Catastrophic claims is the area of legal practice that is concerned with major injuries requiring ongoing treatment and allegedly resulting primarily from the negligence of another party. Given that such severe injuries can occasion both drastic reductions in earning capacity and extensive and often specialised treatments, catastrophic claims cases often bear a high financial stake.

Examples of injuries commonly comprising catastrophic claims cases include:

  • Severe brain injury resulting in substantial loss of function
  • Severe spinal injury causing full or partial paralysis
  • Loss of hearing or vision
  • Injury to limbs necessitating amputation
  • Severe burns

Legal practitioners involved in this area of law will often specialise to act for either persons who they allege suffered catastrophic injury, or the organisations that are claimed to have been responsible for the impairment (and their insurers).

Two cornerstones of catastrophic claims are the assessment of liability, with cases usually resulting from alleged circumstances of either public or industrial liability, and the determination of value, as the myriad of financial implications as a result of such an injury are considered.

At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget.

What Expert Evidence

As catastrophic claims often rest on complicated questions of liability and the extent of injuries, the opinions of experts are regularly sought. These experts generally have extensive experience in the relevant field.

Catastrophic claims can arise from:

  • Work place accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Aviation accidents
  • Slip-and-falls
  • Negligence of medical practitioners

This variety of circumstances is reflected by the experts engaged in the area, with specialties ranging from accident reconstruction and engineering concepts to industrial cleaning procedures and toxic exposure.

Sample Reports

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The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:

  • The need for a view or inspection of a location
  • The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
  • Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
  • Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype

Profiles of Experts in Personal injury - catastrophic claims

Below are short profiles of a few experts with expertise in this field.

  • #ID8109


ID8109 is a registered psychologist specialising in workplace injury matters and behaviour modification. More specifically, his focus is on human behaviour in workplace environments, and how modification techniques can be used to alter the way in which workplaces function and to prevent workplace psychological injuries.

  • #ID7385

Orthopaedic surgeon

ID7385 is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with appointments to various public and private hospitals within Australia.

ID7385 graduated from University in 1972 with Honours and has 40 years of experience in orthopaedic surgery. ID7385’s university and hospital duties include lecturing and he is an examiner for a national medical school. He has previously held the position of Orthopaedic Department Head and executive positions on the Board of AOA.

  • #ID7335

Ergonomist - work health and safety specialist

ID7335 has over 20 years experience and currently works as a Human Factors and Ergonomics (HF/E) consultant advising companies on their systems of work. ID7335 has an extensive background in a number of industries, including healthcare and has frequently advised local health services advising on their safe systems of work including major project review of injuries, OHS advisory and risk management process for clinical aggression and harassment injuries.

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