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What Is Considered A Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is defined as an injury that permanently inhibits your capability to perform basic, routine activities of daily life. An accident can potentially prevent your ability to walk, talk or think clearly. Coming to terms with such an insurmountable injury can be difficult. The mental anguish you may experience and burdening worries about the future can forestall any chance of adjusting to a new lifestyle. You may feel overwhelmed and unsure about how to meet your future needs. If you have recently lost the ability to perform normal daily tasks as a result of another’s negligence, our personal injury lawyers may be able to help you secure the monetary compensation necessary to restore some semblance of normalcy.
What Are Some Examples Of Catastrophic Injuries?
Some examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal Damage
- Brain Damage
- Organ Damage
Our Personal Injury Lawyers In NYC Protect The Rights Of Victims Of Negligence
Being injured as a result of someone else's recklessness or negligence can leave victims feeling fragile and at a loss over what to do next. While you cannot turn back time to change what has happened, you have control over what happens next. Our firm has been representing personal injury victims across NYC and the surrounding areas for over half a century. Our attorneys have helped many injured clients regain control of their lives. If you have a personal injury case on your hands, we can help you seek the fair and maximum compensation you are entitled to by law.
What Is Negligence?
The word "negligence" is among the most often used words in the field of personal injury law. When a client of ours (known as a plaintiff) is injured, he or she is usually aware that one of the most important things our personal injury attorneys do is carefully set forth the necessary evidence to support our clients' claim that one or more persons or entities (called defendants) are legally responsible for the occurrence of the accident.
Negligence is generally defined as the failure to use the same degree of care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise under the same or similar circumstances. A simple way to think about it is to compare the conduct or "carefulness" of the defendant to how careful one might think a reasonably careful person (i.e. a "prudent" person) would have acted if that person was in the same situation.
How Do Personal Injury Lawyers Prove Negligence?
Proving negligence is not always as easy as it sounds. The facts may either involve an act or a failure to act that occurred at the moment of your serious accident. For example, perhaps you were involved in a car accident and the defendant failed to make proper observations of a traffic light, stop sign or some other traffic signal, causing your accident. Such instances are common and may sound simple, but in order to best represent the injured victim's interests, our personal injury lawyers often find it critical to hire engineers and accident reconstruction experts in order to expose the truth in the face of defendants who do not want to take responsibility for their negligent acts. Our decades of experience has shown us that employing an expert to testify regarding the relationship between the vehicles in the roadway, as well as assessing the speed, time and distance of all the vehicles involved in an accident, is commonly a crucial part of proving your case and of ensuring the best possible outcome that we can obtain for a client.
On the other hand, proving negligence often involves assessing the degree of care that a particular defendant exercised well before the time that an accident occurred. For example, in the instance of a trip or slip and fall accident, a defective condition may have evolved over time, and the issue of negligence may hinge on whether a defendant used reasonable care in allowing a dangerous condition to exist or in allowing a defective condition to develop over a period of months or years. Additionally, your personal injury lawyer must assess what, if anything, the person or entity did to correct the condition. Similarly, in a construction accident, the issue of negligence often involves what steps a company or its employees took to create a safe work environment prior to the time the accident occurred (for example, providing the proper fall protection equipment).