Each year, over one million people suffer catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one has sustained a catastrophic injury because of another party’s careless actions in Sacramento or across California, please contact the Law Offices of JG Winter.
When our injury attorneys represent clients who have suffered a catastrophic injury, we assess the overall effect on their lives. We do not evaluate simply how a person feels immediately after a car accident or slip-and-fall. Instead, we look at the full scope of not only physical injuries and limitations but also home life, work, and an individual’s ability to enjoy life.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
According to Title 42 U.S. Code § 3796b, a catastrophic injury is defined as an injury with “the direct and proximate consequences of which permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.” Simply stated, a catastrophic injury is a severe, life-altering injury that usually involves long-term consequences. Accident victims typically require surgery and invasive medical treatments to help in their recovery.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries frequently result from high-impact motor vehicle collisions, truck accidents, and motorcycle crashes. Generally, catastrophic injuries involve three types:
- Physical injuries, including amputation, severe fractures, organ damage, severe burn injuries, or damage to tissue or orthopedic function.
- Spinal cord injuries, which can cause paralysis or permanent mobility issues.
- Cognitive injuries that occur from mild or traumatic brain damage and may take away an individual’s ability to speak, work, or create new memories.
Long-Term Impacts of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries often lead to severe long or short-term impacts on a person’s day-to-day life. They involve:
- Permanent disability or loss of function
- Incapacity to work a full-time job
- The necessity for lifetime care, assistance, or accommodations
- Lifelong prescription medications
- Prosthetics or assistive devices (i.e., wheelchairs and walkers)
- Acute scarring or disfigurement
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
Not All Catastrophic Injuries Are Easy to Detect
While some catastrophic injuries are straightforward and easy to identify, others are not so obvious. For example, a person who experiences a head injury from a car accident may seem normal after they’ve had time to recover. However, they may suffer permanent disabilities that are not at first apparent, including:
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Personality changes
- Inability to focus
- Inability to manage finances
When accident victims suffer brain injuries or other invisible life-changing damage, they may require testimonies from those close to them, along with expert evaluations from neuropsychologists to build a robust case.
In the same manner, accident victims with apparent catastrophic injuries, like paralysis, experience incapacitating secondary side effects such as urinary tract infections (UTI), neuropathic pain, and skin breakdown that are just as life-altering as the more obvious consequences of a devastating accident. At the Law Office of JG Winter, we ensure that all injuries are fully accounted for when pursuing our clients’ compensation in a catastrophic injury claim or lawsuit.
Catastrophic Injury Victims Are Entitled to Full and Just Compensation
Sustaining a catastrophic injury means losing a crucial part of yourself—whether it’s a limb, your capacity to form a complete thought, or your ability to walk. Any person who suffers a catastrophic injury from an accident caused by the negligent or careless acts of another party is entitled to a catastrophic injury lawsuit and settlement.
If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury, you are entitled to full financial reimbursement for several reasons:
- Catastrophic injuries require significant medical care and expenses. You may need surgeries or long-term rehabilitation, or your injuries may necessitate permanent use of medical equipment or medications.
- You might not be able to work at all or at the same capacity as you could before the accident. Consequently, you deserve compensation for current and future loss of wages.
- Catastrophic injuries may involve significant emotional and mental damage that causes a loss of enjoyment out of life.
Catastrophic injuries impact the families of the victims as well. After a tragic accident, the victims’ families often need help because of their loved one’s cognitive or mobility restrictions. That may force parents or spouses to leave their jobs or dedicate themselves to providing full-time care that can become extremely emotionally and financially taxing on the whole family. A catastrophic injury restricts survivors and their loved ones’ lives and futures, and that is intolerable.
Retain Experienced Sacramento Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of JG Winter in Sacramento have years of proven legal experience and are committed to helping accident victims by pursuing fair and favorable compensation for the life-changing harm that they’ve suffered. We stand by accident victims and their families to rebuild their futures. If you or a family member has suffered a catastrophic injury caused by another party’s negligence, contact the Law Offices of JG Winter for a free consultation by calling (844) 734-2626 or completing our contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions About Catastrophic Injuries
Are catastrophic injuries different from other types of injury claims?
A catastrophic injury is a severe, life-altering injury that usually involves long-term consequences. Unlike personal injuries, catastrophic injuries are more likely to affect victims for the rest of their lives. Accident victims typically require surgery and invasive medical treatments to help in their recovery. As a result, catastrophic injury claims entail significant medical care and treatment that must include both current and future losses that victims sustain.
Who is liable for the damages in a catastrophic injury case?
Proving liability in a catastrophic injury case means showing that another person’s negligence resulted in your injuries. Depending on the case, several parties may be liable. For instance, if you were in a car accident with a commercial truck, the trucker, the trucking company, cargo loaders, or the truck manufacturer may be liable. Similarly, if you were in a biking accident, another cyclist, pedestrian, or a vehicle driver could be responsible.
Should I work with an attorney after being involved in a catastrophic injury accident?
Since there could be many different parties responsible for your catastrophic injury accident, you should immediately seek legal representation. Following a catastrophic accident, you may need multiple surgeries or long-term rehabilitation. When you hire an attorney, they can handle all the paperwork and communicate with insurance companies while you focus on your recovery. They can also prepare your case and represent you in court.