Catastrophic Personal Injury
Catastrophic personal injuries seriously affect a person’s quality of life. The catastrophically injured person may require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and personal care. In the most severe cases, the person may need these services for a lifetime. To make matters worse, the injuries may make it impossible for the injured person to work, making it even more difficult to pay for the necessary treatments.
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic personal injury, you may be able to file a California personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other losses.
What Is a Catastrophic Personal Injury?
A catastrophic personal injury is defined as an injury involving severe damage to the brain, spine, or spinal cord. A person who experiences a catastrophic injury may require a lifetime of medical treatment and rehabilitation. Multiple reconstructive surgeries may also be required. Catastrophic injuries can cause a person to become permanently disabled and significantly shorten a person’s life expectancy.
Some examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Multiple broken bones
These types of injuries may be caused by a car accident, slip and fall accident, athletic participation, assault, or a work-related accident. In these cases, it may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent or reckless party that caused the injury.
Catastrophic injuries can have a big effect on the injured person’s family members, who may need to assume a caregiving role to make sure their loved one’s basic needs are met. Caring for a loved one who has been catastrophically injured can take a serious financial and emotional toll. A personal injury lawsuit may be the only way to seek compensation to help offset the burden.
What Types of Damages Can I Get from a Catastrophic Personal Injury Claim?
Damages in a California personal injury lawsuit are determined based on the types of financial, physical, and emotional losses that are suffered in an accident. Injury compensation in a personal injury lawsuit involving catastrophic injuries can be quite substantial.
When putting together your case, a catastrophic injury attorney will consider the past and future medical expenses, past and future rehabilitation costs, past and future loss of wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, mental anguish, as well as other personal, financial, and emotional losses.
It is impossible to undo the damage caused by a catastrophic injury, but a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit will typically ask the court to make him or her “whole” again. This is done by making sure that the plaintiff is compensated enough to cover all of his or her expenses as well as compensation for the pain and suffering he or she may have suffered.
A jury will look at all of the facts of the case, the extent of the injuries, the injured party’s earning potential, the cost of medical treatment and assign a monetary value that they believe will fairly compensate the victim for his or her losses.
Instead of allowing the case to go to trial, a defendant may instead offer an injury settlement to avoid the uncertainty posed by a judge and jury. In that case, it will be up to you and your personal injury lawyer to determine if the injury claim settlement offer is fair and if you should accept it. If the offer would not provide fair compensation, your lawyer can negotiate a better deal or, if the defendant is unwilling to offer more money, the case may go to trial.
Personal Injury Settlements
Bradley/Grombacher has years of experience helping personal injury victims in California obtain compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of others. Some of our law firm’s most notable verdicts include:
Sunkara v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
While attempting to cross Wilshire Boulevard, Plaintiff was struck by an MTA bus resulting in multiple fractures of the hip and shoulder.
Smuckler v. City of South Pasadena
Two 16-year-old girls attempting to cross Fair Oaks Boulevard were struck by a motorist a due to the failure to properly maintain the crosswalk. One of the girls suffered irreversible brain damage while the other suffered numerous orthopedic injuries.
Placencia v. Doe
Two pipe layers working in a trench were injured when an excavation bucket detached from an earth mover and landed on them. One of the injured workers suffered a brain injury while the other worker suffered a crush injury of the pelvis.
Silberberg v. Titus
Plaintiff, an information technology specialist, was involved in motor vehicle accident when his automobile was struck by an automobile travelling in the opposite direction on the 118 Freeway. Plaintiff suffered multiple orthopedic injuries as a result.
Gutierrez v. Dole
Three female farm workers were injured when the vehicle in which they were passengers rolled over after the driver lost control after sliding on mud left on the roadway by a truck hauling produce from fields in Oxnard. The women suffered numerous fractures with one of the women suffering a permanent brain injury.
Doe Plaintiffs v. Doe Tire Company
A tire tread separation caused a minivan to roll over resulting in the death of two children ages 8 and 10.
Barkfelt v. Doe
A 22-year-old enlisted man stationed at Fort Irwin suffered facial injuries and brain damage when the vehicle in which he was a passenger slammed into the rear of a truck illegally parked by the side of road.
Gaisano v. Doe Tire Company
A family of Filipino visitors were injured when the van in which they were travelling rolled over as a result of tire tread separation. While the children suffered various bone fractures, the mother suffered a spinal cord injury and was rendered quadriplegic.
LaVerne v. Doe
In a dependent adult abuse case, plaintiff, a resident of an adult care facility, suffered permanent brain damage when her diabetic condition was mistreated causing her to lapse into a diabetic coma.
Buffington v. HDMC
In a medical malpractice case, plaintiff suffered injury due to the failure to timely diagnose and treat testicular cancer.
Galvan v. Doe
Plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
Gonzalez v. Brown
Due to the failure of a residential care facility to properly medically supervise residents, a mentally challenged female gave birth to a severely disabled child.
Valenzuela v. Doe
A woman in a clinical drug trial who was not properly warned of the risks died as a result of taking a defective drug.
Neumann v. La Virdene Homeowners Association
An 11-year-old boy suffered a brain injury when he was crushed by a failing gate at an apartment building.
Gould v. Casares
A family in a crosswalk were struck be a vehicle driven by an inattentive driver resulting in the death of a six-month-old child and multiple injuries to her mother.
Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You Get the Money You Deserve
If you or a loved one’s life has been tragically altered by a catastrophic personal injury, a catastrophic accident attorney can help. Catastrophic injury lawyers have experience fighting on behalf of clients whose lives have been turned upside down after a devastating accident.
The California personal injury lawyers at Bradley/Grombacher understand the devastation that follows a catastrophic injury and they will work tirelessly on your behalf to help you get the maximum amount of injury compensation. Contact the California injury law firm today to schedule a FREE consultation.