Catastrophic injuries are always tragic. The can be caused by medical malpractice, tractor-trailer accidents, bus accidents, workplace incidents and in many other ways. The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research in the United States classifies catastrophic injuries based on the three outcomes associated with them: fatality, those causing permanent severe functional disability, and those causing severe head or neck trauma with no permanent disability.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Common types of acute catastrophic spinal injuries are those associated with unstable fractures and dislocations, intervertebral disc herniation, and transient quadriplegia. These most commonly affect the cervical spine (neck), but also affect the thoracolumbar spine (back) and cause spinal cord neuropraxia.
A number of injuries can qualify as catastrophic injuries, including:
• Wrongful Death
• Traumatic brain injury
• Severe scarring/burns
• Permanent Vision and Hearing loss
• Loss of Fetus
• Fractured/Broken bones
Recovery from catastrophic injuries is long and complex. Catastrophic injuries usually require long-term medical care, loss of employment or long-term absence and dipping into retirement to pay medical bills. A life care plan is sometimes established for the patient to address the his or her needs.
Components of the life care plan may include:
• home renovations
• adaptive van
• durable medical goods/equipment and wheelchairs
• facility care/services
• home care/services
The Sloan Law Firm handles catastrophic injury cases in Union County, Middlesex County, Morris County, Somerset County, Essex County, Passaic County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Hunterdon County, Sussex County, Hudson County, Bergen County and throughout New Jersey.
Compensation For Catastrophic Injuries
There is never enough money to compensate those that have sustained catastrophic injuries through no fault of their own. The Sloan Law Firm will seek justice on behalf of those injured severely. The Sloan Law Firm will seek, where appropriate, compensation for:
• Medical bills
• Loss of income
• Property damage
• Pain and suffering
• Loss of enjoyment and/or consortium
If you or a loved one sustained a catastrophic injury, the Sloan Law Firm may be able to help. For free consultations 24 hours a day, call (908) 358-2938.