Help with Catastrophic Injury Claims from an Experienced California Personal Injury Attorney
A catastrophic injury can be defined as an injury that causes a victim to endure permanent severe functional disability or that results in severe head or neck injuries to the victim. Usually, these injuries involve severe damage to the spine, spinal cord, brain, or skull. Victims of catastrophic injury will typically suffer the repercussions of the injuries throughout their entire life. Common causes of catastrophic injuries include:
- Recreational Activities (surfing, horseback riding, snowboarding, etc.)
- Sporting Activities (football, gymnastics, boxing, etc.)
- Car and Truck Accidents
- Violent Attacks, such as batteries and street fights
The Law Office of Tal Rubin, PC in Los Angeles works to bring full compensation to catastrophic injury victims and their families in southern California. Special care must be taken in catastrophic injury cases to ensure that a lifetime of additional costs and challenges can be met. Our office has the skill and experience necessary achieve an adequate award on your behalf.
What Damages are Available in a Catastrophic Injury Case?
If a victim has been catastrophically injured due to the negligent, reckless, or intentional acts of another, that victim is entitled to recover the full range of damages suffered over the course of his or her lifetime, including:
- Past and future medical costs, including rehabilitation
- Costs of in-home care and equipment, including specially designed vehicles and wheelchairs
- Pain and suffering endured throughout the victim’s lifetime
- Lost income and any lost earning potential caused by the injury
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages in limited circumstances where the defendant’s activity was egregious and/or malicious
What Must I Prove to Win Damages in a Catastrophic Injury Case?
In most catastrophic injury cases, a plaintiff will be required to show that the defendant owed him or her a legal duty to act in a reasonable manner, the defendant breached this duty by acting unreasonably or failing to act in some manner, this breach actually caused the plaintiff’s injuries and it was foreseeable that the victim would be injured, and the victim suffered damages as a result. It is not necessary that the defendant be the party that actually took the action that directly injured the plaintiff. For example, if a hotel failed to prevent an attacker from gaining entry to a guest’s room, and the guest was catastrophically injured as a result, the hotel can still be liable for all of the victim’s injuries if it breached its legal duty to prevent attackers from gaining entry to guest rooms.
Proving causation and the full range of damages are often the most challenging aspects of bringing a successful action for the entirety of a victim’s losses. Both may require a reconstruction of the accident scene, consultation with medical professionals and expert witnesses, and countering defendants’ legal arguments to deflect blame and minimize damages. As such, it is important to begin working with an experienced catastrophic injury attorney as soon as possible to begin putting together a catastrophic injury suit.
Work with the Law Office of Tal Rubin, PC to Bring Your Southern California Catastrophic Injury Claim
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, or if you are caring for a family member who was seriously injured because of another’s misconduct, attorney Tal Rubin has the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to build a strong and complete case that compensates you for all your legal damages. In Los Angeles or anywhere throughout southern California, call 818-986-9030 for immediate assistance.