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It is generally understood that a catastrophic injury is one that severely injures a plaintiff and leads to long-term, if not permanent, disability and disfigurement. While there is no exact legal definition of “catastrophic injury”, they often entail a difficult recovery process, multiple surgeries, and possibly a lifetime of medical treatment. A plaintiff suffering a catastrophic injury may also be unable to return to work, either in his or her chosen field or any field at all.

One of the key factors in whether a personal injury is designated as “catastrophic” is the debilitating nature of the injury, and the extent to which that debilitation is expected to continue. If the injured person will be unable to perform all of life’s functions on a long-term basis, and will require some level of assistance (live-in care, for example), then the injury is likely to be deemed “catastrophic.”

Another key factor is the impact that it has on the life and livelihood of the victim. Long-term injuries that result in some level of permanent disability and prevent the victim from earning a living (in the same or similar line of work they were in pre-injury) will likely be considered catastrophic.

Catastrophic injuries are any injuries that have serious, long term effects on the victim. Catastrophic injuries in many instances also place a serious amount of stress on the victims family because of the need for constant monitoring or assistance for the rest of their lives, as well as a lifetime of rehabilitation and mounting medical expenses.

Some examples of injuries that might be considered “catastrophic” for purposes of an injury claim include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), injuries that result in partial or total paralysis, injuries that result in the loss of a limb, severe burn injuries, and injuries that result in disfigurement and significant scarring.

In every personal injury case, the injured person is entitled to damages — meaning compensation for all losses stemming from the injuries and their impact.  Damages are not only much higher in a catastrophic injury case, but the facts and arguments needed to prove the extent of those damages are more complex, which is why discussing the case with an experienced attorney is crucial to the success of your catastrophic injury matter.






Our founder, attorney Eric D. Paris, has represented injured people in Southern California for more than 22 years. Prior to founding The Paris Firm, Mr. Paris worked as an insurance defense lawyer, which gave him great insight to the insurance companies evaluation of claims and their tactics to minimize your recovery for your injury matter. You will personally meet with an attorney and your case will be handled by an attorney with the assistance of our paralegals and support staff.

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We are proud of our track record of results. We understand what your case is truly worth, and we will not advise you to settle for less than what you deserve.

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Our Clients

We develop personal relationships with our clients. We will get to know you and your family. At The Paris Firm, you will never be treated as a number or a case file. We have earned the trust of our clients by treating them the way we would treat a member of our own family. We get to know our clients on a personal level which allows us to best present your side to the jury.

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It is extremely important to obtain the right medical care after you suffer an injury. Sometimes it’s difficult to identify and find the type of specialist you need. The Paris Firm has a large network of medical specialists who can provide you the care you need with no out-of-pocket expense.

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Our goal is to obtain maximum financial compensation for our clients. Sometimes that means taking your case to Trial. You do not have to settle for a law firm that always settles out of court for less than a case is truly worth. When it is in your best interest, The Paris Firm will hire the best experts and utilize all of our resources and take your case to Trial and present your matter to a jury.

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