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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does an injury need to cause permanent damage to be considered "catastrophic"? Although many catastrophic injuries do cause permanent damage, this is not a requirement for the injury to be considered catastrophic. A catastrophic injury may include any injury suffered that is life-threatening or has a serious impact on the victim. Multiple broken bones, head trauma, brain injury and paralysis may all be considered catastrophic injuries.

What is a "personal injury"? A personal injury may be any physical or emotional injury that a person suffers because of another's conduct. For example, a driver who is speeding and causes an auto accident, therefore causing injury to another driver, may be held responsible for causing personal injuries. Negligence and intentional conduct may cause personal injuries and may be grounds for a lawsuit in San Francisco, CA.

What type of financial compensation can I recover in a catastrophic injury claim in San Francisco? Because a catastrophic injury claim often involves an injury that is serious or permanent in nature, the financial compensation that a victim may recover can be significant. This may include money for:

  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Lost wages
  • Future medical expenses and loss of earning potential
  • Disfigurement or scarring
  • Temporary or permanent disability

How can I know whether I have a case? To be successful in a San Francisco catastrophic injury claim, you will need to prove that your injuries were caused by another person's negligent or intentional conduct. That is, you will need to prove that the defendant acted negligently or intentionally, that you were injured, and that your injuries were caused by the defendant's actions. A lawyer can talk to you about what occurred and can conduct an investigation to determine the merits of your case.

If I have a case, will I need to go to civil court? Most injury claims in San Francisco are settled outside of court. Whether your case can be handled through a negotiated settlement or if you will need to go to civil court will depend on the particular circumstances.

How do I know whether I need a San Francisco catastrophic injury lawyer? Generally speaking, it is important to involve a lawyer for any injury claim, although this is particularly true in cases that involve catastrophic injuries and exorbitant medical bills. A San Francisco catastrophic lawyer can assist you by fully investigating the merits and worth of your claim and then taking the proper legal action to recover the highest possible settlement or jury award on your behalf.

Contact a San Francisco injury attorney for more answers to your questions about your catastrophic injury case.