Orange County Catastrophic Injury Attorneys

Orange County Catastrophic Injury Lawyers

Some people who suffer personal injuries due to the actions of others eventually recover, but others are not so fortunate. A personal injury in Orange County, CA qualifies as catastrophic when it causes permanent harm, such as disfigurement and/or disability. These injuries are physically and psychologically damaging, and a victim and their family will need the help of an Orange County catastrophic injury lawyer to ensure accountability for their damages.

Orange County Catastrophic Injury Attorneys

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The Face of Wrongful Death Litigation

Featured in Orange Coast magazine as <br/>The Face of Wrongful Death Litigation

Recovering full and fair monetary damages for a life-changing catastrophic injury or death of a loved one in Southern California is one of the toughest challenges for an injured party or family. Insurance companies know that the courts place a high standard of evidence on the injured party. You should expect insurance defense attorneys to put up their strongest wall of defense. Your attorney must demonstrate skill, as well as have the professional and financial resources to handle the case through all its ups and downs, possibly for a year or more as the case progresses through the legal system.

“Catastrophic injuries and death affect everyone in the family. We listen to your story and then put the human element into our case preparation to more persuasively convey your story. If a jury, defense attorney or insurance adjuster truly understand your story, then significant compensation is much more likely to follow. Call us to tell us how your injuries or loss of a loved one has impacted your life and family.”
Attorney Matthew Easton

When you choose Easton & Easton to represent your case, you will have access to a legal advocate who is ready to provide the comprehensive support and reassurance you need to approach a complex personal injury claim with confidence and peace of mind. We know you are likely to have many pressing legal questions in the aftermath of a catastrophic injury, and we’re ready to provide the guidance and support you need in this difficult time.

Seasoned Fatal Accident Attorneys in California

We are the catastrophic injury and wrongful death attorneys of The Easton Law Firm located in Orange County in the Center Tower across from South Coast Plaza. We are a family of trial lawyers with a successful record of recovering maximum compensation for victims of negligence and their families who also suffer the consequences. Our attorneys represent victims of negligence in Orange County and communities in nearby Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County and San Diego County. Call us toll free at 800-461-8259 or contact our offices by email to arrange a free case evaluation with one of our Orange County catastrophic injuries lawyers today.

We handle all personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency-fee basis. We advance the cost of attorneys’ fees, trial preparation and settling your case out of court. You will not pay attorneys’ fees if we cannot help you recover money damages.

Building Your Catastrophic Injury Claim in Orange County

Before the victim of any personal injury can recover compensation for their damages, they need to prove exactly how those damages happened and identify the party who caused them. If you intend to file a catastrophic injury claim in Orange County, it’s vital to choose an attorney who has proven experience handling cases like yours. Our case results include successful monetary recovery for claims such as:

It’s possible for more than one party to bear liability for your catastrophic injury. If you were hurt, you may have little recollection of the events that transpired prior to your injury. If you are seeking legal recourse on behalf of an injured family member, you may not be able to split your attention between caring for them during recovery and tracking down the evidence you will need to prove liability for their injury.

Working with a seasoned team of Orange County catastrophic injury lawyers can make every aspect of your case much easier to handle, and you will be more likely to reach a positive outcome for your case with their assistance. Your attorney can help gather whatever evidence is required to firmly establish liability for the injury; they can also help you uncover every available channel of compensation that may enhance your recovery.

Doug Easton, the founder of The Easton Law Firm, has been featured by the Los Angeles Times as one of Southern California’s Best Lawyers and has been repeatedly honored as a Southern California Super Lawyer. For more than 25 years, Doug Easton has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV Preeminent* peer review rating for ethical standards and legal ability. His sons followed in his footsteps many years ago, and together our family of lawyers has earned great respect and name-recognition among our peers in the legal community in Southern California.

3 Things You Should Know After A Catastrophic Accident in Orange County, CA

Get the contact and insurance information of the other driver.

Do not talk to the insurance company or give a written or recorded statement to the insurance company without talking to the Easton & Easton, LLP.

Call Easton & Easton, LLP as soon as possible so we can advise you what to do next.

Ultimately, every case is different, and every victim will have unique concerns when it comes to their recovery options. Securing legal counsel as soon as possible after a serious personal injury will significantly increase your chances of not only winning your case but also of maximizing the total compensation you obtain from the defendant. Your Orange County catastrophic injury lawyer can answer all your questions and help you feel more confident about your impending case.

Claimable Damages in a Catastrophic Injury Case

The objective of a personal injury claim is for the victim of another party’s negligence or intentional misconduct to be made as whole as possible again. Success with your case requires proof of liability for your damages, and you will also need to prove the full extent of the damages the defendant caused. For most plaintiffs, these damages are likely to include economic losses and pain and suffering.

Economic damages are relatively straightforward, and you will need to prove that any claimed economic losses resulted solely from the defendant’s actions. These are likely to include medical expenses, including anticipated future medical treatment costs for severe injuries, lost income, and lost earning power if you are unable to return to work due to the severity of your injuries. You can also claim compensation for any property the defendant damaged or destroyed.

When it comes to pain and suffering, your Orange County catastrophic injury lawyer can assist you in calculating an appropriate amount to seek with your claim. If the defendant caused your injury through an illegal act, you could also receive restitution and/or punitive damages at the court’s discretion alongside your other claimed damages. For the greatest chance of maximizing your total case award, it’s vital to have an Orange County catastrophic injury lawyer handle your case.


Q: How Do I Prove Fault for a Catastrophic Injury?

A: Success with your claim will require proof that another party directly caused your injury. The evidence you will require will vary based on the type of personal injury you experienced. For example, if you were seriously hurt in a car accident, you may need traffic camera recordings and witness testimony. If you were injured in a slip and fall, security camera footage and building maintenance records could be invaluable to your case.

Q: What Happens if I Partially Caused My Injury in Orange County?

A: It is possible for a plaintiff to have contributed to causing their claimed injury and still have grounds to recover compensation for their losses. Under the state’s pure comparative fault rule, any fault percentage assigned to a plaintiff is deducted from their case award, and they keep the remainder. For example, 20% fault means they lose 20% of the total compensation won from the defendant.

Q: How Long Do I Have to File a Catastrophic Injury Claim in Orange County?

A: The state enforces a two-year statute of limitations on most personal injury claims, and this time limit starts on the day an injury occurs. Do not assume that two years is more than enough time to file your case. Evidence can degrade over time, and witness testimony is most reliable when it is obtained as soon as possible after an incident. Filing your case as soon as possible ensures you meet the deadline and greatly increases your chance of success with the claim.

Q: Will a Defendant Go to Jail for Causing a Catastrophic Injury?

A: Most personal injuries reported happen because of negligence. If you were harmed by another party’s negligence, they would face liability for your damages. However, if you were injured by any type of illegal misconduct, the at-fault party will also face criminal prosecution. In this situation, their penalties, once convicted, are likely to increase significantly because they have caused great bodily harm.

Q: How Is Pain and Suffering Calculated in a Catastrophic Injury Claim?

A: There is no set formula you need to use to calculate pain and suffering in your personal injury claim. For all claims outside of medical malpractice cases, plaintiffs may seek whatever amounts they deem appropriate to reflect the severity of their experiences. Many plaintiffs who have suffered catastrophic injuries seek several times their total economic damages in pain and suffering compensation.

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Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend appointments are available by special arrangement. We can also arrange to travel to your home, hospital room or other convenient location to meet with you and your family. If you hire us, we will handle your claim on a contingency-fee basis. We don’t win unless you win.

Call us at 800-461-8259 or use our convenient email contact form to inform us of your circumstances.

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Firm Awards
Accredited Business Bbb Rating A+

The superior client service Easton & Easton provides has earned the firm an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Best Law Firms Orange County 2020

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen anew each year since 2014 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms" for the Southern California Metro Area.

Reader's Choice 2019 Best Law Firm

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen by the LA Times Reader's Choice Poll as "The Best Personal Injury Law Firm in Orange County" for 2018.

Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Doug and Brian Easton have been selected as Top 100 Trial Lawyers for California each year since 2014 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

The Best Lawyers in America

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California 2016

Brian and Matt Easton were recently honored for their efforts in securing a $1,850,000 verdict for a client in 2016, which was selected as one of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California by

Super Lawyers

Doug and Brian have each been selected by Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than 5% of attorneys. Matt Easton has been selected among Super Lawyers' Up-and-Coming Top 25 in Orange County and Top 100 in Southern Califonia, an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys under 40 years old.

10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms in all of Southern California

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen as one of the "10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms” in all of Southern California" each year Since 2015 based on client satisfaction — one of the highest honors we could ever hope to achieve.

People Love Us On Yelp

Easton & Easton received the “People Love Us On Yelp” award in 2016 due to the exceptional client satisfaction reviews given by our clients over the years.

Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for 2015

Doug and Matt Easton have each been featured as Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for California since 2015 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Brian and Matt Easton have each earned lifetime appointment to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum — The Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaTM through the results achieved for their clients. This is an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys in the United States.

Top Rated Lawyers AV Preeminent

Doug Easton has held the “AV Preeminent” Rating for over 30 years and Matt Easton received this prestigious distinction in 2015. The "AV Preeminent" rating is the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards, and is based on the legal profession’s oldest peer review rating system, dating back to 1887.

10 Best 2015 Client Satisfaction

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been chosen as one of the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California each year since 2015 based on client satisfaction, an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys - and Easton & Easton houses three of them.

American Board of Trial Advocate

Brian Easton was selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2015. ABOTA is one of the most premier associations of trial attorneys and judges, requiring a certain number of jury trials as lead counsel and approval by a majority vote of the ABOTA board.

The National Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40

Matt Easton has been selected each year since 2014 as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 for California by The National Trial Lawyers — an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Avvo Rating Top Attorney Personal Injury

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Nation's Premier Top Ten Attorney Personal Injury

Both Doug and Matt Easton have been selected as Top Personal Injury Attorneys by Avvo with scores of 10 out of 10 based on their skill, experience, results, peer evaluations, and client reviews.

Nation's Premier Top Ten Attorney Personal Injury

Matt Easton has been selected as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 in California for 2015 by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys — an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys under the age of 40.

Nation's Top One Percent

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel among the Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys each year since 2017.

Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer | Costa Mesa Auto Accident Attorney | Catastrophic Injuries

“We look for the human story behind every injury or wrongful death. We prepare our cases for trial; reaching out to the jury with the most compelling evidence possible for the best verdict possible. Insurance companies know this and come to the table prepared to negotiate in good faith. Call us to see how we can turn your story into fair compensation.”

Partner W. Douglas Easton

What Our Clients Say

Coming out of my first auto accident as an adult, a very difficult and scary time to navigate and understand, I was so incredibly thankful to have been put in contact with Easton & Easton. I honestly was lost with how to handle paperwork, doctors, medical costs and what next steps were, and from the moment I spoke with Travis Easton and my case manager Katie, my mind was put at ease. They have made the entire process stress free for me as I recovered, and I am so grateful for them and their genuine care for my case. Communication from the start has been fantastic, especially making clear what my expectations for the entire process would look like, and I truly believe they have my best interest at heart. 100% I would recommend their firm for anyone that is needing representation! Read more…

Sara McClelland
My experience with Easton & Easton has been amazing! Gabriel Mendoza and my case manager Katie have been so helpful and taken so much stress off my plate. They’ve been super informative and honest and given me very clear expectations. They’ve taken such a terrible experience (my accident) and eased my mind about the outcome. I can’t thank them enough!! Read more…
Caila Dean

Ive used them twice and never been disappointed. Read more…

Lisa Bluemel

The Easton & Easton Law Firm is amazing! The entire team is very helpful and caring. They were always there to answer all my questions. They directed me through the entire process and stayed with me every step of the way. This team is outstanding and were wonderful to work with. Because of the tremendous effort they put on my case they were able to win my difficult personal injury case. I couldn’t have asked for a better law firm to handle my case. They are the Best! Thank you for your patience, professionalism, & guidance! I definitely recommend this firm to handle your case. They go out of their way to fight for your rights. THANK YOU… Read more…

Sofia Sanchez

I could not be more pleased with the services provided by the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton. The senior partner Mr. Easton took the time to meet with me and my wife while I was still in the hospital, where he gave my family hope that there was light at the end of a very long, and very dark tunnel. Matt Easton then worked my case, and because of his dedication, experience and expertise I received a settlement that was larger than I EVER thought possible. It was truly astounding! Matt and the entire team at Easton & Easton looked out for me throughout my recovery, and in the end they gave me my life back. Five stars is not enough. Thanks Matt! Thanks Easton & Easton! Read more…

Dan Campbell

Brian and everyone at Easton and Easton are simply the BEST at what they do. Brian is thorough, easy to talk to, and truly cares about his clients. If you want a family of attorneys with perseverance and determination to fight for you, give Easton and Easton a call. I am glad I did. Read more…

Kyle Keith

What an amazing law firm, talk about going above and beyond to make such a painful experience go so well. I have referred a co-worker and a family member to them as well and everyone had such a great experience as I had. Read more…

Logan Ross

I can’t say enough amazing things about my experience with Travis Easton at Easton & Easton. Travis and his entire team (Katie, Amy, Dee, Michelle, & Araceli) are phenomenal. It provided me a lot of comfort to know I was being so well taken care of. I was especially impressed that every document for the case was perfectly written and specific to me. Nothing was generic, which shows the level of care and attention they put into each individual case. I had such a great experience and would highly recommend Travis Easton and his firm to anyone going through a personal injury. Travis took a bad situation and made the best of it for me. Thank you again, I’m forever grateful!!


Ashlee A.

Retaining Easton and Easton was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! From the initial consultation to our final meeting, they were nothing short of exceptional. I was forced to retain their services after firing my previous attorney for not handling the case properly. I dealt with Gabriel and Brian (partner) exclusively throughout the case. They did as promised and were great communicators throughout the entire process. I will recommend them to anyone I know going through a personal injury case. They were ultimately able to untangle the mess caused by my previous lawyer and get a result that I was extremely happy with. Their staff is exceptional as well and provided top notch customer service. Amera was also extremely helpful and easy to deal with as well.

Jeffrey N.

I was in a pretty bad car accident and decided to have Easton & Easton represent me, Travis Easton to be specific. Travis Easton and his paralegal made the whole process effortless. They were so understanding and helpful! The entire thing was a gigantic mess, yet Travis managed to make it run like clockwork. I would HIGHLY recommend Easton & Easton! If you are ever in need of a personal defense attorney Easton & Easton is the firm to represent you!

Mark B.

They are the best law firm in Orange County period. Choosing them to represent me was the best decision of my life.
My life changed in a matter of seconds after a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left me disabled. Brian Easton and his team worked on my case non stop for 3 years and provided me the justice I deserved. I couldn’t have been more content.
I was treated with utmost respect and I felt like I was being represented by a close family member. The responses to my questions were quick and clear. What E & E has done for me is phenomenal.
My sincere thanks to Brian, Matt, Travis, Doug, Gabriel and Amera. They are what they are because of their dedication to provide high quality and professional service to their clients.

Vamsi P.

Brian Easton and his team, Gabe Mendoza and Amera Hajali, helped me during a very difficult time in my life. I had a significant injury from a car accident, and wound up seeking out Easton & Easton when I was having difficulties getting help from my doctors. The Easton team took a lot of stress off of me while acting as my advocates to help me get the care I needed, and saw my case all the way through to a healthy settlement.

They are the BEST!

Jennifer P.

I have nothing but good things to say about Easton and Easton. Brian handled my case professionally and communicated with me effectively throughout the process. He made sure that the process was effortless and as hands free as possible. This was super important for my busy schedule. I highly recommend Easton and Easton if you are ever found in a situation that you need an attorney.

Claudia C.

I would highly recommend Easton & Easton.
I was rear ended on my home and pushed into a semi-truck. I was not sure how to go about even using an attorney.
Brian, Gab and Amera were so good about helping me thru the process and representing me.
I was able to concentrate on getting myself better knowing they had my back, taking care of the details and keeping me informed along the way

Linda M.

The best Law firm by far. I would highly recommend Easton & Easton, LLP and ask for Gabriel Mendoza and staff. He and his colleagues did and exceptional service. Thank you for everything. Job well done!

Ericka P.


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