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Catastrophic Personal Injury Attorney

Catastrophic injuries can occur without warning, forever altering a victim’s life.

When injuries are due to another party’s negligence, victims need a catastrophic personal injury attorney to set things right.

The attorneys at Bennett Johnson, LLP in Oakland and Napa, CA, can hold these parties accountable and secure the compensation you deserve.

What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

Catastrophic injuries can leave victims with permanent damage resulting in long-term and life-altering consequences. Catastrophic injuries may require extensive medical care and rehabilitation costs, and may result in permanent disability.

Some examples of catastrophic injuries include:

Negligence on the part of another motorist, a business, or another party can cause these types of injuries. If you or a family member has suffered a catastrophic injury, you may have a legal right to obtain compensation by filing a personal injury claim.

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Catastrophic Injuries Create a Heavy Financial Burden FOR VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Extensive medical bills combined with a victim’s inability to work can start taking their toll almost immediately. Injury victims may lose their income just when they need it most. 

How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help?

Victims can recover significant compensation by working with a catastrophic injury attorney. Our Oakland personal injury lawyers will handle all aspects of your case, from investigation to fighting insurance companies, so you and your family can focus on healing. Victims can pursue compensatory damages for:

  • Past lost wages and benefits
  • Loss of or reduced earning capacity
  • Past, future, and ongoing medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Physical pain and suffering

Depending on the nature of the injury, the family of the victim may also pursue damages for loss of consortium. This can apply to spouses and children of victims who are no longer able to provide the same level of care and companionship they did before injury.

If your loved one didn't survive a catastrophic injury, our attorneys can file a wrongful death suit on your behalf. Filing a wrongful death suit can allow a victim's loved ones to collect compensation for loss of income, loss of consortium, funeral expenses, and other losses.

"Mr Johnson was our family attorney, he did a wonderful job in making sure that my family was taken into consideration and treated in a caring way throughout the process. We ended up winning our case and Bill Johnson every step of the way handled all the details in a professional manner, never lossing focus of his committment to me and my family." Anonymous 5-Star Review

Who Is Liable for Personal Injuries?

Depending on the circumstances of the accident and injury, there are several potential at-fault parties for personal injury suits:


Another driver's negligence can result in a car or truck accident. If you've suffered a catastrophic injury in a motor vehicle accident, the offending motorist can be held liable for damages.

Doctors and Hospitals

When doctors or hospital staff act carelessly, catastrophic injuries can happen. Injuries may result from a misdiagnosis, administering too much anesthesia during surgery, or other acts of medical malpractice.

Businesses or Residences

If a catastrophic injury occurs on another party’s property, such as a place of business or a private residence, the business owner or property owner can be held liable for the damages caused by hazardous conditions.

Educational Organizations

A school can be held liable if a student suffers a catastrophic injury while attending or participating in a school function, even if the injury does not take place on school property.

Our Catastrophic Injury Lawyers Will Conduct a Full Investigation

Our Oakland-area lawyers will work diligently to identify all responsible parties and help you collect maximum compensation for your losses.


Our personal injury lawyers in Oakland and Napa have successfully secured millions of dollars in settlements and jury awards for victims of serious injuries. We've accepted all kinds of personal injury cases, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

Although we are open to achieving a timely outcome through settlement negotiations, we approach every injury claim as if it will go to trial. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to secure the full compensation you deserve.

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How Can I Pay for This?

Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning you won't owe us anything to handle your personal injury lawsuit unless we secure a jury award or settlement. Additionally, we provide our clients with a free consultation during which we can discuss your injury and the possibility of a lawsuit.

Attorneys Richard Bennett and William Johnson

Bennett Johnson, LLP

Attorneys Richard Bennett and William Johnson have practiced law for more than four decades. Since opening Bennett Johnson, LLP, in 1981, our clients have been awarded more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements. They are members of several professional legal organizations, including:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us online or call us at (510) 444-5020.

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