Q: What Qualifies a Personal Injury as Catastrophic?
A: The term “catastrophic injury” broadly applies to any personal injury that results in permanent harm to the victim. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and severe burns are a few common examples of catastrophic injuries that often result in permanent disabilities and/or disfigurement. Securing compensation for a catastrophic injury follows the same process as any other personal injury, but the plaintiff is likely to qualify for more extensive compensation.
Q: Will a Defendant Go to Jail for Causing a Catastrophic Injury?
A: It is possible for a defendant who has caused a personal injury of any severity to face jail time and other criminal penalties depending on how they caused the injury. For example, if you were hurt by a drunk driver or suffered a traumatic injury from an assault, the defendant will face criminal charges in addition to their liability for your civil damages. Penalties for certain crimes increase significantly when the defendant has caused great bodily harm to a victim.
Q: How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Catastrophic Injury?
A: Once you prove liability for your catastrophic injury in Costa Mesa, you can hold the defendant accountable for all economic losses associated with your injury. This includes property damage, immediate and future medical expenses, lost income, and lost future earning capacity. Additionally, the state does not limit pain and suffering compensation for most personal injuries, so you could claim what you think is appropriate to reflect the severity of your condition.
Q: How Long Will It Take to Resolve My Catastrophic Injury Claim in Costa Mesa?
A: The time your case may require to reach a conclusion largely depends on whether you can settle the case outside of court. If so, settlement may only take a few weeks as long as both you and the defendant are willing to compromise on mutually acceptable terms. If litigation is required, it will significantly increase your case’s timeline from several months to more than a year, depending on the complexity of the claim.
Q: What Will It Cost to Hire a Costa Mesa Catastrophic Injury Lawyer?
A: There is no need to worry about overly expensive legal fees when you choose Easton & Easton to represent your claim. We accept all personal injury cases on contingency, so you will only pay a fee if and when we win your case. If we are unable to secure compensation for you, there is no fee at all, so there is no risk of paying more for your legal expenses than you win in compensation for your damages.
Easton & Easton can provide the compassionate and responsive legal representation you need to approach your catastrophic injury claim with confidence. You have a relatively short time in which to pursue your recovery, so it is vital that you connect with legal counsel you can trust as soon as possible. Contact Easton & Easton today to schedule your consultation with a Costa Mesa catastrophic injury law firm.