California Catastrophic Injuries Attorney
When Does a Personal Injury Become Catastrophic?
A catastrophic injury is one in which the victim suffers permanent injuries and cannot maintain or perform work, making it impossible to support themselves or their family. Personal injuries may be recoverable, but catastrophic injuries rarely are, which places them in their own type of injury category.
Catastrophic injuries can be financially, legally and emotionally devastating. More specifically, victims can lose an entire lifetime of benefits and wages and incur huge medical bills. Sometimes, the loss means that they have to rehabilitate into a new line of work, which can require going back to school to gain new employment skills. However, victims who suffer from catastrophic injuries usually have severe cognitive and physical impairments, preventing them from gaining meaningful employment.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Injuries that disrupt the body’s central nervous system or cause permanent catastrophic injury may include:
- Brain injuries
- Multiple bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Organ Damage
- Exposure to hazardous substances or chemicals
Accidents that involve large trucks, motorcycles, bicyclists or pedestrians tend to result in disabling injuries.
Other types of catastrophic injury incidents may include:
- Pharmacy errors
- Defective medical devices
- Doctor malpractice
- Swimming pool accidents
- Construction accidents
- Injuries caused by defects in a consumer product
Compensation for Catastrophic Injury Cases
Catastrophic injury cases often have far-reaching implications, which means that these cases usually have greater damages than a typical personal injury lawsuit. The reason these cases typically receive higher settlements or verdicts is because the resolution to the case must account for a lifetime of medical bills, lost earnings, extensive medical treatment and severe emotional and physical pain to provide the victim with security and financial stability to face the rest of their life. Catastrophic injury victims would give any amount of money to have their life back to the way it was before the accident. Unfortunately, since this is not possible, the courts step in to provide some sense of justice and compensation for these debilitating injuries.
Free Catastrophic Injury Consultation
Catastrophic injuries are tragic, affecting both the victim and their loved ones. If you or someone you love is the victim of a catastrophic injury, you need to hire an experienced personal injury attorney who is familiar with representing these types of claims. Since the victim needs a lifetime of financial security, insurance companies will attempt to negotiate lowball settlement offers that are not in the best interest of victims.
Earl E. Conaway, III, A Professional Law Corporation, has more than 10 years of experience settling and litigating catastrophic injury claims. We have a convenient location in downtown San Luis Obispo, California, and we work with our clients to meet them at the hospital or in the comfort of their homes. We strive to provide top-rated customer service and return all our phone calls and emails within 24 hours. If you are the victim of a catastrophic injury, don’t wait - call us today to schedule a free consultation. Unless you receive compensation for your injuries, you will never receive a legal bill from our team.