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Catastrophic Injury

Catastrophic Injuries: Why You Need an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic personal injury, you know firsthand the significant and long-lasting impact these injuries can have on your life. That's why it's essential to seek out a law firm with the expertise and resources necessary to handle these complex cases. Phillips & Associates has been litigating catastrophic personal injury cases since 1991 and is committed to helping our clients navigate the legal process with compassion, integrity, and expertise.

Understanding Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases

Catastrophic personal injury cases involve severe bodily injuries that can leave victims with significant and often permanent disabilities. The following are some of the most common examples of catastrophic injury cases that require legal representation:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when the brain is damaged due to a blow or jolt to the head or penetrating injury. TBIs can cause cognitive impairment, memory loss, personality changes, and difficulty with communication and motor function. The severity of the injury and the resulting disability can vary widely, from mild concussions to severe brain damage that leaves the victim permanently incapacitated.

  • Spinal cord injuries occur when the spinal cord is damaged, either by a blow to the spine or by a penetrating injury. Spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis or partial paralysis, loss of sensation, and other debilitating symptoms. In severe cases, victims may require lifelong medical care, adaptive equipment, and assistance with daily activities.

  • Severe burns can cause tissue damage, scarring, and disfigurement, as well as internal injuries and other complications. Victims may require multiple surgeries, skin grafts, and other medical treatments to recover and may be left with permanent disabilities and psychological trauma.

  • Amputations occur when a limb or other body part is severed or permanently damaged. Amputations can be caused by accidents, medical malpractice, or other factors and can require extensive medical care, rehabilitation, and adaptive equipment. In some cases, victims may require lifelong care and assistance.

The Importance of Experienced Legal Representation

There are several reasons why it is essential to hire an experienced personal injury attorney for your catastrophic injury case.  Firstly, catastrophic injury cases often involve complex medical issues that require a deep understanding of medical terminology, procedures, and potential long-term effects. An experienced personal injury attorney will have the knowledge and resources to consult with medical experts who can provide valuable insight into the client's injuries and their impact on the client's life.


Secondly, catastrophic injury cases typically involve high stakes, with large amounts in financial

compensation often being pursued. Insurance companies generally fight harder on these claims since the costs of defense are smaller relative to the amounts they stand to pay out. This means that insurance companies will conduct more thorough investigations or take cases further into litigation. A higher percentage of catastrophic injury cases also wind up going to trial. Less experienced attorneys and firms with meager resources will simply settle for what they can get. However, an experienced personal injury attorney will have the skills, knowledge, and financial resources to fight back and ensure that you are always on equal footing with the insurance companies.

Lastly, an experienced personal injury attorney will have a network of professionals and resources to support the client's case, including accident reconstruction experts, financial analysts, and vocational rehabilitation specialists. These professionals can provide additional evidence and testimony to support the client's case and are often necessary to oppose experts that will be retained by the other side.

How Phillips & Associates Can Help with Your Catastrophic Injury Case

At Phillips & Associates, we are committed to providing compassionate and personalized legal representation to each and every one of our clients. We understand that catastrophic injuries can have a devastating impact on individuals and families, and we work tirelessly to obtain the compensation they need to recover and move forward with their lives. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. John Phillips and Patrick DiFilippo have the knowledge, expertise, and resources to handle the most complex catastrophic injury cases, and we offer free consultations to discuss your case and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.



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5850 Canoga Ave., Ste. 400
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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990 Highland Dr. Ste. 212-D
Solana Beach, CA 92075


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Have you been the victim of an accident that was caused by someone else’s carelessness or neglect?  You may feel overwhelmed and frightened, but the good news is that our legal system entitles victims to recover financial compensation for their damages, including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and your general pain and suffering. 

Insurance companies and mega-corporations utilize vast pools of resources to stop victims from recovering the compensation they deserve.  They don’t intimidate or deter us.  As seasoned trial lawyers with more than 50 years of combined experience, John and Patrick know how to navigate the obstacles and red tape of injury claims to recover maximum compensation for their clients.

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