Occasionally, an accident may cause a severe injury that impairs your ability to enjoy your life and greatly affects the lives of those who care for you. If you have suffered serious harm as a result of someone else’s carelessness or wrongdoing, it is critical to consult an attorney who has experience handling these cases. Receiving legal guidance may have a significant impact on the type and amount of damages you may be able to recover in a negligence lawsuit. Contact Queens serious injury lawyer John Cassisi for a free consultation.Accidents Can Cause Many Types of Severe Harm
Unfortunately, life-changing injuries happen all too often in events as common as car crashes or ordinary falls. Traumatic brain injuries can result from direct impacts to the head in these accidents, and they can affect behavior as well as bodily functions. Like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries are common in motorcycle accidents and can lead to many forms of physical incapacity, such as paralysis.
Broken bones may seem like a less severe type of harm than brain trauma, but not every fracture heals quickly or completely. Moreover, broken bones—especially compound fractures—can be extremely painful, and they can lead to permanent disability or disfigurement. In particular, severe fracture injuries in children must heal properly, or they may lead to lifelong physical impairments.
Serious burn injuries can result from fires, chemicals, or electronic devices. Burn injuries are immensely painful and often leave permanent scars or permanent physical incapacity. Recovery is often difficult and long and may require several bouts of surgery.
Unlike broken bones or burns, soft tissue injuries are not always apparent. A typical example is whiplash, but others include strains, sprains, contusions, or stress injuries. Some of these injuries may not manifest themselves until hours or even days after an accident. If they are not treated promptly and properly, they can lead to more serious or chronic pain, injury, or discomfort.Hold Others Accountable When Carelessness Leads to Catastrophic Injuries
Most cases arising from accidents are based on negligence claims. This means that the victim tries to show that the defendant owed the victim a duty of reasonable care, that the defendant breached the duty, and that the defendant’s breach injured the victim. For example, store owners have the duty to protect customers from dangerous conditions on their properties. If they fail to clean up spilled food on the floor, for example, they may have breached that duty. A customer who slips on the spilled food and suffers fracture may have a negligence claim against the store owner and pursue compensation.
Damages include direct monetary losses, such as the costs of medical treatment, property damage, lost wages, and loss of future income potential. These costs are relatively easy to quantify. But, in severe injury cases, there often are other direct costs. For example, a paralyzed individual may have to pay for child care or household services like cooking and cleaning that they did not need before the accident.
Non-monetary damages can include pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of affection, companionship, or consortium (marital relations). In some cases, punitive damages may be available if the defendant acted with extreme carelessness or recklessness. You may sue only once for a personal injury. When you file suit, therefore, you must seek all of the damages that result from the incident. If an accident involves permanent or severe physical harm, special costs can arise that may not readily be apparent. If your attorney is not experienced enough to identify these special costs, you may find that your damage award—even if it seems substantial—does not come close to fully compensating you in the long run.Discuss Your Case with an Experienced New York Lawyer
Queens serious injury attorney John Cassisi is intimately familiar with the many varieties of life-changing harm that accident victims may suffer. If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury, contact the Cassisi Law Firm at (718) 441-5050, or use our online form to set up your free consultation. We proudly serve clients in Queens, the Bronx, and Brooklyn, and in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.