Catastrophic injuries have a life-changing impact on accident victims. The injuries, typically involving severe damage to the brain or the spine, are permanent or long-lasting. They are usually disabling.
Catastrophic injury victims often face limitations in their ability to perform physical and mental activities. They may develop related medical problems involving respiratory or heart disease. The secondary results of catastrophic injuries may lead to premature death from pneumonia, pulmonary embolisms, or cardiac arrest.
Catastrophic injuries have many causes, including car accidents, falls, choking, athletic accidents, and violent confrontations. They can be caused by a doctor’s carelessness during childbirth or surgery. Defective or unsafe products are also a cause of severe injuries.
When a catastrophic injury is caused by the carelessness of another person or business, California law allows the injury victim to pursue compensation. An experienced catastrophic injury lawyer can help victims obtain the funds they need to cope with the lasting impact of their injuries. If you are the victim of a severe injury in Orange County or elsewhere in Southern California, call 800-838-6644 to discuss your case with a catastrophic injury attorney.
Timothy J. Ryan & Associates helps victims who suffer life-changing injuries due to the negligence actions of another person or business. Accidents that produce catastrophic injuries happen in a variety of ways, including:
Regardless of its nature, any careless act that results in severe harm to another person entitles the injury victim to pursue compensation.
The purpose of catastrophic injury compensation in California is to restore the injury victim to the position he or she occupied before the injury occurred. In the case of catastrophic injuries, money will rarely accomplish that goal, but financial compensation can help improve the quality of an accident victim’s life.
Compensation serves to replace the income that a disabled victim would have earned if he or she had never been injured. Compensation also covers medical bills and the costs of services that assist recovery, including speech therapy, physical therapy, and mental health counseling. When the injury victim will not be able to return to former employment, compensation can pay the costs of vocational rehabilitation.
The victim of a catastrophic injury may need to remodel a home to make it wheelchair accessible or to buy a van that can be operated with hand controls. Compensation can help victims with disabilities maintain independence by covering those expenses. Compensation can also pay for home health workers who help victims with their activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, and getting dressed. When it isn’t possible for an injury victim to live independently, compensation can pay the cost of living in an assisted-living facility or a nursing home.
Catastrophic injury victims typically experience overwhelming pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Compensation cannot remove that pain, but it can help victims feel that a measure of justice has been done when a settlement or verdict takes account of their suffering. Victims can also use their compensation for pain and suffering to make their lives better in other ways.
Attorney Tim Ryan is author of "The Personal Injury Victim's Bible" and has assisted thousands of injury victims, obtaining more than $1 billion for his clients collectively since 1981.
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