Long Island Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Recovery can be slow and painful after any severe car accident, but eventually, in most cases, the accident victim recovers and returns to normal life as it was before the crash. Not so after a catastrophic injury. Some injuries result in long-term or permanent disability, lingering pain, or mental and emotional disruptions that make performing even the simplest tasks of daily living intensely challenging. In a catastrophic injury case, the facts and law involved are typically more complex than usual, making it more complicated to build a case proving liability and damages. Because insurance companies are exposed to greater liability in catastrophic injury cases, they fight these claims harder, hoping to get the victim to give up and accept a lesser monetary settlement than the insurer owes.
At Giuffré Law Offices, our Long Island catastrophic injury lawyer has decades of experience helping car accident victims on Long Island and in New York City recover significant compensation after a catastrophic injury caused by another’s negligence or distracted driving. Call our offices after a severe injury in Nassau County or anywhere on Long Island or in New York City. We can meet you at our offices in Stewart Manor, Brooklyn or Queens, or we’ll gladly come to you if you can’t make it out to see us. Either way, we’ll approach your case with care and compassion, as well as the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to secure a full and fair amount of compensation for your injuries.
Call Giuffré Law Offices for help with any of the following catastrophic injuries:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Burn Injuries
A lifetime of care and challenges after a catastrophic car accident
A car accident victim who suffers a catastrophic injury is likely to require emergency medical care and a period of intensive care in the hospital, followed by a long period of rehabilitation in a specialty hospital or rehabilitation facility or as an out-patient. Even after recovering from a catastrophic injury, injury victims may still need a lifetime of medical care and face lifelong challenges with daily living. Needs may require in-home care from a home health aide or caretaker, or residence in a skilled nursing facility or other long-term care residential facility. Physical adaptations to the home and work environments may be necessary, along with assistive technology and adaptive devices to help the individual earn an income where possible or simply manage daily tasks of self-care and living with the greatest level of independence possible.
The immediate and long-term costs of a catastrophic injury are enormous. These injuries require the most expensive medical care, and injury victims are often not able to return to the same job or take on any employment post-injury. Family members often have to give up their own jobs or dispute their routines to help care for the injured victim, as well as experience legal damages such as loss of consortium. Proving all of these costs to an insurance company, judge or jury may require the retention of medical experts, economists, life care planners, rehabilitation specialists and others to prepare a strong, fact-based, compelling argument for the full measure of compensation.
When catastrophic injuries follow a rollover car accident or other type of crash, the injuries most always meet the criteria under New York insurance law to move outside of the no-fault system and sue the negligent driver for the full amount of damages incurred. This “serious injury” threshold is met in any of the following situations:
- Significant disfigurement
- Loss of a fetus
- Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system
- Permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member
- Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
- Medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents you from performing substantially all of the material acts which constitute your usual and customary daily activities for not less than 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment
Long Island personal injury lawyer John Giuffré has decades of experience helping car accident victims recover compensation after severe crashes.
Call Giuffré Law Offices After a Catastrophic Injury in a New York Car Accident
For help after suffering a catastrophic injury in a car accident in Nassau County, Long Island or New York City, call Giuffré Law Offices at 516-802-9912 for a free consultation. We make home or hospital visits as needed to meet with you and get started on your case. Our goal is to put you at ease as much as possible in this stressful situation and deliver results for you that help you deal with your injury and move on with your life to the fullest extent possible.