Catastrophic Injuries Attorney

You may be eligible for compensation if you have been injured as the result of negligence on the part of another person or institution. No one should have to experience the hardship from catastrophic injuries. Call us for a free case evaluation today.

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Los Angeles Catastrophic Injuries Lawyers

Catastrophic injuries are so named because they are so serious that they are life-altering. Suffering a catastrophic injury due to someone else’s negligence is an extraordinarily difficult hurdle, but obtaining just compensation can help ensure that you can reach your most complete recovery. An experienced California catastrophic injury lawyer can help you with this

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What Qualifies as a Catastrophic Injury?

In California, a catastrophic injury is an injury that causes its victim to suffer either the long-term or permanent loss of the function or use of a limb or organ or long-term or permanent pain. There are a variety of common examples.

Spinal Cord Injuries

An injury to the spinal cord can lead to chronic pain and a severe loss of range of motion, but if the spinal cord is severed, it means paralysis and a lifetime of medical needs (in addition to potentially requiring long-term care).

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) affect the brain, which means that it is nearly impossible to predict exactly how your injury is going to affect your life, but you can expect it to be seriously disruptive. TBIs and other kinds of brain injuries can lead to cognitive impairment, physical disability, and/or mood disorders that can permanently alter the way you live in the world.

Severe Burns

Severe burns are some of the most painful injuries victims can endure, and they are also some of the most dangerous. When very serious, a burn can damage or destroy everything that lies underneath it, which can lead to life-threatening infections. As a burn heals, the affected skin and underlying area thicken and tighten, which can lead to life-threatening complications of their own. The larger the burned area, the more dangerous the burn, and when a serious burn is on or near the face, it is often permanently disfiguring.

Loss of Sight or Hearing

Losing one’s sight and/or hearing to someone else’s negligence is both devastating and extremely difficult in terms of adapting one’s life. Such a loss is catastrophic in every sense of the word

Loss of a Limb or Amputation

Another catastrophic event that is difficult to overstate the significance of is losing a limb in an accident or requiring an amputation as a result of an accident. Such a loss alters the course of your future.
Catastrophic injuries are common to traffic accidents of all kinds, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, and more.

Who Is at Fault?

If you’re injured by someone else’s negligence, the negligent party is legally responsible for your catastrophic injuries. However, in California, even if you share some of the blame – if you were speeding when a distracted driver plowed into you, for example – the state’s comparative fault law allows you to recover on your losses up to the percentage for which the other person is responsible. For example, if a distracted driver is deemed 50 percent responsible for an accident involving you, you can recover half of the damages you’ve suffered because of the catastrophic injury.

The Emotional Component

Suffering a serious, life-altering injury as a result of someone else’s negligence tends to come with a hefty emotional price tag. Many accident victims find the journey toward recovery exceptionally difficult, and they often experience psychological side effects that can include:

  • Increased anxiety
  • Bouts of depression
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Severe mood swings
  • The tendency to self-isolate
  • Emotional lability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating

A catastrophic injury can lead to consequences that push people away just when you need their support the most. Further, suffering a catastrophic injury not only alters your life but can also be devastating to your family members and loved ones. In fact, it is difficult to overstate the degree to which a catastrophic injury can overwhelm your life.

The Damages Covered in Your Catastrophic Injury Claim

Your catastrophic injury claim will address the damages you’ve suffered as a result of the at-fault party’s negligence, which can be extensive.

Medical Costs

A catastrophic injury tends to require ongoing medical care, which may need to address secondary health concerns that stem from the original injury. The costs you’re looking at can include all of the following:

  • Emergency medical care at the scene of the accident and emergency transportation from the scene of the accident
  • Surgery and follow-up care with doctors and specialists
  • Your hospital stays
  • Prescription medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pain management
  • Home health care
  • Adaptive physical devices
  • Adaptations to your home, office, and vehicle

With a catastrophic injury, the truth is that you may be looking at a lifetime of medical needs.

Lost Earnings on the Job

A catastrophic injury can mean an abrupt halt to your career, but even if you are able to continue working, you can expect a lengthy hiatus and an attendant loss in earnings. Our careers are important to us, and watching your career deteriorate due to someone else’s negligence can have serious emotional consequences and financial ones.

Pain and Suffering

As mentioned, the emotional component of a catastrophic injury can be devastating. The physical and emotional pain and suffering you endure can have lasting consequences that should not be overlooked. Victims of catastrophic injuries often require extensive and ongoing mental health care in addition to their physical healthcare needs.

Speak with an Experienced California Catastrophic Injury Attorney about Your Case Today

If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury due to someone else’s negligence, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced California catastrophic injury attorney, and the insightful attorneys at Los Angeles City Law are standing by to help. We take immense pride in helping seriously injured clients like you obtain just compensation that covers their physical, financial, and emotional damages in their entirety. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 866-522-4895 for more information about how we can help you today.

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