Catastrophic Injuries

Los Angeles Lawyer Assisting Accident Victims

Catastrophic injuries are injuries that change an accident victim's life, often permanently. Some examples of catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, burns, compound or complex bone fractures, internal organ damage, or amputations. Injuries like these often leave someone suffering from lifelong disabilities for which they are financially and emotionally unprepared, and these conditions may dramatically affect the quality of their lives. Such injuries also have an adverse impact upon the quality and enjoyment of life. Seeking compensation with the guidance of an injury lawyer may be an appropriate step to take in this situation. Devin Sawdayi is an experienced Los Angeles catastrophic injury attorney who provides compassionate legal representation to accident victims.

Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries may have an impact not only on the area of the body immediately affected but also on other parts of the body. For example, devastating damage to the neck or spine may disrupt signal transmission from the brain to the body. The result may be partial or complete paralysis. When someone suffers severe burns, they may be disfigured and also experience long-term nerve pain. If someone suffers permanent damage to the liver or another major organ, it may affect all of the aspects of their life. People who suffer multiple bone fractures may never again regain their strength or mobility.

There are many circumstances under which you might suffer catastrophic injuries. Among them are car crashes, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, or an assault. The specific facts under which you suffer these injuries determine whether you may recover damages for them. Many accidents happen as a result of a person or business' carelessness or recklessness, and a catastrophic injury attorney in Los Angeles can help you pursue damages from that person or business if you are able to establish the elements of negligence.

Negligence is made up of these elements: the defendant's duty of care, the defendant's breach of duty, causation, and damages. For example, suppose that the defendant is speeding at 100 mph on the freeway and rear-ends you, resulting in your suffering spinal damage. In most cases, a jury would find that the defendant had breached the duty to use reasonable care by speeding and not paying attention to traffic conditions.

Truck accidents quite frequently result in catastrophic injuries for more than one person. This is challenging because most individual truck drivers do not have sufficient insurance coverage on their policy to cover the full scope of damages for all of the potential victims of a major accident, such as a jackknifing accident that extends over multiple lanes or an explosion. You may be able to turn to other responsible parties, such as the trucking company or the manufacturer, if you are involved in a serious accident resulting in catastrophic injuries. In most cases, you will still be suing these parties under a theory of negligence or negligence per se. When you are suing a manufacturer, you may be able to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for a defective component of the truck, such as defective air brakes.

Premises liability cases are slightly different. In those cases, you must prove that there was a dangerous condition that the defendant created or that they knew or should have known about it. For example, if you were staying at a motel, and the balcony outside your window collapsed due to rotting beams, causing you to suffer traumatic brain injuries, you would need to show that the owner knew or should have known that the beams were rotten. All owners owe some duty to lawful visitors to keep their property reasonably safe and maintained, including a duty to conduct reasonable inspections for dangers, but they are not expected to absolutely insure a visitor's safety.

Hire a Skillful Catastrophic Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles

If you suffered catastrophic injuries, your life is likely to change in many ways, some of which you may not be prepared to handle. A trustworthy Los Angeles catastrophic injury attorney can focus on negotiating with insurers, developing the evidence, and taking your case to trial so that you can focus on healing. Contact Devin Sawdayi at 310-475-9399 or via our online form for a free appointment with a car accident attorney or assistance with another type of personal injury case.