A Los Angeles highway was a sight of chaos a few weeks ago when a series of crashes involving multiple cars and a bus happened in the middle of the afternoon.
Twenty-five people were taken to the hospital. While most of the injuries were minor, five of them were in serious condition.
The accident shut down all lanes on Interstate 405.
While the CHP is still investigating the incident, news footage shows that the bus involved was part of the public transportation system. It appears that the bus smashed through the center divider and entered oncoming traffic.
We bring you this story to highlight some of the dangers that people face every day. This event has the potential to cause severe injuries to multiple people. While we are thankful that nobody was killed, this could have been both a mass casualty and mass fatality event.
What Are Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries are those that involve the spine, spinal cord, or brain. They are particularly devastating because those are the three areas that allow you to function normally. Any damage to those places can change a person’s ability to move as well as alter their mental capacity. People who suffer damage to these areas are often disabled for life.
Injuries like these are often caused by someone else’s negligence and see in:
- Vehicle Accidents
- Violence (gun shots, CDV, fights, etc.)
- Workplace accidents
- Premises falls
- Sports and recreation incidents
- Surgical mistakes
To highlight how significant the cost to these injuries can be, we want to show you the first-year medical costs of a spinal cord injury:
- $347,896 to $1 million depending on the severity of the injury.
- Each subsequent year is $42,256 to $185,111.
Catastrophic injuries also have hidden costs that go beyond medical expenses. These include the lost income of the person who is injured as well as any family members who have to leave their jobs to care for them. Hidden costs include adjustments that need to be made to the home and vehicle to accommodate the changes necessary for mobility and accessibility.
What You Can Do
We know that dealing with any injury is difficult, but a major injury has the ability to alter your life and the life of your family forever. Often, these injuries require a complete lifestyle change that can leave families wondering how they will afford everything, especially if the person injured was the main income earner for the family.
Will your insurance cover all of the accident-related expenses?
When you need a catastrophic injury attorney in Los Angeles, turn to the Compass Law Group for help. Our team will fight by your side to ensure you are fairly compensated if someone else’s negligence caused your accident.