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Suffering a spine injury in New York can be catastrophic, with the potential to impact every aspect of your life. Our team of personal injury attorneys specializes in spinal column injury cases, offering expert legal assistance to individuals who have suffered from many spinal injuries, including sports injuries, due to motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall incidents, or medical malpractice. The consequences of spinal injuries are profound, and at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, we are dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by such catastrophic injuries. We understand the challenges you face, such as severe pain and disruptions to the autonomic nervous system, and are here to help you navigate the legal process to secure the compensation you deserve.

Understanding New York Spinal Injury Cases

In New York, spine injury cases are complex due to the serious nature of the injuries involved and the significant impact they have on victims’ lives. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including many spinal injuries, necessitates prompt legal action. The process typically involves a thorough investigation of the accident, gathering of evidence, filing of insurance claims, and, if necessary, litigation to ensure fair compensation. Our attorneys at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb are experienced in handling spine injury cases, from initial consultation through to negotiation, settlement, or trial, aiming to secure the best possible outcome for our clients through a spinal cord injury claim.

Why Choose a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer from Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb in New York

Choosing Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb for your spinal injury case means selecting a firm with a proven track record of success in representing clients with spinal injuries. Our NYC personal injury lawyers understand the complexities of spinal injury cases and are committed to fighting for the rights of our clients. We pride ourselves on our compassionate approach and our ability to secure significant financial recovery for our clients, helping them to cover medical costs, lost wages, and other associated costs.

Comprehensive Support for Spinal Injury Victims

At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, we recognize that spinal injuries can result from a variety of accidents. These include but are not limited to:


  • Motor vehicle accidents (including those involving cyclists and pedestrians):
    Car accident
    – Truck accidents
    – Motorcycle accidents
    – Airplane accidents
    – Boat accidents
    – Slip-and-fall incidents
    – Medical malpractice
    – Sports injuries


Back injuries and spinal cord trauma are classified into two categories: incomplete and complete spinal cord injuries. An incomplete spinal cord injury allows some degree of communication between the spinal column and the body, indicating that the spinal cord was not completely severed. Conversely, a complete spinal cord injury means there is no communication, indicating the spine was fully severed. Each of these scenarios can lead to either complete or incomplete spinal injuries, significantly affecting a victim’s quality of life, including bowel control. Our New York City spinal cord injury lawyers are well-versed in the intricacies of these cases, ensuring that every client receives personalized and effective legal representation.

The Path to Recovery and Compensation

Recovery from a spinal injury, including severe spinal cord damage, can be a long and challenging journey, often requiring extensive medical treatment, physical therapy, and adjustments to daily living. Spinal cord damage can lead to paralysis and significantly impact the severity of the injury based on its location on the spine. Our legal team works closely with medical professionals to accurately assess the full extent of your injuries, including spinal cord damage, and the associated costs, both current and future. This comprehensive approach ensures that we pursue the maximum compensation possible, addressing economic losses like medical costs and lost wages, as well as non-economic losses such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

To start your journey towards justice and compensation with a team that understands the intricacies of spinal injury law in New York, contact Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb at 800-PAIN-LAW for a free legal consultation. Our commitment is to provide you with the support and expertise necessary to navigate this challenging time, ensuring that you can focus on your recovery while we handle the legal aspects of your case.

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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

arien machicotearien machicote
20:55 17 Jul 24
I must say I am extremely happy and amazed at the incredible work at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb they were always available if I had any questions and they were always answered with very professionallyJason Steinberg is a great lawyer and I will always highly suggest this law firm and team to anyone out their. Thank you again to everyone at this incredible Firm!!!
Cole ColdwaterCole Coldwater
19:36 20 Jun 24
My experience with Harris Keenan and Goldfarb was wonderful. My legal representative, Steven LaRocca with Samantha Walton always made me feel well defended and cared for, in a way that went beyond professional representation and into the realm of caring about me on a personal level. Steven, Samantha and Seth Harris got me a great outcome and I can’t thank them enough!
Jennifer RosarioJennifer Rosario
14:16 05 Jun 24
The best law firm I have ever went with thank you so much
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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New York Spinal Injury Case FAQs

Understanding the complexities of spinal injury cases, including personal injury claim processes, spinal cord injury lawsuits, and the duration and complexity of spinal cord injury cases, can be overwhelming. Below, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help guide those seeking compensation through civil lawsuits. If you require more detailed information, we encourage you to contact a spinal cord injury attorney at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb for a free case review at 800-PAIN-LAW .

  • What is the statute of limitations for spinal injury claims in New York?

    In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including spinal injuries, is generally three years from the date of the accident. However, this timeframe can vary based on specific circumstances surrounding your case. It’s crucial to consult with a spinal cord injury lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your claim is filed within the legal deadlines.

  • Can I recover compensation if I was partially at fault for my spinal injury?

  • What types of compensation are available for spinal injury victims in New York?

  • How do I prove negligence in a spinal injury case?

  • How long does it take to resolve a spinal injury claim in New York?

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