An August accident in which a woman drove the wrong way down a one-way street and into a pack of bicyclists left one rider paralyzed from his upper chest down. The cyclist, a husband and father with young children, also suffered a collapsed lung, a serious shoulder injury and a kidney so damaged that it required removal. The driver has been charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine, as witnesses reported her erratic behavior following the crash and a bag of methamphetamine was discovered inside an undisclosed body cavity.
Any injury suffered as a result of another person’s negligent behavior or action can be serious and stress inducing. But what separates catastrophic injuries from other serious injuries is the degree to which they upend the lives of the victim and their family. Catastrophic injuries include those inflicted upon the head, spine and nervous system of the victim, as well as amputations, disfigurement, multiple bone fractures, organ damage, eye injury and serious burns. Some of these types of injuries often don’t heal at all, and those that do improve with time still may require lifelong accommodations and treatment.
Not surprisingly, the medical bills for catastrophic injuries can financially cripple even a very well off family, and the effects of the injury aren’t limited to the physical. Victims may find themselves unable to work or otherwise support and care for their loved ones. However, it is possible to sue and receive compensation for such long-term losses as the loss of actual and expected income, loss of quality of life and other pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical treatment and other losses stemming from the accident. Meet with the skilled San Diego personal injury lawyers at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire to learn more.