Types of Injuries
There are many different types of injuries for which you may be able to recover damages as a result of an accident. Whether you can recover damages in a legal claim usually depends on proving another party's fault for the accident, and different cases require proof of different elements. For example, what you need to prove after a construction accident is different from what you need to prove if you are hurt while shopping at a retail store. At Newman, Anzalone & Newman, our New York City injury lawyers provide skillful legal representation to accident victims so that they can focus on recovery.Common Types of Serious Injuries
Serious injuries can affect any part of the body, including the back and spinal cord, the neck, the head and brain, the skin, the limbs, or the bones. Each of these body parts can be hurt in multiple different ways. For example, a back injury encompasses herniated discs, damaged soft tissue, and broken vertebrae. These injuries are often incapacitating and extremely painful.
In some cases, the injuries result in lifelong disabilities. For example, if you suffer a spinal cord injury, you may be partially or completely paralyzed. You might have paraplegia or quadriplegia. You may need nursing care and help with basic daily functions. Similarly, a traumatic brain injury may result in physical and cognitive impairments that require rehabilitation. In some cases, an accident victim can recover from a traumatic brain injury, but often the recovery is difficult and expensive.
Severe burn injuries are some of the most painful and challenging to treat of all injuries. In some cases, it is necessary for an accident victim who has been burned to have skin grafts and multiple reconstructive surgeries. In addition to their effect on appearance, serious and disfiguring scars can make it difficult to move because they alter the tissue in the area of the injury.
Broken bones are relatively common. However, they can vary in severity. Some bones break or pierce the skin, which increases the likelihood of infections. In other cases, bones are shattered into multiple pieces, and more than one surgery is required to install rods and screws to address the breaks.
Amputations can be especially traumatic. A sudden impact can result in crushing or severing a limb. While prosthetics are available and may improve life quality, these are quite expensive. For most people, the only way to afford the costs associated with amputation injuries is to bring a personal injury lawsuit.
Liability for serious injuries arising out of many common accidents, such as car crashes or slip and falls, is usually established by proving negligence by a preponderance of the evidence. You will need to show that the defendant owed you a duty of care, breached this duty, and as a result proximately (legally) and actually caused your injuries.
Damages that you may be able to recover if you can establish liability include medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, household services, out-of-pocket expenses, physical therapy, vocational rehabilitation, physical rehabilitation, pain and suffering, mental anguish, scarring, disfigurement, and emotional distress. You will need to prove not only liability but also the damages themselves. In some complicated cases, it may be necessary to retain an expert to testify about the extent of the harm caused by an injury and any costs that are necessary for a complete recovery. For example, if you need multiple revision surgeries as a result of scars on your face after a truck accident, your attorney may need to retain a plastic surgery expert to explain to the jury that you reasonably need those surgeries and what they cost.
Some injuries are so serious that they are fatal. The personal representative of a decedent's estate may be able to recover damages through a wrongful death action.Seek Assistance from a New York City Attorney in Understanding Your Options
Newman, Anzalone & Newman provides dedicated legal representation to people pursuing damages for many different types of injuries after an accident caused by someone else in New York City. Our lawyers represent victims in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Call us at 718-896-2700 or complete our online form for an appointment.