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SERIOUS INJURY ACCIDENTS

At The Sachs Firm, you're a friend, not a number. And just as we would tell our family and friends, it is important that you call us immediately to protect your rights in the event of a pedestrian accident. You have a limited time with which to make a claim or you may not be able to make a claim at all. Call us today and speak directly Brian Sachs or one of our other dedicated staff members. We'll be glad to answer your questions, free of charge, and help you determine if you have a case. Call our toll free number 1-888-SACHSLAW (1-888-722-4752) or fill out the form to the left and a staff member will respond to your request.

What qualifies as a serious injury?

Many clients that have come to The Sachs Firm, think that they don't have a case. Very often they are wrong. Brian Sachs can help you determine whether the accident or negligence that occurred to you or to a love one is a threshold injury case. Here are some examples of incidences that could result in a case against the negligence party.

Under New York State law, a serious injury can be defined as any of the following:

  • Death
  • Dismemberment - Loss of limb(s)
  • Significant disfigurement/scarring - The injury must be significant enough to cause a reasonable person to view the result as 'unattractive, objectionable or as the subject of pity or scorn'.
  • Fracture of a bone or a part of a bone
  • Loss of a fetus
  • Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
  • Permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member
  • Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system
  • The '90/180 Day Rule' - Defined as an impairment of a non-permanent nature that prevents the victim from conducting daily activities for at least 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the accident.

Legal Advice for personal injury cases following an accident

Hypothetical Case #1: Pedestrian knockdown with no broken bones and no time missed from work. Client complained of knee pain and has herniations of the lumbar and cervical spine as a result of the accident. After many months, the client had knee surgery and had a series of epidural injections to the back. This client had a successful recovery from both the defendant and the client's own UM/SUM policy without going to arbitration, mediation or trial.

Hypothetical Case #2: Construction worker at a building falls from scaffolding that collapsed at a construction site that is filled with debris and unsafe conditions. He fractures his femur and requires several surgeries. He is out of work for over two years. The construction worker files a Workers' Compensation claim with his employer. The construction worker, in this case, also has a claim against the general contractor at the building site (who is not his employer) and also against the building owners and managers. This allows the worker to sue those other than his employer for a monetary recovery over and above the Workmen's Compensation claim.

Hypothetical Case #3: A husband is driving and his wife is the passenger. They get into an automobile accident due to the husband's bad judgment at an intersection. The wife fractures her ankle and requires surgery and rehabilitation in a hospital facility. Since they have "spousal insurance" the wife can sue her own husband in order to recover a monetary award for her injuries. Without spousal insurance, the wife may not have a claim for her injuries.

At The Sachs Firm, you're a friend, not a number. We make YOU a priority.

Call us today and speak directly Brian Sachs or one of our other dedicated staff members. We'll be glad to answer your questions, free of charge, and help you determine if you have a case. Call our toll free number 1-888-SACHSLAW (1-888-722-4752) or fill out the form to the left and a staff member will respond to your request.