People who are involved in accidents often sustain injuries as a result. Sometimes, they can be minor while others can be quite serious. In some cases, victims of an accident can even suffer from what is known as a catastrophic injury. When this happens, it usually causes significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens. It is because of this that it is crucial to retain the services of a New Jersey personal injury attorney for help recovering compensation as coverage.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
Catastrophic injuries can change a person’s life forever in just an instant. This is because they cause serious long-term or permanent damages to those who are involved, including scars, impairment, or paralysis. The following are the most common types of catastrophic injuries that are seen in New Jersey personal injury accidents:
- Burn injuries
- Brain injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries
- Acoustic injuries
Why Would I Be Awarded Compensation?
When a person sustains a catastrophic injury, they can suffer in many different aspects of their life. These physical and emotional hardships often result in financial burdens as well. It is because of this that compensation can be awarded for the following reasons:
- Medical attention is usually required for serious injuries. This can include surgery, rehabilitation, or the permanent use of a medical device or medication for life, resulting in medical expenses that need coverage.
- Injuries sometimes put people out of work for a period of time. When this happens, they may need compensation for lost wages.
- Victims of accidents can suffer both physically and emotionally. Compensation can be recovered for both of these damages.
How Can I Recover Compensation?
All people have a duty of care that they are obligated to provide for others. The specific duty they owe varies depending on the individual and the nature of the accident. Property owners, drivers, and individuals in specialized occupations have different responsibilities that they owe to others. However, the failure to uphold these obligations have similar results. Individuals who are negligent can be held liable if an accident occurs as a result.
When pursuing legal action for negligence, the injured party must file a personal injury claim. In order to be successful, they are required to prove the other party was, in fact, negligent. This can be accomplished with evidence that shows they were not provided the proper duty of care, thus causing their injuries. Helpful evidence can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard or accident, witness testimonies, and more.
Contact our Firm
If you have been injured as a result of a defective product and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.