Victims of New Jersey injury accidents may pursue financial compensation for their losses by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. When determining the value of a civil lawsuit, it will become necessary to determine the extent of the injuries suffered. With the help of a skilled personal injury attorney, victims can estimate the past, current, and future financial losses related to the incident. Victims who are able to prove that their injury was catastrophic will likely receive a larger settlement than someone with a minor, moderate, or even serious injury.
An injury is defined as “catastrophic” if it is a long-lasting or permanent injury that significantly affects the victim’s quality of life. Here are a few important questions to ask:
- Does the victim experience pain and discomfort every day?
- Does the injury affect the victim’s ability to work and provide for his or her family?
- Is the injury or the resulting symptoms permanent?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, it is likely that the injury is catastrophic. Examples of catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, amputation, and severe fractures.
Victims of serious injuries are likely to incur substantial medical bills, physical therapy costs, and costs of continuing treatment and care. They may require a lifetime of expensive prescription medication, medical equipment, and even full-time nursing to assist with everyday tasks. Victims of catastrophic injuries who have been injured by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing should not be left holding the bills.
The knowledgeable personal injury lawyers in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to get seriously injured victims fair compensation for their injuries, damages, and losses. If you or a loved one has sustained a major or life-changing injury, call our offices at 609-240-0040 to discuss your legal rights and options.