New York Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. The New York personal injury attorneys of Harris Keenan & Goldfarb have over 80 years of combined experience fighting for compensation for people who were injured by the actions of others. We aggressively negotiate and tenaciously litigate for the rights of clients who have suffered a catastrophic injury.
We place your needs first and foremost. Our experience and skill are responsible for our record of success in personal injury cases. The award-winning attorneys of Harris Keenan & Goldfarb are recognized as being among the leading attorneys in New York. Several of our lawyers have been designated as Super Lawyers.
This designation is given to attorneys who have met high standards within their field. The attorney goes through a rigorous selection and evaluation process. The selection committee may then designate them as a Super Lawyer.
Attorneys at Harris Keenan & Goldfarb have also become members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Attorneys in the Forum are chosen after they have demonstrated skill, experience, and excellence in advocacy. This is demonstrated by consistently winning million and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements.
Call our office today at 800-724-6529 to schedule your confidential consultation with an attorney who will aggressively fight for your rights and seek fair compensation to cover the cost of your catastrophic injury.
What are Catastrophic Injuries?
Outside the legal and medical community, the definition of” catastrophic” can vary. However, for legal purposes, a catastrophic injury is a life-changing injury that affects both the individual and their family members and loved ones.
These injuries can shorten life expectancy, diminished quality of life, and cause chronic pain. Individuals may also experience permanent disability that prevents them from performing some of the simplest daily tasks. Several common types of injuries fall under this umbrella term, including:
Why Do You Need a New York Catastrophic Injury Attorney?
Nearly every individual who has a catastrophic injury will require hospitalization immediately after the accident. If you suffered a catastrophic injury due to someone else’s negligent behavior, you might be entitled to compensation.
However, the at-fault party’s insurance company wants to protect its financial assets and is unwilling to hand out fair compensation without negotiation. Insurance companies are well represented by experienced attorneys and skilled insurance adjusters.
Adjusters are adept at determining your level of expertise in the law and taking advantage of your inexperience. An insurance adjuster may approach you within days after the accident when you are vulnerable and in the hospital. They may want you to make a statement, give them a recorded statement, or they might immediately offer you a lump sum settlement.
It is crucial that you do not speak with an insurance adjuster without your attorney present. Insurance adjusters are looking for information about the accident that can prove you were at fault. When you talk to an insurance adjuster without legal representation, you may inadvertently say something that can negatively affect your case.
The legal team at Harris Keenan & Goldfarb understands the financial, emotional, mental, and psychological burden that happens after a significant accident. It is our mission to ensure that you have appropriate legal representation, that your rights are protected, and that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
We do the work of negotiating with the at-fault party’s insurance company or gathering evidence to support your claim in court so that you can spend your time and energy recovering from your injuries.
How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Every state has a law that limits the amount of time during which you can file a personal injury lawsuit. This is called the statute of limitations. In New York, the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit dictates a three-year time period. If you do not file your lawsuit within three years of the date of your accident, you relinquish the right to hold the at-fault party accountable in court.
Three years can sound like a long time. However, many aspects of negotiating with an insurance company or filing a personal injury lawsuit can take months. In addition, it can take months or years to fully recover from a catastrophic injury. Many people do not regain total function but must undergo rehabilitation to learn how to perform daily living tasks with limited physical mobility, hearing, or sight.
Each of these factors can create a situation where you may not file a personal injury lawsuit in enough time to recover compensation for the damages you incurred at the hands of someone else. While we understand that no amount of money can make up for your loss of physical function, it can help ease the financial burden associated with catastrophic injuries.
Types of Accidents That Can Cause Catastrophic Injury
A catastrophic injury can happen in many types of accidents. Car accidents may be one of the largest causes, especially when your vehicle is involved in a collision with a large commercial truck. There are other causes of severe and catastrophic injuries that include:
What Are the Long-Term Consequences of Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury has life-changing consequences. But what exactly does that mean? The long-term effects of a catastrophic injury can be experienced in many different facets of life. Nearly everyone who has a catastrophic injury will have mounting medical bills and lost wages.
Extensive treatment and therapies are required to save your life and offer you the best chance at rehabilitation to become independent. These treatments can include surgery, medications, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. You may require bracing or a wheelchair for mobility, and some people require lifelong help at home. These monumental financial expenses are just one way that a catastrophic injury can affect your life.
Following a traumatic event that causes a catastrophic injury, a person may also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It happens to people who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event.
People who have PTSD suffer from intense and disturbing thoughts and feelings that are related to the traumatic event. They might relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares and have feelings of being detached or estranged from their friends and family.
Commonly, people with PTSD avoid situations that remind them of their experience. Thus, an individual who suffered a catastrophic injury during a car accident with a commercial truck may avoid driving on the highway or avoid cars altogether.
What Is My Case Worth?
The compensation you may be paid depends on a wide range of factors. When the insurance company will not negotiate fair compensation for your injuries, we are prepared to aggressively litigate your case in court.
The availability of insurance coverage also plays a role in your compensation. Since treating a catastrophic injury is expensive, we work hard to identify all responsible parties and available coverage to ensure that you receive compensation for your injuries and that your accident-related medical expenses and other costs will be covered.
New York state law allows for multiple parties to share responsibility for your injury. Our legal team fights hard to hold every at-fault party fully accountable in order to maximize your financial recovery. Some of the factors that can influence the value of your case include:
What Type of Compensation Is Available?
After a catastrophic injury, you should speak with a personal injury attorney from Harris Keenan & Goldfarb. We can help determine the type of compensation you may be owed. While it is difficult to place a value on your case, with our vast experience in this type of accident, we can provide an assessment of what the insurance company or companies may be liable to pay.
Compensation is broken up into two categories: economic and non-economic compensation. Economic costs are concrete and tangible expenses for which you have receipts. Non-economic costs are subjective losses that you suffered from the accident. In many cases, after a catastrophic injury, you may be compensated for both economic and non-economic damages.
Your award of economic damages might include:
These damages can include payment for the following:
Call Harris Keenan & Goldfarb Today for Help After a Catastrophic Injury
If you were injured in a New York accident and suffered catastrophic injuries, you need an experienced and skilled attorney to represent your rights and fight for fair compensation. The award-winning attorneys of Harris Keenan & Goldfarb understand the financial, emotional, mental, and psychological burden that happens with catastrophic injuries.
Our team is made up of skilled negotiators and aggressive litigators who have a successful track record in representing clients just like you. Call our office today at 800-724-6529 to schedule your confidential consultation. You can also fill out our intake form and a member of our team will call you.
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