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Catastrophic Injury

The term, “catastrophic injury,” is legally defined as an injury so severe that it permanently prevents a person from returning to employment and self-sufficiency. A catastrophic injury can stem from many different accidents including falls, collisions, and explosions.

The emotional, financial, and physical strains made by a catastrophic injury can be life-changing. Victims of catastrophic injuries are familiar with medical costs and time away from work. They may also develop related medical problems such as heart diseases or respiratory problems.

When a catastrophic injury occurs due to the carelessness or negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensations. An experienced catastrophic injury lawyer can help you get your life back. Get what you deserve today and call a personal injury attorney at Yarian & Associates, APC today.

Los Angeles Lawyer for Catastrophic Injuries, CA

Are you suffering from a catastrophic injury caused by another party’s negligence? Do you need help negotiating with insurance companies and navigating legalities? If so, you will want to contact the catastrophic injury attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC as soon as possible.

A catastrophic injury can have a devastating impact on your life. There is no reason you should be in pain, financially or physically, because of another person’s careless actions. All the attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC have a collective of two decades of personal injury attorneys. Our firm founder, attorney Yarian, has been able to procure millions in injury settlements. Put yourself in good hands. Call Yarian & Associates, APC, we represent clients throughout the greater Los Angeles County and Tulare County area and adjoining cities including Glendale, Visalia, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, and Riverside.

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Overview of Catastrophic Injuries in California


The term catastrophic injury is defined differently legally. The American Medical Association (AMA) definition of catastrophic injury is a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain. However, under 42 U.S. Code § 3796(b) catastrophic injury is defined as one that “permanently prevents an individual from performing any gainful work.”

A person who has sustained a catastrophic injury often requires extensive medical care and treatment. A person may find difficulty in finding time to work with the ongoing rehabilitative treatments and pain. Every case of catastrophic injury is different, but most result in the ongoing suffering of victims.

Some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Injuries to the spine or spinal cord
  • Amputations
  • Internal organ damage
  • Multiple bone fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Crush fractures
  • Serious burn injuries

Common Causes of Catastrophic Injury

A catastrophic injury can occur in many ways. Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Car accidents
  • Commercial truck accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Boating accidents
  • ATV accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Workplace accidents, especially construction accidents
  • Sports injuries

No matter how the injury occurs, a catastrophic injury is life-altering and traumatic. If that injury occurs as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:

  • Replace lost wages and lost earning capacity
  • Compensate you for medical expenses
  • Provide for future medical care
  • Pay for therapy and rehabilitative services
  • Compensate your family for the loss of your participation and assistance
  • Compensate you for intangibles, such as pain and suffering

You may be able to recover punitive damages in addition to the type of compensatory damages listed above.


Pursuing a Catastrophic Injury Claim

Pursuing compensation after a catastrophic injury can be complicated. In any personal injury or medical malpractice claim, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant was negligent. A plaintiff additionally must prove the negligence caused the plaintiff’s injury.

A plaintiff also needs to prove he or she suffered damages. Proving damages in a catastrophic injury case can be difficult, and can require thorough investigation and careful assembly of evidence. Expert testimony is typically required to prove damages to the courts.

The defendant’s insurance company will not want to pay out large sums for anticipated future costs.  An insurance company will employ its own experts in an attempt to minimize your damage award. An experienced catastrophic injury attorney will know how to secure the right expert witnesses to build a strong case on your behalf.


Additional Resources

Caps on Personal Injury Damages – Visit the American Medical Association’s website and read about personal injury laws by state. Consult the California statute of limitations for catastrophic injuries, damage caps one can obtain by state, and catastrophic injury examples.

Catastrophic Injuries – Visit HG.org, a legal resource, and read on what catastrophic injury means in California court. Read about California personal injury settlements, types of catastrophic injuries, and possible pain and suffering compensations in California.


Contact a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer as Soon as Possible

When you have been catastrophically injured, insurance companies and legal claims likely won’t be your top priority. However, the issues move forward with or without your participation. Call Yarian & Associates, APC for a personal injury attorney that can evaluate and file your claim.

An insurance company will conduct its own investigation and may attempt to negotiate a quick, lowball settlement. You deserve a settlement that covers your all your past, present, and future damages. Contact Yarian & Associates, APC, to work with catastrophic injury attorneys who have a collective of two decades of experience. We have handled many catastrophic injury cases throughout the greater California Central District Court area and surrounding communities including San Bernardino, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Glendale, and Long Beach.

Evidence may be lost or destroyed, and witness memories fade. Meanwhile, your medical bills and other expenses will continue to grow. Do not let another’s negligence cause you any more pain.  Give yourself an advantage and call an attorney at Yarian & Associates, APC today.

The first step toward protecting your future is to learn more about your rights and the damages you may be entitled to. Dial (844) 291-1911 and get started right now by scheduling a free consultation.



This article was last updated on June 19th, 2018.

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