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What is a Catastrophic Injury?

If you’ve had the misfortune to have been in an auto accident, you should always think about contacting a New Jersey auto accident attorney to discuss what the best course of action may be for your particular case. Whether on the road, in the operating room, or at work, accidents can have a devastating impact on your life. They can lead to all kinds of injuries, some of which can rise to the level of being considered “catastrophic.”

However, regardless of what negligent event led to the injury, it hurts your quality of life. So how do you know when you have a catastrophic injury rather than a non-catastrophic one?

There are a few ways that an injury can be considered “catastrophic” following an accident:

Loss of Function

If you’ve had an accident where you have lost the use of a limb, one of your senses, or another part of your body, then that can often be considered a catastrophic injury. Injuries of this kind can include:

  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Damage
  • Loss of Sight or Hearing

Loss of Limb

If you lost a limb in an accident, then that automatically qualifies as a catastrophic injury because of the impact it has on your life. The loss of a limb – or the use of a limb – will often limit your ability to work and maintain the same standard of living you did before the injury without assistance, which is why it gets characterized as a catastrophic injury.

Permanent Disfigurement

In some cases, you could be considered catastrophically injured if you have burns or scarring that cover a significant portion of your body. Many people don’t really think of disfigurement as a debilitating effect of their accident, but sustaining an injury that has permanently disfigured the body can severely, negatively impact your self-image and be disabling in some cases.

To find out more about what’s considered a catastrophic injury, or schedule an appointment with a catastrophic injury lawyer in South Jersey, call our office now! We have a fully handicap accessible building and conference room and bathroom and ramps. We are equipped to handle any and all cases, no matter how serious our clients’ injuries are. We pledge to be by your side from the time an accident occurs until your case is closed and help you through the traumatic problems accidents cause. We thrive on minimizing the stress our client’s experience because we understand the impact catastrophic injuries can have on them and their loved ones.