A catastrophic injury can irrevocably change the victim’s life as well as those around them. One might imagine being in a wheelchair or bedridden for the rest of their life. However, these are not the only impacts that can be felt. The cost of living for those affected can dramatically increase due to special needs. These extra expenses can be insurmountable if those at fault are not held responsible. This is where a Los Angeles catastrophic injury lawyer like Vann H. Slatter becomes invaluable; Vann has over 40 years of experience representing victims of the negligent behavior of others. Our law office will dedicate the time and expertise needed to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve.What is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is categorized as a severe injury that permanently affects the victim’s life and ability to be self-sufficient. There are several types of injuries in this class, such as those that affect the central nervous system (electrical pathways which carry signals that control the body), burns, amputations, multiple bone fractures, and many more. Here are just a few common examples of these types of injuries:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”)
- Severe head injuries (Severe concussions, Post-Concussion Syndrome)
- Spinal fractures
- Loss of a body part (arm, hand, finger, leg, etc.)
- Severe burns
- Paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia)
These types of injuries can be inflicted in a multitude of ways, including:
As you can imagine, if the brain is unable to send signals to the body correctly, such as with a TBI, or if someone has had a part of their body taken from them, it can be very difficult to perform even the most common of tasks. This is why catastrophic injuries are in a class of their own; because due to their terrible effects on the body the victim often has to receive extraordinary medical attention for the rest of their life. This can put undue emotional and financial stress on the victim and their loved ones.Treatment and Accommodations
Oftentimes those that suffer injuries of this magnitude incur massive financial expenses for treatment and accommodations that allow them to lead their lives as normal as possible. If you’re suffering and cannot afford these things and another party might be responsible for your injuries, they may well be obligated to cover some or all of the cost of your recovery. This can include mobility devices (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.), in-home renovations (stairlifts, handrails, etc.), medication, physical therapy, surgery, and much more. You are entitled to live with dignity and we here at Slatter Law Firm are here to make sure you can.Making Your Claim or Filing Your Lawsuit
A claim of this nature should be made as soon as possible. Often, an experienced attorney is able to work out a settlement with the insurance carrier of the person or business entity at fault. Sometimes, however lawsuits must be filed. This is when the “claim” becomes a “case”, beginning legal proceedings with the court. While the deadline (known as the “Statute of Limitations”) can differ between states, in California the statute of limitations for filing a negligence lawsuit is two (2) years from the date of the incident. This may sound like a lot of time, but an experienced attorney can help you make the most of the crucial time directly after the incident that caused a victim’s catastrophic injury. An attorney can also inform you of treatment options that you might not have received otherwise. It is very important for you to know all of your options.Consult a Los Angeles Attorney to Seek Compensation for a Catastrophic Injury
If you’re reading this, it is likely you or a loved one are in a frightening and confusing position that you would have never imagined. Let us take it from here so that you can worry about getting the treatment you need in order to reclaiming your life. Los Angeles Catastrophic Injury attorney Vann H. Slatter can help answer your questions, formulate a path forward, and hold those at fault responsible. Our Los Angeles-based office proudly serves residents throughout our beautiful state of California, including the Southern California communities of Bellflower, South Gate, Norwalk, Long Beach, Downey, and Orange County. To schedule your free consultation, call us at (310) 444-3010 or complete our online form or contact us online.