Catastrophic Injury Causes and Options
New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys Explain Catastrophic Accidents
A catastrophic injury is any kind of severe personal injury that results in prolonged or permanent disability. For example, a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury could result in lifelong paralysis or impairment. Most people who sustain a catastrophic injury need expensive, ongoing medical care for the rest of their lives. As a result, personal injury claims and lawsuits for these types of injuries are often more complex than regular cases.
At Keefe Law Firm, our New Jersey personal injury attorneys have experience negotiating and litigating catastrophic injury claims. In prosecuting your case, our lawyers take the time to understand all of your expenses, both past and future. We will fight for your right to compensation for these costs and will take your case to court, if that is in your best interest. As a result, we have a record of success with cases involving catastrophic personal injuries.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
Personal injuries that result from third party negligence typically range in severity depending on the type and seriousness of the accident that causes them. Minor personal injuries may include cuts and bruises from a car crash that may heal within a few weeks. By contrast, a catastrophic injury may never heal, and almost always has a permanent effect on the victim’s life. Some common examples of these types of injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury. An injury to the brain can cause a wide range of permanent conditions, including paralysis and cognitive impairment. In addition, traumatic brain injuries generally do not heal completely, and often affect a victim’s personality and thought processes as well.
- Spinal cord injury. Damage to the spinal cord is often irreparable, and can result in partial or permanent paralysis below the site of the injury.
- Serious burn injuries. Extensive burns often require skin grafts and other slow, painful treatments. Additionally, the most serious burns can damage the muscle and nerves beneath the skin, resulting in loss of sensation or movement. Burns also may result in permanent disfigurement, which can be psychologically traumatizing to victims.
- Loss of a limb. Some serious accidents may result in the loss of a limb, either during the accident or as a medical necessity as a result of extensive damage. Amputation victims usually require prosthetics as well as prolonged rehabilitation periods.
These types of injuries may affect your ability to work, live your normal life or even care for yourself. Furthermore, you will likely require expensive medical treatment, therapy and possibly around-the-clock care. However, if your catastrophic injury resulted from someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for these costs through a personal injury lawsuit.
What are the Most Common Causes of Catastrophic Personal Injuries?
Nearly any type of accident can result in a catastrophic injury, depending on the circumstances. However, the most common causes of these types of injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents. Any car crash can potentially result in catastrophic injuries, especially if the vehicles are traveling at high speeds. Additionally, when a motorcyclist or pedestrian is involved, the potential for devastating injuries increases.
- Truck accidents. Semi trucks are much larger and heavier than regular cars. As a result, truck crashes more commonly result in permanent injuries or wrongful death, especially for passengers of other vehicles.
- Slip and fall accidents. Even a seemingly minor slip and fall accident can result in permanent, disabling injuries, particularly if you hit your head or spine.
- Construction accidents. Negligence on a construction site can cause devastating accidents and injuries, including falls from great heights and machinery malfunctions.
- Medical malpractice. If a doctor makes a mistake during treatment or surgery, he or she can cause additional, catastrophic personal injuries to an already ill or hurt patient. Catastrophic birth injuries that cause permanent conditions like cerebral palsy are a common result of medical malpractice.
- Explosions and fires. An explosion or fire due to negligence on a worksite, boat or in the home can cause catastrophic burn injuries.
- Defective products. Sometimes, product defects can cause permanent, disabling injuries as well. Common examples include amputated fingers and toes due to design defects in children’s toys and other products. Defective medical devices and medications can also result in serious brain and/or spine injuries.
- Violence. Assault is common cause of catastrophic personal injuries. Often, the person who causes these types of injuries will face criminal charges. However, assault victims may also file a civil lawsuit in order to recover compensation for medical bills and other damages.
More Questions? Call Our New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys Today
A catastrophic personal injury lawsuit is often complex and may involve multiple defendants as well as require many expert witnesses like medical professionals and economists to help calculate your future needs. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Keefe Law Firm understand what these kinds of cases entail. We can put together a compelling case on your behalf while you concentrate on healing.
If you or a loved one sustained a catastrophic injury in an accident that was not your fault, contact our law firm today. We have offices throughout New Jersey, in Red Bank, New Brunswick and Newark, and accept cases nationwide. We offer free, confidential case reviews as well as contingency fee arrangements. Contact us online or call us today to schedule a free initial consultation.