What are Catastrophic Injuries?
A catastrophic injury is a physical injury that is severe enough to alter the life of the victim in some way. Catastrophic injuries may be life-threatening or may result in life-long consequences, such as scarring and disfigurement,. When these injuries are caused by another person's negligent conduct or even intentional wrongdoing, a victim may be able to take legal action in civil court. A personal injury lawsuit enables an injury victim to seek financial compensation for his or her injuries, typically awarded for medical care, lost wages, emotional trauma, and related damages.
Representing the Victims of Serious Injury
At Pacific Attorney Group, we know that there is nothing more frightening than dealing with the aftermath of a catastrophic injury, no matter whether you were personally the victim or if it was inflicted upon a loved one. Severe injuries are completely different than claims involving minor damage (such as bruises and lacerations), and it is important that you get an attorney on your side who will be able to step up for your rights and fight for the justice that you deserve. Regardless of the exact nature of your injuries, you can trust that you will find such an advocate at our legal team.
Just some of the different injuries we can help with include the following:
An amputation occurs when a victim loses a limb. This can be sudden and traumatic, such as during the occurrence of a car accident, or it can be done surgically to save a victim's life. Regardless, the consequences of this type of injury are serious and can leave a victim with life-long pain and trauma.
One of the most common types of injuries involves broken and fractured bones. While bones make up the entirety of the skeleton, they are not impervious to damage and are actually vulnerable should they be hit within enough force or at the correct angle. This can be painful and take weeks or months to fully heal.
Exposure to extreme heat and chemical can cause severe damage to the skin tissue, causing painful burns. The types of the burn will depend on how many levels of skin are damaged, as well as the area of the body and the amount of skin affected.
Treatment includes plastic surgery, skin grafting & pain management.
Loss of Eyesight
Some accidents will result in blindness from toxic exposure to the eyes, damage to the brain, head trauma or even a medication error. This can be attributed to a traumatic event or even medical malpractice and can be severely traumatic, both physically and emotionally, forever altering the life of the victim.
Loss of Hearing
Physical trauma and severe accidents can sometimes result in a victim suffering from a loss of hearing of deafness. This typically occurs when the ear drug is damaged, such as a sudden spike or prolonged exposure to extremely loud noises or even a puncturing wound in the ear.
When a spinal injury affected all four limbs, it is defined as a quadriplegia injury. No matter whether this is a partial or total paralysis, the damage sustained by the victim will be serious and life-altering. Having to adjust your life to deal as a quadriplegic can be traumatic and can call for the need of life-long medical attention.
In some cases, a spinal cord injury will result in partial paralysis. When this only affects the legs, it can result in an injury known as paraplegia. A paraplegic will have to deal with catastrophic symptoms, such as sensory loss, complete loss of motor function, as well as an inability to control both bladder and bowels.
From helping the victims of brain damage to those who have sustained a spinal cord injury, victims of catastrophic injuries and their families can be confident knowing that they will be working with an advocate who truly cares about the outcome of their case. If you have recently been injured and would like to discuss the specifics of your case, do not hesitate to contact our firm. We can schedule a case evaluation where we can discuss what happened, your options and what can be done to protect your legal rights.
Effects of Catastrophic Injuries
A catastrophic injury will result in more than just physical injury. A victim may suffer from emotional trauma as well as extreme financial difficulties, and these three factors will only add up to stress and a difficult future. However, help can be found in the form of a personal injury attorney, who can assist a catastrophic injury victim in seeking justice and recovering financial damages for the injuries he or she has sustained.
If you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic injury, an attorney at Pacific Attorney Group may be able to help. Our legal team represents clients throughout Los Angeles in all types of serious accident and injury claims and lawsuits, and this includes catastrophic injuries stemming from auto accidents as well as from
slip and fall accidents and
defective products. Your initial consultation is free, and at this time an experienced lawyer can talk to you about your legal rights and options.