NYC Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Some injuries are so severe that they can change the course of your life forever. They can be costly, painful, and debilitating. If you’ve suffered one of these catastrophic injuries in an accident in New York City, NY, you deserve to be compensated for your medical bills, loss of income, and distress. The experienced NYC catastrophic injury lawyers at The Platta Law Firm can help you fight to maximize your financial award.
We’re award-winning New York trial attorneys with 130+ years of experience and a proven ability to help clients navigate the most challenging times in their lives.
Since our founding, our law firm has successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars in jury awards and private settlements. Don’t hesitate to contact us at our law office in NYC, NY to learn more about the considerable benefits of working with our experienced legal team. Your first consultation is 100 percent free, so call us for help today.
Why Choose The Platta Law Firm After You’ve Suffered a Catastrophic Injury in NYC, NY
If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury because someone else was negligent or careless, you deserve to be compensated. However, getting compensation tends to be more difficult than it should be. You’ll face considerable resistance from the at-fault party and their insurance company. They’ll be represented by skilled adjusters and defense attorneys, which puts them at an advantage from the very start.
You have the power to level the playing field by turning to The Platta Law Firm for help. Our NYC personal injury lawyers have 130+ years of combined experience handling complex legal disputes like yours. We’ve built our careers by standing up to powerful corporations and making sure that our client’s stories are heard and acknowledged, which has helped us recover millions on their behalf. When you trust us with your catastrophic injury claim, you’ll have time to focus on your recovery while we take the burden of litigation off your shoulders. Our team will:
- Carefully investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident that caused you to become catastrophically injured.
- Gather evidence that can be used to build a strong foundation for your legal claim.
- Identify and locate all liable parties.
- Work closely with medical professionals, rehabilitation specialists, disability experts, and other experts throughout the claims process.
- Prepare and submit all appropriate claims and documentation to the insurance company and/or court on your behalf.
- Aggressively seek a top-dollar settlement during negotiations.
As accomplished litigators, our catastrophic injury attorneys in NYC never shy away from the courtroom. If you’re not offered a fair settlement, our team won’t hesitate to file a lawsuit and bring your claim to trial. We’re ready to exhaust every option as we work to recover maximum compensation on your behalf. You have a limited time to assert your rights, so don’t hesitate to contact us to set up a free, no-obligation case assessment. We’re here to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
Catastrophic injuries are so severe that they fundamentally change critical aspects of your life. These changes can be temporary or permanent.
For instance, you might experience cognitive impairment, limited mobility or paralysis, debilitating physical pain, or loss of vision or another sensation.
Any injury, if it’s severe enough, can be classified as catastrophic. However, these injuries are generally considered catastrophic:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Severe burns
- Severe broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Vision loss
- Nerve damage
Typically, an injury is considered to be catastrophic if it substantially impairs or interferes with your ability to work and generate an income.
What Causes Catastrophic Injuries in NYC?
Any traumatic accident or act of violence can potentially cause a victim to sustain a catastrophic injury. Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries include:
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Boating accidents
- Train accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Accidents involving defective products
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Birth injury
At The Platta Law Firm, we’re here to help you fight back after you’ve suffered a life-changing injury in a New York City accident. Call our law office to learn more about our legal services and how we can help you get through this difficult time in your life.
What Are the Potential Long-Term Consequences of a Catastrophic Injury?
For many, the consequences of a catastrophic injury can last a lifetime. Depending on the type of injury that’s been sustained and how severe it is, potential long-term complications and consequences can include:
- Limited mobility
- Memory loss
- Cognitive impairment
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Respiratory distress
- Organ failure
- Chronic physical pain
- Muscle weakness
- Communication problems
These physical complications often require extensive medical treatment and can make it incredibly difficult to maintain a job. As a result, catastrophic injuries can leave victims struggling with debilitating financial hardships. To add insult to injury, victims often struggle emotionally and psychologically and find it difficult to enjoy their lives. While money cannot guarantee a full recovery or completely erase the suffering and trauma related to a catastrophic injury, it can help to make the road to recovery a bit easier.
How Much Is My NYC Catastrophic Injury Claim Worth?
It’s hard to say – every catastrophic injury (and every victim) is different. Severe burns (without complications) can cost more than $1.6 million to treat. With complications, treatment for severe burns can exceed $10 million. Spinal cord injury victims can see more than $1 million in costs during the first year of their recovery. Over the course of a lifetime, the costs of a spinal cord injury can run hundreds of thousands of dollars – if not more. Ultimately, the value of a catastrophic injury will vary considerably from one case to the next. Some of the most important considerations include:
- The type of catastrophic injury
- Whether the victim will suffer a permanent impairment or disability
- Injury-related complications
- Duration of necessary medical treatment
- The victim’s age
- Changes in the victim’s earning capacity
- Shared fault and responsibility
So, the amount of money you’ll be able to get for your catastrophic injury will really come down to how much your life changes after your accident. The more serious your injury, and the higher the related costs of recovery, the more money you can typically expect to recover.
How Could Shared Fault Affect my Ability to Recover Compensation for my Catastrophic Injuries?
Sharing responsibility for your catastrophic injury can also impact how much money you can receive in an injury claim or lawsuit. In New York, financial awards are reduced in direct proportion to a plaintiff’s own negligence. Let’s say you suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a NYC car accident. Your claim is valued at $1,00,000. However, you’re assigned 10 percent fault for the crash. As a result, your financial recovery will be limited to $900,000 – just 90 percent of the value of your claim.
Insurance companies in New York love to try to take advantage of this pure comparative negligence system. If they can point fingers and shift blame, they can limit how much they’ll be required to pay out in a claim or lawsuit. Our NYC catastrophic injury attorneys know these tactics all too well. We’ll be ready to stand up and fight back against these types of allegations, working hard to protect your ability to get the compensation you need and deserve.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Catastrophically Injured Accident Victims?
When you sustain a catastrophic injury, the costs and consequences can be devastating. Fortunately, by filing an insurance claim or lawsuit, you can recover compensation to offset your financial losses (economic damages) and the traumatic life changes you’ve experienced (non-economic damages). Our experienced NYC personal injury attorneys will fight to help you get money for:
- Hospitalization, surgery, and other current medical expenses
- Ongoing medical treatment and future medical expenses
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages and income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Funeral expenses
- Property damage
- Nursing assistance
In some situations, punitive damages might also be available. If your catastrophic injury lawsuit goes to trial, a jury could award punitive damages if it finds convincing evidence that the defendant’s actions were intentional or displayed a conscious disregard for your safety.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on Catastrophic Injury Lawsuits in New York?
You’ll have just three years to file a personal injury lawsuit after you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury in a New York City accident. If a family member’s catastrophic injury is fatal, you’ll have two years to file a wrongful death action. The statute of limitations has limited exceptions. If you allow the deadline to pass before you file a claim, you’ll lose the ability to demand the compensation you deserve.
Award-Winning NYC Catastrophic Injury Lawyers Ready to Fight for You
Whether you’ve been hurt on the job or catastrophically injured in another type of accident in NYC, you may have the right to receive compensation. You do not have to take on the burden of litigation on your own. Call The Platta Law Firm and let our top-rated NYC catastrophic injury lawyers take the stress of a lawsuit off your shoulders.
Since 2007, we’ve been standing up and fighting on behalf of catastrophically-injured clients just like you. Through hard work and dedication, we’ve successfully obtained tens of millions of dollars in life-altering financial awards. Put yourself in the best position to get the financial accountability you deserve. Call our law office in New York City, New York to set up a free case assessment today.