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Catastrophic Injuries

San Jose Catastrophic Injury Attorney

What is a Catastrophic Injury?

Catastrophic injuries are defined as severe, life-changing injuries that usually occur suddenly and without warning. The victims of this serious type of personal injury are left to suffer the long-term implications of a catastrophic injury. Many times, these means permanent disabilities or disfigurement.

Minor injuries, such as scrapes or bruises, are a part of everyday life as a human being. We feel pain for a period of time, but our bodies heal and we are able to carry on as normal. This is not the case when a catastrophic injury occurs.

Have you or a loved one suffered a serious injury? Our catastrophic injury attorneys in San Jose can help! Contact Habbas & Associates today to learn more about your options.

Catastrophic Injury Claims in California

The Center for Disease Control has determined that unintentional injuries are one of the leading causes of death for Americans of all ages. In 2017, 169,936 people died as the result of an unintentional injury. If these serious injuries were the result of another person's negligent actions, you may be able to seek compensation in the form of a catastrophic injury claim or a wrongful death claim, depending on the circumstances.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries often have profound and life-altering effects on individuals, significantly impacting their ability to perform daily activities, work, or engage in personal relationships. Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include:

  • Amputations: The loss of a limb or extremity, either through traumatic injury or surgical removal.
  • Brain Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can result from blunt force trauma, penetrating injuries, or rapid acceleration/deceleration of the brain within the skull. These injuries can range from concussions to severe, life-altering brain damage.
  • Severe Burns: Burns that cover a significant portion of the body, often resulting in extensive tissue damage, scarring, and potential complications such as infections or loss of function.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Damage to the spinal cord that can result in partial or complete paralysis, loss of sensation, and other neurological impairments.
  • Multiple Fractures: Severe fractures involving multiple bones, which can lead to long-term disabilities and complications.
  • Internal Organ Damage: Trauma to internal organs such as the heart, lungs, liver, or kidneys, which can result in life-threatening complications and long-term health issues.
  • Vision Loss: Partial or complete loss of vision due to trauma to the eyes or optic nerve, diseases affecting the eyes, or other ocular conditions.
  • Hearing Loss: Partial or complete loss of hearing due to traumatic injury, exposure to loud noises, or medical conditions affecting the auditory system.
  • Crush Injuries: Injuries caused by prolonged pressure or compression of a body part, often resulting in damage to muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and bones. Crush injuries can lead to tissue death (necrosis), compartment syndrome, and other complications.
  • Psychological Trauma: Emotional and psychological injuries resulting from traumatic events, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, depression, and other mental health conditions.

These injuries drastically change the victim's life. If you or someone you love has suffered catastrophic injury at the hands of another person who was acting negligently, you may be able to seek compensation with help from a San Jose injury lawyer.

Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

Serious injuries can be the result of several types of accidents. Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries include:

The Devastating Losses Associated with Catastrophic Injury

Monetary damages associated with catastrophic injury claims aim to compensate the injured party for various losses they have incurred due to the injury. These damages can be substantial and cover a wide range of expenses and losses. Here are some of the available monetary damages typically associated with catastrophic injury claims:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes past, present, and future medical bills related to the injury, such as hospitalization, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, therapy, and assistive devices like wheelchairs or prosthetics.
  • Lost Income and Earning Capacity: Compensation for the income lost due to the injury, including wages lost during recovery and potential future earnings if the injury affects the individual's ability to work or pursue their career.
  • Pain and Suffering: Damages for physical pain and emotional suffering caused by the injury. This is subjective and can vary greatly depending on the severity and nature of the injury.
  • Loss of Consortium: Compensation for the negative impact the injury has on the injured person's relationship with their spouse or partner, including loss of companionship, affection, and sexual relations.
  • Home Modifications and Special Accommodations: Costs associated with modifying the home to accommodate the injured person's disability, such as installing ramps, widening doorways, or adding accessible features.
  • Assistive Devices and Ongoing Care: Compensation for the cost of ongoing care, assistance, or services needed due to the injury, including hiring caregivers or assistance with daily activities.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: Compensation for the loss of ability to participate in activities and hobbies enjoyed prior to the injury, as well as any limitations placed on the individual's quality of life.
  • Punitive Damages: In some cases, where the defendant's actions were particularly egregious or malicious, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the defendant and deter similar behavior in the future.

Caring Help from a San Jose Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

Catastrophic injury claims are often complex legal cases that are difficult to prove because of the great damages involved and what is at stake. An accomplished injury lawyer from Habbas & Associates has the legal expertise and experience to help you take on the task of filing a claim and seeking compensation.

This is a trying time in your life, and you need an advocated who is committed to your rights and your future health. Our firm is waiting to help you seek the compensation you desperately need to help with your medical costs and more. To best serve our clients, we have offices in San Jose, Modesto, Sacramento, and Oakland.

Contact a San Jose injury lawyer at Habbas & Associates for caring legal help with catastrophic injury claims involving head injuries, brain injuries and more.

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