplegia). Injury to other nerves could likewise affect the parts of the body they control.
  • Dismemberment — The complete loss of limbs or other body parts may occur either in the accident itself or through amputation.
  • Organ damage — The heart, lungs, kidneys or other organs of the body may be damaged by trauma. In exigent circumstances, organs may need to be removed or extreme measures taken to keep the victim alive.
  • Severe burns — Fires can cause painful and disfiguring burns to various parts of the body.

Any of these injuries can be devastating to those who must live with them. In addition to the potential financially crippling cost of past and future medical expenses and loss of income due to the inability to work, what makes an injury catastrophic is the ongoing activity restriction and reduced quality of life that the victim must endure.

Causes of catastrophic injuries

Accidents, crimes of violence, medical errors and even animal attacks can lead to catastrophic injuries. Car accidents are among the most frequent causes. Truck accidents can be particularly disastrous to passengers in passenger vehicles, because of the larger size and therefore more horrific impact trucks can cause. A pedestrian or a bicycle or motorcycle rider is relatively unprotected and can consequently suffer horrendous injuries in an accident with a motor vehicle. Other causes include train accidents, slips and falls, dangerous conditions of land and buildings and defective products.

Damages for catastrophic injuries

Because of the particularly severe nature of their injuries, successful plaintiffs in such cases can recover larger damages than usual. Not only are medical expenses more significant, but long-term therapy and enhanced health care may be required because of the nature of the injuries and the limitations they inflict on the victim’s physical activities. If plaintiffs are too disabled to work, they are entitled to recover their unpaid wages and loss of future earning capacity for as long as the injury prevents them from working. Pain and mental anguish are also compensable.

Committed and Compassionate Attorneys to Handle Your Life Changing Personal Injury Claim

The attorneys and team here at Curcio Law not only have the experience to best represent you, but all of us also have the compassion to fully appreciate and communicate all the effects catastrophic injuries caused to those having the misfortune to suffer from them.   Call Curcio Law at 703-836-3366 or contact us online for a free consultation at our Alexandria office.

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Thomas J. Curcio
Founder

Tom Curcio, the driving force behind Curcio Law, is a dedicated trial lawyer with more than 35 years of experience in Northern Virginia. He has dedicated his career to representing people who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. He works tirelessly to obtain the compensation his clients are legally entitled to…

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Rakin Hamad
Associate

Rakin Hamad is a recent graduate of the George Mason Law School and joined Curcio Law as an associate in August 2018. Rakin works closely with Tom Curcio and staff in preparing cases from the initial client meeting through trial and has been a perfect fit for the firm. During law school, Rakin interned at…

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Julia Martinez
Paralegal

Julia Martinez, a Florida native, joined Curcio Law as a paralegal in 2013. She began her legal career in 1998 working at a personal injury firm that primarily handled automobile accidents, slip and falls, and products liability cases. Then, in 2008 she expanded her knowledge by working at two other law firms. She obtained her…

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Kathy McAfee
Office Manager

As the firm’s office manager, Kathy McAfee is dedicated to making sure the office runs smoothly and that the team has what it needs by way of resources, technology, and supplies to best serve our clients. Kathy graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Roanoke College in 1986 and afterward, returned to Alexandria. She began…

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Maureen Burke, RN, MSN
Nurse Consultant

Maureen Burke was born and raised in the Boston, Massachusetts area and relocated to the Alexandria area in 1984 where she and her husband raised their three children. Maureen graduated with a BS in Nursing from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and an MS in Nursing from George Mason University. Maureen has worked at…

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