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A catastrophic injury can significantly affect a person’s physical body, cognitive status, ability to work, and their independence for most or all of their life. This type of injury commonly requires emergency care, hospitalization, surgery, and ongoing physical or cognitive rehabilitation, and can result in temporary or permanent disability. Catastrophic injuries are likely to limit a victim’s earning potential or prohibit them from returning to work.
Medical costs and lost wages connected to a catastrophic injury can quickly devastate a victim’s financial health. Liability for a catastrophic injury can be shared among several negligent parties, including employers, manufacturers, and distributors of defective equipment, negligent property owners, and even doctors and hospitals.
A catastrophic injury is one that significantly impacts a victim’s life. Common types of catastrophic injury include:
Catastrophic injury can result in a multitude of consequences for the victim, which include:
* Life care plan
When a catastrophic injury limits a victim’s ability to earn a living or to live independently, compensation can be awarded through a personal injury lawsuit, premises liability lawsuit, or product liability lawsuit.
The burden of proof in a personal injury, product liability, or premises liability lawsuit falls on the plaintiff and requires proof that the defendant’s negligence directly resulted in their injury. This is not always easy to prove, even when it seems obvious that negligence was present. Large insurance companies, businesses, manufacturers, distributors, and medical facilities typically have large legal teams on retainer to fight such claims.
An experienced and qualified catastrophic injury lawyer can assess the client’s case, gather pertinent evidence to support the claim, and prove that the negligence of the responsible party directly caused their client’s injury. A lawyer will also be able to determine if there are multiple parties liable for injuries. For example, a person that suffers a catastrophic injury from an accident with a commercial truck may be able to hold the trucking company, the truck driver, and the manufacturer of a defective mechanical part liable for the injuries.
If you suffered a catastrophic injury, contact the LA catastrophic injury lawyers at Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo, LLP today. We will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us at 833-ACTS-LAW or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today. Located in Los Angeles and San Diego, we serve clients throughout California.