Southern California Wrongful Death and Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
At Pyramid Legal, we take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t worry about paying legal fees until we win your case. We’re here to fight for you and take the burden of dealing with insurance companies off your shoulders.
Catastrophic and Traumatic Injuries
The more severe your injury, the greater the impact it’s bound to have on your life.
Catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injuries (TBI), serious burns, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and amputations have permanent consequences. Victims may need medical treatment or supportive care for the rest of their lives. On top of that, an injury could make them unable to do their jobs. They could lose their income and insurance as hospital bills pile up.
This is a nightmare scenario, but it doesn’t have to come true. Personal injury law exists to help victims recover and get justice for the harm done to them. At Pyramid Legal, we make sure that our clients get the maximum possible recovery for their cases. That could mean negotiating settlements with insurance companies or taking the guilty parties to court.
Wrongful Death and Survival Actions
Tragically, victims sometimes die from their injuries. This can be extremely traumatic and difficult for their families, who are left picking up the pieces of their lives.
Even if someone causes the death of another, it may not always rise to the level of a crime – for example, traffic accidents where the at-fault driver was neither reckless nor intended to hurt anyone. But whether criminal charges are involved or not, a victim’s family can still get justice in civil court by filing a wrongful death lawsuit or survival action.
If you’ve lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence in California, you can recover for their pain and suffering. A legal action can also compensate you for your loved one’s medical bills and lost income. While money cannot undo a loss of this magnitude, a wrongful death claim can hold the negligent party responsible for the harm that they’ve caused. A settlement or judgment can also help your family move forward and heal.
How Personal Injury Lawsuits Help Victims and Families
An injury could strike at any time, with consequences no one could anticipate. Traffic accidents, construction accidents, airplane accidents, defective products, slip and falls on unsafe property, and dog bites happen every day to innocent people.
Many injuries are caused by negligence. Negligence happens when people or companies fail to live up to a reasonable standard of conduct and care. Examples of negligence include:
- A driver failing to check their blind spot before merging into another lane
- A construction site without proper safety infrastructure like guardrails
- An airline maintenance crew overlooking the usual checkups
- A company failing to run the proper tests before putting products on the market
- A property owner who hasn’t inspected their land for dangers
- A dog owner who allows an untrained or aggressive dog off-leash
Even if the actors in these examples didn’t intend to hurt anyone, they’re responsible for the actions they took in causing an injury. A personal injury lawsuit holds the guilty parties responsible and makes them pay for the damages they’ve caused.
Dealing With Your Insurance Company and Claims
In many personal injury cases, you’ll be dealing with both the responsible parties and their insurance companies. Insurance companies will do anything to maximize their profits rather than pay out claims. Their delay tactics are notoriously frustrating for injury victims.
Insurance companies will often reach out to a victim shortly after an injury with a lowball settlement offer, hoping they’ll take the quick payout in order to stay afloat with bills. You should always talk to an attorney before accepting a settlement offer of any kind. You might actually be owed much more than the insurance company offers you. But if you sign a settlement offer, you could give up your right to fight for full compensation.
At Pyramid Legal, we deal with insurance companies for you. We know their tricks and we won’t let them take advantage of you. Your damages should cover not just your current losses and bills but any future costs you anticipate related to your injury. This way, you can properly take care of yourself or your injured family member for many years to come.
Damages in Personal Injury Cases
When you file a personal injury claim, you can get compensation in the form of damages. In many cases, you and the responsible party can negotiate a settlement for damages. Sometimes, you may have to take your case to court to win a judgment.
- Economic damages cover you for actual monetary losses you experienced as a result of an injury, like medical bills and lost income from being unable to work. Economic damages cover both current costs and any anticipated future costs.
- Non-economic damages cover you for pain and suffering, mental anguish, or loss of enjoyment of life. These types of damages are harder to calculate in monetary terms but vary based on the severity of the injury and the effect it has on your life.
- Punitive damages are sometimes used to punish bad actors for despicable or malicious behavior, especially if the court wants to discourage the behavior from happening again.
Personal injury cases are extremely fact-specific. The outcome of your case depends entirely on the unique circumstances of your situation. At Pyramid Legal, our personal injury attorneys can take a look at your case and help you determine where you stand. We listen to our clients and get to know them better to make sure that we’re fighting for their goals.
Contact our experienced attorneys for a free consultation now.