Accident victims that suffer a catastrophic injury can file a claim for compensation, but these claims are extremely complex.
Catastrophic injuries cause accident victims to suffer for a very long time and sometimes, these injuries even result in permanent disabilities. Injuries that are so serious they are deemed catastrophic will change a person’s life. An accident victim may not be able to work, maintain relationships, or enjoy the same quality of life they did before the accident. If you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic injury due to someone else’s negligence, it is important to speak to a personal injury lawyer who can help with your case.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries
The definition of a catastrophic injury is found at 42 U.S.C. 3796b. This section of law defines a catastrophic injury as one that permanently prevents someone from performing any gainful work. While that definition applies for many different types of injuries, some of the most common catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Skull fractures
- Spinal fractures
- Severe burns
- Damage to internal organs
These injuries require extensive medical care and treatment. Rehabilitative treatments and long-term assistance is often required after a person suffers a catastrophic injury. Treating a catastrophic injury is extremely expensive and accident victims should never have to pay for it out of pocket when the injury was caused by another person. A personal injury lawyer can help injured individuals recover the compensation they need to treat their injuries.
Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
A catastrophic injury can happen in an instant and are usually caused by an unforeseen event. Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries are as follows:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Off-road vehicle accidents
- Recreational and boating accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
Most of these accidents are preventable and are caused by someone’s negligence. When that is the case, accident victims can hold negligent parties liable for paying compensation that can help them recover.
Obtaining Compensation for a Catastrophic Injury
All personal injury cases have the potential to become complex. However, due to the severity of catastrophic injuries, these claims are even more challenging. Before filing a claim, a personal injury lawyer may meet with doctors, vocational counselors, physical therapists, and more to determine the extent of the injury and how much treatment will cost.
Like all personal injury cases, those involving a catastrophic injury will rely on negligence. To recover the full amount of compensation, accident victims must show that the negligence of another person caused their injuries. Due to the fact that California is a pure contributory negligence state, accident victims may also have to defend against allegations that they contributed to the accident.
Our Murrieta Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With Your Catastrophic Injury Claim
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury due to the negligence of another person, call our Murrieta personal injury lawyers at Gibbs & Fuerst, LLP today. Our experienced attorneys know how to prove someone else was liable for your injuries and will help you claim the maximum damages you deserve. Call us today at (951) 821-9875 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.