Whenever I’m contacted by a catastrophic injury victim, I see someone who isn’t just in physical pain, but whose entire life has been turned upside down. They are dealing with surgeries, hospitalization, drugs, therapy, and rehabilitation. They are facing long-term limitations or lifelong disabilities.
When an injury occurs, it impacts relationships, self-image and emotional outlook. Catastrophic injury victims face financially devastating medical expenses and bills, many of which are not covered by insurance, disability or workers compensation. And I always wish I had the power to turn back time to prevent their injury altogether.
If the victim was injured as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, however, I do have some power to help them. As a catastrophic injury lawyer, and I’m honored to offer injury victims a support system to be compensated for their losses and allow them to focus on healing and putting their lives back together.
What Defines a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury, by definition, impacts a victim’s ability to perform work or maintain a job to support themselves or their families. Even if a victim can retrain for another position, it may pay far less than they earned before.
And it’s not just loss of earning capacity. Catastrophic injuries also limit a victim’s ability to enjoy life as they used to. They may be unable to care for themselves and need regular assistance from a caregiver. Traveling, exercising, or certain hobbies may become difficult or impossible. They may suffer mental health issues like anxiety and depression, which can be every bit as debilitating as physical injuries or disabilities. Brain injury victims may require months of extensive rehabilitation to recover their ability to perform even simple activities of daily living.
Examples of Catastrophic Accidents and Injuries
In my practice, my firm and I have supported personal injury victims throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Northern California, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and New York. We have seen almost every type of injury imaginable. These injuries include head injury, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, nerve damage, paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputations, disabling or disfiguring burn injuries, internal organ damage, and the loss of sight or hearing.
The most common cause of these injuries is car accidents, although many catastrophic and traumatic brain injuries occur due to construction accidents, dangerous products, and slip/trip and fall accidents. Causes are often impaired, distracted, or reckless driving; dangerous products like defective airbags or tires; dangerous conditions like working with heavy machinery or at great heights; or negligence, like not having adequate safety equipment. Even animal attacks can cause serious injuries. Sadly, most catastrophic injuries are 100% preventable.
Damages in Catastrophic Injury Cases
While no amount money cannot erase the trauma and pain of a life-changing injury, catastrophic injury attorneys help victims obtain the quality of medical care and personal care they need to return some dignity and independence to their lives.
If you or a loved one has experienced a serious accident, such as a severe blow to the head causing extreme bleeding or loss of consciousness, your first priority is, of course, to receive immediate medical attention. You should also consider contacting a traumatic brain injury lawyer, who can serve as your advocate during the chaotic aftermath of such a life-changing event. A catastrophic injury lawyer can help you receive fair and adequate compensation for things like:
- Medical bills
- Receiving the best medical care and treatment available, regardless of insurance coverage
- Hiring medical specialists for your specific injury
- Ongoing medical attention and rehabilitation
- Home health care
- Hiring household help
- Unexpected out-of-pocket costs
- Loss of income during recovery
- Loss of long-term income if you’re unable to return to work
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The purpose of personal injury law is to help victims who have been injured through no fault of their own to return to the state they were in before the injury, or as close to that state as possible. Unfortunately, insurance companies, defense attorneys, and large corporations often try to limit what victims can recover. If you’re injured, you’re in no position to fight those battles. A personal injury attorney will walk by your side throughout your recovery to fight for your absolute right to full recovery. My firm will be there to handle all the things you didn’t even know you had to handle. We aren’t just there for the money — we’re there to help you do everything you need to allow you to focus on what’s most important: your recovery.
I would love to live in a world where personal injuries didn’t happen. The next best thing is being able to offer victims whose lives are changed by devastating injuries my expertise and experience as a catastrophic injury lawyer to help them obtain the means to heal — physically, financially and emotionally.