Between our personal injury and general negligence civil litigation practice, the attorneys at Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation frequently handle cases involving catastrophic injuries on behalf of clients throughout the State of California.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) typically occurs due to a forceful impact to the head, but can also be the result of severe shaking or rapid head movement. Car accidents in Sacramento are a major source of TBI, which can occur when an occupant is thrown from a vehicle in a front-end collision or when a roof crushes in a rollover accident. Whiplash commonly occurs in rear-end collisions, and can cause the brain to collide with the inside of the skull, leading to brain injury. Falls are another cause of TBI, occurring due to such dangerous conditions as a spill in a grocery store or an icy sidewalk. TBI can even be the result of medical malpractice, if negligent hospital staff allow a patient’s brain to go without oxygen for too long (hypoxia), such as during surgery or childbirth.
Burn injuries can occur from a variety of sources other than just open flames or heated objects. Burn injuries can be the product of industrial accidents or defective products used in the home, and can be caused by chemicals, electricity, and radiation. Many household products can cause severe burns if not handled properly. Additionally, a product that does not adequately warn of dangers or instruct on safe and proper use, such as the wearing of protecting clothing, is considered defective under products liability law.
Loss of Limbs
The loss of a limb in a workplace accident happens frequently enough that most workers’ compensation systems maintain a schedule establishing in advance the worth of an arm, leg, or other body part lost in service to the employer. Obtaining the appropriate award requires knowledge of the system and proving the impairment. We work to ensure that our clients receive the maximum possible compensation from all available sources, whether it is workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability, or through a lawsuit brought against a negligent actor or manufacturer of defective equipment.
Spinal Cord Injuries/Paralysis
Damage to the spinal cord causes paralysis and a loss of feeling and motor function to all parts of the body below the point of injury. Whether left with paraplegia or quadriplegia, nerve damage is permanent and leaves the victim with a lifetime of additional expenses and physical, occupational, and emotional challenges. Spinal injury cases typically require that a life care plan be developed that will identify all of the costs the injury will bring over the victim’s lifetime.
Some cars, including trucks, vans, and SUVs, are more likely to roll over in an accident. This may happen in a sharp turn, or due to a collision with another vehicle. Some motor vehicles are defectively designed so that they have a particular propensity to roll over in a crash. Sometimes tires are defectively designed, increasing the likelihood of rollovers on sharp turns. This can also be the result of the wrong tires being installed on a vehicle.
Another unfortunate design defect in many vehicles is that the roof is not designed or built to withstand an impact, so that when the car does roll over, it is highly likely that the roof will collapse, crushing the occupants inside. Such an accident is highly likely to cause a catastrophic injury, such as traumatic brain injury or spinal injury from a broken neck, or wrongful death.
Seek Experienced Legal Representation
Catastrophic injury victims are urged to seek representation by an attorney experienced in the particular type of injury suffered, so that the lawyer will be sensitive to the unique issues that must be addressed in order to obtain a fair recovery. The law firm of Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation has the skills and experience to represent your interests fully and fairly. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury due to the negligence of another, contact us online or call us at 916-446-4692 for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.