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San Diego Lawyers For Serious Personal Injuries

A catastrophic injury can be life-changing. From dealing with the initial medical treatment to managing medical bills and long-term symptoms, your life following an accident may never be the same.

We are Padilla Law Group, LLP, a personal injury law firm serving San Diego, California. We offer knowledgeable, experienced, and effective personal injury law services for victims of catastrophic injuries and their families.

From the moment you start working with your Padilla Law Group, LLP, lawyer, you will find us attuned to your needs and concerns. We are compassionate in our approach and ready to help you get your life put back together as quickly as the legal process allows.

Our experience in serious personal injury litigation helps us help clients with the following types of cases, among others.

Spinal Cord Injuries

One of the most common traumatic injuries is a spinal cord injury. Car, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents frequently are frequent causes of spinal cord injuries, which can range from a sprain or strain to permanent nerve damage or paralysis.

It is critical following an accident that you receive proper medical treatment to determine if your neck or back symptoms are simply soft-tissue injuries or the product of an underlying injury to your spinal cord.

Herniated or bulging discs can produce neck and/or back pain, sometimes accompanied by symptoms radiating to an arm or a leg. The cause of this condition may not be fully understood until it is exposed by a proper medical work-up. Sadly, for spinal cord injury victims, the prognosis generally includes some component of lifetime distress; at best, this may be low-level discomfort, and at worst, paralysis.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

A violent blow or impact to the head or body has the potential to produce a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The residual effects may last a lifetime, and even a mild TBI will often result in some degree of cognitive impairment with serious consequences for the victim’s well-being.

A brain injury has wide-ranging physical and psychological impacts. Signs and symptoms do not always appear immediately but may follow days or weeks later. Common signs and symptoms of a TBI include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Being in a state of confusion or disorientation
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Speech problems
  • Sleep disruption
  • Dizziness and balance issues

Some sensory symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Changes in the ability to smell
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sound sensitivity

Cognitive mental symptoms could include:

  • Memory problems
  • Concentration issues
  • Mood swings
  • Depression or anxiety

Infants and young children are often not able to communicate their symptoms, so diagnosing them is more challenging.

If you have suffered a brain injury because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another, you may be entitled to significant compensation. This may include compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future wage loss, and past and future general damages, including quality of life, impairment, physical impairment, mental suffering and emotional distress.

Collarbone Injuries

The collarbone is a pair of slightly curved bones that sit lengthwise across the top of the torso and the base of the neck, connecting the shoulder blades to the breastbone. In a car, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accident, the collarbone can break, causing permanent damage to the victim.

Some of the most problematic complications caused by collarbone injuries include:

  • Internal damage related to nerves, arteries and veins: Because of where the collarbone is located in the body, a break could cause damage to major veins, arteries and nerves. As a result, you could suffer from significant blood loss, blood clotting, permanent nerve damage and muscle damage. A clotted vein is especially dangerous for blood flow, affecting other parts of the body, such as the heart, lungs or brain. A scarred or incompletely healed artery or vein from a collarbone injury has the potential for future injury.
  • Malformations of the bone upon healing: For a collarbone break to heal, it requires the growth of new bone. Bone growth may lead to benign lumps and bulging, causing pain and psychological disorders, such as body dysphoria.
  • Osteoarthritis and chronic pain: The breakage can also lead to osteoarthritis, a form of arthritis that can lead to chronic joint pain and weakness. Osteoarthritis can lead to limited mobility and long-term disabilities. If a collarbone injury does not heal correctly, it can lead to limited mobility.
  • Limited range of motion: Sometimes, collarbone injuries will not heal properly, and that can cause the bone to shorten. In turn, that can affect your range of motion in your shoulder and arm, leaving you with limited physical abilities and even causing headaches.

You can seek compensation for injuries caused by another party’s wrongdoing or negligence. Damages may be awarded for medical costs, wage loss, future health care, and physical and psychological therapy.

Even when collarbone injuries heal, many victims require surgery to repair their injuries. Surgery may involve the placement of plates, screws or rods to restructure the bone.

Eye Injuries

When an injury results in blindness or loss of sight, it can be life-changing. Even if the loss of sight is not complete (for example, the loss of vision in one eye), it can still have drastic effects. When you suffer an eye injury due to the negligence of another, an attorney can help you seek compensation.

There are many ways the negligence of another person can result in blindness or loss of sight. Some common examples include:

  • Car accidents: When an accident causes trauma to a person’s head and face, the eyes can be damaged as well.
  • Medical negligence: If a physician fails to request diagnostic testing when an eye examination reveals a sight-threatening condition, like glaucoma or cataracts, their negligence can result in permanent loss of sight.
  • Surgical errors or complications: These can include damage to the optic nerve or retina during traditional surgery or complications from LASIK surgery.
  • Dangerous and defective products: Nonsterile eye medication can cause bacterial growth that damages otherwise healthy eyes.

No matter what caused your loss of sight, we understand that eye injuries can be emotionally, financially and physically taxing. Having an experienced attorney by your side can help ensure that you get the support and medical care that you need. We will diligently investigate the extent of your injuries and the impact that they will have on your life moving forward. The consequences of these injuries can be profound, affecting your career, your ability to drive, your lifestyle and more. Our attorneys will work to make your future more certain.

San Diego Injury Attorneys Who Can Help You Today

Whether your injuries resulted from a car accident, a defective product, a dangerous or defective implant, or negligence on the part of a medical professional, we have the capacity and resources to keep fighting for the full and fair justice you deserve. To request a free evaluation, call us at 760-536-4415 or contact our offices by email right away.