If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident which caused serious injuries, it can be easy to feel hopeless. You may feel as if you are without hope or that there is nowhere to turn; in some cases, you may feel as if there is simply no one available to help. At The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, we want you to know that is not the case. Since 1987, our firm has been dedicated to helping represent injured victims and their families in the aftermath of life-altering injury causing accidents. With more than two decades of legal experience, we have the hands-on knowledge that you need to help handle complex injury cases.
Our firm recognizes that while many injuries may occur from an accident, there is a large difference between minor scrapes and bruises when compared to injuries that are truly catastrophic. So what exactly classifies an injury as catastrophic ? There are many things which can be taken into account, but the largest factors taken into consideration are the affect that the injury will have on the life of the victim. Is it something that they will heal from in a few days, or is it something they will live with for the rest of their life? It is something that won't cost anything out-of-pocket for medical expenses, or will the bills skyrocket?
Catastrophic injuries are generally those injuries which result in life-long consequences. An example would be brain and spinal cord injuries. As the most vital part of the body's functioning, any damage which is inflicted upon either the brain or spine is not minor. Even "mild" injuries can take months to heal, and most patients will never return to the quality of life they enjoyed prior to the accident. Per The University of Alabama Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cost of a spinal cord injury is almost always going to cost into the triple digits for the first year alone.
Statistics showed that when the spinal cord injury caused paraplegia, the first year expenses averaged at around $500,000 – for each subsequent year, it cost an estimated $66,000. This means someone who was around 25-year-old at the time of the accident would incur over two million in costs throughout their lifetime. For someone who suffered a high tetraplegia injury (C1-C4), the first year costs are over a million, with $170,000 each following year; for a 25-year-old, this means roughly four million in lifetime costs.
Regardless of whether you have suffered from a burn injury, broken & fractured bones or any other form of catastrophic injury, you deserve to have your legal rights protected. At our firm, we understand that these types of personal injury cases can be highly-technical – you deserve to have someone in your corner who truly understands the laws that you're facing and can help guide you toward a successful resolution.
If you are interested in discussing your case, and would like to learn about the legal options that you have available to you, we encourage you to contact The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus. Located in Sherman Oaks, California, we proudly serve clients throughout the San Fernando Valley – including Burbank, Encino, Glendale, Northridge, Van Nuys and more. To learn more about our firm, and the ways in which we can help you, all you need to do is call and request your initial case consultation. You can also visit our contact us page to fill out the form and email us directly.