What is a Catastrophic Injury & Do I Qualify for Compensation?

There is nothing worse than being injured as a result of negligence. Unfortunately, between careless drivers, indifferent property owners, and irresponsible medical professionals, there is no shortage of negligence here in the state of New Jersey. That said, sometimes, certain injuries can impact a person’s life more than other injuries. Often, these injuries are referred to as “catastrophic injuries.” If you or a loved one has sustained a catastrophic injury, you must continue reading and speak with a skilled Middlesex County personal injury attorney from Stathis & Leonardis to learn more about how we can assist you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is the definition of a catastrophic injury?

A catastrophic injury is loosely defined as an injury that significantly and/or permanently impacts a person’s life. Some of the most common examples of catastrophic injuries are as follows:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of limb
  • Loss of eyesight
  • Loss of hearing
  • Spinal injuries

If you or a loved one sustained any of the aforementioned injuries in an accident caused by the negligence of another, you likely qualify for financial compensation. However, we will have to gather and present a sufficient amount of evidence to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim, such as pictures or videos of the accident as it occurred, witness statements, medical documentation pertaining to the injury, a copy of the police report filed at the scene, and more.

How long will I have from the date of my accident to file an injury claim in New Jersey?

If you’re injured due to negligence in New Jersey, you must file your personal injury claim within the state’s statute of limitations. In most cases, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey is two years, which means you’ll only have two years from the date of your accident to sue. You should note, however, that the longer you wait, the harder it can be for you to win the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled, which is why our legal team strongly suggests that you bring your case to our attention as soon as you can. We’re here to provide you with the competent representation you deserve so you can get your life back on track. Give us a call today so we can get started working on your case.


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