Sometimes accidents or unexpected events lead to life-altering injuries or death. In many cases, the accident or event that caused the injuries or death were caused by the negligent or irresponsible actions of another person, organization or entity. A California serious injury attorney will have the expertise to handle cases involving major injuries and death.
Catastrophic Injuries – Injuries that are so severe the permanently alter a person’s ability to care for him or herself are catastrophic injuries. Catastrophic injuries can result from many causes: vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, deliberate violence, a crime or any other type of accident or event.
However, the scope and extent of catastrophic injuries requires a specialized approach to the legal actions necessary to secure an appropriate recovery. The catastrophic injury lawsuit seeks to assure that the injured person has the care and resources he or she needs for life.
Wrongful Death – A wrongful death occurs when a person dies because another person or organization was negligent or committed a criminal act. The purpose of the wrongful death lawsuit is to provide the person’s heirs with the resources that he or she would have provided, had he or she not died.
Timing in Cases Involving Severe Injury and Death
California law allows two years to file a lawsuit for any accident, including catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Normally, the clock starts running on the date of the injury.
If a party to the lawsuit is a local, state or federal agency, the time limit is shorter. It must be filed within six months of the injury. There are additional time limits that kick in if the governmental agency denies the claim.
Clearly, with time limits on these legal actions, quick action in hiring an experienced and successful lawyer assures that all necessary timelines will be met and that essential information and evidence will be preserved.
Jacoby & Meyers: Experienced Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney
Both catastrophic injuries and wrongful death lawsuits are complex to handle and difficult to win. They require an experienced resourceful law firm with a proven track record in winning these cases.
With more than 40 years in practice, Jacoby & Meyers has the experienced lawyers, resources and experience to pursue and win these challenging cases. Contact Jacoby & Meyers for a free consultation about your case and Jacoby & Meyers’ successful track record.
Jacoby & Meyers is a leading catastrophic injury attorney Los Angeles as well as a proven Los Angeles wrongful death attorney.
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