Catastrophic injuries occur suddenly, leaving the victim with critical, often permanent limitations. She may need lifelong medical care, assistance, and may no longer be able to work in her chosen profession, if at all. Due to this severe impact, if you have suffered a serious injury it is important you consult with a Los Angeles catastrophic injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our experienced injury attorneys in Los Angeles are ready to help you.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries
A catastrophic injury is generally considered a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain, and may also include skull or spinal fractures. Some examples of catastrophic injuries and their symptoms include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Functional disability
If you have suffered any of these injuries or another related injury, due to another person’s negligence it is important you consult with a catastrophic injury attorney in Los Angeles immediately.
How Accidents Occur
A variety of unfortunate situations can result in a person suffering catastrophic injuries. Often a person suffers catastrophic injuries due to the actions or inactions of someone else. Common examples of incidents that lead to catastrophic include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- On-the-job injuries
- Electrical accidents
- Sporting or recreational pursuits
- Falling objects
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
As with other types of personal injury cases, a catastrophic injury case will often allow you to recover damages from the person who caused the injury. Depending on how the injury occurred, you may also be able to file a claim against her auto, home, or medical malpractice insurance company.
Calculating damages in these types of cases can be complicated. Obvious damages include medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages that have already been incurred. Additionally, the victim can recover for the cost of future medical care, as well as any specialized care required. In some cases, sworn statements or testimony from experts will be needed to help calculate the cost of this care.
The victim may also recover future lost income, as well as any damages for loss of enjoyment of life, psychological damage, and pain and suffering.
Finally, punitive damages may also be considered, depending on the particular facts of your case. These are designed to punish the defendant for being particularly negligent, reckless, or intentionally cruel.
Some states place limits on the amount of non-economic damages (such as awards for pain and suffering) in certain types of cases. California limits the amount of non-economic damages for a medical malpractice case to $250,000.00. However, Plaintiffs can still collect more money for economic damages such as medical bills or lost wages.
Consulting a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you know suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of someone’s negligence, recklessness, or deliberate action, consult a Los Angeles catastrophic injury lawyer. If a loved one has been injured in this way, and is unable to act on their own behalf, obtaining power of attorney for that person will allow you to act on their behalf. If you think you may have a case, the sooner you consult a lawyer, the better.
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