california catastrophic injury lawyers

Unfortunately for the injured client, the injuries that result in the largest settlements and jury verdicts are also the most severe.

Eighty-five percent of all people with head injuries (including closed head injuries) make a good recovery. However, the other 15% are not so lucky: they suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI), and they often require lifelong medical care and suffer the loss of lifetime earnings.

Insurance carriers fight brain injury cases ferociously because of their size, and you need a good lawyer on your side to recover the full damages to which you are entitled.

In some accidents, the injured victim suffers an injury to the spinal cord, the bony vertebrae surrounding the cord, or the discs in between vertebrae.  Any of these injuries can be devastating, resulting in lifelong pain throughout the body or, at worst, paralysis. Surgery is expensive and only helps in some cases.

If the defendant is at fault, spinal injury cases have large settlement or judgment value, but insurance carriers will fight these cases hard.

They will hire aggressive lawyers and doctors to claim the injured innocent victim is not hurt very badly, or at all.  You need solid legal representation to fight for your side of the case.

Sadly, we have represented some clients with the worst injuries imaginable, including leg degloving injuries, paralysis, brain injury, untreated stroke, severe fractures requiring surgeries, 3rd-degree burns, and loss of a testicle.

We approach every case with compassion for our client, and a steadfast desire to do the very best we can to obtain a settlement or trial judgment that reflects the full value of the harm to the client, including full recovery for medical bills, wage loss (past and future) and pain and suffering. Our results speak for themselves.

Please call us at (415) 577-4992  or write to us using the form to the right if you would like to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with Chuck Geerhart.

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  • A friend recommended Chuck Geerhart. It was an excellent recommendation.

    As a British journalist, recently based in San Francisco and without medical insurance, things seemed pretty messy after I found myself in an airport shuttle, driven by a lunatic, who struck a parked cab. I had to go to hospital, who diagnosed a head injury – as, later, did a neurologist – but the shuttle company’s insurance company continually balked at paying the bills.

    A friend recommended Chuck Geerhart. It was an excellent recommendation. He was a great lawyer to have on my side, persistent in his battles with the insurance company, supportive of his client and a pleasure to work with, resolving the claim with the minimum of fuss.

  • Chuck made sure I was fairly compensated for this life altering injury.

    I was working as an air traffic controller at SFO when a notoriously faulty elevator slammed to a stop between floors, throwing me against the wall and rupturing discs in my neck. I had to have major surgery on my neck. The City and the elevator maintenance company denied liability, until Chuck Geerhart obtained copies of all prior repair records which showed the elevator was continually resetting due to a power supply issue.

    During the discovery phase of the case, to protect my privacy rights, he filed a motion with court to block a subpoena issued by the defense that sought to obtain my complete confidential employment file and complete health history in violation of the law. We ultimately settled the case for $1,000,000 after mediation.

    I feel that Chuck did a great job making sure I was fairly compensated for this life-altering injury.

  • Chuck Geerhart dealt with my case in the most humane way I could imagine.

    I was fortunate to have been referred to Chuck Geerhart when I was dealing with a very painful and tragic case of abuse by religious leadership, which was stretched over five years.
    Chuck Geerhart dealt with my case in the most humane way I could imagine. He was intelligent and strategic in his approach, always very communicative; an attentive ear, fearless and confident support for someone who was very confused and seeking answers where there were only walls. He always involved me in the process, sharing crucial information with me and allowing me the time and space to decide and move forward. He treated me like a partner, which helped me recover the power that was taken away from me.
    At the same time he provided the professional expertise which I needed in order to win the case. The process of winning this case was as empowering as the actual outcome. It was a healing experience in itself. I am very happy with the support and guidance I got from Chuck as well as with the monetary result from such a serious injury. It has truly helped me move on in a good way.