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When a serious accident occurs, it more than likely causes significant injuries to those who were involved. These injuries have the potential to impact a person and change them for the rest of their life. This is especially so in the event that the individual sustained a catastrophic injury. When this happens, victims often suffer not just physically, but face emotional and financial burdens as well. It is because of this that it is important to retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance recovering the compensation that is needed as coverage. 

What is a Catastrophic Injury?

Individuals who sustain a catastrophic injury can have their whole life changed in an instant. These are injuries that cause long-term or permanent damage to victims of an accident for the remainder of their life. This can include scars, impairment, or paralysis. The most common types of catastrophic injuries that are seen in New York are the following:

  • Burn injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Acoustic injuries

Why Would I Be Awarded Compensation?

After a serious accident, those who are involved often face physical, financial, and emotional hardships. It is because of this that they are entitled to compensation for these reasons:

  • Serious injuries usually require a great deal of medical attention. This can include surgery, rehabilitation, or the permanent use of a medical device or medication for the rest of their life. This results in medical expenses that need coverage.
  • If the injury puts the victim out of work for a period of time, they may need compensation for the lost wages.
  • Victims of accidents do not only suffer physically, but emotionally as well. It is because of this that they can receive compensation for these damages.

How Can I Recover Compensation?

Negligence claims are founded on the idea that all people have a certain duty of care that they are obligated to provide other individuals. This can vary depending on the nature of an accident. Property owners, drivers, and those in specialized occupations all owe different duties of care to people. However, if any of them fail to live up to this standard, the results are all similar. They can be held liable for negligence in the event that an accident occurs at their expense. 

In order to hold another party liable for negligence, the injured party is required to file a personal injury claim. During this time, they must prove negligence by satisfying the burden of proof. This can be done with evidence that shows the party in question did not provide a duty of care to the individual, thus resulting in their injuries. Evidence that can be helpful in court can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard or accident, witness testimonies, and more.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City car accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.


Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.


Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.


Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.


Settlement to a woman who slipped and fell down a wet stairwell in a New York City Housing Authority building requiring a back surgery in 2018.

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