Sacramento Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Protecting the Rights of Catastrophic Injury Victims for 100+ Years
No one expects to be catastrophically injured by someone else’s negligence, but sadly, it happens to countless Americans every single year. Whether you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, an animal attack, or because of a faulty medical device, it is important to remember that you have rights. According to state law, negligent parties can be held accountable when their actions harm others. That means you could be eligible for financial compensation.
At Kershaw Talley Barlow, we are known for our:
- One-on-one legal counsel
- Personalized, award-winning representation
- More than a century of collective legal experience
- Over $1 billion in favorable verdicts and settlements
- Free case consultations, with no strings attached
Catastrophic injury is a complex area of the law, and we are proud to tackle these claims on behalf of our clients. We have helped numerous injury victims in Sacramento in the years since our trial law firm was established. Whether it’s through a verdict or a settlement, we will help you reach the best possible outcome for your case.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury Claim?
A catastrophic injury claim is a type of personal injury claim filed to recover compensation for long-term injuries or serious illnesses caused by negligence.
At Kershaw Talley Barlow, we help Sacramento residents file claims after being catastrophically injured because of:
- Elder abuse
- Dog bites
- Defective drugs
- Prescription errors
- Bus accidents
- Car accidents
- Truck crashes
- Bicycle collisions
- Motorcycle crashes
- Construction accidents
- Environmental injuries/toxic exposure
- Defective products, including medical devices
- Dangerous properties, such as slip and fall accidents
Common Catastrophic Injuries and Illnesses
To determine whether your injury qualifies as catastrophic, consider how your life is now compared to how it was before. Are you able to do almost everything you did before? Or do you need a family member or caregiver to help you throughout the day? Are you still able to enjoy your hobbies? Or have they become impossible due to your injury? What about your work life?
If your life looks completely different, if it has changed for the worse, then you have likely suffered a catastrophic injury.
Some injuries and illnesses considered catastrophic are:
- Limb loss, or amputation
- Open or closed brain injuries
- Burns of the second degree, or worse
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Damage to internal organs
- Spine injuries, such as those that result in paralysis
- Cancers and other diseases from toxic chemicals
- Diagnosed mental illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
These are only the most common catastrophic injuries we see at our law firm. Note that any injury that derails your life may be a catastrophic injury.
Recovering Compensation: How Much Is My Claim Worth?
As mentioned, a catastrophic injury can impact every aspect of your life, from how you function on a day-to-day basis to what job you can hold, and even to how you interact with your loved ones. It makes sense that these injuries tend to result in a range of damages for which you may be compensated, such as:
- Doctor’s and ER visits
- Hospital treatment
- Rehabilitation, such as occupational or physical therapy
- Assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, driving aids, and accommodations for the home
- Pain and suffering, such as emotional distress and physical discomfort
Despite the severe consequences of their actions, at-fault parties rarely agree to pay what they owe. Don’t let them or their insurance provider compensate you unfairly; make sure you know how much compensation is owed to you. Speaking to a Sacramento catastrophic injury lawyer is the best way to get an accurate estimate of your case’s value in dollars and cents.
How Long Do I Have to File for Compensation?
The state of California requires that catastrophic injury victims take any legal action within two years from the date of injury. If the injury was not discovered until later, then the filing deadline is pushed to a year after whenever it was discovered. Victims may also need to file an administrative claim, such as if a government agency was involved. A catastrophic injury lawyer will know which deadlines apply to your case.
While it may seem as though there is a lot of time to work with, it is important to take into account all the work that goes into building a claim before it can be filed. Even the most straightforward catastrophic injury claim can require a lot of preparation. The longer you give a Sacramento catastrophic injury attorney to investigate your case, obtain witness testimony, and develop a case strategy that fits your needs, the more likely it is that your case will have a good outcome.
Take the First Step Today
At Kershaw Talley Barlow, we are skilled in litigating both small and big cases, even highly complex ones. Our success has earned us the respect of peers, clients, the American Association for Justice, Super Lawyers®, The National Trial Lawyers, and others. Don’t wait to reach out to us about how we can help.
In a free consultation, our Sacramento catastrophic injury attorneys can go over the value of your case, how to maximize that value, and how your case may unfold. Entrust your case to us; we will aggressively advocate for you against negligence.
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