Manhattan Catastrophic Injury Attorney
What would you do if you suffered an injury resulting in permanent disabilities and the likelihood of continued medical care to treat complications? What if you were unable to ever work again as a result of that injury, and needed assistance with every aspect of your day-to-day? Could you afford the costs of that kind of drastic, permanent change to your life?
About Our Manhattan Catastrophic Injury Law Practice
For nearly five decades, Jacoby & Meyers, LLP has been the go-to law firm for New Yorkers who suffer catastrophic injuries through no fault of their own. Our attorneys dedicate their careers to fighting on behalf of people injured in preventable accidents and incidents, to make sure the parties responsible for their injuries pay the fair and reasonable compensation due under New York law.
Over our years of law practice, we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for Manhattan victims of catastrophic injuries. Of course, our team can never guarantee that a client will receive payment for injuries and losses, because every case we handle is different. However, we can promise that our clients will receive top-notch legal representation and personalized service from attorneys who fight hard to see justice done in-and-out of court.
Overview of Catastrophic Injuries
Lawyers use the term catastrophic injuries to refer to any harm that causes permanent disabilities and only a limited chance of meaningful recovery. Our firm represents clients who have suffered common catastrophic injuries such as:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury is a type of acquired injury that is caused by a violent blow to the head or body. This type of injury can either involve penetration of an object through the skull and into the brain tissue—known as a penetrating head injury—or can involve damage within the skull, which is called a closed head injury. Approximately 288,000 people are hospitalized each year for traumatic brain injuries, and close to 57,000 people die as a result of this type of injury.
The brain is a complex organ that controls all of the functions of the body, including both voluntary responses such as coordinated movement, impulse and emotional control, and speaking; as well as involuntary responses such as breathing, heart rate, consciousness, and the body’s sleep and wake cycles.
While brain injuries are often categorized as mild, moderate, or severe, any brain injury is capable of creating permanent deficits and chronic complications such as headaches, seizures, and memory loss. Some individuals with brain injuries suffer a consciousness disorder that prevents them from being conscious or aware of their surroundings. These consciousness disorders can last a matter of days or, as in the case of a persistent vegetative state, the individual may never be fully awake or alert again and will require mechanical assistance in a long term care facility to survive.
The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Falls from elevation, such as falling down the stairs, falling from heights on a worksite, or same-level falls that often result from a victim slipping or tripping and bumping his or her head.
- Motor vehicle accidents, such as those involving a car, motorcycle, commercial truck, taxi or rideshare, bus, train, boat, or even those that involve a pedestrian or bicyclist being struck by a vehicle.
- Intentional actions, such as assaults, domestic violence, child abuse, or gunshot wounds to the head.
- Workplace injuries such as those that involve the individual being struck by an object.
- Sports or recreation accidents, including those involving high impact sports such as football or soccer, as well as high-risk recreational activities such as diving, surfing, or skydiving.
- Military combat and training.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Along with the brain, the spinal cord makes up the body’s central nervous system. Like the brain, the spinal cord has only limited ability to recover from injury, meaning that the damage sustained by the injury is usually permanent. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that act as messengers, sending signals from the brain to control the body’s functions. Located within the protective covering of the spinal column, the spinal cord extends from the base of the skull to the lower back. An injury to the spinal cord generally causes the loss of function and sensation below the site of the injury. This is known as paralysis.
According to the famed Mayo Clinic, doctors refer to spinal cord injuries as complete, meaning all functions and sensation beneath the site of the injury are lost, or incomplete, which means the individual retains some function and sensation below the injury site.
Injuries higher up on the spinal cord—in the cervical (neck) area—commonly result in tetraplegia, which is also known as quadriplegia. that results in paralysis to the shoulders, arms, hands, chest, torso, hips, pelvic region, legs, and feet. Injuries located lower on the spinal cord—in the thoracic (upper back) or lumbar (mid to lower back) areas—often results in paraplegia, which is paralysis of the torso, hips, pelvis, legs, and feet.
In addition to impairing the person’s ability to feel and move parts of his or her body, spinal cord injuries result in serious complications that require medical treatment throughout life.
Those complications may include:
- Loss of bladder and bowel control that can lead to urinary tract, kidney, and other infections.
- The inability to cough productively, which can cause a buildup of secretions in the lungs and lead to pneumonia. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death among individuals who have suffered a spinal cord injury.
- The inability to sense a temperature change, which can result in skin injuries as a result of contact with dangerously hot or cold surfaces; as well as increasing the likelihood of pressure ulcers caused by the inability to sense the pain involved in staying in one position for too long.
- Circulatory complications that can lead to life-threatening conditions such as blood clots and can also result in swelling of the extremities.
- Spasticity, which is an involuntary tightening of the muscles.
- Changes to sexual function which can impair the individual’s ability to experience or enjoy sex as well as impairing fertility in both males and females.
The most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, which are overall the most common cause of spinal cord injuries.
- Falls, which are the most common source of spinal cord injuries in adults over 65.
- Acts of violence. The most common violent cause of spinal cord injuries is gunshot wounds.
- Sports and recreational activities.
Alcohol is a factor in around one-quarter of all accidents resulting in a spinal cord injury.
Other Catastrophic Injuries
While brain and spinal cord injuries are the injuries most commonly assigned the label catastrophic, other serious injuries can also receive this designation if they result in permanent disability.
These injuries can include:
- Amputations: Amputation refers to the loss of a limb, either during a particularly severe accident or through surgery following an accident in which the damage sustained by the limb was so severe that removing the limb is required to save the individual’s life.
- Severe burns: Burns can result in permanent scarring and disfigurement, as well as putting the victim at risk of infection and often requiring many follow-up treatments. Severely-burned individuals often report being unable to return to jobs that involve working in the public due to the extraordinary scarring. Burns can also cause debilitating impacts such as nerve and muscle damage, as well as a loss of range of motion in jointed areas that experienced heavy scarring as a result of the burn.
No matter what type of catastrophic injury a person suffers in Manhattan, the experienced, compassionate lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP have the depth of knowledge to understand their injury and to fight to obtain compensation for it.
Catastrophic Injuries Cause Major Damages
Catastrophic injuries inflict substantial damages on victims. Lawyers categorize these damages as economic and non-economic.
- Economic damages consist of actual expenses relating to an injury. Lawyers typically prove them by using bills, invoices, and statements of wages and time missed from work. Because many victims of catastrophic injuries can never return to work, the economic damages associated with these injuries generally include the loss of future earning capacity, which is the amount of money the injured person would be reasonably expected to earn if he or she had continued working the job he or she held before the accident for the remainder of his or her working years. To prove these future damages, lawyers often work with financial planning experts who can calculate a victim’s expected future earnings.
- Non-economic damages reflect the harm done by a catastrophic injury that does not have a specific expense associated with it. A victim’s physical pain, emotional suffering, diminished quality of life, and altered personal relationships, all constitute non-economic damages that deserve compensation from the party who caused them. Non-economic damages sometimes make up for a substantial portion of the compensation awarded by a jury, for instance.
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we have decades of experience evaluating the damages our clients have suffered because of a catastrophic injury. Our clients can rest assured that we have the know-how to seek the maximum available compensation in any legal action we take on our clients’ behalf.
Obtaining Compensation for Manhattan Catastrophic Injuries
Manhattan residents, workers, and visitors who sustain catastrophic injuries often have one or more options to obtain compensation for them. As a general matter, those options typically break down into two broad categories: the victims’ own insurance coverage, and a Manhattan catastrophic injury lawsuit (which may involve someone else’s insurance coverage).
These categories are not mutually exclusive; victims can often recover compensation from both of them. Jacoby & Meyers, LLP lawyers can help them.
The Victim’s Own Insurance Coverage
Victims of catastrophic injuries in Manhattan may benefit from a variety of insurance coverages that compensate them for their injuries and losses.
These coverages may include:
- Workers’ compensation insurance, which covers virtually all Manhattan workers who sustain catastrophic injuries on the job, regardless of who caused the injury. Workers’ comp pays benefits for medical expenses and a portion of an injured workers’ lost wages. Most Manhattan employers must carry and pay for workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. Talk to a lawyer from Jacoby & Meyers, LLP today if you sustained a catastrophic injury on the job about your potential rights to workers’ comp benefits.
- Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance covers New York drivers and their passengers for injuries and losses sustained in auto accidents. PIP often serves as the primary insurance to pay for medical expenses and some lost wages resulting from auto accident injuries. Our team can help clients figure out if a PIP policy covers them for catastrophic injuries related to a traffic accident.
- Health insurance typically covers some short-term medical expenses relating to a catastrophic injury, subject to co-pays and deductibles. However, health insurance typically does not pay for long-term care that many catastrophic injury victims need. Talk to a Jacoby & Meyers, LLP lawyer if your health insurer refuses to pay for medical care for your catastrophic injury that you believe it should cover.
- Disability insurance—which some people purchase on their own, some receive as a work benefit, and for which some qualify through a government program—can pay expenses and replace income when New Yorkers suffer a catastrophic injury that keeps them out of work temporarily or permanently. The attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, have years of experience fighting to ensure that clients receive the disability insurance benefits they deserve.
Manhattan Catastrophic Injury Legal Action
Manhattan catastrophic injury victims also often have the legal right to recover compensation from any individual, company, or government agency at fault for their injuries. Under New York law, parties have legal liability when their unreasonably dangerous decisions or actions result in someone else’s catastrophic injury.
To recover compensation from those parties, victims of catastrophic injuries may have the option of taking legal action in New York courts. With the help of the experienced trial lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, many Manhattan residents, workers, and visitors have recovered substantial compensation for their personal injuries. Legal action can result in an out-of-court settlement of an injured New Yorker’s legal claims, or in a trial at which a Jacoby & Meyers, LLP lawyer argues a client’s claims to a judge and jury.
Your Manhattan Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident or incident in Manhattan, then the skilled, compassionate, dedicated lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP may be able to help you obtain substantial financial compensation. Contact us online, by calling (212) 445-7000, or entering a live chat for a free case evaluation.
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