Santa Barbara Serious Injury Lawyers
We Handle Catastrophic Injuries and Amputations in Southern California
In a split second, an accident can change your life forever. At NordstrandBlack PC, we represent people who have suffered serious injuries due to someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one needs our help, contact us online for a free consultation. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis. You don't pay for our services unless you receive compensation for your injuries.
"We assist our clients by getting the care they need and hiring the experts necessary to prove their damages and losses."
- Doug Black
What Are Catastrophic Injuries?
A catastrophic injury is one that changes your life. We handle injuries caused by car, truck, and motorcycle accidents; slip-and-falls or premises liability accidents; defective products; animal bites, and more.
In the past, we have handled the following types of serious injuries:
- Brain injury
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
Traumatic amputation is the second leading cause of amputation in the United States. (The leading cause is vascular diseases such as diabetes.) Traumatic amputations result from sudden accidents where a body part, typically a toe, finger, hand, arm, foot, or leg, is completely or partially severed from the body. The most common cause of these amputations is vehicle accidents, though they can also happen due to industrial accidents, construction accidents, and firearm accidents.
Following traumatic amputation, surgery is generally required to repair the neuromuscular tissue, close the skin, and reattach muscle. Traumatic amputation is potentially life-threatening and requires emergency treatment followed by long-term medical care and rehabilitation. Whether a body part was successfully reattached or not, an amputation victim may suffer from the following conditions:
- Phantom limb pain
- Necrosis of the replanted body part
- Vascular problems
- Excessive bleeding
- Muscle shortening
- Chronic pain
- Physical inactivity
What to Do after a Serious Accident
NordstrandBlack PC advises clients to seek immediate medical attention if they are injured in a catastrophic accident. If possible, photograph the scene, whatever caused your injury, and all visible injuries you have suffered. You should get contact information for all witnesses and call the police and a lawyer to represent you.
By law, you are entitled to recover money for injuries and losses caused by another person or company. There are two categories of damages available in California: economic damages and non-economic damages.
- Economic damages: These damages are quantifiable financial losses that can be clearly shown in a civil court or during arbitration. This includes things such as lost wages and earnings, medical expenses, and other out-of-pocket spending. You can even include lost future earnings due to how a serious injury or amputation has changed your life and professional outlook.
- Non-economic damages: Often referred to as "pain and suffering," these damages include past and future physical pain, mental suffering, and emotional distress. Non-economic damages are difficult to determine because there is no formula to calculate this loss, which is subjective; it is based on how the injuries have changed your quality of life.
Each person’s damages are different. An experienced Santa Barbara personal injury lawyer knows how to present these losses to an insurance company and a jury to maximize your recovery.
How We Can Help Santa Barbara Accident Victims
Catastrophic injuries require extensive medical care and rehabilitation, and the victim is rarely able to work. The expenses associated with an injury can be overwhelming. Without an income, these expenses are impossible to pay.
Attorney Renée J. Nordstrand understands that the financial needs of a seriously injured person may be ongoing. That is why we focus on seeking compensation to cover the long-term expenses associated with an accident. We work with medical experts and accident reconstructionists to build our cases. Whatever is necessary to maximize the amount of compensation we can get for a client, we will do.
The attorneys at NordstrandBlack PC have over 75 years of combined experience. We know the law. We know how insurance companies work and we vigorously advocate for our clients. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury such as a traumatic amputation due to someone else's negligence, then you deserve compensation. Call us at (805) 962-2022 for a free consultation.