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Catastrophic Injury

Recover for severe injuries to the brain, spine, limbs, sight or hearing

There are a number of different definitions of catastrophic injury in the medical and legal world. The definition used in 42 USCS § 3796b sums up the devastating effects of a catastrophic injury: “An injury, the direct and proximate consequences of which permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.” The same injury that can prevent a person from returning to employment is also likely to interfere with basic activities of daily living (ADL) and substantially diminish overall quality of life.

Seigel Law has helped our clients recover compensation for catastrophic injuries since our firm was established in 1976. From our Ridgewood office, our lawyers serve injury victims and their families in the communities of Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. Our team is truly committed to reaching the maximum possible settlement or verdict award in your case.

What is a catastrophic injury?

Almost any injury can interfere, at least temporarily, with certain aspects of your well-being and health. But a catastrophic injury has a profound effect on your life and typically results in a permanent disability. You may have a claim for premises liability or products liability, or you may have sustained a catastrophic injury from an automobile accident, house fire, explosion and fall from height, workplace injury or any of numerous other causes.

Our attorneys handle such tragic injuries as:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Amputations
  • Serious multiple fractures
  • Crush injuries
    • Burns
    • Electrocutions
    • Internal organ damage
    • Loss of sight or hearing
    • Wrongful death

    Calculating damages in a catastrophic injury claim

    A personal injury lawsuit gives you the opportunity to recover damages for a brain injury,  a burn injury caused by electrocution or other types of catastrophic injuries. We recognize that no amount of money can replace what you have personally lost, and thus calculating damages seems nearly impossible. Our lawyers focus on what could improve your quality of life and your chances of recovering functionality, in addition to the irreplaceable losses. When calculating damages, we consider:

    • Changes to your home, automobile and office to accommodate your disability
    • Urgent care, hospital, pharmaceutical and treatment services
    • Physical, vocational and occupational rehabilitation
    • Your lifelong medical needs and treatments
    • Prostheses
    • Reconstructive or plastic surgeries
    • Lost income and diminished future earning capacity
    • Pain and suffering
    • Emotional distress
    • Loss of enjoyment of life

    Consult with our team of personal injury attorneys about your catastrophic injury

    Seigel Law is a premier personal injury trial firm. Call us at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our Ridgewood-based firm or at your home or the hospital if you are unable to come to our office. Your initial appointment is free, and your case is handled on contingency — meaning you do not owe us attorney fees unless you win. We represent injury victims in the Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Hudson County regions, and throughout northern New Jersey.