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Suffering catastrophic injuries in a preventable accident is a tragedy that no family should ever face.

However, the reality is that countless families across the country are confronted with this very reality each year.

If you suffered catastrophic injuries in a motor vehicle collision, workplace accident, or any other type of accident, the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima can help.

With 25 years of experience, we have the skill, dedication, and passion to aggressively pursue maximum compensation on behalf of your family.

What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

While there is no universal definition for the term “catastrophic injury,” most personal injury lawyers agree that they involve serious injuries to the spine, spinal cord, or brain.

These injuries often result in an accident victim suffering severe, lifelong limitations.

What Goes into a Settlement for Catastrophic Injuries?

When an insurance company reviews a claim to determine how much to offer an accident victim, it considers many factors.

One of the most important factors involves the extent of the accident victim’s injuries.

For example, an injury that permanently limits a person’s ability to work or enjoy their life commands a higher settlement than those that will heal completely.

Because catastrophic injuries most often affect a victim’s brain, spine, or spinal cord, they usually result in irreversible injuries that warrant a significant settlement figure.

The other heavily weighted factor in determining the value of a catastrophic injury settlement is whether the accident victim was partially responsible for their injuries.

Under New York law, courts use a doctrine called “pure comparative fault” when determining how to award damages in an accident case.

The pure comparative fault doctrine allows for a judge to reduce an accident victim’s total compensation by their own percentage of fault.

For example, if an accident victim suffered $800,000 in damages but was 25% at fault, they would receive $600,000 instead of the full $800,000.

Of course, insurance companies are not bound by this doctrine during settlement negotiations.

However, in an effort to pay out as little as possible, they take comparative fault principles into account when determining a settlement offer.

Schedule a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Injuries with a Skilled New York Personal Injury Lawyer

If you recently suffered catastrophic injuries in a preventable accident, contact the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima for immediate assistance.

At the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima, we have 25 years of experience investigating, negotiating, and litigating these complex and high-stakes cases. 

We understand what your family is going through during this challenging time and do everything possible to make the recovery process as easy on you as possible.

We also take catastrophic injury cases on a contingency basis. This means we won’t get paid unless we can secure catastrophic injury compensation on your behalf. 

To schedule a free consultation, call 516-280-7311 today. You can also connect with us through our online contact form.

The information provided on this page speaks in general terms. Of course, there are often exceptions that apply in certain situations. For a complete list of all exceptions please consult the Consolidated Laws of New York. Attorney Naima is also happy to answer any questions you have about your injuries or ability to pursue a claim against the responsible party.

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Theodore A. Naima

Theodore A. Naima is the founding partner of the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima, a Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Law Firm based in New York. In 2015, Ted was awarded the prestigious AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the company that has long been recognized as setting the gold standard for lawyer ratings, signifying the highest degree of peer recognition and professional excellence.

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