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New York City Catastrophic Injury Lawyers

New York is a high-energy, fast-paced environment. But when you’re moving at this clip through life, even the most careful among us can be involved in a major accident. Those accidents can be devastating and have a lasting impact on a person’s well-being.

In some cases, the trauma is so severe that the accident is fatal. In other cases, the injured party will be left with a catastrophic injury, preventing the person involved from experiencing life as they used to. Catastrophic injuries cause unknown challenges in the navigation of daily life and can make it difficult for those experiencing such injuries to find or maintain work.

The New York catastrophic injury lawyers at the Lipsig Firm specialize in representing you and your loved ones who have experienced these debilitating injuries. With over 40 years of experience, our team is ready to handle your case with the care and compassion it deserves.

No one should have to go through the pain of dealing with such trauma alone, which is why our attorneys are committed to your case. We’re dedicated to getting you the maximum settlement so that you can focus on healing.

What is a Catastrophic Injury?

Catastrophic injuries encompass bodily trauma that is severe enough to cause lasting and sometimes fatal damage to an individual. While not all catastrophic injuries are permanent, many will take months or years to heal. The plan for treatment after such an injury often includes ongoing and extensive care programs like physical therapy. These costs can add up in not only money, but in time.

Catastrophic injuries can greatly inhibit daily functions. Simple tasks like preparing food, getting dressed, or even working can be difficult when managing the aftermath. The repercussions can last for years after the initial injury.

Causes of Catastrophic Injuries in New York City

While catastrophic injuries can happen to anyone, a fast-paced city like New York gives rise to a broader category of risk. Common types of catastrophic injuries include, but are not limited to:

Construction Injuries

Construction injuries can happen on or off the job, and on or off a work site. Construction injuries often fall in the range of catastrophic injuries because of the heavy machinery and heights involved.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Everyone knows that high-speed car crashes between vehicles can be extremely dangerous, resulting in crushing injuries, penetrative injuries, or lacerations. But it only takes driving 5 to 10 miles per hour to sustain whiplash. A sudden stop, even from only inching forward in traffic, could take months of rehabilitation or thousands of dollars to help heal.

Bicycle Accidents

Riding a bike through busy city streets can be a treacherous task when surrounded by persistent traffic. A speeding vehicle trying to make a quick turn without looking or a driver pulling out from a parking space without double checking can turn the situation dangerous for a bicyclist.

Pedestrian Accidents

As a pedestrian, you do have the right of way. Even if you take the precautions of looking both ways, a driver that’s in a rush might not see you. Additionally, there’s the danger of walking around areas where construction is happening.
If you’re a pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle accident, there is a range of other injuries to consider. At the Lipsig Firm, we’ve handled pedestrian cases that have been awarded judgements in the tens of millions.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall injuries can cause a body huge damage. Slip and fall accidents might be caused by improper maintenance or signage. We have won over 2 million dollars for clients who were involved in a slip and fall accident.

Workplace Accidents

You don’t have to work with heavy machinery to receive compensation for a workplace injury. A catastrophic injury can result from something like falling off the ladder at work and breaking a bone.

We at the Lipsig Firm have decades of experience with all manner of workplace and personal injury cases. Whatever injury you or a loved one may have experienced, the lawyers at Lipsig are here to help

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries can affect any area of the body. The aftermath of a catastrophic injury can cause prolonged or permanent adjustments to the victim’s life. Below are a few examples of what might constitute a catastrophic injury.

  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Burns
  • Injuries to the head, neck, or spinal cord
  • Crushing injuries
  • Amputation of a limb during a catastrophic event
  • Joint or tendon damage

The Aftermath of Catastrophic Injuries

Healing from a catastrophic injury can be extremely difficult. The costs of keeping up the care of someone healing from and getting treatment for a catastrophic injury can be astronomical, sometimes upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Continuing Issues

Catastrophic injuries often put those injured at a higher risk of other life-threatening diseases that will take more medical treatment to heal, including cardiac and respiratory issues. Catastrophic injuries even increase the chance of minor diseases becoming more difficult to fight.

High Risk of Self-Harm

Because dealing with a catastrophic injury can be a lifelong battle, the care needs to continue. Many people who experience a life-changing catastrophic injury also experience depression after the injury occurs. This, unfortunately,  leads to a higher rate of suicide and suicide attempts among those experiencing such injuries.

Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury in New York

In New York, the statute of limitations to prosecute for catastrophic injury claims is only 36 months from the date of the injury or diagnosis. That means it’s critical that you call us as soon as a catastrophic injury occurs. We can get started on your case to help you recover monetary compensation that can pay for your medical costs. Even though you or a family member might still be receiving intensive treatment for the injury, it’s important to start the claims process as soon as possible before the three years are up.

Contact the Lipsig Firm for Catastrophic Injury Assistance

The Lipsig Firm has been managing catastrophic cases for years. We’re here to help you move on from your injury. We’ve been serving New York for decades. Our firm has a track record of dealing with negligent companies, property managers, and individuals to make sure you receive the money you need to heal.

Our New York City catastrophic injury attorneys are diligent in their cases and determined to get you the justice you deserve. We can’t heal your wounds, but we will work to make sure your treatment is paid for by those who are responsible for your catastrophic injuries. Contact us at 212-285-3300 or reach out online for a free consultation.


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