Any personal injury is a serious matter because you have short and long-term effects. More severe injuries will change the course of the rest of your life. When these injuries are someone else’s fault, they must pay for the damages they caused.
First, you must go through a legal process to be in a position to get compensation. Our personal injury lawyers can help as you fight for the compensation you need for your care and expenses.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury in Santa Clarita?
A catastrophic injury can be anything that leaves you with permanent damage. Your injury may keep you from doing the job that you did before your accident. You may also find that you cannot enjoy other hobbies and activities that you did beforehand.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Serious burns
- Loss of a limb
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Permanent scarring
- Loss of vision or sight
How Negligence Can Cause a Catastrophic Injury
Here are some ways that you can suffer a catastrophic injury through someone else’s negligence:
- A motorist hits you at a crosswalk because they are looking down at their phone and do not see you.
- You develop cancer from toxins that are in a defective medication.
- You hit your head and suffer permanent injuries when you are rear-ended by a truck.
- You are burned in a fire at a hotel when the sprinkler system does not work.
Valuing Your Catastrophic Injury Claim Is Our Priority
One of the key considerations in a catastrophic injury case is ensuring you know how much your claim is worth. Since your injuries are permanent, you will suffer damages for the rest of your life. If you do not get the right amount of money now, you will not have an opportunity to get it in the future. Although it is difficult to see into the future, that is precisely what you must do when seeking damages.
Our personal injury lawyers in Santa Clarita can work with a number of experts to come up with the number that you are seeking in settlement negotiations, including:
- Vocational experts about whether you can work
- Life care planners regarding what help you may need on a daily basis
- Medical experts concerning the care that you may need
- Economic experts about what things may cost in the future
Depending on the type of injury, your lifetime care costs alone can top $1 million. This amount is even before you are compensated for your lost wages and pain and suffering. You can rest assured that your doctors will get paid for their medical services. You should be compensated as well for everything that you are going through.
Your Legal Options After a Catastrophic Injury in Santa Clarita
After you learn the extent of your damages, you will need to work to get the money you deserve. Usually, you will begin the legal process once you reach the point of maximum medical improvement, where further treatment may not improve your condition.
You have two primary legal options after you have suffered a personal injury:
- You can file a lawsuit in court against the person (or company) responsible for your injuries.
- You can file a claim against the responsible party’s insurance policy.
Either way, you can expect a difficult legal process before you can get money for your injuries. First, you must prove that someone else was negligent before you can even begin to discuss money. To show liability, you must demonstrate that someone else acted unreasonably under the circumstances.
Then, you will likely try to negotiate a settlement at some point. Most personal injury cases will reach a settlement agreement before there is a trial. You will be negotiating with an insurance company with a legal obligation to defend its policyholder. You will likely begin negotiations far apart, as they will make you a low settlement offer.
Speaking by yourself to an insurance company is always dangerous for your own legal prospects. Our experienced personal injury lawyers in Santa Clarita know how to deal with an insurance company and negotiate your claim. At the same time, our presence will keep the insurance company from directly pressuring and trying to trap you.
When you have suffered a catastrophic injury, you are in no condition to try to handle the claim on your own. We are experienced personal injury lawyers who are not afraid to go to trial to get you the catastrophic injury compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Santa Clarita Catastrophic Injury Lawyers Today
The attorneys at the One Law Group have experience in large personal injury claims where you need to recover extensive damages from the party at fault. We aggressively advocate for you when the insurance company tries to cut corners and costs at your expense. Your cause is our cause, and we promise to fight for your legal rights.
To learn how we can help you, contact us online or call us at (844) 626-1529.
Catastrophic Injury FAQs
Is there any difference between catastrophic injuries and an ordinary personal injury case?
While they have the same legal theories at play, catastrophic injury cases require even more investigation and research.
Do I have to pay back the medical expenses my health insurance already paid?
Yes. Your health insurance company may have a lien on your settlement that must be satisfied before you can get your part of the settlement check.
Can I sue a company if my catastrophic injuries came from a truck accident?
If the truck driver is on the job at the time of the accident, their employer will be responsible for paying your damages.