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What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

wrongful deathCertain injuries are referred to as “catastrophic” because they are permanent and life-altering. New Jersey victims of catastrophic injuries and their families often face the daunting prospect of arranging for long-term medical care for the permanently injured or disabled person. Given the long-term nature of these injuries, the proper evaluation and handling of a catastrophic injury claim is crucial.

Types of Catastrophic Injury

Catastrophic injuries typically have a significant and lasting impact on the victim and their families. Victims can be left unable to work and often need constant care and attention from family members or caregivers which can have additional impact on expenses and future earnings.

Catastrophic injuries generally fall into three categories:

Physical Injury

Physical injuries can include spinal cord injuries, severe burns, organ damage, loss of limb, and similar injuries that impact a person’s psychical being and functionality.

Cognitive Injury

Cognitive injuries typically stem from traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can affect a person’s ability to think, remember, work, etc.

Economic Injury

Economic injuries impact the finances of the injured person and their family. Lost wages, medical bills cost of future care are just a few.

What Can I Recover From a Catastrophic Injury Claim?

If you or a loved one was injured by the negligence of others it may be possible to pursue compensation.

Medical Expenses

Medical expenses can be overwhelming. From the initial cost of emergency room care and medical treatment to the costs of rehabilitative and permanent medical care, medical costs can be significant.

Lost Wages and Future Earnings

If your injuries have left you unable to work you may be entitled to lost wages caused by the injuries. In addition, you may be eligible to receive compensation for future lost earnings if your injuries prevent you from returning to work.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering damages can also be pursued and may take into account issues such as loss of enjoyment of life, disability, impairment and other non-economic damages caused by the injuries.

Frequenty Asked Questions about Catastrophic injury

A: A catastrophic illness or injury is defined as being a health condition that a health care provider has deemed to be likely to result in a loss of 30 days of missed work or more in a twelve-month period.

A: Catastrophic injuries may include:

  • Broken bones
  • Severe neck, back and spinal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal organ injuries

A: There are countless ways in which catastrophic injuries can present themselves. Here are some of the most common:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Medical errors
  • Slip and falls
  • Construction accidents
  • Defective products

A: Catastrophic injuries can have serious long-term impacts to a person’s health and potential to earn. These may include:

  • Permanent loss of function
  • Inability to earn / employment difficulties
  • Need for partial or full-time care
  • Need for long-term medical attention
  • Scarring or disfigurement

A: Cases involving serious injury typically require legal assistance and will undoubtedly benefit from legal advice from an experienced injury lawyer. Understanding the legal landscape of catastrophic injury cases is of paramount importance when crafting a legal claim.

How The Reinartz Law Firm Can Help

The Reinartz Law Firm is experienced in investigating, litigating, and managing the complexities of catastrophic injury claims. Whether called upon to analyze the technical aspects of an event, product, or procedure that caused an injury or evaluate medical records and related documentation to determine the full value of a claim, we are up to the challenge. Our experience in litigating these claims allows us to prepare a thorough case, and seek compensation that will provide future financial support to the catastrophically injured person and their family.

Contact us today to talk to a lawyer. We offer a free consultation to discuss your potential claim.