A catastrophic injury is one that leaves its victim permanently disabled and that has a profound impact on the quality of their life. We handle these cases without charging a fee unless a recovery is made. The victim of a catastrophic injury often requires daily assistance, supervision or round-the-clock care, and is faced with immediate and ongoing medical expenses that are often overwhelming. These bills would be difficult to pay for an able-bodied person but are impossible in the face of their physical condition and disability. When a person suffers a catastrophic injury that is the fault of another’s recklessness or negligence, the personal injury attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz can help. We have extensive experience in filing catastrophic injury lawsuits that seek compensation for these medical bills and expenses, as well as for other damages in South Jersey and Philadelphia.
Though every injury should be taken seriously and may cause great pain, catastrophic injuries stand apart because of the permanent nature of the devastation that they cause. Their impact is not limited to the victim but also extends to family members and friends who must face the reality of providing care and support for the person who has been injured. Their financial and emotional burden is very real.
Catastrophic injuries are all considered long-lasting or permanent. Some examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries can be mild or severe, and are generally caused by a violent blow to the head such as in a fall, automobile or sports accident. They can also be caused by a puncture or a sudden jolt such as is experienced in an explosion or a gunshot wound. A severe traumatic brain injury can leave the victim in a coma or vegetative state or in what is called locked-in syndrome in which they are unable to move or communicate. They may suffer from seizures, infections, nerve damage and other complications. Traumatic brain injury can also lead to brain diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
- Spinal Cord Injuries
Trauma that occurs to the neck or back can have permanent effects on a person’s mobility and may lead to paralysis, changes in sensation or strength and a loss of control of many bodily functions. They can be caused by a traumatic blow as from a car accident, a sporting accident or fall, a violent blow, or a gunshot wound or knife wound. In addition to the immediate physical impact of a spinal cord injury, victims are often subject to weight loss, muscle atrophy, sexual dysfunction and lifelong pain.
An amputation is the loss of a limb. They may result from crushing injuries such as a car accident or a workplace injury. They often prevent the victim from returning to work and can cause significant emotional and physical pain.
- Burn Injuries
Extensive burns can be caused by fire, explosion or exposure to chemicals or gases. They can cause lifelong pain, nerve damage, risk of infection and disfiguring scars.
There are many other personal injuries that can be classified as catastrophic, including blinding, multiple fractures and internal injuries. Whether you are the victim of a catastrophic injury or the family member of a victim, the Philadelphia injury law firm of Bochetto & Lentz can advise you on the compensation that may be available to you for your physical and emotional pain, your lost wages, current and future medical bills and more.