Catastrophic Injuries

When it comes to personal injury law, certain types of injuries can be more grave than others. Catastrophic injuries are ones whose consequences permanently keep an individual from performing gainful work and prevent them from maintaining employment that allows them to support themselves or a family.

If you've suffered a catastrophic injury, you know how stressful the situation can be. In addition to current and future medical bills, you now have to worry about future income and other expenses that may arise as a result of the injury. Nearly every aspect of your life will be negatively impacted by this injury, from being unable to engage in regular hobbies or activities to dealing with your mental health in the aftermath.

Simply put, a catastrophic injury has the potential to drastically impact you and your family.

What counts as a catastrophic injury?

There's no set legal definition, but generally speaking, a catastrophic injury is one that causes a disruption to your central nervous system. These injuries may include:

  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Severe burns
  • Amputations
  • Multiple bone fractures
  • Damage to organs

Many catastrophic injuries stem from physical trauma, although certain types of accidents tend to contribute more than others. Car accidents, for example, are often responsible for a large share of these injuries.

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What should I know about catastrophic injury damages?

Catastrophic injury damages often involve very large settlements because of the lifelong impact that these injuries have on their victims. It may sound like a huge amount of money, but when placed against the overwhelming effects of medical bills, pain and suffering, and physical disability that these injuries cause, the settlements or damages often simply provide financial stability and security.

What about wrongful death cases?

In some cases, a catastrophic injury may directly lead to a person’s death. No one wants to think about filing for financial damages in these situations, but taking the time to consider a lawsuit may help others avoid the same injury or circumstances. In addition to thinking about medical bills and other debts, the settlement or verdict in a wrongful death case may help provide financial stability for the future of the injury victim’s dependents and family.

What should I do if I or a loved one have suffered a catastrophic injury?

After seeking appropriate medical care, the first thing you should do is contact an attorney. It’s important that I know all the details of your case so that we can start preparing a strategy to handle the situation. Time is of the essence, because many states have statutes of limitations regarding personal injury cases, especially if defective products are involved.

Catastrophic Injury Attorney in Fullerton, California

Catastrophic injuries are often more serious than other personal injury cases because they have such a lasting impact on the victim’s life. If you’re dealing with the aftermath of a catastrophic injury, you need an attorney who understands the importance of working to reach the maximum amount of recovery possible. Call me today for a free consultation and learn how I can help you.