While many accidents have little or no long-term effects, catastrophic injuries can result in a lifetime of unanticipated expenses.
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of someone else’s negligence you may be entitled to compensation for:
Our California personal injury lawyers have an established record of victories in catastrophic injury cases. We invite you to browse our personal injury topics to learn about specific types of accident cases and what they involve.
And to help you better understand how to sue for a catastrophic injury in California, we discuss the following, below:
A catastrophic injury is one in which someone suffers permanent or long-term pain or loss of the use or function of a limb or organ. Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
Under California law, there may be more than one party liable for a catastrophic injury. In addition to the negligent person, there may be an employer, parent company or insurer who can help compensate the victim for damages.
For instance – let’s say you suffered a slip-and-fall accident while working at a construction job.
Your employer might be liable. Or perhaps the owner of the premises was negligent in keeping the property in good shape. Or maybe one of your tools was defective.
An experienced California injury attorney can help you determine who is legally responsible for a catastrophic injury. Such parties can include:
Someone who is partially at fault for an accident or injury may still be entitled to compensation under California’s “comparative fault” law (also known as “comparative negligence” or “shared fault”).
Under California’s comparative negligence doctrine, a plaintiff is entitled to recover the percentage of his or her damages for which the defendant is responsible – even if the plaintiff was more than 50% at fault.
The percentage of fault will be determined by a jury (or more likely negotiated as part of an out-of-court settlement).
California’s statute of limitations for personal injuries is generally two years. But some causes of action have shorter or longer limits.
For instance, most California malpractice claims must be brought within a year from when the patient discovered or should have discovered the injury.
On the other hand in cases in which the damage occurred over time and was only discovered later (such as traumatic brain injury or asbestosis) a plaintiff may be able to sue many years after the wrongful act.
For more information on this topic, please see our article on California’s statute of limitations for a personal injury.
An experienced California catastrophic injury lawyer can help you put together a compelling case for the opposing insurance adjuster or lawyer.
Your lawyer will help discover evidence of wrongdoing and work with your doctors to put together a life care plan for all the compensatory damages you will need in the future.
And in cases of recklessness or intentional wrongs, your lawyer can fight to get you punitive damages.
Our lawyers offer free consultations to help people determine whether and how much they might be able to recover if they sue for a catastrophic injury in California.
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, we invite you to contact our California personal injury attorneys for a free consultation.
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