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Although injury can cause great inconvenience and pain in your life, there are particular injuries that are much more substantial in terms of physical, emotional, and financial consequence. Often, these injuries are referred to as catastrophic injuries. If you have suffered a serious injury in the state of New Jersey, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for your damages.

Catastrophic injuries are life-changing, and almost always permanent. Examples of common catastrophic injuries:

  • Amputations of limbs or digits
  • Severe impact to one or more major systems in the body
  • Burn injuries that cause severe scarring or disfigurement
  • Loss of hearing, eyesight, or other senses
  • Damage to the head, spinal cord, or neck
  • Neurological injuries and disorders
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Multiple bone fractures

Many catastrophic injuries require lifelong treatment as a result of the permanent impairment, serious disabilities, and paralysis they often cause. These injuries can prevent individuals from returning to work cause significant financial debt, and seriously impact quality of life, leading to additional emotional issues as a result. Many times, they cause chronic, lifelong pain.

What can cause a catastrophic injury?

Often, negligence of one or more parties leads to catastrophic injuries. These injuries occur in various types of accidents, including:

Proving a catastrophic injury claim

In order to prove a catastrophic injury it is necessary to demonstrate that another party caused the injury as a result of negligence. As the plaintiff, you must demonstrate that the defendant owed a duty of care, but failed to fulfill his or her duty of care, and in that failure caused you to incur your injuries and damages. Medical records, doctors’ testimonies and notes, and other evidence can all be used to prove your catastrophic injury claim.

Compensation for a catastrophic Injury

The nature and severity of your injuries are vital factors in determining the value of a catastrophic injury claim. You can pursue compensation for all of the losses you have sustained in the wake of the catastrophic injury. The compensation you can receive in these claims is often much higher than in other types of injury cases due to the devastating nature of these injuries.

The damages involved with catastrophic injury claims often include:

  • Loss of the ability to function normally and without pain and limitation
  • Expensive medical bills for surgery, treatment, physical therapy, pain medication, and continuing care
  • Loss of earning capability as a result of an inability to return to work at all or to the same job
  • Loss of relationships with the spouse, children, family members, or friends
  • A tremendous amount of emotional pain, anguish, and suffering

If you or a loved one has sustained a catastrophic injury due to the fault of another party and their negligence, our experienced NJ serious injury attorneys at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP are here to help. We have offices in Red Bank, Edison, and Toms River to serve individuals and families throughout the state of New Jersey. To set up the free consultation, call us today at 732.777.0100 or complete our contact form.