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Catastrophic Injury

Our Attorneys Advocate for Victims of Catastrophic Injuries in New Jersey

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.

  • $7,900,000

    Recovery on behalf of the 16-year-old girl injured by electrical malfunction

  • $8,000,000

    Jury verdict in a catastrophic injury case

  • $1,100,000

    Settlement for a fractured arm in Passaic County

  • $4,775,000

    Settlement for a woman in Bergen County injured in a trucking accident

Meet Our Attorneys

  • (95 Reviews)

    By Teresa R Perez - January, 2018

    I have had a great experience thus far. The personal injury process is stressful and they have been helpful and courteous in getting me the right referrals. I was injured while visiting NJ and live in another state, my case is not an easy one but they are working diligently to help. I appreciate the personalized attention and highly recommend this firm.

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    By Miriam Smith-Leone - December, 2017

    The law office was great with my back and neck injury. They directed me to the right doctors and got me a huge settlement. Being a single mom, it help pay off all my debt and bills. Me and my kids can have a bill free christmas, with plenty of food and happiness, stress free. They are the best ever and I would highly recommend them to anyone rich or poor, who has been in an accident and need legal help...

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    By L C - October, 2017

    After the misfortune of suffering an injury, I had the good fortune to choose Seigel Law to represent me. During my initial meeting with Jan Seigel, I found him to be extremely confident and reassuring---he totally put me at ease. I was represented by Mark Mc Bratney---an EXCELLENT attorney. He was supportive and professional through the entire process, and provided an excellent outcome for my case.

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    By Liliana Paredes - October, 2017

    Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth Jonas Siegel will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Jonas has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness, but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his clients. I defenetly recoment this law firm. Thanks for helping me out in my case.

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    By Oren Goldshmidt - September, 2017

    I'd like to thank everyone at segal law for the amazing experience they provided me. From the moment I stepped in to the end of the case , segal and his team delivered exactly what they promised. I couldn't have received any better treatment from a law firm. Any concerns, questions or problems I had were addressed and dealt with accordingly...

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What we offer our clients


Personal injury and medical knowledge

Our knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers includes a medical doctor who advises on complex medical topics


One-on-one attorney attention

By maintaining a limited number of cases, our attorneys can provide personalized attention to each client we serve


Results-oriented strategies

Our lawyers have won numerous high verdicts and settlements, many in the high six- and seven-figure range, for our injured clients


Trial experience

Every trial attorney in our firm is a certified trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court


Communication as a priority

We understand how important communication is to a successful attorney-client relationship, we return calls within 24 hours


Community involvement

Our lawyers and staff are active in community outreach and community service programs

  • "The lawyers at Seigel Law know how to get you the results you want. Jan Seigel and His team returned every one of my phone calls, listened to me and worked with me to a desirable outcome. Seigel Law definitely goes above and beyond to protect the injured." - B.M.

  • "After my car accident, my life turned into a disaster. Dealing with everything became impossible. Jan Seigel and his people helped me with every aspect of my injuries and the insurance companies so I could focus on healing. They helped me through everything and they got me what I was due." - M.P.

  • "I found the personnel to be very efficient, and work very quickly. I'm happy that I was referred to this firm, because I found that I was very comfortable working with them." - F.V.

  • "Amazing. I have to say they were very supportive and were able to give me tons of information. I didn't feel rushed and felt they truly cared about my well-being. Their website is also extremely helpful and well setup." - T.D.

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