The term catastrophic injuries can bring to mind various definitions. For example, one might think of an injury resulting in the loss of a limb or the inability to perform specific tasks resulting from a substantial injury. As with most legal terms, a particular definition, as established in California law, describes a catastrophic injury. Under California law, a catastrophic injury is one so severe that it permanently affects your daily life. This article will discuss in depth what a catastrophic injury is, who may be liable for a catastrophic injury, and what to do if you have suffered a catastrophic injury in California.
No matter the type of injury you have suffered, it can be challenging to know what to do after the incident occurs. You may be left with debilitating injuries and mounting medical bills, leading to increased stress and medical harm. If you have experienced a catastrophic injury in California, it is vital that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney to assist you. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve and hold those responsible for your damages accountable. The personal injury attorneys with the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates have extensive experience and are ready to represent you. To learn more or schedule your initial case consultation, call 888-848-5084 or visit our website today.
What Are Catastrophic Injuries?
As described above, catastrophic injuries are those which have a permanent effect on your daily life. Under California law, catastrophic injuries generally relate to those that prevent you from permanently performing work duties. Not only do catastrophic injuries result in loss of the ability to work, they generally contribute to a diminished quality of life. Common catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Third-degree burns
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Vision damage
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Loss of limbs or amputation
- Scarring or bodily disfigurement
While not a complete list, these are only some injuries that may be considered catastrophic under California law. If you have suffered one of these types of injuries or another like them, you may have a catastrophic injury.
Catastrophic Injury Causes
Various factors and circumstances can cause catastrophic injuries. The instances in which catastrophic injuries may occur can be related to work or outside phenomena. Common causes of catastrophic injuries include:
- Workplace accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents (motorcycle, car, truck, heavy machinery, semi-truck)
- Product defect accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and falls
- Sports injuries
Similar to the above, this is only a short list of incidents and events that may cause catastrophic injuries. If you believe that you have suffered a catastrophic injury from one of these or another incident, contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates to assist you.
Liability For Catastrophic Injuries
Depending on the circumstances of the incident, the individual or entity responsible for your catastrophic injury may vary. For example, your employer may be at fault if your injury occurred at the workplace. Determining fault for a catastrophic injury is one of the most crucial elements of a personal injury case. Establishing fault is required to receive compensation for damage to property or payment for medical bills.
What To Do After A Catastrophic Injury
As suggested by the name, catastrophic injuries often involve significant and debilitating harm. In most circumstances, it is impossible to delay treatment and care until later due to the severity of the injuries. After receiving the medical care you need, it is essential to obtain the assistance and compensation necessary to ensure that your care is covered. Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates personal injury attorneys can help you identify those responsible for your injuries and receive the compensation you need.
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