California Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
Many serious injuries can get better over time if properly diagnosed and treated. A catastrophic injury, however, results in long-term or permanent damage or even disabilities. Because of the life altering symptoms that result from catastrophic injuries, it is necessary for the victim and the victim's family to learn about their legal rights and options.
Financial compensation may be available for their significant and irreparable losses. The experienced California personal injury lawyers of Bisnar | Chase are known for their passionate pursuit of justice for their clients. Our results speak for themselves. We obtained compensation for a brain-injured teenager so he can afford quality care for the rest of his life. We recovered money for a quadriplegic young adult so she can afford to live the rest of her life with dignity.
If you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, please contact us at 1-800-561-4887 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries are often permanent. Victims are unable to return to the lives they led before the accident. Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries that may result in loss of memory and body functions.
- Severe burns that may result in disabilities and disfigurement.
- Damage to internal organs such as the lungs, kidneys or heart, which may be caused by truck accidents.
- Amputations or loss of limbs or fingers suffered in on-the-job accidents.
- Spinal cord injuries that result in total or partial paralysis.
- Bone fractures that result in permanent loss of mobility.
- Loss of hearing or vision.
- Permanent nerve damage that affects physical ability or sensitivity.
Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries are particularly common in high-speed traffic accidents involving negligent drivers, vehicle rollovers or head-on collisions. Slip-and-fall accidents can result in catastrophic injuries as well if the victim lands against a hard surface. Other potential causes of catastrophic injuries include defective products, work-related accidents, home fires and sporting accidents. Whatever the cause of the injury, it will be necessary to determine if someone else's negligence contributed to the accident.
Damages and Losses
All catastrophic injuries invariably result in extremely expensive medical bills. Many victims of catastrophic injuries will never return to work or earn what they were capable of earning before the accident. Therefore, it is advisable for victims and their families to discuss their legal options with an experienced California personal injury lawyer. If the injuries were the result of someone else's negligence, financial compensation may be available through civil litigation.
An important part of any injury case is determining liability. Was the at-fault party responsible for the victim's injuries? Was he or she negligent in some way? Examples of negligent parties that can be held liable for a catastrophic injury include:
- A drunk driver who caused a serious injury collision.
- The manufacturer of a defective auto part.
- A property owner that was aware of a slippery floor and failed to post warning signs.
- A trucking company that allowed a fatigued driver to get behind the wheel without proper rest, which ultimately resulted in a truck accident.
- Brain injury or some other catastrophic injury caused by medical negligence.
Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries
If the victim can prove that negligence was a contributing factor, then, it should be possible to hold the at-fault party accountable for the catastrophic injuries. It is important that victims of catastrophic injuries do not accept settlements without first discussing with a skilled attorney how much their claim may be worth. Accepting an inadequate settlement will make it challenging to pursue additional damages in the future.
A knowledgeable California catastrophic injury attorney will aggressively pursue fair compensation for all current and future medical expenses that resulted from the accident. A fair settlement should include compensation for emergency room expenses, the cost of surgical procedures, physical therapy and support for medical devices and prescription medications. Support should also supplement the loss of earning potential. It may also be possible to receive financial support for non-economic losses such as physical pain and mental anguish.
If You have Suffered a Catastrophic Injury
It is important to act quickly because there is a statute of limitations on all injury claims in California. Ideally, you will be able to collect information at the site of the accident, but if you have suffered a catastrophic injury, this is probably not possible. Therefore, you will need to rely on the police report and on information gathered by friends and witnesses. What you can do is gather contact information, write down details about the accident, maintain detailed records of your expenses, keep a journal of your day-to-day struggles and contact a personal injury lawyer who will help you pursue fair compensation for your losses.
Call 1-800-561-4887 for a free consultation today
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