Serious Personal Injury

Serious & Catastrophic Injuries Lawyers in New York City

Counsel for the Severely Injured and Their Families

If you or someone you love has suffered a severe injury as the result of another person’s negligence, malice, or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation.

There are many causes of serious personal injury. Some of the most common and serious include:

  • spinal cord injury
  • burn injury
  • catastrophic injuries such as lost limbs, brain injury, multiple bone fractures or breaks, and punctured lungs.

Proner & Proner handles the full range of serious personal injury cases. We have recovered many large verdicts and settlements for our clients. If we can help you with a serious personal injury claim, contact us.

Spinal Cord Injury

Back pain is nearly unavoidable. An estimated 80% of Americans will experience some level of back pain during their lives.
However, persistent or particularly intense back pain may indicate a spinal cord injury which requires medical attention.
Injury to the spinal cord can also happen in traumatic situations such vehicle accidents. Slips, falls, and even activities like lifting, pushing, or pulling heavy objects without proper back support, can all cause spinal cord injury.

Even office workers with poorly adjusted chairs are at some risk for spinal cord injury, since bad posture can cause back strain or even herniated discs and nerve damage.
When a severe spinal cord injury occurs, trauma is the most common cause. All too often, trauma the result of a person being injured in unsafe conditions.
The consequences of severe trauma to the spinal cord can be devastating. Severe spinal cord injury can leave the victim completely or partially paralyzed, or suffering from chronic pain.
At the same time, the financial toll of a severe back or spinal cord injury can be staggering. Medical bills, rehabilitation, personal assistance following the injury, and lost wages and benefits, can add up to a huge sum of money.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistics Center reports that, on average, the cost to the victim of a spinal cord injury is more than $340,000 for any loss of motor function, and over $1,000,000 if the victim suffers from high tetraplegia. Costs for each subsequent year ranging from $42,000 to $184,000 depending on the severity of the injury.

Burn Injury

Burn injuries are among the most painful to endure, and the recovery and rehabilitation process can be very lengthy.
Many kinds of accidents can cause burn injuries. Some causes of burn injuries include:

Whatever their cause, injuries from burns can be extremely painful and their treatment can be very expensive. Those costs can include:

  • Initial hospitalization and physician fees
  • Follow-up hospital costs
  • Costs of reconstructive surgery
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost earnings
  • Pain and suffering

Just the initial hospital costs and physician fees associated with treating a burn on one-third of an adult’s body can amount to about $200,000.

Other Serious Personal Injuries

Catastrophic injuries cause severe, often life-threatening damage, often requiring surgery or immediate treatment. Catastrophic personal injuries can be caused in a number of ways. Motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents, airplane and boating accidents, and sports injuries are only a few of the most common.

Head injuries are especially dangerous because of the potential for brain injury. Read more about head trauma on our page about the causes of brain injury.
Any accident has the potential to cause serious injury that results in lifelong disability, resulting in lost income, medical bills, and anxiety and worry for families.

If you or a loved one have suffered serious personal injury, Proner & Proner has years of experience seeking compensation for injured victims. We will work with you to understand what your claim is worth, and fight for you. Contact us for a free assessment of your case.


Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.


$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic

Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

We understand motorcyclists because we ride


$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck

Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury

Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus

Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation

Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.