San Jose Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

Seemingly out of nowhere, life can change in an instant. When you least expect it, an accident can happen, and incidents serious enough to permanently change a person’s life are considered catastrophic. These are the kind of injuries resulting in long-term or lifetime complications from physical trauma. Catastrophic injuries have the potential to prevent people from returning to their chosen profession, and t can leave entire families buried under a never-ending pile of bills.


Some of the Most Common Causes of Catastrophic Accidents

Roadway Accidents

Catastrophic injuries frequently result from car accidents. A recent traffic survey, conducted on a state level by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed there were 13,975 serious traffic accident injuries reported in California during 2018. When asked, approximately 19.4 percent of the respondents cited speeding as the biggest safety problem on our roadways. This was followed by:

  • Distracted driving due to texting (16.9 percent)
  • Poor road surfaces (15.3 percent)
  • Distracted driving due to talking ( 14.2 percent)
  • Drunk driving (6.5 percent)
  • Congestion (4.5 percent)
  • Internal car distractions (2.9 percent)
  • Infrastructure (2.7 percent)
  • All other reasons (17.7 percent)


According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every five falls results in a serious injury, such as a head injury or hip fracture. More than 800,000 people are hospitalized every year due to a fall, and falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.

Falls are common in our increasing elderly population. By 2030 it is estimated there will be 8.9 million persons over age 85 in the United States, and by 2050 that number is expected to reach 10 million.

Falls are a common workplace injury and considered one of the construction industry’s fatal four causes of death. Sadly, falls frequently result in cases of nursing home abuse and neglect.

Sports-Related Accidents

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons warns that catastrophic injuries are prevalent in high school sports such as ice hockey, wrestling, football, swimming, soccer, pole vaulting, cheerleading, and gymnastics. Among the most serious of these injuries are concussions and head or neck injury.

The statistics are eye-opening. There are an estimated 1.1 million high school and 75,000 college athletes participating in tackle football programs every year. A 2017 report from the National Center For Sports Injury Research indicates cheerleading accidents are responsible for approximately 66 percent of all catastrophic injuries in either high school or college athletes.

Other Causes of Catastrophic Injury Include:

  • Workplace injuries
  • Medical errors
  • Violence and assault

Our attorneys at Bohn & Fletcher have the experience, resources, and drive necessary to fight for fair and just compensation for our clients. If you have suffered from a catastrophic injury, contact us.

The pain from a catastrophic injury can last forever. At Bohn & Fletcher, we understand a severe injury can affect your ability to work in your chosen profession, necessitate ongoing, expensive, and painful medical treatments, and damage personal relationships.


The Four Most Common Catastrophic Injuries Include:

Traumatic Brain Injury

The Centers For Disease Control reports that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States and contributes to about 30 percent of all injury-related deaths. TBI patients will often experience long-term symptoms such as:

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Difficulty understanding language
  • Sensory abnormalities (vision loss, tinnitus)

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries can be disabling, devastating, and sometimes permanent. According to a 2019 data information sheet from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 17,730 people are diagnosed with a spinal cord injury every year. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause, with falls following a close second. Lifetime costs associated with a spinal cord injury will vary based on the your age and level of neurological impairment.  Spinal cord injuries also often result in substantial wage loss due to limiting a person’s ability to work.


Burn injuries can happen suddenly and unexpectedly in virtually any scenario. According to the National Fire Prevention Association approximately every 60 seconds, someone in the United States sustains a burn injury serious enough to require medical treatment.

First and second degree burns, although quite painful, are usually self-limiting and will resolve with little or no lasting consequences. Third and fourth-degree burns can leave a person with permanent nerve damage and scars that can last a lifetime. It is not uncommon for these burn patients to expect:

  • Multiple surgeries
  • Expensive physical therapy
  • Limited range of motion

Traumatic Orthopedic Injuries.

Not all fractures are simple and heal easily with a cast. Serious, compound and crush-type fractures may require complicated surgery and have the potential to result in:

  • Bone infection
  • Permanent nerve damage
  • Organ damage
  • Amputation


Compensation for a Catastrophic Injury

Following a catastrophic injury, in all probability, the life someone enjoyed before their accident will never be the same. The financial damages for a catastrophic injury can easily reach into the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars. The legal system allows people to seek financial compensation when someone else’s negligence caused:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Cost of physical and occupational rehabilitation
  • Necessary modifications to the home due to physical limitations
  • Lost income
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress


Now More Than Ever, Bohn & Fletcher’s Experience Matters

The support of family and friends, is important to help victims of catastrophic injury on a personal and social level. The help of an experienced catastrophic injury attorney is critical and obtaining full and fair financial recovery as well. The legal team at Bohn & Fletcher stand with our clients every step of the way toward securing just and timely compensation.

If another person’s negligence harmed you, call us at (408) 279-4222 or send us a confidential email through our contact page to schedule a complimentary consultation.