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The California catastrophic injury lawyers at Wisner Baum have obtained over$4 billion in verdicts and settlements across all practice areas. Our attorneys have the experience and resources to win justice and maximum compensation against any corporate opponent.  

The effects of a catastrophic injury can last years and extend beyond physical pain. It often forces the injured person and the people in their lives to confront changes to their professions, their relationships, and even their ability to plan for the future. As attorneys, we want to make one thing clear: if your disabling injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to pursue justice and compensation in a lawsuit.  

The California catastrophic injury lawyers at Wisner Baum understand how difficult it can be to get back your life after suffering a severe injury. While you focus on healing, our attorneys will fight to hold all negligent parties accountable and obtain full and fair compensation. A catastrophic injury lawsuit cannot undo the harm committed against you, but it can bring any at-fault party to justice and help you pay for hospital bills, pain and suffering, long-term medical care, and much more. 

The California injury lawyers Wisner Baum offer free case evaluations. We represent injured clients on contingency, which means if we don’t win, you don’t owe us anything. Call today at (855) 948-5098 to schedule a free consultation with a catastrophic injury lawyer.




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What is a Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is any injury that causes permanent harm to your health and brings about substantial negative changes to your daily life and well-being. Often caused by accidents, catastrophic injuries are long-lasting or permanent, which means that the victim may never be able to make a full recovery.

An injury is considered catastrophic if it causes a person to become dependent on the assistance of others such as bathing, eating, walking, financial support, working particular jobs, and the like.

Common characteristics of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Severe Physical Damage: Catastrophic injuries involve extensive physical damage to one or more parts of the body, often leading to permanent impairments. The injuries are typically of such magnitude that they affect the victim's overall health and well-being.
  • Long-Term or Permanent Effects: Catastrophic injuries usually result in long-lasting or permanent disabilities or impairments, impacting a person's ability to perform everyday tasks, work, or enjoy life as they did before the injury.
  • High Medical Costs: Treating catastrophic injuries can be incredibly expensive due to the need for immediate medical intervention, surgeries, ongoing rehabilitation, assistive devices, and long-term care. These costs can place a significant financial burden on the victim and their family.
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Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Some other examples include but are not limited to:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): These injuries result from severe blows or jolts to the head, often leading to cognitive, behavioral, and physical impairments. TBIs can affect memory, speech, and motor skills.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Damage to the spinal cord can result in partial or complete paralysis, depending on the location and severity of the injury. Victims may lose the ability to move or feel sensations below the injury site.
  • Amputations: The loss of a limb, such as an arm or leg, is a catastrophic injury that requires extensive medical care and rehabilitation to adapt to life with a prosthesis.
  • Severe Burns: Extensive burns can lead to permanent scarring, disfigurement, and physical disabilities. Burn victims often require multiple surgeries and skin grafts.<
  • Multiple Fractures and Orthopedic Injuries: Severe fractures or multiple fractures in bones can result in permanent damage and impairments, affecting a person's mobility and functionality.
  • Organ Damage: Injuries that cause significant damage to vital organs, such as the heart, lungs, liver, or kidneys, can be catastrophic and may necessitate organ transplant or ongoing medical treatment.
  • Loss of Vision or Hearing: Catastrophic injuries affecting the eyes or ears can lead to partial or complete loss of vision or hearing, impacting a person's quality of life and ability to work.
  • Severe Injuries from Accidents: Catastrophic injuries can result from various accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, industrial accidents, falls from heights, and more.
  • Neurological Injuries: These injuries can include conditions like severe epilepsy, which disrupt a person's ability to live a normal life and may require constant care and treatment.

If you are unsure whether your injury is significant enough to pursue damages in a lawsuit, we recommend you speak with an attorney about your case.. Remember: consulting with a catastrophic injury attorney does not cost you anything up front. At Wisner Baum, we only make money if we are successful in getting you compensated for your injuries.

Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

Vehicle accidents or anything else that involves blunt force trauma can cause catastrophic injuries. At Wisner Baum, we have litigated numerous catastrophic injury cases on behalf of individuals harmed in:

If you or a family member suffer a catastrophic injury in California due to someone else's negligence, you may be eligible to file a claim. Negligence occurs when a person or entity fails to uphold their “duty of care,” which causes harm. 

Duty of care is the legal obligation of a person or entity to act toward others with the watchfulness, attention, caution, and prudence that a reasonable person in the circumstances would use. It includes taking reasonable steps to prevent harm and to ensure the safety and well-being of others.

In a civil claim alleging negligence, a catastrophic injury lawyer must provide evidence proving that another party owed you a duty of care but failed to meet it. For example, if a fatigued truck driver caused a crash that resulted in your permanent spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to financial recovery. In the civil justice system, this compensation is referred to as damages.

Below, we discuss the process for filing a legal claim, including what type of compensation you might expect if your case results in a settlement.


This is one of the most common questions that we are asked – what payout can I expect in a lawsuit? The value of your case depends on the facts and circumstances surrounding your injury. Your attorney will need to conduct a thorough investigation, interview witnesses, gather evidence, and, if needed, hire an expert to accurately assess how much your case is worth.

If negligence caused the accident that caused your injuries, you may qualify for compensation for:

  • Medical expenses: This includes past and future medical costs related to treating the injury. Examples of medical care damages include hospital stays, surgeries, rehabilitation therapy, and long-term medical care.
  • Lost income/wages: If a catastrophic injury prevents the injured person from working, or if the injured person is forced to switch to a lower-paying job, they may be entitled to compensation for lost wages both in the past and in the future.
  • Pain and suffering: Damages for pain and suffering take into account the physical and emotional pain caused by the injury, as well as the impact it has had on the injured party's quality of life.
  • Disability and disfigurement: If the injury results in a permanent disability or disfigurement, the injured person may be entitled to compensation for the physical limitations and emotional distress caused by the disability/disfigurement. 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life: This compensates the injured person for the loss of the ability to participate in activities and hobbies they once enjoyed before they were injured.
  • Loss of consortium: This refers to the loss of companionship, support, and services that the injured party's family members have suffered as a result of the injury.
  • Punitive damages: In some cases where the injury was caused by the intentional recklessness or gross negligence of another party, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar actions in the future.


Settlement compensation for a catastrophic injury case can range from a few thousand to millions. The severity of your injuries and how they affect your life will likely account for the most significant portion of any catastrophic injury settlement. Some additional factors that may affect settlement value may include how long you will require medical care, scarring, disfigurement, and more.

Below we highlight some example settlements our firm has obtained for clients who sustained disabling injuries:

  • $15 Million Settlement for Client Injured in California Truck Crash
  • $12 Million Settlement for Client Injured in Helicopter Crash
  • $10 Million Settlement for Clients Injured in California School Bus Crash
  • $1.25 Million Settlement for Client Injured During Peaceful Protest in California


A statute of limitations is a law that sets a time limit on how long a person has to file a civil lawsuit. In California, the statute of limitations for filing a catastrophic injury lawsuit is generally two years from the date of the injury. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, so it is always best to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to determine the specific deadline for your case. Remember, once the statute of limitations expires, the claim is no longer valid, so we advise people who suffered harm to speak with an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible. 

Should I Hire a Catastrophic Injury Attorney Near Me?

Hiring a local attorney should be a consideration but not the deciding factor. When it comes to hiring a catastrophic injury lawyer, your priority should be retaining someone that you are comfortable working with, and who has the necessary skills, resources, and proven track record in cases similar to yours. While it is important to remember that past success is no guarantee for future outcomes, knowing that a lawyer has won similar cases at trial or negotiated favorable settlements for clients should provide peace of mind that your case is in capable hands.

Researching an attorney’s areas of practice is also important because catastrophic injury lawsuits can be incredibly complex. Does the attorney dedicate a significant amount of time to the type of case you are pursuing? Also, read about the attorney’s reputation through consumer reviews and testimonials to get an idea of what working with them is like. The same can be said for the law firm they work for as your case may involve multiple attorneys.

Wisner Baum Injury Lawyers in California

The catastrophic injury attorneys at Wisner Baum have proven track records in handling cases across a broad range of practice areas. As a California law firm with a nationwide presence, we have the resources needed to ensure justice and compensation for clients.

Here are some of the benefits of hiring our catastrophic injury attorneys:

  • Expertise in Catastrophic Injury Cases: Our team specializes in cases involving severe injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and severe burns. We have in-depth knowledge of the medical, legal, and financial aspects of these cases.
  • Knowledge of the Legal Process: Our catastrophic injury attorneys are well-versed in the complex legal procedures and regulations surrounding personal injury claims. We can navigate the legal system efficiently on your behalf.
  • Thorough Investigation: We have the resources and experience to conduct thorough investigations into the circumstances of your injury. This includes gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and working with experts to establish liability.
  • Determining Liability: Identifying who is responsible for your catastrophic injury can be challenging. We can help determine liability by examining the facts and circumstances of the case, potentially holding individuals, businesses, or entities accountable.
  • Estimating Damages: Our team can assess the full extent of your damages, including medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, future medical expenses, and pain and suffering. We aim to secure fair compensation to cover these costs.
  • Negotiation Skills: Our experienced attorneys are skilled negotiators who can engage with insurance companies and opposing parties to secure a favorable settlement on your behalf. We can push for fair compensation and prevent you from being taken advantage of during negotiations.

Wisner Baum has local offices throughout California to meet our clients’ needs. 

Contact our office by calling (855) 948-5098 or submitting an online contact form today to schedule your 100% free case evaluation with one of our skilled catastrophic injury attorneys.