Los Angeles Catastrophic Injury Attorney
Helping Back & Spinal Cord Injury Victims Recover Compensation
Serious injuries that affect the brain and spine require extensive medical intervention and long-term care. If you or someone you love has suffered such a catastrophic injury, you may need help in securing the funds and specialized care required to treat the injury. The Law Offices of Gary Berkovich is available 24/7 to help you obtain a fair settlement that will cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs. Our Los Angeles catastrophic injury attorneys can also secure the treatment, medication, and equipment you need to live life as best you can.
If you have been wrongfully permanently injured, don’t wait to get help. Contact us now or call us at 818-290-8942 to explore your options during a free case evaluation.
How Long Do I Have to File a Catastrophic Injury Claim?
In all personal injury cases, time can be a major factor. In California, victims of personal injuries have up to two years from the date of their accident to file a claim. While two years can feel like a long time, there may be time sensitive information that should be gathered as soon as possible including photos from the scene of the accident and witness statements. If, however, you haven't filed a claim within the two year time frame allotted you may lose your rights to file a claim. Consulting an attorney as soon as possible will give you the information you need to make the right decision in your case.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is an injury that is so severe or debilitating that the victim is expected to never fully recover from it. While many catastrophic injury victims are still able to successfully function on their own with limited modifications to their lives, many others cannot hold a job on their own and require full-time care. This is especially true for those who suffer serious brain damage or from partial or complete paralysis.
Common catastrophic injuries include:
- Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Severe spinal cord injury, such as quadriplegia and paraplegia
- Severe third- and fourth degree burns
- Loss of limb
- Loss of hearing or sight
Our firm is available to assist with all catastrophic injury claims; however, we focus primarily on internal injuries that effect the brain and spine. We strongly recommend seeing a doctor after any accident, no matter how insignificant it may seem, just in case you have suffered internal injuries. If you are not properly evaluated or diagnosed, you might not be aware that your accident caused a brain or spinal cord injury and leaving such injuries untreated can make them far worse in the long run.
Symptoms of Severe Brain Injuries
Millions of Americans who are involved in slip and fall and automobile accidents suffer a brain injury and don’t even know it. This is because even a minor blow or jolt to the head can cause an injury like a concussion, but the symptoms are often difficult to detect. As stated above, these injuries can worsen if left untreated, so our brain injury lawyer suggests seeing a doctor after a fall or car accident, two of the leading causes of TBIs in the United States.
Some physical and cognitive symptoms of a serious brain injury might include:
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Anxiety and depression
- Blurry vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Clear fluid leaking from nose/ ears
Symptoms of Severe Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries often occur as the result of motor vehicle accidents, falls, acts of violence, and recreational and sporting accidents.
Signs and symptoms of a serious spinal cord injury are:
- Intense chronic pain
- Loss of bladder control
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of sensation in extremities
- Tingling in extremities or on one side of the body
If you suffer from a brain or spinal cord injury because of a slip and fall accident or negligence, you need to call the Law Offices of Gary Berkovich for a free case review. Contact us now, we will help! Our team is available 24/7 for your convenience.