Types of Injuries - Explained by Our Long Island Accident Lawyers
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our team of Long Island accident lawyers represents victims in a range of injury cases. The following are some examples of the types of injury cases we handle:
- Neck Injuries: There are many kinds of painful and debilitating neck injuries, including whiplash, fractured vertebrae, soft tissue injuries such as tendon or ligament injuries, and others. These injuries are exceptionally painful and may severely limit mobility.
- Back Injuries: A back injury can be so extreme that the victim is unable to function in even the most simple of daily tasks. These injuries can include broken vertebrae, herniated discs, torn or damaged soft tissue including muscle tissue, ligaments and tendons and other injuries. Back injuries can leave a person in extreme pain and often incapacitated for months or longer.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: A spinal cord injury often leaves the injured person with disabilities and facing a life of challenges. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, the person may suffer partial or complete paralysis, including cases of paraplegia and quadriplegia (tetraplegia).
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: An injury to the brain is potentially fatal, but when a victim survives, the prognosis can still be grim. The person may suffer both physical and cognitive disabilities. The recovery time is long and grueling, and may include several surgeries and extensive rehabilitation treatment in an attempt to help the person restore the ability to walk, speak or regain basic functions.
- Burn Injuries: Severe burns are very difficult to treat and are one of the most painful of all injuries. Many severe burns will require skin grafts and reconstructive surgeries in an attempt to restore the appearance of the victim. Many burn injuries leave permanent, disfiguring scars and limit mobility.
- Amputations: A sudden impact that crushes or severs a body part is a catastrophic injury. Various types of incidents can lead to the need for amputation, such as when a limb is crushed or partially severed. Prosthetics and other adaptive devices can improve an amputee’s life, but they are usually very expensive.
- Fractures (Broken or Shattered Bones): Broken bones vary in severity, ranging from a cracked bone that has remained in place to the most serious cases in which bones break through the skin, increasing the chances of serious infections, or cases in which the bone is shattered and will require one or more surgeries and the installation of screws, rods and other hardware.
- Shoulder Injuries: A painful shoulder injury is a common type of injury after a fall, motorcycle accident or car accident. These injuries also occur in the workplace, particularly in the construction industry. The shoulder can be a difficult area to treat successfully due to the range of motion required by the joint and muscle structure.
- Knee Injuries: A knee injury can leave the victim with permanent impairment, pain and limited mobility. The recovery from a severe knee injury can be lengthy and the outcome uncertain.
- Nerve Damage and Chronic Pain: Medical science has advanced in the treatment of nerve damage, but fully resolving bruised, torn or crushed nerve tissue can be impossible. The victim may be left with diminished sensation or suffer other impairments that cannot be resolved.
- Disfiguring Injuries: Severe lacerations, cuts, burns and abrasions often leave permanent scars. The location of the scar can have a heavy emotional toll on the victim. Facial scarring or other visible scars must be compensated not only for the costs involved in treatment and care, but for the emotional impact upon the victim.
- Pain & Suffering: In addition to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other economic losses, an accident victim may also be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering that resulted from the injury.
- Emotional Distress: Psychological injuries – for example, those caused by workplace harassment or a misdiagnosis – may be compensable. Unlike pain and suffering, emotional distress may be compensable even in the absence of a physical injury.
There are several types of damages that can be pursued depending on the facts in the case. Damages may include the following:
- Costs of all medical care.
- Hospital and doctor’s bills.
- Rehabilitation costs.
- Medication costs.
- Transportation costs.
- Lost wages, current and future.
- Diminished earning capacity.
- Property damage.
- Other financial damages.
- Compensation for pain and suffering.
- Compensation for loss of quality of life.
Injured? Our Long Island Accident Lawyers can Help
Our legal team works closely with clients, medical specialists and other professionals to make sure compensation covers all the bases: surgery and rehab, nursing or assisted care, medical equipment, medications, disability accommodations, lost wages and loss of projected earnings, plus appropriate damages for pain and suffering, emotional trauma and/or lost enjoyment of life.
Even a minor injury can be temporarily disabling — or more serious than you think. You should always seek medical attention after an accident and talk to an attorney before giving any statements or signing anything.
For a free claim evaluation and consultation, call to speak to a Long Island accident lawyer now or fill out our online contact form. We will respond promptly. We can arrange evening and weekend appointments, and we can come to you.