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Catastrophic Accident Attorney in California

When you or a loved one have sustained a catastrophic injury, it is often the case that your life is turned upside down and things will never be the same again. There will be a need for lifelong medical care as well as drastic changes in the way you live, possibly with round-the-clock nursing care, wheelchairs or hospital beds, special ramps, handrails and equipment, and therapy to maximize your ability to live life fully. These things cost money, and those who were the cause of the injury should be held responsible. That’s why a California catastrophic accident attorney can help. An experienced attorney can find all sources of compensation to help you move forward with your life in the best ways possible.

What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is one that changes the quality of your life until you die. Examples of catastrophic injuries include spinal cord injuries that cause paralysis, head injuries that change cognition or ability to think, injuries that cause blindness, amputations, chronic lung damage, severe burns, or any other type of injury that drastically changes a person’s life. This means that the person will be unlikely to be able to return to his/her job, and therefore cannot be a future source of financial support for a family. They may no longer be able to enjoy physical intimacy with a spouse, or enjoy the ability to participate in sports or hobbies that they once loved. Relationships with others will often change under these circumstances, and life becomes totally different in these cases.

The Comparative Fault Law

In the state of California, the comparative fault law applies to many situations in which someone is injured in an accident and both parties share some fault. For example, suppose someone jay walks across a street and is hit by an oncoming car, sustaining a serious head injury. The person walking across the street is partly at fault, but so is the driver of the car, who isn’t hurt. A jury decides that the jay walker was 60% at fault, and the driver was 40% at fault. The total amount of compensation calculated is $1 million. The comparative fault law would then state that the jay walker gets $40,000, only 40% of the total amount of compensation. Because of this law, it is especially important to hire a skilled catastrophic injury lawyer who can argue for the plaintiff to maximize the amount of compensation that is awarded.

Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a California Catastrophic Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have sustained a catastrophic injury in an accident, call to schedule a free consultation with a California catastrophic accident attorney today. We are on your side and able to help you in this time of need.


The experienced legal experts at the Law Office of Kerry P. O’Brien of California will evaluate your unique case to find all sources of negligence that may lead to compensation. We will use our knowledge and skill to get you what you deserve while you focus on healing.


We serve the cities of Los Alamitos, Long Beach, Lakewood, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Garden Grove, Westminster and Anaheim.


Call us at 562.588.3069 and let us give you legal guidance you can trust.

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