Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic Injury Attorney San Diego

The term “catastrophic injury” refers to injuries that cause a long-term loss or interference with the daily functioning of one’s life.  If a catastrophic injury and personal injury was caused by the negligent or intentional act of another, or by a dangerous or defective product, a personal injury claim should be explored immediately. Pursuing recovery for the victim of a catastrophic injury will be an integral factor in determining his or her future quality of life, including the quality of the medical care and other support he or she may receive. Some of the damages arising out of a catastrophic injury claim in San Diego may include medical costs, past, present and future, loss of income, past, present and future, pain and suffering, mental suffering, and enjoyment of life. In addition to possible loss of movement, hearing, sensation, and communicative and cognitive abilities, injuries or illnesses, arising out of a catastrophic injury may impact respiration, circulation, skin, the urinary system, the gastrointestinal system, and other body systems.

Examples of Catastrophic Injuries in San Diego:

  • Serious Head Trauma
  • Eye Injury
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Foot Injury
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Severe Burns
  • Accidental Amputation
  • Multiple Bone Fractures

Personal Injury – Catastrophic Injury – “Negligence” & “Intentional Torts/Punitive Damages” In San Diego

Catastrophic injuries can result from a variety of incidents including car accidents, buildings collapsing (premises liability) or assault and battery. Generally injury claims usually contain a cause of action for Negligence.  Negligence is a claim based on recklessness or carelessness as opposed to an intentional tort. In civil litigation, if a plaintiff (injured party) proves that he or she was harmed through someone else’s negligent actions, they can recover damages. When you are going about your daily life, people and entities owe a general duty of care towards you to not harm you (such as by crashing their car into you or having a wet floor which you slip on). To prove Negligence it must be established that a duty of due care was owed and the defendant(s) breached their duty of due care – and as a result someone (the plaintiff) was harmed. The test to establish a breach of the duty of due care is whether a reasonable person in the same situation would have acted differently. This is both a subjective and objective test and is generally fact specific. Often times it involves expert testimony to help establish this.

Establishing a Negligence cause of action will entitle someone to obtain economic and non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, medical bills, and property damage. Aside from Negligence, there are also personal injury claims that involve Intentional Torts, such as an Assault and Battery or when a drunk driver crashes a car into someone. With intentional torts it is also possible to obtain punitive damages. Punitive damages serve to punish the wrongdoer for their actions. The amount of punitive damages that someone may be entitled to are based on the gravity of the harm (how severe the conduct was that resulted in the harm) and the financial well-being or assets of the defendant(s). Catastrophic injury cases may also result in punitive damages being sought which substantially raises a defendant(s) potential liability.

Personal Injury – Catastrophic Injury – What Can Be Done In San Diego

Despite how severe your catastrophic injury  may be, the Justice Law Group of San Diego will work to find a way to obtain justice and take away some of the unnecessary pain. A Personal Injury and catastrophic injury lawyer in San Diego who understands the long-term implications of such injuries will be better able to ensure the victims receive just compensation and sufficient resources for the future. The victim may also be able to receive money for lost earnings as well as loss of potential earnings if you are unable to work in the same field or cannot return to work at all. In addition to these economic damages, you may be entitled to compensation for non-economic damages such as emotional trauma and pain and suffering. In seeking maximum monetary damages based off the specific injuries you have experienced, a skilled Personal Injury and Catastrophic Injury lawyer can help you recover the money that will help you in the often difficult task of rebuilding and moving on after a serious accident.

Personal Injury – Justice Law Group and Catastrophic Injury in San Diego

San Diego based Personal Injury and Catastrophic Injury lawyers Cameron J. Gharabiklou and Nicholas J. Lewis understand the pain and suffering that an injured party endures after an injury. Seeking the prompt advice of an experienced catastrophic injury lawyer to discuss the accident, the personal injuries and the recovery process are key. Do not wait until it is too late. Often times the victims of accidents are offered some version of compensation from an insurance company of the at-fault party. Be very careful in your consideration of this offer. If you accept a settlement from the insurance company, even if your condition gets worse in the future, the insurance company has no obligation to further compensate you for your injuries. Insurance companies are profit-motivated businesses. Their goal is to maximize profits, which mean paying out as little as possible to make the personally injured party happy, even if it does not result in full compensation.

At the Justice Law Group of San Diego, we understand the catastrophic injury claim laws and how they apply to each clients’ particular case. We prepare each case to maximize the value for you before the trier of fact, whether it be a judge, jury, or arbitrator – as well as the insurance companies. If you (or a loved one) have been injured, we will fight to ensure you are fairly compensated and justice is achieved. Contact our office today to discuss your case, free of charge and obligation.

 How much do we believe in our ability to successfully fight for you? If we take your case, you pay NO ATTORNEYS FEES, unless and until we recover payment for you.  At the Justice Law Group of San Diego, you will not be passed to a secretary or paralegal, instead you will speak to the Personal Injury and Catastrophic Injury lawyers who will be handling your case all the way through trial when necessary. Call us today. 858.412.0019 or contact@justice-lawgroup.com