Catastrophic Injuries

Alhambra Catastrophic Injury Attorney

Fighting for the Future You Deserve

When you’ve suffered from minor injuries after an accident, such as whiplash in a car crash or a sprain from a fall, you may expect to be inconvenienced for a few days or weeks while you seek medical attention and take time to heal. When you’re suffering from serious and life-threatening injuries, however, your entire future may seem uncertain. If your injuries are permanent, you may be forced to change your lifestyle. You may also be facing tens of thousands of dollars not only in emergency medical expenses but in future costs of care as well.

At Lara Law Firm, our Alhambra catastrophic injury attorney fights for our clients’ rights to compensation after accidents so they don’t have to worry about their futures. We understand the major impact that a severe injury can have on a person’s life and take all damages into consideration when determining how much our clients need to recover. Our team has handled a variety of accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries and can be trusted to handle your case with care and respect.

Contact us today for a free consultation online or by phone at (626) 790-5758. It costs you nothing to meet with us and learn more about the options that are available to you after a traumatizing accident.

What Are Catastrophic Injuries?

A catastrophic injury is an injury that is so serious that it can lead to permanent impairment, severe disabilities, or paralysis that requires lifelong treatment. Extensive treatment often results in debilitating financial debt, which is only made worse when the victim can no longer work because of their injuries.

A catastrophic injury can also be defined as:

  • An incapacitation
  • Inability to perform gainful work
  • Serious impact on one of the body’s systems
  • Permanent functional disability
  • Suffering, followed by terminal condition or death

Common examples of catastrophic injuries include burns, spinal cord or neck injuries like paralysis, head and brain injuries, amputations, internal injuries, and loss of senses like sight or hearing. All of these injuries have a substantial impact on a victim’s quality of life and can be caused by any number of accidents, though some common causes include car accidents and medical malpractice.

Types of Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a type of catastrophic injury that occurs when a person suffers a jolt, blow, or penetration to the head in an accident. The severity and consequences of these injuries varies widely depending on the nature of the accident and which part of the brain was affected.

Common types of brain injuries include:

  • Concussions: Known as a mild traumatic brain injury, a concussion is caused when an external force or object hits the head and affects brain function Though they’re not usually life-threatening, serious symptoms can develop if left untreated.
  • Open injury: An open TBI occurs when the skull has been fractured, revealing an open wound. This can happen in a slip and fall or auto accident, or any accident that occurs when a hard object penetrates the head.
  • Closed injury: Unlike an open head injury, a closed injury doesn’t involve an open wound or fracture, but it can still be serious or fatal. Some closed head injuries result in brain swelling and blood clots.

The long-term effects of a TBI can prevent a person from being able to function or work normally. While a head injury may initially seem minor, symptoms can worsen over time. TBIs can result in cognitive defects like comas, long-term memory loss, and shortened attention spans, as well as communication problems like difficulty speaking or writing. People with cognitive dysfunction may experience difficulty in doing everyday activities like bathing or getting dressed.

How Do I Know If I Have a Brain Injury?

After an accident, it can be challenging to know whether you have a brain injury, especially if you don’t have an open wound or skull fracture. This is why it’s crucial that you seek diagnosis after getting hit on the head, even if you feel fine. Only a medical professional can detect a TBI and treat it before it gets worse and jeopardizes your health and safety.

Some common symptoms of a TBI include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Light sensitivity
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Persistent headache
  • Memory loss
  • Coordination issues
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Vision problems

How We Can Help

Because catastrophic injuries can be so expensive to treat, you want to ensure that you have the best chance at securing the maximum amount of compensation available to you. Our attorney has handled countless injury cases and understands what needs to be done to strengthen your claim and achieve optimal results.

When you hire our firm, we can recover damages like medical bills, lost wages and diminished earning capacity, disability, pain and suffering, and much more. With us by your side, you can rest knowing that falling into financial ruin won’t be an option.

Serious injuries can be expensive to treat, but with our help, you won’t have to worry about paying for treatment. Call our Alhambra catastrophic injury attorney to learn more at (626) 790-5758.

Hear It From Our Clients

  • Thank you, Richard! You’re the best!

    “He got me enough money to buy a new car, and he also got me $50,000 for my injury. This was the maximum amount available under the other driver’s insurance policy, the best possible outcome. Thank you, Richard! You’re the best!”

    - Erin, Student of Nursing
  • Highly recommend this law firm!

    “Richard Lara and his team in Alhambra came recommended and we are glad that he and his team represent us for our business.”

    - Randy T.
  • Excellent and personalized service

    “High standards of care, excellent and personalized service. Tries hard to do what is best for the client and always does what is the right thing to do.”

    - Adam W.
  • High standards of care

    “Excellent and personalized service. Tries hard to do what is best for the client and always does what is the right thing to do.”

    - Former Client
  • He went above and beyond

    “Richard sued the restaurant, and he got all of my medical bills paid and he also got me $15,000 for my pain and suffering. After that, the restaurant moved the trashcan away from that door so no one else would get hurt.”

    - Billy, Body Shop Repair Specialist

Settlements & Verdicts

  • $344,000 Bus Crash

    We have recovered a settlement for a client that suffered from serious injuries due to a tour bus crash.

  • $70,000 Soft Tissue Injury

    We have recovered a settlement for a client who suffered from a soft tissue injury resulting from a rear end collision.

  • $68,000 Asset Seizure Defense

    Recovered client's $67,996 cash, the entire amount that United States Customs and the DEA seized, by persuading the court that law enforcement confiscated the money in violation of state and federal law.

  • $50,000 Unpaid Wages & Hostile Workplace

    Forced a $50,000 settlement for client in his case against his former employer for unpaid wages and hostile workplace.

  • $10,000 Sexual Harassment

    Forced settlement for client for $10,000 for a client in her case against her former employer for sexual harassment and unpaid overtime.

  • Divorce Case Family Law

    Forced a settlement for the client, which gave her ownership and possession of the marital residence and exclusive ownership and possession of vacation home to compensate her for her ex-husband's hiding and squandering of community property assets.

  • Achieved Reduction Serious Crimes

    Achieved reduction of Attempted Murder charge to Misdemeanor Domestic Violence.

  • Hit and Run Criminal Defense

    Negotiated Civil Compromise for client charged with hit and run, which resulted in all charges being dropped - Civil Compromise results in charges being dismissed if defendant agrees to pay victim's damages.

  • Theft Crimes Criminal Defense

    Negotiated Deferred Prosecution for a client charged with larceny and shoplifting - Deferred Prosecution results in dismissal of charges in certain cases provided that defendant agrees to satisfy court-ordered conditions.


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