Santa Clarita Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
Helping Severely Injured Victims & Their Families for Over 40 Years
When it comes to catastrophic injury claims, there is typically more at risk than a normal personal injury lawsuit. Catastrophic injuries include serious and life-changing injuries, including brain injuries, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation, and more. These types of injuries can be expensive, require ongoing medical treatment, and result in a person’s inability to work for a long period of time—or ever. All of these things can place a huge financial strain on victims and cause additional pain and suffering for them and their families.
When someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct was the cause of your injuries, we can help fight for your rights. Since 1980, the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson has been helping victims of catastrophic injuries fight to secure maximum compensation from the at-fault parties. Our Santa Clarita catastrophic injury lawyers understand the law, as well as the unique challenges you face. We are here to guide you throughout the legal process, all while handling the various aspects of your case so that you can simply focus on getting treatment and healing.
Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
While there is no actual definition of a “catastrophic injury,” most agree that any injury that has severe, debilitating effects on the victim and alters the victim’s life in a significant way is catastrophic in nature.
Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limbs (amputation)
- Extensive burns
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia/tetraplegia
- Extensive burns
- Multiple broken bones
- Severe soft tissue or internal organ damage
All of these catastrophic injuries can lead to decreased quality of life, as well as immense pain and suffering. Often, these injuries will prevent the victim from returning to work, either temporarily or permanently, affecting their ability to earn a living and provide for their family. Put simply, the physical, emotional, and financial costs of a catastrophic injury are enormous.
A skilled personal injury attorney can help you fight to recover the full compensation you are owed for damages arising from serious injuries. At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, we use many resources and our experience with the law in order to help maximize our clients’ claims.
Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries can change your life in the blink of an eye. One day, you could be walking into work or driving your car down the road and the next, you could be in bed unable to move or waking up with a missing limb or major bodily reconstruction. Some common causes of catastrophic injuries include:
As expected, car accidents account for a large number of catastrophic accidents nationwide. In fact, in California alone, more than 3,000 people die every year in car accidents. Being in the Valencia area, you are likely well aware of how dangerous drivers can be, which is why being prepared and alert is essential on the road.
Sport and Recreational Activities
Imagine driving an ATV or professionally riding a BMX bike when, all of a sudden, a patch of unkempt track or a mistake on behalf of the competition organizers leads to a back or spinal cord injury that affects your life dramatically. This kind of accident happens more than you would think and affects countless individuals worldwide each year.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “4,693 worker fatalities occurred in private industry in 2016…991 of those fatalities, or 21.1% of those deaths, were doing some kind of construction work.” A simple slip from a high point, a misuse of a work tool, or being hit on the head could quickly lead to a catastrophic injury or fatality.
Just as construction accidents are a leading cause of workplace accidents, office workers, as well as other extreme job holders such as cable men and firefighters, face workplace accidents each and every day. These accidents can lead to electrocution, brain injury, back injuries, and many other catastrophic injuries that are typically highly unexpected and devastating.
According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins, more than 250,000 people in the United States die each year as a result of medical mistakes, making it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
Medical mistakes can often take what was a simple procedure and turn it into a life-threatening one. In this life-altering situation, it is crucial to have a catastrophic injuries attorney on your side.
When Can You File a Claim?
Like any other type of personal injury matter, in order to file a catastrophic injury claim, you will need to prove that someone else—be it another person, a business, or even a government entity—was somehow negligent or acted wrongfully. You will also need to prove that it was because of this negligent or wrongful conduct that you were injured.
You may have grounds to file a claim if you or your loved one was catastrophically injured due to:
- A car accident caused by a drunk driver
- Unsafe conditions on someone else’s property
- Being attacked by a dog that was not on a leash
- A truck, train, bus, or boating accident
- An explosion at work
- Being hit by a car while walking or cycling
- Negligent care in a nursing home
- A defective product or automobile part
These are just some examples of when catastrophic injury victims can take legal action and seek financial compensation; if you were injured and you believe someone else was at fault, reach out to our team to learn how our Santa Clarita catastrophic injury lawyers can help.
A Free Consultation Is Just a Phone Call Away
At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, we are committed to presenting the strongest case possible for our clients. Our goal is to serve as your voice, fighting to protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process. During your free consultation, we can discuss your case in detail and learn more about what happened, what you are going through, and what challenges you still face.
In the state of California, you have just two years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit, so it’s important to move quickly. If you do not file a claim within the two-year statute of limitations, you will almost certainly be barred from bringing a case.
The Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson serves clients in Valencia, Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Fillmore, the San Fernando Valley, and throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area. We offer legal services in Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Tagalog and provide all of our services on a contingency fee basis.
Call (661) 765-8484 now to schedule your complimentary case evaluation.