Our experienced Walnut Creek serious injury attorneys at Clancy & Diaz, LLP can help you every step of the way. We know how the legal system works in Contra Costa County, Alameda County and other surrounding areas. That's why we have such a strong track record of success.
Common serious injuries
A "catastrophic injury" may include any type of serious injury that impacts or threatens a victim's life or has a long-lasting impact on the victim. Some examples of catastrophic injuries may include, but are not limited to:
When a victim sustains any one or more of these types of injuries, he or she may need to be hospitalized and may be at risk of not being able to work for an extended period of time. In some cases, a catastrophic injury will permanently affect a victim, as in the case of paraplegia or quadriplegia.
Accidents of a high severity, such as crashes at high speed or falls from heights, can lead to serious injuries. Symptoms of a severe injury may include pain and loss of mobility or function. Those symptoms may be chronic or require long-term medical treatment. But even a serious injury can have hidden or delayed symptoms. The only way to know is to get checked out by a doctor.
Were you seriously injured in an accident? Was a loved one injured in a particularly serious accident? Talking to a Walnut Creek injury lawyer is an important step to take in your recovery process. A lawyer can explain all the legal options available to you and can help you with your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit to recover money for your injuries.
Pursuing compensation for Walnut Creek accident victims
Recovering financial compensation is the most important part of filing a personal injury claim for a serious injury. This could be the way to afford the best medical care, ongoing treatment, medical supplies, assisted living, and the cost of living if your employment or wages suffer. Because catastrophic injury claims often involve significant settlements or jury awards, your Walnut Creek injury attorney at our law firm will be careful when assessing the true value of your case.
We may involve economists to demonstrate the full financial impact of your injury, medical professionals to prove the true extent of your injuries and other expert witnesses to support your case. Our goal is to help you recover the money that will truly make a difference for you and your family now and for years to come.
Find out what your case is really worth. Schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys at our offices in Walnut Creek or Antioch. Contact our catastrophic injury law firm today. Contact us online or call (925) 835-7500.
Burns can result from a variety of negligent accidents. Victims can sustain painful injuries that can have severe impacts upon their lives. These injuries can result from car crashes, defective products, construction accidents, and a variety of other preventable accidents. If you are a burn victim because of the negligence or careless actions of another person, it's important to discuss the specifics of your situation with a skilled Walnut Creek personal injury attorney who can help you determine your options.
Three burn categories
There are three categories of burns that affect the body:
- First Degree Burns - Only the outer layer of the skin is damaged
- Second Degree Burns - The outer layer of the skin and the next level of the skin are damaged
- Third Degree Burns - The skin is damaged through to its deepest layer and the tissues underneath are also harmed.
The injuries a victim suffers can vary widely, and though some may experience only painful swelling and redness, others sustain blistering, scarring and severe damage to their skin and tissues. If the victim was harmed because of the negligent or wrongful actions of another person or party, they can seek compensation for their suffering, losses and expenses through a personal injury claim.
Types of burn injuries
Thermal burns are the most common type of these injuries, occurring when the skin comes into contact with sources of heat. These can include fire, steam, hot objects, hot metals and hot liquids, and the severity of the burn will vary depending on the area exposed to the heat source.
These burns occur when an electric current passes through some part or all of the body, which results in both internal and external injuries, although most of the damage from the current occurs beneath the skin. The severity of the injury depends upon the type of current and its intensity, the length of time of exposure, the area the current passed through, and the amount of moisture on the victim's body. Beyond the damage to the skin, these burns can have other side effects on the body, depending upon the voltage of the current.
- Low Voltage Current (lower than 500 volts): This type of current often does not cause severe burns, but has other effects on the body, including cardiac issues, muscle spasms and oral burns when children bite or suck on electrical cords.
- High Voltage Current (more than 1000 volts): This type of current can have extreme consequences on the body, such as disturbances in heart rhythm, severe burns to the skin and tissues, seizures and permanent neurological effects, and fractures and blunt trauma injuries caused by the force of the jolt or falling from the jolt.
These painful injuries occur when the skin comes into contact with caustic chemicals, certain acids and alkaloids. The chemicals should be removed from the skin as soon as possible to prevent further damage, and it is important to understand that the damage from these burns often is not immediately apparent. Caustic chemicals are used in a number of industries, including the medical, automotive, agriculture and construction fields. The burns can also be caused from such common items as:
- Cosmetic products like hair dye and nail polish remover
- Industrial products like gasoline, tar and wet pavement
Household cleaning products that contain dangerous chemicals, such as sulfuric acid in toilet bowl cleaners, phenol in deodorizers, lye in paint cleaners and sodium hypochlorite in bleaches and disinfectants
Impact on victims
Burn victims often face difficult recoveries that have devastating impacts on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. These injuries are extremely painful and require an extensive recovery period that may involve reconstructive surgery, plastic surgery, skin grafting, physical therapy and ongoing surgeries and treatment to attempt to restore the form and function of the affected area. Depending on the severity and location of the burn, it may affect underlying tissue and may even result in permanent scarring or disfigurement. In addition to the physical consequences of a burn injury, the victim may be at risk of extensive psychological trauma caused by the pain and terror of the incident or the resulting scars. In light of the serious consequences sustained by innocent victims, it is imperative that they retain relentless legal advocacy to assist them in the fight for justice against the liable parties.
Financial compensation for burn victims in Walnut Creek
With an experienced lawyer to properly handle your claim and represent your case, you have the opportunity to recover financial compensation to help you rebuild and recover. In handling your injury claim, our goal will be to help you get the medical treatment you need, along with only the highest quality ongoing care that will help to minimize potentially negative aftereffects of a burn. We will utilize all of our resources to seek money for all of your medical expenses, any lost wages you have experienced from missed work, and for emotional damages caused by the incident or your injuries.
Our personal injury attorneys represent clients throughout the Oakland and Walnut Creek areas who have been injured in any type of accident that caused severe burns. We handle personal injury claims and lawsuits for these cases, representing our clients' rights in order to assist them in recovering maximum financial compensation. To find out more about what we can do to help you, contact us to discuss your case.
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One of the most serious injuries an accident victim can sustain is an amputation injury. Such injuries can occur in a number of ways:
- A limb is irretrievably severed from the body in an accident
- A limb is obliterated in an explosion
- A limb is crushed or mutilated so badly that it cannot be repaired
When severe damage such as crushing occurs, it is important that the injured limb is amputated in order to prevent disease such as gangrene which can cause death if left untreated. If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation injury, you need to seek skilled representation as soon as possible. With the assistance of a Walnut Creek personal injury attorney from our law firm, you can effectively pursue compensation for your expenses, missed wages, loss of future earning capacity, and other effects of the accident through a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Pursuing rightful compensation for your injuries
It's important you understand your rights if you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another. You may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries through a personal injury claim or lawsuit, and it is vital to have skilled representation on your side to ensure your case receives the best opportunity to achieve success.
At Clancy & Diaz, LLP, we understand the difficulties facing your family. You can count on us to provide you with tireless legal advocacy while working with you to seek the generous settlement you need and deserve for your future. We encourage you to contact our team at your earliest convenience to discuss your case. We're here for you when you need us most.
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Broken bones take time to heal. They may cause a great deal of physical pain and may interfere with your ability to do your job or participate in activities you regularly enjoy. There are numerous different situations that may leave an accident victim with broken or fractured bones. And in each case, a Walnut Creek personal injury attorney at Clancy & Diaz, LLP can help.
Our law firm represents accident and injury victims throughout the East Bay in all types of cases that involve broken bones, multiple bone fractures and more. We can work to represent your interests and legal rights in these situations. We can help you recover financial compensation that will cover medical care, lost wages and even the psychological trauma the accident has caused.
Pursuing compensation in Walnut Creek, CA
Following are some of the types of broken bone injury claims that our firm can handle:
In any of these or similar situations, a victim may suffer a broken bone or multiple broken bones. Depending on the area of the body affected by the incident, the result of this break may range from the victim needing to wear a cast for a few weeks all the way to quadriplegia if the neck is broken. Our attorneys have experience with many different types of injuries, minor and severe. We are confident we can provide you with the legal expertise you need to move your case forward. Talk to an attorney at our law firm to find out more about your right to file a personal injury claim for an accident that involved broken bones.
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If you have permanent scars caused by another person's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering and damages. It is fairly easy to calculate lost wages (wages you did not earn because you were out of work due to an accident). It is not so easy to calculate the "value" of permanent scarring - it is part art and part science.
Our Walnut Creek personal injury attorneys can determine how much you may be entitled to for your injuries. We can not only help you with your personal injury claim. We can help you get the medical attention you need and deserve. Often, we can do this at no out-of-pocket cost to our clients.
Enlist skilled legal counsel
In some cases, we are able to refer our clients to plastic surgeons, who can minimize the appearance of scars. Sadly, in some cases there is nothing that can be done. In either case, we can fight for your rights and for your maximum recovery. We understand the complex challenges you face after a serious personal injury. Not only do you have to deal with your injuries, but you also have to deal with insurance companies, medical bills, lost income and medical appointments. To help clients, we offer:
- Free initial consultations
- 24-hour emergency service
- Flexible office hours
- Home or hospital visits
- Working directly with your attorney from beginning to end
- Personal care and attention
- Multilingual legal services (Spanish, English & Tagalog)
We can handle every aspect of your case - from filing your claim to negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf or representing you in court. Contact us today to discuss all your available legal options for obtaining financial compensation for permanent scars you sustained in an accident. Call Clancy & Diaz, LLP at (925) 835-7500.
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