Catastrophic Injuries

Long Island Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

Filing a Catastrophic Injury Claim in New York City

Although any injury has the potential to change a person’s life, some injuries are so serious, they result in permanent impairment and lifelong limitations. In the legal world, these are known as “catastrophic injuries.”

Catastrophic injuries frequently require extensive medical care, leading to massive bills and other related costs. To make matters worse, victims are often unable to return to work—sometimes temporarily and sometimes permanently—meaning they lose weeks, months, or even years of expected income. On top of all this, the trauma of the accident and the victim’s injuries can be debilitating.

At the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, we understand the significant impact catastrophic injuries have, both on victims and their families. Led by Long Island catastrophic injury lawyer Joseph J. Perrini, III, our team offers caring and compassionate support to each and every client. We have successfully represented individuals throughout New York City and the surrounding areas, recovering tens of millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts.

If you or someone you love was catastrophically injured due to the negligence or another, contact the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III at (888) 246-2202 for a free consultation today.

What Makes an Injury Catastrophic?

There is no official definition of “catastrophic injury,” but most agree that any injury that results in significant and/or permanent impairment or limitation of a bodily function, member, organ, or system is considered "serious." In New York, injuries that meet the state’s “serious injury threshold” for auto accident claims are often classified as catastrophic, as well.

Some examples of catastrophic injuries include:

These and other serious injuries often result in partial or total disability, as well as tens to hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of dollars in damages. At the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, we believe that you deserve justice if you were seriously injured due to the careless, reckless, or wrongful conduct of someone else.

How Do Catastrophic Injuries Happen?

Most often, catastrophic injuries result from catastrophic events, such as major accidents. However, a catastrophic injury can also result from a seemingly minor incident, such as a fender-bender or slip and fall.

Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries include:

Often, these incidents can be contributed to negligence—when a motorist, employer, caregiver, manufacturer, property owner, or some other person or party is negligent, innocent individuals can suffer devastating injuries with life-altering effects. If you believe another person or party’s negligent or wrongful conduct was the cause of your or your loved one’s catastrophic injury, turn to the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III for a free consultation. Our Long Island catastrophic injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options during a free and confidential consultation.

How Are Catastrophic Injury Claims Different from Other Personal Injury Claims?

Catastrophic injury claims are different from standard personal injury claims in several key ways. First, they tend to be much higher in value. This is due to the fact that catastrophically injured victims typically require more intensive medical attention than less-seriously injured victims and may even require lifelong care. Catastrophic injury victims are also at risk of being partially or totally disabled, meaning they may be unable to continue working and earning a living to support themselves and their families.

In short, catastrophic injury damages are typically much higher than standard personal injury damages, meaning these claims are often very high in value. As a result, insurance companies are even more invested in disputing or denying catastrophic injury claims. This is another factor that sets these cases apart from others—the pushback from insurance adjusters and defense teams. In other words, catastrophic injury victims may face tougher battles when it comes to securing the full, fair compensation they are owed.

Another thing that makes catastrophic injury claims unique in New York is the fact that these cases typically provide grounds for going outside the state’s no-fault system. This system comes into play in most motor vehicle accident cases, including those involving passenger vehicles, commercial trucks, pedestrians, and bicyclists. One of the only ways an individual can go outside the no-fault system and bring a claim or lawsuit against a negligent party is by proving that their injuries meet New York’s “serious injury threshold.” Most catastrophic injuries do.

Although it is always important to have a lawyer by your side after a serious accident or injury, this is especially true in cases involving catastrophic injuries. You are likely to face numerous challenges, from getting necessary medical treatment to managing lost wages and everyday expenses to negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement. As your Long Island catastrophic injury attorney, Joseph J. Perrini, III is prepared to fight tirelessly for you and for the maximum compensation you are owed. If necessary, he can even take your case to trial.

Seeking the Justice You Deserve

You should not have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. When you turn to the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, you get a team of trusted legal professionals ready to advocate for you and your recovery. Led by founding attorney, Joseph J. Perrini, III, we offer truly personalized legal representation, as well as a high level of accessibility and attorney-client communication.

Our firm is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we accept all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay any out-of-pocket expenses when you hire the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III. Instead, we only collect legal fees if we secure compensation for you.

To get started with a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, call (888) 246-2202 or fill out and submit a free online case evaluation form today.


When Results Matter, Your Attorney Matters
  • Insurance Industry Insight

    Our firm knows how insurance companies operate and is prepared to leverage this insight to advocate for the recovery that you deserve.

  • Client-Centered Approach

    For us, it is not about the money. We genuinely care about our clients and will do everything we can to make them whole after an injury.

  • Personalized Legal Solutions

    Our firm is dedicated to providing you with undivided attention, as well as to tailoring our approach to your particular needs.

  • A Legacy of Results

    Our experienced legal team is not afraid to go to trial on behalf of our clients and has recovered millions of dollars in the process.

Our Results

Successful Verdicts & Settlements
  • Car Accident $1,950,000

    $1,950,000.00 to plaintiff who sustained fractures to his lower extremity when involved in an intersection accident.

  • Bus Accident $1,875,000

    $1,875,000.00 to an administrative assistant who was struck in the rear by a bus and sustained cervical and lumbar herniations requiring surgery.

  • Car Accident $1,450,000

    $1,450,000.00 to a student that was injured in a Florida highway accident who sustained a lumbar herniated disc requiring surgical intervention.

  • Car Accident $1,150,000

    $1,150,000.00 to student who sustained herniated discs requiring surgery while a passenger in a van that was cut off by another motor vehicle.

  • Rear-End Accident $850,000

    $850,000.00 to a middle-aged plaintiff who was rear-ended while at a stoplight and sustained a shoulder tear and cervical disc herniation which required fusion surgery.

  • Van Accident $675,000

    $675,000.00 to a plaintiff who was struck by a van and sustained a herniated disc and extremity injuries.

  • Car Accident $675,000

    $675,000.00 to a woman involved in an automobile accident who claimed a herniated disc in her cervical spine and an aggravation of herniated and bulging discs in the cervical and lumbar spine requiring a cervical fusion surgery.

  • Pedestrian Accident $550,000

    $550,000.00 to a middle-aged plaintiff who was struck at an intersection and sustained knee injuries requiring two arthroscopic surgeries and a right shoulder tear.

  • Slip & Fall $470,000

    $470,000.00 to an 86 year old woman that tripped and fell on an uneven portion of asphalt in a parking lot who sustained a fractured left shoulder requiring a reverse arthroplasty.

  • Slip & Fall $450,000

    $450,000.00 to a middle-aged plaintiff who tripped and fell when she attempted to step over a plastic gate that was utilized to keep the defendant’s dog from gaining access to certain rooms in the defendant’s house (defendant offered $25,000.00 prior to obtaining the jury verdict).


Hear What Past Clients Have to Say About Us
  • “If you want a personal injury lawyer that will not back down from insurance carriers and their lawyers, Joseph J. Perrini, III is the attorney that will fight for you until you win the best settlement for your injuries.”

    - William M.
  • “He took the time to explain each step of the process and helped me to better understand the legal side of things. He settled on our behalf and delivered as promised, earlier than expected. We would use Mr. Perrini again without hesitation!”

    - K. H.
  • “The choice to go with this firm has been, hands-down, the greatest choice. The attention to detail and focus and attention to our case meant the world to us. The tireless efforts during the duration of our case were quite admirable.”

    - Leon P.
  • “He will fight to make sure justice prevails and will go toe-to-toe on your behalf. I am very pleased with the settlement and the outcome. If you're looking for a good attorney for your case, you will not be disappointed. I recommend him without hesitation.”

    - Watchman S.
  • “He and his staff were very professional and helpful. He fought for my rights and ensured that I got an appropriate settlement. Every time I spoke to anyone from the office, they asked how I was feeling and made sure I understood each step in the process.”

    - Danielle E.