New Jersey Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries are generally described as a severe injury that leads to a lifetime of significant medical treatment, repeated reconstructive surgeries, or long-term / lifetime permanent disfigurement or impairment. Injuries this severe cause permanent disability, significant suffering, prolonged absence from work (or inability to work altogether), and substantially shorten an injured person’s lifespan up to and including premature death of the victim.
Catastrophic injuries can be the result of many different types of accidents, including motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, construction accidents, workplace injuries, even severe slip-and-fall accidents. Some examples of longterm or permanent injuries that might be considered “catastrophic” for purposes of an injury claim include:
- spinal cord injuries
- traumatic brain injuries
- partial or total paralysis
- loss of sight or hearing
- organ damage
- severe burn injuries
- disfigurement and significant scarring
These injuries can often put serious stress on the victim’s family because they may need constant supervision or assistance for the rest of their lives, as well as a lifetime of rehabilitation and medical bills. Catastrophic injury settlements seek to compensate victims for these lifelong disabilities.