A catastrophic injury or combination of injuries permanently limits or alters a person’s physical, mental or emotional health. As a result, these victims require substantial and costly medical care, physical therapy and other types of support for the rest of their lives. Catastrophic injury attorneys are trained to handle such cases.
Catastrophic injuries usually occur suddenly and without warning. The most common causes of catastrophic injuries include collisions with trucks or commercial vehicles, shootings and construction accidents. In some cases, infants receive catastrophic injuries before birth, at birth or shortly after, because of medical or other errors.
Catastrophic injuries often cause serious harm beyond just the victims. Family members and close friends of the victim often experience significant mental and emotional trauma. They may also be forced into the role of caregiver for the injured person.
A personal injury lawsuit in a major injury case usually seeks not only a substantial amount of money to cover the immediate medical care and other costs of the injury(ies), but also money to assure that the injured person receives medical care, rehabilitation and other support necessary to live comfortably for the rest of his or her life.
Acting for the critically injured person. Following the accident, the critically injured person is often so incapacitated that he or she cannot act for him or herself. In these situations, it is essential for a spouse, parent, relative or person with power of attorney to initiate a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of the injured person as soon as possible.
Time is critical in documenting and preserving information related to the accident and the person’s medical situation. Any time lost in seeing a lawyer and moving ahead with legal action can mean loss of the lawsuit or limitations in the amount of the settlement.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is an injury or combination of injuries that is so severe that it permanently affects a person’s health as well as their ability to work and care for themselves, usually for life. These types of injuries can affect people of any age.
Catastrophic injuries are often caused by the negligence or criminal action of another person, business, entity or even a government official. The most common causes of these injuries include vehicle accidents, commercial vehicle accidents, fires, slip-and-fall accidents, illegal actions, workplace incidents, violence or shootings.
With this type of injury, the victim person often requires medical care for life and loses the ability to work and earn a living. In fact, he or she may require life support to stay alive.
The effects of this type of injury are emotionally devastating and financially staggering to the injured person and his or her family. Assuring that the injured person has the resources to receive care for life requires the retention of an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney like the Law Offices of Jacoby & Meyers, leading personal injury lawyers specializing in catastrophic injuries.
What Are the Types of Catastrophic Injuries?
Catastrophic injures may include any injury or combination of injuries that permanently alter a person’s health and ability to care for him or herself. These may include:
- A persistent vegetative state
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries and neurological problems
- Nerve damage
- Cerebral palsy (in injuries to infants)
- Eye injuries
- Massive burns
- Multiple broken bones
- Accidental amputations
- Or some combination of these conditions
Sources of Recovery in Catastrophic Injury Cases
In catastrophic injury cases, many individuals, entities or organizations often share responsibility for the victim’s injuries. It is important to know what other factors might have contributed to the injury so those parties will be held responsible in any action, since a single source of insurance or recovery is often inadequate to fully cover the necessary damages.
Even though a number of the responsible parties might have liability insurance, each individual policy is simply not enough to cover the cost of medical treatments, pain and suffering and long-term care.
All individuals or organizations who contributed to the injury should be included in the legal action and should share in paying the cost of the settlement. For example, in a case of workplace violence, the employer might have had warnings or an indication that someone was unstable and threatening violence. If the employer ignored those warnings or did not take appropriate action, the employer could have liability for anyone suffering a catastrophic injury in the incident.
In another case, a defective vehicle part of machine part could have been a cause of an accident caused by a truck or commercial vehicle.
Medical malpractice or error can cause catastrophic injuries. This is particularly true when a medical professional makes an error before birth, at delivery or shortly afterward.
In all these cases, catastrophic injury attorneys in California will assure that the incident is fully investigated by experts qualified to judge, for example, if a vehicle or machine was defective or if an employer had warning that an unstable person might commit violence in the workplace.
Only experienced attorneys like those affiliated with Jacoby & Meyers, serving major injury clients in California, have the experience to anticipate, investigate identify and prove all the factors that caused the accident or event and the parties responsible for each.
Time as a Resource in Catastrophic Injury Cases
Time is the most valuable resource in pursuing a catastrophic injury case. You must act immediately so that valuable evidence and witness testimony are preserved, not lost or changed.
Dealing with the awful prospect of a loved one who is permanently disabled is shattering for the injured person and for their family. In the wake of this terrible experience, it is normal to want to delay taking action.
It is essential to immediately hire a proven injury attorney like those in the Jacoby & Meyers network. In many cases, it will relieve you of some of the stresses associated with the injury and the event that caused it. The attorney will have worked with medical experts in the past and recommend doctors who can provide the best medical advice, care and other services.
Hiring an attorney will also assure that you have the best chance of documenting and securing proof of responsibility and fault in the catastrophic injury lawsuit.
Jacoby & Meyers: Serving Catastrophic Injury Clients in Los Angeles, California
Catastrophic injury lawsuits involve extensive research, documentation and expert testimony. These mean the law firm makes a significant commitment of time and resources in accepting the case.
The California Law Offices of Jacoby and Meyers have a proven record of success in these cases, combined with the financial resources and experts necessary to pursue and win a catastrophic injury case.
Jacoby & Meyers has more than 40 years experience pursuing catastrophic injury cases, among others. Their success in more than 100,000 cases assures that they have the resources, patience and determination to assemble a persuasive catastrophic injury case and to win.¹
¹ Every case is unique and past results do not guarantee of future results.