At the Lluis Law family-run law firm in Los Angeles we are specialized catastrophic injury lawyers, always willing to help. Many people, most of them workers, come to us for legal representation to claim compensation.
For more than 40 years of legal practice in California, we have protected the rights of victims and their families. We fought alongside the client and won cases that seemed impossible. That is because we understand and know how to apply the personal injury law.
We know that these devastating events radically change people’s way of life, work, relationship and enjoyment. Catastrophic injury victims and their families must face very dramatic moments while medical expenses increase.
Our accident lawyers always ensure that the client has peace of mind while fighting for their well-being. The benefits of hiring a qualified lawyer are many for you. Call now for a free consultation and we will gladly try to answer all your questions.
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The best catastrophic injury lawyers in Los Angeles
These types of injuries can only be overcome with permanent medical help and sufficient and expert legal representation. Victims need to recover physical, emotional and financial damages through civil claims or lawsuits. But they should also ensure that they receive the best possible medical treatment to cure or, at least, improve their physical condition.
If you need help filing a claim for catastrophic injuries, we are a very efficient team. We can help you with everything you need to cope with your situation, from managing the claim to finding a medical provider.
Our work accident lawyers in Los Angeles specialized in catastrophic injuries are professionals who have a high reputation in the legal environment. Not surprisingly, we are considered the best catastrophic injury lawyers in Los Angeles because of the number of cases won.
This record of success makes us proud and commits to continue serving our clients with honesty, promptness and efficiency. The Latino and immigrant community prefer us because we are latin bilingual lawyers and understand their problems perfectly. We always seek customer satisfaction, achieving the best possible compensation in accordance with the law.
What is considered a catastrophic injury?
Catastrophic injuries, as the name implies, are calamitous and traumatizing, because they cause permanent damage. They are called catastrophic because they totally affect people’s lives. From their physical appearance and mental capacity, to movement.
Car accidents, work accidents and medical malpractice are the main causes of catastrophic injuries. Facing an injury as painful as this represents a real challenge for the victim and his family. Due to the expensive medical treatments and the great limitations that people may have after the accident.
A catastrophic injury is a severe injury that can compromise the ability of movement, vision, hearing, communication and perception. These are permanent damages that affect the victims and their loved ones, because they cannot fend for themselves.
Typically, catastrophic injuries require costly surgeries and prolonged medical treatments. One of the worst consequences of these injuries is the high cost it represents for people. We refer to the affectation from the emotional, physical and financial point of view.
This generates great tension and concern in the family environment and in people close to the victim. After a catastrophic injury, these people need constant support and attention from their family, whose life also inevitably changes.
Types of catastrophic injuries
There is a wide range of common workplace accidentes and injuries, including injuries considered catastrophic:
- Amputations of limbs (arms, legs, hands).
- Chronic pain in any part of the body.
- Fractures of multiple bones.
- Cranial injury and brain injury.
- Loss of vision, hearing and smell.
- Spinal cord and spinal injuries.
- Nerve damage.
- Paralysis (paraplegia / tetraplegia).
- Burn and electrocution injury.
- Neurological disorders.
- Congenital or birth injuries.
- Damage to internal organs.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you need to receive medical treatment for any of these catastrophic injuries, Lluis Law Los Angeles injury lawyers can help you. Contact us and book your free case review today.
Causes of catastrophic injuries
In any of the following types of accidents, a worker or any other person may suffer a catastrophic injury:
- Traffic accidents.
- Slip and fall accidents.
- Defective products / drugs.
- Construction Accidents.
- Dog bites.
- Medical malpractice and others.
This last cause of catastrophic injuries is one of the most frequent. Medical negligence or medical malpractice, in addition to causing injuries is often a cause of wrongful death.
The injuries are due to misdiagnosis, medication errors, anesthesia and surgery errors and injuries during childbirth.
As medical malpractice attorneys in Los Angeles, we always advise to seek qualified medical help.
Another sector where more workers suffer catastrophic injuries is construction. If you or a loved one need compensation, you can also call our construction accident lawyers.
How is a catastrophic injury lawyer different from a personal injury lawyer?
As in the case of personal injuries and catastrophic injuries, the difference lies in the type of cases they handle. A personal injury lawyer can handle cases involving moderate or less serious injuries to serious injuries. While a catastrophic injury lawyer handles more difficult cases.
Compensation for catastrophic injuries can sum for several hundred thousand dollars or even millions. On the other hand, a personal injury may have a lower value according to its severity. To claim damages for a catastrophic injury, the help of a specialist lawyer is required in these cases.
However, in order to pursue damages due to catastrophic injury, it is essential that the lawyer has the capacity and experience. You must know in detail the California personal injury law in order to offer quality legal representation.
Some of the most notable differences in claims for personal injury and catastrophic injuries are:
Duration of damage. Catastrophic injuries cause major and lasting damage, while less serious personal injuries do not. The victim may recover after a few weeks or months of treatment and rehabilitation therapies. In catastrophic injury trials, the plaintiff’s future medical needs are almost always contemplated.
Damage scale. In a claim, the value of compensation for catastrophic injuries is greater than that of personal injuries. This includes economic damages (medical bills and lost wages) and non-economic damages. For example, emotional damage, pain and suffering, present and future.
More experience and work. Catastrophic injury cases require experienced lawyers, demand more work and trials can last for years. The severity of the injuries and the associated costs require greater knowledge of the law and resources. Demonstrating the responsibility of the accused, justifying compensation and negotiating an agreement, involves a lot of skill.
Disputes and controversies. Catastrophic injury cases are more fought or disputed by insurance companies. The degree of opposition of the other party is greater and more tenacious as the demand for compensation increases.
In cases involving corporate clients, insurance companies employ stronger defenses. On the one hand they try to preserve the client’s image and on the other they avoid millionaire compensation payments.
Compensation for a catastrophic injury in California
If you were injured by the negligence of another person, you may be eligible to receive compensation for a catastrophic injury. To recover damages, however, the insurance company or the court must assess the type of injury you suffered.
Code 42 § 3796b of the United States defines a catastrophic injury as one that “permanently prevents a person from performing paid work.” Even so, these disabling injuries must be proven in court.
Hardly the victim alone could file the lawsuit and defend themselves against third parties responsible for the injuries. So you will always need the help of a lawyer who is responsible for studying the case and preparing the claim.
When damages are calculated in a catastrophic injury case, present and future damages should be considered. These injuries regularly leave the person disabled for life, which means receiving continuous medical attention.
In addition, the victim must receive rehabilitation treatments and therapies, permanent assistance and home care. These expenses must be covered and the only way to meet them is through compensation.
Recoverable damages as compensation in cases of catastrophic injuries
Recoverable damages included in workers’ compensation benefits in California for cases of catastrophic injuries include:
Medical expenses. Apart from the costs of hospitalization, medicines and exams, there are the associated costs of surgery or rehabilitation. Sometimes expensive prostheses and medical implements on limbs, face and other parts of the body are required.
Loss of income. The victim is likely to have to stay out of work for a long time or not be able to return.
Loss of work capacity. Sometimes the injuries make the worker unable to continue performing his occupation / profession.
Emotional damage. Changing work and way of life can cause severe emotional damage in the person. For this damage you may also have the right to demand compensation.
Loss of consortium. It covers the damage that an injury causes to couples (dysfunction or loss of sexual activity). Also the affectation of the father – son relationships.
Pain and suffering. It is a value that is assigned to the sufferings of the victim of catastrophic injuries. It covers not only physical pain but emotional damage.
Punitive damages. They refer to the financial penalties that are established by way of exemplary punishment of the person responsible for the injuries.
If you need help to claim compensation or file a claim for catastrophic injuries, we can help you with everything you need. Whatever your compensation needs, Lluis Law’s catastrophic injury lawyers are always available.
We have over 40 years of experience litigating on these matters in the Los Angeles area. We also act in other cases related to labor problems. Contact our Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyers and we can offer you the legal advice you need.