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Suffering a catastrophic injury due to someone else’s negligence can be a life-changing event. Our New York City catastrophic injury lawyers at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb are dedicated to providing expert legal representation to those affected by such injuries. Handling personal injury cases, including wrongful death claims, is a crucial role of our lawyers, ensuring victims and their families receive the compensation and support they need. With over 80 years of combined experience, our attorneys focus on securing the compensation you need to navigate the aftermath of a severe injury, enabling you to concentrate on your recovery and well-being.

Understanding Catastrophic Injuries in New York

Catastrophic injuries, including severe injuries like spinal cord injury, dramatically impact victims and their families, often resulting in a permanent disability that requires lifelong care and significant lifestyle adjustments. The legal journey for victims in New York involves a comprehensive evaluation of the case, understanding local laws such as the statute of limitations, and effectively managing claims with the insurance company. Our firm handles a wide range of catastrophic injury cases, including but not limited to:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): Learn more about how we support victims of TBI and their families through legal advocacy.


  • Severe Burns: Find out how we assist victims of severe burns in recovering compensation for their extensive medical bills.


  • Amputations: Explore our dedicated services for individuals facing life after an amputation due to an accident.


  • Multiple Fractures: Understand the support we offer to those dealing with the long-term effects of multiple fractures.


  • Car Accidents: Car accidents are the largest cause of catastrophic injuries and the most common accident type leading to personal injury lawsuits. We are committed to helping victims of traffic accidents navigate the complexities of their claims, emphasizing the severity and consequences of the injuries sustained.


Why Choose a New York Catastrophic Injury Lawyer from Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb

Selecting Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb for your catastrophic injury case means choosing a partner committed to your best interests. Our personal injury attorneys, recognized as Super Lawyers and members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, have a proven track record of achieving substantial personal injury settlements. Our focus is on your needs, providing personalized legal representation aimed at securing the maximum compensation possible for your personal injury lawsuit.

At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, we understand the profound impact a catastrophic injury can have on every aspect of your life. Our team of personal injury lawyers in NYC is ready to fight for your rights, ensuring you receive fair compensation to cover all associated costs, from medical expenses to lost wages. With our combination of aggressive negotiation and tenacious litigation, we aim to alleviate the financial strain of your injuries, allowing you to focus on what truly matters—your recovery. It’s crucial to approach a catastrophic injury claim with specialized expertise in personal injury law, emphasizing the need for a personal injury attorney experienced in navigating these complex cases.

Facing a catastrophic injury in New York is undoubtedly challenging, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb offers experienced, compassionate legal representation to guide you through the complexities of personal injury law. Contact us today at 800-PAIN-LAW for a free consultation, and let us help you secure the justice and compensation you rightfully deserve.

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Working with Harris Keenan & Goldfarb

STEP 1Submit Your Case for a Free Evaluation

Provide us with the details of your situation for a comprehensive and free evaluation. It’s important for us to understand the specifics of your case thoroughly. While submission does not guarantee our representation, every case is reviewed meticulously to assess how we can offer our support.

STEP 2We Handle the Details, You Focus on Recovery

If we proceed with your case, our experienced legal team will manage every aspect of your case, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery. From rigorous investigations to handling all negotiations and paperwork, we ensure that every detail is covered with the utmost professionalism and dedication.

STEP 3Pursue Comprehensive Compensation

Should we represent you, our aim is to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. This includes covering medical bills, compensating for lost wages, and addressing pain and suffering. We commit to diligently advocating for your rights, striving for a resolution that supports your recovery and future well-being..

How a New York City Injury Lawyer Can Help:


Investigate your case and get the evidence needed to build a strong case


Help submit insurance claims


Make sure you get the medical treatment you need


Communicate and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf


File paperwork and make sure no deadlines are missed


Represent you in court, if necessary


Get full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages

Over $500 Million in Verdicts and Settlements

Our track record showcases over $500 million won for our clients. Each victory underlines our commitment to justice and client care. Explore our impact, case by case.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Mr. Vargas $17.5 million for the City of New York’s violation of his civil rights for failing to provide him medical care while in custody. The jury found that the police officers involved failed to provide the necessary medical treatment and awarded $17.5 million to Mr. Vargas.



Harris Keenan & Goldfarb partners Seth Harris and Sheri Holland obtained a $4,730,398.00 jury verdict on behalf of our client who tripped and fell at a private apartment building in the Bronx, suffering a broken foot that developed a very painful, permanent neurological condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (“RSD”).



A Bronx jury awarded John Doe over $12 million for an accident on a construction site. John Doe was working when a piece of scaffold weighing 35 pounds fell, striking John Doe in the lower back. John Doe suffered a herniated disc requiring surgical removal of a portion of the disc and permanent nerve damage.



A Bronx jury awarded $10.5 million to the mother of Malcolm Ferguson, who was wrongfully shot and killed by the New York City Police Department. The police officer, Louis Rivera, also a defendant in the case, was found to have used excessive force in violation of Malcolm Ferguson’s civil rights as protected under the United States Constitution.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff William Cardoza $4 million for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Mr. Cardoza was pepper-sprayed and repeatedly hit with a police nightstick. As a result, Mr. Cardoza sustained injuries to his hand and finger.



The firm’s client, a 33-year-old teacher’s assistant, was scalded by an espresso machine that exploded while the defendant’s employee was demonstrating how the machine worked. The client was a customer at the defendant’s coffee shop on the date of the accident and suffered first-degree burns to her right (dominant) hand.



The firm represented the mother- decedent and her infant son. During the decedent’s admission to the defendant hospital, the defendant dispensed anesthesia during an epidural to the decedent in an inadequate manner. The mother-decedent suffered personal injuries and wrongful death due to the defendant’s failure to properly administer epidural anesthesia.



Mr.Brennan fell from approximately 25 feet while working on a construction project. He suffered a shattered bone in his right leg requiring surgery and hardware placement. Mr. Brennan also suffered two fractures in his facial bones, and a dislocated finger requiring surgical repair.



The firm’s client was a child with cerebral palsy who was injured as a result of medical malpractice. The firm’s clients claimed improper management of pregnancy, labor, and delivery resulting in brain damage, and received a Brooklyn personal injury settlement.



The firm’s client, a 63-year-old mentally incompetent man, slipped and fell in his own urine while attempting to walk to the bathroom at the defendant’s senior citizen home. The client fractured his hip and as a result is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The client claimed that the staff of the home failed to properly care for him, and the jury awarded $1,677,835.



The firm’s client, a 47-year-old male, slipped and fell on a public sidewalk in the Bronx. It had snowed four to five days prior to the date of the accident, and the sidewalk was covered with ice. The client suffered a lumbar fracture and a herniated disc. The jury found the city liable and awarded the client a $2,995,000 personal injury settlement in the Bronx.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Luis Molina $2.61 million for injuries sustained when he fell down a subway station stairway. Mr. Molina was caused to slip and fall as a result of a plastic bag that had blown onto the steps from a street opening. As a result of the fall, Mr. Molina suffered a herniated disc and a tear of his right shoulder’s rotator cuff. The jury found that the NYC Transit Authority was liable for the accident.



A Bronx jury awarded Ms. Colon $2.25 million for a trip and fall accident. Ms. Colon was caused to fall when she moved to the right to allow another pedestrian to pass, and her foot rolled to the outside due to the sidewalk being unlevel with the adjoining grass. The jury found the defendant liable and awarded Ms. Colon $2,253,714.00 for her pain and suffering.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Arvella Floyd $1.9 million for a fractured wrist which required multiple surgeries, including an open-reduction internal fixation and a carpal tunnel release. Ms. Floyd was injured when the hot water knob of the shower fell off after numerous complaints to the superintendent, and scalding water spewed toward her, causing her to
fall and break her wrist.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Juanita Young $1,350,000 for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Ms. Young, who is legally blind, was handcuffed from behind, with her children watching, and taken to the top of the stairs to exit the building. The officer proceeded to push her down the stairs multiple times.

What Our Clients Say About Us

Angelo Del GuercioAngelo Del Guercio
20:03 11 May 24
Horrible people. I lost complete confidence in this firm. Attorneys dragged their feet for 4 years and my mom died before a settlement could be reached. I advised them several times that my mom was sick to put fire under their feet but the effort was to no avail.
david Santiagodavid Santiago
18:05 21 Mar 24
Maria RoqueMaria Roque
20:49 15 Mar 24
Excellent person, very Professional, they assist you in any language, your call is always answered. I recommend you for any case of support you have, your refund is satisfactory. and fast
14:09 02 Mar 24
I am completely satisfied, and recommend Harris Keenan & Goldfarb as Attorneys to represent anyone. Their care for me physically, and overall helped me stay strong in spite of my injuries. Always available to answer questions, and inform.They got me Justice, and achieved a substantial outcome for my case.I am very impressed, and thankful for their outstanding performance on my behalf.I am very pleased, and significantly satisfied with their representation.‐-Sherylon Wilkins
Robert LennonRobert Lennon
15:26 21 Feb 24
Patient and diligence is how I describe the effort of HKG the work was thorough, honest and fair, I have no complaints. Special thanks to attorney Blake and his paralegal Thierry.
Gene Matos (fanboye)Gene Matos (fanboye)
18:48 15 Jan 24
I first crossed paths with Seth Harris when serving jury duty many years ago. He was so professional and personable, that when my mom was seeking legal counsel for medical malpractice, I told her she had to reach out to his firm. We had meetings with a few different firms, but Harris Keenan & Goldfarb was the only firm that did not try to get us to sign paperwork before even meeting. They took the time to listen and understand our situation before we signed anything, and they were transparent and responsive the whole time. I would like to give special thanks to Samantha Walton, Marla Stein, Val Wallace and Seth Harris for helping my mom through this tough time. They were honest and upfront, and even though Seth Harris wasn't personally on the case, he took the time to meet with us and give us his thoughts on it.
Solange IsaacSolange Isaac
17:52 08 Jan 24
I am pleased with the services provided by Ms Sheri on my case. The team at Harris, Keenan, & Goldfarb were very nice and explained everything to me. Everything that I had questions on they answered without frustration and were prompt and knowledgeable.6 years ago I had a slip and fall accident at my employers place of business. I reached out to them because I knew that I was being wrongfully treated. They took care of the case, restored my self confidence, and brought so much peace to my problem riddled life.I can recommend without a shadow of a doubt the services of Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb to anyone who is in need of someone who will have your back!
Brittany DempseyBrittany Dempsey
16:02 08 Jan 24
My mother had an accident with her ankle back in 2019. I immediately contacted Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb on the day of the accident. They were extremely prompt and helpful. They attended to my mother's case beautifully and she's been recovering well. I'd like to thank you for being so diligent, kind and above all professional. I'd recommend this law firm to anyone who are injured and in need of legal assistance. My mother, Andrea, and I thank you for everything.
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FAQs on Catastrophic Injury Claims

These answers are meant to serve as a guide to orient those considering their options after a catastrophic injury in New York. With extensive experience handling personal injury claims, our firm understands the intricacies of filing a personal injury claim and navigating the process in New York City.

For more detailed information and support on navigating the aftermath of a catastrophic injury, contact Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb at 800-PAIN-LAW for a free case review. Our dedicated team is here to answer your questions and provide the legal representation you need to secure the best possible outcome for your case.

  • What Constitutes a Catastrophic Injury?

    A catastrophic injury dramatically alters the victim’s life, often resulting in permanent disabilities that require lifelong care and significant lifestyle adjustments. Common examples include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, amputations, and multiple fractures. Such injuries not only affect the physical capabilities of an individual but also have profound emotional and financial impacts on both the victims and their families.

  • How Does New York Law Define Catastrophic Injuries?

  • What Are the Steps to Take After Suffering a Catastrophic Injury?

  • How Long Do I Have to File a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit in New York?

  • Can I Seek Compensation for a Catastrophic Injury Caused by Medical Malpractice?

  • What Types of Compensation Are Available for Catastrophic Injury Victims?

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