Los Angeles Catastrophic Personal Injury Lawyer
No individual should have to live in fear that a reckless person or negligent institution may leave them maimed, incapacitated, and financially and emotionally depleted. Even the most cautious individual can become a victim of a catastrophic injury and, if they do, one should receive unwavering compassion and support during what may be the most difficult time in their life.
Although no amount of compensation can reverse the tragedy, if you or a loved one has been catastrophically injured in a preventable accident, an experienced California personal injury attorney at Boucher LLP can fight to maximize your award.
Compensatory damages can help reduce the financial burden, alleviate suffering, and mitigate long-term impacts. At Boucher LLP, we have devoted our careers to empowering wronged individuals to renew their agency and fight for justice, and we are here to support you in your difficult journey back to wholeness. Contact us to find a Los Angeles catastrophic personal injury lawyer you can trust.
What Are Catastrophic Injuries?
Per 42 U.S. Code § 3796b, catastrophic injuries are legally defined as an injury or illness that “permanently prevent[s] an individual from performing any gainful work.” Examples of such injuries include traumatic brain injuries, damage to the spinal cord, injuries resulting in paralysis, severe burns, loss of limbs, or considerable fractures that result in a loss of wages or functional capabilities. The severity of these injuries usually leaves survivors with lifelong cognitive, physical, or mobility challenges that may require costly and extensive treatment. If you have sustained a debilitating injury due to the recklessness or negligence of a business or individual, the responsible party should be held accountable.
At the core of many catastrophic injury claims is negligence. In general, every individual must exercise the foresight and caution that any prudent person would exercise under the same or similar circumstances. If an individual deviates from conducting themselves with reasonable caution and causes an accident and injuries, they may be liable for their negligent actions. By paying a heavy price, wrongdoers will be motivated to begin exercising due caution and improve their behaviors, medical devices, faulty products, or unscrupulous business practices.
Common types of negligence that result in catastrophic injuries may include motor vehicle accidents, defective or dangerous products, defective medical devices, dangerous conditions of public or private property, slip-and-falls, and exposure to toxic chemicals.
California is a comparative negligence state, meaning the percentage of fault is attributable to each party. In California, the plaintiff can still recover damages even if they are partially at fault for the accident. However, the award will be reduced by the plaintiff’s portion of negligence.
Undoubtedly, a catastrophic injury affects not only the victim but also their family. An accident victim deserves compassion and justice, and their loved ones deserve support and understanding.
The Importance of Hiring an Attorney
Although some victims may attempt to represent themselves in some personal injury claims such as automobile accidents, this is not advisable. As these cases are often complex and involve many different parties, collecting evidence and parsing through discovery can be a tedious and time-consuming effort.
Additionally, the defendants may be large corporations or insurance companies with access to unlimited resources, and they may employ intimidation tactics designed to deter the victim from pursuing just compensation. We do not recommend taking them on alone.
At Boucher LLP, our highly-trained personal injury attorneys routinely take on mammoth corporations and manufacturers to maximize financial compensation for our clients. We can fight to maximize emotional damages as well, which is a challenging endeavor as it is intangible and therefore an unquantifiable amount. Let us help you get the recovery you and your family deserve.
When Should I Hire an Attorney?
Time is of the essence with personal injury claims so we advise that you consult with one of our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. We will want to begin assessing your options for pursuing your claim today so you can receive the best, most immediate care. Medical bills can mount quickly so now is the time to reach out.
Life Care Plan
If an accident leaves you with catastrophic injuries it is likely that you will have to implement a multitude of changes to your daily life. We are sympathetic to the emotional toll it must take to grieve the loss of your livelihood while simultaneously trying to advocate for your health, financial stability, and wellbeing of your family.
Not only do we fight for compensation for your injuries, but we also assist clients with creating a life care plan. Life care plans can be straightforward or in-depth depending on your individual needs, but they are essential for two reasons.
First, they ensure you and your loved ones have a clear idea of what kind of support you will need moving forward and the associated current and future costs.
Second, they can help assess actual damages incurred from the accident when negotiating a settlement or pursuing a monetary award against the defendant.
The following are examples of the expenses of services and support typically included in a life care plan:
- Current and future medical care,
- Home healthcare expenses,
- Anticipated home modification costs,
- Transportation expenses,
- Medical equipment, and
- Therapy costs.
Creating an individualized life care plan can help catastrophic accident victims access anticipated costs to maximize their quality of life. Discussing and drafting a life care plan is not easy and can be emotionally taxing. It is undoubtedly challenging to face and adapt to the changes in your life due to a catastrophic injury. Do not face it alone. At Boucher, LLP, our compassionate attorneys can guide you through the process.
Catastrophic Personal Injury Lawyer, Los Angeles, CA
At Boucher LLP, we have dedicated our careers to helping those facing particularly challenging moments in their lives. Our lawyers are not afraid to do what it takes to successfully negotiate a favorable settlement or fiercely litigate a case through trial. In the last four years alone, we have successfully tried or otherwise resolved cases resulting in recoveries for our clients that total over $533,000,000. Our number one priority is our clients, and our resounding goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for each of them. Contact us today to schedule a confidential and compassionate consultation with our team.