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Serious Injuries & Wrongful Death

New York Personal Injury Lawyers - Serious Injuries

We have litigated matters involving the most serious injuries including:

Brain Damage

Brain damage can be caused by an automobile accident, a fall, a workplace accident, a construction accident, or from any type of accident involving trauma to the head and can also be caused by medical malpractice at childbirth.

For accidental injuries involving brain damage, see the "Head or Face Injuries" section of this web page below. For brain injuries caused by medical malpractice during childbirth, see the "Cerebral Palsy" and "Erb's Palsy" sections of this web page below.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by a bump or blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The severity of these cases can vary, ranging from a fractured skull, bleeding to the brain or damage to the brain tissue. The effects of these injuries can lead to cognitive and emotional problems that can intensify over time if left untreated or can result in the individual lapsing into a coma.

Bone Fractures

Some accidents can cause serious bone fractures or injuries to the human skeleton, including:

Head or Face Injury

Serious injuries involving the head include:

Fractures can also affect every part of the face, including:

Spinal Cord, Neck, and Back Injuries

Serious injuries involving the neck and back include:


An amputation of any body part is clearly both a tragic and serious injury, and results in the need for extensive physical therapy and a diminished quality of life.

Eye Injuries

The eye is the window to the soul. Any diminishment of sight in any degree is serious, including:

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is an oxygen deprivation injury that results when the infant's supply of oxygen to the brain is reduced. The doctor has a responsibility to monitor the child during delivery to ensure that it is properly oxygenated, and to take immediate action to correct any potential problems.

Erb’s Palsy

Erb's or Brachial Plexus Palsy is a mechanical trauma injury to the nerves controlling the upper arm and shoulder. This injury may be caused by a doctor using too much force on the child's head during delivery or by misjudging the baby's weight and not taking proper precautions. Some children are left with a permanent nerve injury to their shoulder and arm. Many times, this injury is preventable when the doctor follows acceptable procedures that can be used to deliver the child without permanent nerve damage.


Quadriplegia and paraplegia are serious injuries that can be caused by an automobile accident, a fall, a workplace accident, a construction accident, or any other type of accident involving personal injury to an adult or a child, and can also be caused by medical malpractice at the time of childbirth.

The birth of your new family member should be a wondrous occasion. However, when your baby is born with an injury, joy quickly turns to concern. Complications can occur during the labor and delivery process that result in injury. Many of these injuries are preventable and only happen because of medical errors.

Birth injuries that can be prevented in some cases include:

Nerve Damage and Neurological Disorders

Nerve damage can be caused by an automobile accident, a fall, a workplace accident, a construction accident, or any other type of accident involving personal injury to an adult or a child and can also be caused by medical malpractice at the time of childbirth.

Injuries often associated with accidents include:

Scars and Burns

Cuts, burns, and scars are very serious injuries, regardless of the body part that is injured. Very often, lacerations or burns lead to permanent scarring that, in addition to pain, causes significant disfigurement, broad raised discolored scars, keloid scars, stitches, staples, and cosmetic damage requiring plastic surgery. Serious psychiatric and psychological damage and injury can also occur whenever even minor scars or burns are visible to others.

Serious Burn Injuries

A serious skin burn can be one of the most traumatic and disfiguring injuries one can experience. According to the American Burn Association, each year in the United States, 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention. Such injuries can be caused by:

Burns may be categorized in a few different ways, depending on the level of severity:

To avoid serious infection and other complications from burns, seek medical attention immediately. Seriously burned patients often need expert care to deal with the long-term physical and psychological effects of their injuries.

Organ or Internal Damage

Important bodily functions, organs, and systems can be seriously injured in an accident or due to medical malpractice. These include, but are not limited to:

Torn Muscle or Ligament Tears

Seriously torn muscles, torn tendons, ligament tears and cartilage injuries that can involve surgery include:

Wrongful Death

Whenever the negligence, omission, or other tortious action of one person causes the death of another in a car accident, fall, workplace accident, through medical malpractice, or by an other type of accident, the decedent’s representative can commence a lawsuit on behalf of the decedent's family. A wrongful death claim is usually sought by the family members who seek monetary recovery due to the pain and suffering of their departed loved one, or who have lost a considerable amount of money as a result of the death. Other people who may file a wrongful death claim include the parent who has suffered the loss of a child, a child who has suffered the loss of a parent, by a wife or a husband who has suffered the loss of a spouse and spousal consortium, or if the family is no longer able to benefit from the wages earned by the decedent.

Wrongful death due to medical malpractice can be caused by the following:

Wrongful death suits can also result from non-medical causes such as:

It should be noted that the victim's pain and suffering just prior to death is not part of a wrongful death case. It is, however, a separate cause of action, which our skilled attorneys will also pursue on his/her behalf.

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