If you or your loved one was catastrophically injured in an accident or as a result of another person or party’s negligent or wrongful actions, our Lancaster catastrophic injury lawyers can help you seek fair compensation for all of your damages—financial or otherwise.
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Over $1 Billion Recovered for Our Clients
At Accident Attorneys, we understand the impact catastrophic injuries have, not only on victims but on their families as well. Catastrophic injuries are completely life-altering, often requiring extensive treatment and ongoing medical care.
The lifetime cost of such injuries is often exorbitant, resulting in severe financial strain for most victims and their loved ones.
We believe that you should not have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. With over 75 years of combined experience and a proven track record of success, our attorneys are prepared to advocate tirelessly for you.
What Qualifies as a Catastrophic Injury
When an injury affects the victim’s life in a severe and long-lasting way, that injury is generally considered to be “catastrophic” in nature. There is no set legal definition of a “catastrophic injury,” but some injuries typically always have catastrophic effects on both victims and their loved ones.
These injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Severe burns
- Fractures/broken bones
- Internal organ/tissue damage
That being said, any severe bodily injury that affects the victim’s ability to return to his or her normal, pre-accident life can be considered catastrophic.
Compensation for the Costs of a Catastrophic Injury
If you have suffered a severe injury, your life will most likely never be the same again. Catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries, severed limbs, traumatic brain injuries, and burn injuries often require extensive emergency medical treatment, surgery, many weeks or months of hospitalization, and a long and difficult period of physical therapy and rehabilitation.
They may necessitate ongoing medical treatment and nursing care, prescription drugs and equipment such as a wheelchair or ventilator. The injured individual may need to make modifications to his or her home and vehicle, such as a ramp for the front door and a stair lift to make it possible to travel between the first and second floor of the home.
Such expenses can be staggering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the average spinal cord injury victim can expect to pay between $15,000 and $30,000 per year in medical costs and up to $3 million over the course of a lifetime.
In addition to medical expenses, a catastrophic injury will very often result in some type of partial or total disability that prevents the accident victim from being able to work and earn an income to support his or her family.
When this is the case, the injured party will require financial compensation to replace his or her lost income in the present, as well as for reduced future earning power. In addition to economic damages, a catastrophic injury claim can include compensation for pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
At Accident Attorneys, we help catastrophic injury victims seek compensation for all of their damages, including but not limited to:
- Emergency medical treatment
- Ongoing treatment and rehabilitative care
- Prescription medication costs
- Medical equipment costs
- Expenses associated with home modifications
- Caregiver costs
- Lost wages/income, current and future
- Lost earning capacity/disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and distress
- Loss of quality of life
Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Serving Lancaster & Palmdale
You simply should not have to pay the price for the other person's negligence. No amount of money will ever undo what has happened to you, but we want to help you claim financial compensation and secure justice so that you can more easily move on in your life.
If someone else's negligence or carelessness caused your accident, you have the right to pursue financial compensation for your damages. Speak with a lawyer from Accident Attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and options with our firm. You can also fill out an online evaluation form for additional information about your unique case.
Every case is different. A variety of circumstances determine the value of your claim. Property damage, medical expenses, hospitalization fees, pain, and suffering, missed wages, and many other factors can affect the outcome of your case.
You can even collect damages for future unemployment / missed wages and ongoing medical costs. Speak with a member of the legal team at Accident Attorneys to learn more about the potential value of your case.
If you file a claim against an individual, his / her insurance company is probably aware of the judgment. If the insurance is unaware of the settlement, you can notify the insurer. At this point, the insurance provider should issue a check for the settlement.
If the responsible party does not have insurance, you may need to enter the settlement with the court. The court has the authority to enforce the judgment if the responsible party refuses to pay.
There is no minimum amount of money allowed for a personal injury settlement; every case is determined by the unique facts surrounding the claim. Additionally, most jurisdictions do not have a cap on the amount of my money that you can receive through a personal injury settlement.
In California, the amount of money that you can receive for noneconomic damages (pain, suffering, etc.) for a medical malpractice case is limited to $250,000; however, other injury settlements are not subject to this restriction.
Generally speaking, parents are not allowed to access any money given to their child for a personal injury settlement. This is because some parents may take the money for their own benefit instead of the child.
Your child's money will probably be placed in a blocked bank account that only he / she can access at the age of 18. The court may allow you to access the money sooner, but only if it is needed for the child's well-being or health.