Catastrophic Injury Attorney

Catastrophic injuries need extensive medical treatments. These medical treatments could be very costly, especially if you have to take time off work to attend such treatments. Catastrophic injuries not only affect a victim physically, but also lead to emotional effects as well as the victim tries to cope with their traumatic injuries.

Catastrophic injuries are just that, catastrophic. With such injuries make sure that you have an experienced attorney on your side. An experienced attorney will be able to build up your case to make sure that you get the help you deserve.

What is a Catastrophic Injury?

Catastrophic injuries are those that are severe and have lifelong effects. Usually, catastrophic injuries lead to disabilities. Catastrophic injuries, especially those that are caused by another third party’s negligence should be compensated right away. You should not have to pay for your catastrophic injuries if it was caused by another party.

We know how important it is for you to get the medical care that you need. That is why we offer free one-on-one consultations and recommend you speak to our experienced catastrophic attorneys immediately to see what steps you should take. 

Any type of accident causes catastrophic injuries. That is why we recommend that you come in to explain the accident so we can better understand how to move forward.

During this consultation, we will determine the type of injuries you have suffered, and who the liable parties are in your accident.

It is very important that we gather as much information as possible regarding the catastrophic injury accident to make sure that we seek maximum compensation for your injuries. Catastrophic injuries have lifelong effects on a person’s life, and may even make it impossible to return back to normal life.

For example, catastrophic personal injury could result in permanent disabilities. Permanent disabilities not only affect the injured victim, but also their family since there may be a need for at home care.

Catastrophic Personal Injury Lawsuits

Catastrophic injuries are caused by almost any type of accident. That is why there are several different lawsuits that you could file to recover for your catastrophic injuries. The different types of lawsuit depend on the type of accident you experienced.

  • Product liability lawsuits: this occurs when you have sustained a catastrophic injury due to a defective product. In product liability lawsuits, you may be able to hold the product manufacturer and products retailer liable for injuries caused by the products. There are three ways you can prove a defective product, which include defective design, defective manufacturing, and defective warranties.
  • Negligence lawsuits: this is one of the most common types of lawsuits in catastrophic personal injury cases in California. This requires that the plaintiff, also known as the injured victim, prove that the defendant had a duty to the plaintiff, the defendant failed to act within the standard of care, the defendant caused the plaintiff to suffer catastrophic injuries, the plaintiff now has damages they are suffering from.
  • Premises liability lawsuits: this occurs when you have suffered catastrophic injuries on another persons’ property. Premises liability allows you to seek compensation from landowners and property operators for any injuries that have occurred on their land. The plaintiff needs to show that the landowner had a duty to keep the land in a reasonably safe condition, yet failed to do so.

What Causes Catastrophic Injuries?

Catastrophic injuries can be caused by a variety of accidents. Examples of accidents where victims sustained catastrophic injuries include:

Could You Recover from a Catastrophic Personal Injury?

Your recovery process could depend on the severity of the catastrophic injury, but, usually, catastrophic injuries may take years to heal from. Some are permanent.

Catastrophic injury lawsuits usually seek several thousands of dollars in damages since the injuries lead to permanent disability. It is very rare to recover completely from a catastrophic personal injury. However, there may be different types of treatments suggested by your medical provider to decrease the amount of pain suffered.

California catastrophic injury Statistics

Here are some key statistics related to catastrophic injuries in California:

  1. Motor Vehicle Accidents: In 2021, there were over 3,800 fatalities and approximately 277,000 injuries from motor vehicle accidents in California, many of which resulted in catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
  2. Workplace Injuries: According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, there were about 466,600 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2020, with a significant portion resulting in serious injuries requiring extensive medical treatment and long-term care.
  3. Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents: In 2021, California reported over 1,000 pedestrian fatalities and around 140 bicyclist fatalities. A large number of these accidents resulted in catastrophic injuries, particularly head and spinal injuries.
  4. Construction Accidents: Construction is one of the most dangerous industries, with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) reporting numerous severe injuries each year. Falls, being struck by objects, and electrocutions are common causes of catastrophic injuries in this sector.
  5. Medical Malpractice: Catastrophic injuries resulting from medical malpractice, including surgical errors, misdiagnosis, and medication errors, are significant. Although exact numbers vary, the California Department of Public Health regularly investigates and reports on such incidents.

These statistics highlight the prevalence and severe impact of catastrophic injuries across various sectors in California.

Catastrophic Injury Examples

  • Damage or failure of internal organs
  • Fractures of the skull
  • Serious Burns
  • Paralysis
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision loss
  • Nerve damage
  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Organ damage
  • Loss or amputation of a limb
  • Head injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Lung damage
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Injuries of the spine or spinal cord

How much do our catastrophic injury attorneys cost?

 Our top-rated California catastrophic personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay our attorney a single dollar until we win compensation in your favor. 

This means that until we win a settlement or judgment, you do not owe us anything. Our attorneys will take a percentage of the amount that we recover for you. This percentage is determined based on the level of work required for your case, and is communicated to you prior to taking you on as a client.

There are several benefits to a contingency fee agreement, with one of the most important ones being that our attorneys take on the risk of filing your lawsuit. This means that in the event your lawsuit is not successful, you do not owe us anything.

What type of compensation could I receive for my catastrophic injury lawsuit?

The compensation that you can receive for your catastrophic personal injury lawsuit depends on the circumstances of the accident. Examples of damages that are available for your personal injury lawsuit include:

  • Medical expenses: this includes hospital stays, medication, along with physical rehab
  • Future medical expenses: since catastrophic personal injuries are usually severe, future medical expenses are required, especially at home care.
  • Past lost wages: this refers to the amount of time the injured victim took out of work to heal from their injuries
  • Future lost wages: this refers to the future hours the injured victim will need to heal from their injuries
  • Pain and suffering: these damages are non-economic damages that refer to the pain and suffering of the victim. Examples of pain and suffering include emotional distress, PTSD, humiliation, loss of quality of life.
  • Property damage refers to any property that was damaged as a result of the accident, such as the injured victim’s car or house.
  • Punitive damages are awarded only in certain circumstances in California and Nevada. In order to recover punitive damages, the injured victim needs to show that the defendant engaged in malicious behavior.

Frequently Asked questions

What is considered a catastrophic injury?

A catastrophic injury is a severe injury that results in long-term or permanent disability, significant physical or cognitive impairment, and a profound impact on the victim’s quality of life. Examples include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, severe burns, and multiple fractures.

How can Heidari Law Group help me with my catastrophic injury case?

Heidari Law Group provides experienced legal representation to victims of catastrophic injuries. Our attorneys will investigate the accident, gather evidence, consult with medical experts, and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you receive the maximum compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

What types of compensation can I receive for a catastrophic injury?

Victims of catastrophic injuries can receive compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit for a catastrophic injury in California?

In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years from the date of the injury. However, there are exceptions, so it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss any deadlines.

What should I do immediately after suffering a catastrophic injury?

Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. Document the accident scene, gather contact information of any witnesses, and report the incident to the relevant authorities. It is also crucial to contact a catastrophic injury attorney to protect your rights and begin the legal process.

Will my catastrophic injury case go to trial?

Many catastrophic injury cases are settled out of court through negotiations. However, if a fair settlement cannot be reached, Heidari Law Group is prepared to take your case to trial to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

How much does it cost to hire Heidari Law Group for my catastrophic injury case?

Heidari Law Group works on a contingency fee basis for catastrophic injury cases. This means you do not pay any upfront fees, and we only get paid if we successfully recover compensation for you.

How long will it take to resolve my catastrophic injury case?

The duration of a catastrophic injury case can vary depending on the complexity of the case, the severity of the injuries, and whether the case goes to trial. Some cases may settle within a few months, while others may take several years to resolve.

Can I still recover compensation if I was partially at fault for the accident?

Yes, California follows a comparative negligence rule, which means you can still recover compensation even if you were partially at fault for the accident. However, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault.

What should I bring to my initial consultation with Heidari Law Group?

For your initial consultation, bring any relevant documents, such as medical records, accident reports, witness statements, photographs of the accident scene and injuries, insurance information, and any correspondence with insurance companies. This information will help our attorneys evaluate your case and provide you with the best possible advice.

How Can Our Experienced Catastrophic Injury Attorneys Help You?

Catastrophic injuries should be taken very seriously, that is why having a highly qualified attorney is essential to your catastrophic injury lawsuit. Make sure that you hire an attorney that has represented catastrophic injury victims in the past.

  • Our attorneys are available 24/7 via phone and email, and have offices located in every major city in California and Nevada including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Fresno, etc.
  • Our attorneys have decades of experience representing victims who have experienced catastrophic personal injuries in California and Nevada
  • Our aggressive attorneys are not afraid of taking your case to trial if both parties cannot come to a settlement agreement
  • Our top-rated attorneys will communicate with the insurance companies and other third parties while you focus on your injuries
  • Our attorneys are on your side every step of the way
  • Our attorneys always work to make sure that you are constantly informed regarding the updates of your case. We thrive in honest business practices.
  • Our attorneys will gather as much information as possible to pursue your legal claims and make sure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

Speak with our successful California and Nevada catastrophic personal injury attorneys today for a free no risk consultation.  Whether you were severely injured or disabled from the accident, we are on your side every step of the way. Contact us for a free case evaluation today.