Chico Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
Helping Californians in Their Time of Need
Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP is a law firm with a long history of serving and representing individuals in the Chico area who have been injured. While we’ve worked on countless cases and believe all who have been injured in accidents caused by negligence deserve justice, we’ve also seen that the most serious injuries result in the most damages and can permanently alter a person’s life. If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed and are facing looming debts as a result of emergency and long-term care, don’t hesitate to reach out to a firm that can achieve results. Our Chico catastrophic injury attorneys can get to work for you and won’t leave your side until you get the financial compensation you need to get back to your life. When you hire us, you’re not just hiring an attorney – you’re also receiving our entire knowledge base and decades worth of resources.
What Are Catastrophic Injuries?
Catastrophic injuries differ from minor injuries in that their effects are often long-lasting and may require future treatment in addition to emergency medical care. These injuries often impact the way a person lives their life and may even force them to quit their jobs and change their careers if they no longer have the physical or mental capacity to perform their responsibilities. An injury like an ankle sprain, for example, may put a person out of work for a couple of days or weeks but are easy to recover from, while paralysis from the waist down may require hospital stays, years of physical therapy, a wheelchair and other medical equipment, a needed home retrofit, and more.
Some examples of catastrophic injuries include burns, loss of limbs, back and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries like paralysis, and head and brain injuries.
While all accidents can cause catastrophic injuries depending on their nature, there are some accidents that are known to cause devastating damages, including:
- Auto accidents: Car accidents injure millions of Americans every year and cause serious injuries from jolts and blows to the body. Some types of accidents that cause more serious injuries include speeding accidents, as the force of speeding vehicles can cause massive damages, as well as truck accidents due to the sheer size and weight of the vehicles. Motorcycle accidents also tend to result in catastrophic injuries because motorcyclists lack the outer protection passengers of cars have.
- Construction accidents: The construction industry is known as one of the most dangerous industries, as workers are constantly surrounded by hazards like heavy machinery, explosive elements, flying objects, and more. Some accidents that occur on construction sites include being crushed by machines, falling from great heights, and suffering from burns in explosions or fires.
Additional accidents that can cause lasting injuries include medical malpractice, which occurs when medical professionals fail to provide competent care to their patients in the form of misdiagnoses, failure to diagnose, and surgical errors, and premises liability, which includes accidents on someone’s property.
What Happens When Someone Dies After Filing a Claim?
Because catastrophic injuries can be so severe, it’s not uncommon for a victim to pass away from their injuries after they’ve filed their personal injury claim. Fortunately, their right to compensation lives on after they’ve died, as their family members can continue the lawsuit in what is known as a survival cause of action, or simply a survival action.
Our attorneys have decades of experience helping clients throughout our community and are ready to listen to your story. We can also break down the process for your family and carry your burdens for you during this emotionally challenging time.
While some catastrophic injuries are immediately apparent and require emergency medical treatment, some injuries don’t make themselves known right away. Victims may even walk away from their accidents feeling like they don’t need to be checked by a doctor, only for their health to worsen over the next few days. Traumatic brain injuries are one of these commonly overlooked injuries.
It’s thus important to be aware of the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) so if you ever detect one, you know to see your doctor as soon as possible. The longer you go without being properly diagnosed and treated, the worse your injuries can get.
Symptoms associated with TBIs include:
- Confusion and disorientation
- Difficulty remembering new information
- Blurry vision
- Inability to remember the cause of the injury or events that led up to the injury
- Changes in sleep patterns or emotions
- Ringing in the ears
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble speaking coherently
There are even some cases where severe changes in thinking skills develop years after the injury and after a person appears to have made a full recovery. For these reasons, some people with TBIs have to monitor their health for years after the accident.
Your recovery begins when you hire our experienced and compassionate team. Call our Chico catastrophic injury attorneys today at (530) 342-3593.
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$3,000,000 Construction Injury
Settlement on catastrophic construction site injury case for the policy limits of 3 million dollars. This hard-fought case was led by partners James McKenna and Lia Juhl-Rhodes.
$1,500,000 Mobilehome Park Case
Settlement for 19-unit mobile-home park for 1.5 million based upon violations of leases, mobilehome residency law, construction defect, and breach of habitability.
Not Guilty Criminal Defense
Partner Anthony Cardoza represented a client who faced felony charges of Domestic Violence and False Imprisonment.
Gun Rights Protected Criminal Defense
Partner Anthony Cardoza won a court trial in which the Government was attempting through a civil restraining order process to take a citizen’s gun rights away.
Acquittal of Misdemeanor Criminal Defense
Partner Anthony Cardoza represented a client who faced the charge of a misdemeanor count of spousal battery under Penal Code section 243(e)(1).
Big Victory for Local Governments Municipal Cases
City of Oroville vs Superior Court of Butte County, on August 15, 2019, lead attorneys for the City of Oroville, Mark A. Habib and Lia M. Juhl-Rhodes, from the law firm of Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP won a landmark inverse condemnation case in the California Supreme Court.
Clearance of Felony Criminal Defense
Partner Anthony Cardoza led a two-day jury trial representing a defendant who faced a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, namely a vehicle.
Clearance of Felony Criminal Defense
Partner Anthony Cardoza represented a client in Butte County charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence causing injury.