While we respond compassionately to all potential clients when they first contact us, we will need to evaluate the facts of your case to help you determine the likelihood that you can recover for most of your injuries and losses. For example, some clients come to us who believe that they are likely to be found at least partially liable for the accident. When that happens, we must then explain how New York’s comparative negligence law affects a partially liable plaintiff’s potential compensation.
As for a more specific explanation of how insurance companies and others classify injuries as “serious,” we can tell you that the following results of an accident are nearly always viewed as serious.
- Any loss of life
- Amputation injuries
- Disfigurement – especially the type that may require long-term corrective surgeries
- Permanent disability. This is usually based on one or more major body part injuries – or damage to internal organs or systems (like the central nervous system)
- Significant loss of bodily functioning – usually long-term or permanent Injuries so severe that the accident victim can no longer do any type of work – or handle any similar types of activities – like they could prior to the accident. This often means that the person may need to simply adjust to a far more sedentary life in the future.