Attorneys for Catastrophic Injuries
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Serves All New Jersey
Catastrophic injuries are those injuries that result in permanent damage or disability. They can be caused by anything from a truck crash to a construction accident. Some common examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Injuries that caused permanent disabilities
If you believe your injuries are catastrophic, you need to speak with our New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. We understand how devastating cases involving catastrophic injuries can be. Let our firm guide you through this time and fight for maximum compensation!
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Punitive Damages & Per Quod Claims
While all injury cases can involve heavy financial, physical, and emotional burdens, catastrophic injuries often result in more extreme costs and damages. As such, victims of such injuries may be able to obtain more than just compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and basic pain and suffering. In some cases, an individual may be able to obtain punitive damages or file a per quod claim.
A per quod claim can be filed on behalf of a spouse, child, or other dependent of the injured party. For example, if a husband suffered paralysis in a construction accident, a wife may be able to file a per quod claim for loss of services and support. These damages would cover the hypothetical loss of income and support that the husband would have provided had he not been paralyzed.
Similarly, punitive damages are awarded in extreme cases where:
- Gross negligence has occurred
- The court is seeking to punish the responsible party
- Malice, deceit, or reckless behavior caused the injuries
The purpose of punitive damages is to not just award the victim with further compensation, but to send a message and discourage acts of such gross negligence in the future. Punitive damages may be awarded when gross negligence is present, which is any extreme disregard or indifference to the safety, life, or rights of others. It can also be awarded in cases where intentionally malicious actions caused the injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury, call our injury lawyers in New Jersey at (732) 440-3089.