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Unfortunately, if a serious accident ensues, the effects can be devastating. These injuries have the possibility to affect a person and transform them for the rest of their life. This is especially true if the individual endured a catastrophic injury. When this happens, victims often suffer not just physically but face emotional and financial burdens, too. It is because of this that it is important to hire the services of a skilled New York personal injury attorney for help in recovering the compensation that you need to move forward.

What is a catastrophic injury?

Those who have encountered an injury can have their whole life transformed in a second. These are injuries that drive long-term or permanent damage to victims of an accident for the rest of their life. This can include scars, impairment, or paralysis. The most common kinds of catastrophic injuries that are seen by our firm include 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 affected usually encounter serious physical, financial, and emotional burdens. It is because of this that they are qualified to receive compensation for the following:

  • Serious injuries usually require intense 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 the payment for the lost wages.
  • Victims of accidents do not only suffer physically but emotionally, too. It is because of this that they can obtain compensation for these damages.

Can I obtain financial compensation?

Negligence claims are established on the idea that all people have a certain standard of care that they are obligated to follow towards other individuals. This can differ 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 responsible for negligence in the event that an accident occurs at their expense.

To hold another party responsible for negligence, the injured party is instructed to file a personal injury claim. During this time, they must establish negligence by fulfilling the burden of proof. This can be accomplished with evidence that demonstrates the party in question did not supply 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. To learn more, reach out to our dedicated legal team today.

Contact Our New York City Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Contact Swerling Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.


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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