San Francisco Catastrophic Injury Attorney
Serious Injuries Require Serious Representation
When an individual sustains a catastrophic injury, that person and his or her family will undoubtedly face a wide range of medical expenses, costly therapy appointments, physical suffering, emotional distresses, and more. For this reason, it is absolutely crucial that the victim and their family seek experienced legal help from an highly-trained and well-versed personal injury lawyer. At Scarlett Law Group, our experienced attorneys can examine the various details of your case and determine who should be held liable for damages. From there, we can help you file a personal injury claim in order to pursue maximum financial compensation for you and your family.
If you or a loved one suffered severe injuries in an accident, contact Scarlett Law Group today. We will provide you with a free consultation.
What Constitutes A Catastrophic Injury?
There is no legal definition of what "catastrophic" means, an injury that qualifies as catastrophic if it is very serious by nature, requires a long recovery process or results in permanent injuries. For example, a broken or fractured bone can be a catastrophic injury because the recovery process can be so extensive even though the injury is not permanent. An injury can also be classified as catastrophic if it greatly impacts the injury victim's way of life, such as a brain injury that inhibits an individuals ability to work.
Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries can result from any type of accident imaginable. Some of the most common are:
- Medical negligence
- Defective products
- Truck accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Environmental disasters
- Toxic exposure
- Premises liability
- Aviation disasters
- Nautical accidents
- Work-related accidents
What Damages are Available in Catastrophic Injury Cases?
In California there are three types of damages available in catastrophic injury cases, special, general and punitive. General damages, or economic damages, compensate for the expenses incurred from the injury or accident itself such as medical bills, loss of earning, and household expenses.
On the other hand special damages, also called non-economic damages, compensate for more abstract suffering such as pain and suffering or mental anguish. Punitive damages are the last type of damages, the purpose of which is to punish the negligent party. Punitive damages are awarded in only a small number of cases. They are often reserved in cases of severe negligent, fraud or intentional harm.
Regardless of the cause, when you or a loved one has sustained a catastrophic injury, an experienced lawyer is required. Given today’s healthcare marketplace, the future care costs facing anyone sustaining a catastrophic personal injury are staggering. Frankly, just the presentation of these damages alone will cause jury alienation unless counsel is competent and effective in his/her presentation.
If you or someone you love has suffered a severe injury, you need the assistance of the Scarlett Law Group. Call (415) 688-2176 today to speak with our catastrophic injury attorneys in San Francisco.