GJEL is a law firm that specializes in handling catastrophic injury cases. As a catastrophic injury law firm, we handle cases where victims were seriously injured due to someone else’ negligence.

If you or someone you know was injured call our experienced catastrophic injury lawyers today for a free case review.

GJEL may be able to help you recover expenses due to the injuries you experienced. Some of these expenses might include:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost Wages [Past and Future]
  • On Going Medical Treatment
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Work

Since the firm was started from humble roots in 1971 we have received over $950,000,000 for our clients in verdicts and settlements while maintaining a 99% success rate. We are not afraid to take insurance companies to trial and hold them accountable for a fair settlement.

“We’re very careful about the number and the type of cases we take,” observed partner Andy Gillin. “Catastrophic Injury cases require extraordinary attention to detail. The only way to allow for that focus is to be extremely selective. Our discipline is to maintain a constant emphasis on quality over quantity.” – Andy Gillin

We love fighting for the little guy. A quote from Attorney Andy Gillin

“We still take pride in fighting for the little guy,” says partner Luke Ellis, noting that the firm’s partners began their careers in public service. The cases have gotten larger and more complex along the way, but that hasn’t changed the firm’s focus. The one-on-one relationship between attorney and client remains important to GJEL today.

GJEL limits its practice to personal injury and wrongful death cases. The attorneys take cases they believe in for people they care about. Each case that the firm selects is handled with extreme care and given the amount of time it needs and deserves. “We are certainly proud of the results we get, ” Gillin says. “But we are more proud of the relationships we have formed and the people we have helped through the years.”

What is considered a catastrophic injury?

This is an injury that is so severe that it permanently prevents the victim from living a normal life. These are some of the worst type of injuries. The victim may be unable to work, take care of him or herself, or even communicate with others. Catastrophic injuries often result in death long term.

Common Injury Types

A catastrophic injury is a life-changing event. It may have been caused through a car accident, scooter accident, slip, and fall, or anything else. We have helped seriously injured victims through these difficult times.

There are many potential causes of catastrophic injuries, but some are more common than others. One of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries is car & auto accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 6 million car accidents in the United States in 2021, and many of these resulted in catastrophic injuries. Other common causes of catastrophic injuries include falls, sports injuries, and workplace accidents.

Here are a few of the most common types of injuries we see from major accidents:

Below are just a few of the types of catastrophic injury cases we have handled for our clients.

Brain Damage Cases

At Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis, Larsen & Lucey, our catastrophic injury attorneys handle cases involving brain injuries and brain damage at all levels of severity.

Brain damage is often caused by an impact to the head, and it may include subsequent complications due to lack of oxygen, and rising pressure or swelling in the brain. Unfortunately, brain damage, particularly when it involves a “closed head” impact, often goes undiagnosed in emergency rooms. In many cases, a person with a closed head brain injury may not even realize at first that they have been injured. A victim of a traumatic brain injury may undergo changes in disposition, be unable to concentrate, have memory problems, loss of vision, or suffer from hearing loss or deafness.

Appropriate treatment of a brain injury can involve diagnostic testing, medications, rehabilitation and even surgery. As with any serious injury, an extensive team of caregivers may be necessary. It is not uncommon for an injured individual to see a neurologist, neurosurgeon, psychiatrist, psychologist, vocational specialist, and numerous therapists.

All levels of brain injury can cause physical, emotional, social, and job-related changes in your life. Recovery can be a continuous process of adjustment and accommodation for an injured person and his or her family members.

Amputation Injuries

Amputation can range from the loss of a fingertip to the loss of an arm or a leg. Loss of a limb frequently results in significant blood loss, shock, infection, and even death.

An amputation injury often causes a reaction of grieving or depression in the victim, and almost always results in some level of negative emotional impact and pain. Our attorneys always make sure our clients and their families find the support they need during the extremely difficult period of adjustment or for as long as they need it. We have an extensive network of professionals throughout California who can help make sure that you have the resources you need to deal with all the effects of your injuries and loss.

If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation as the result of an accident, seek legal assistance as soon as possible.

Paralysis Injuries

Paralysis, which can include paraplegia or quadriplegia, is the loss of strength or mobility in a part of the body.

The extent of the paralysis depends upon the severity and the location of the injury. Paralysis and loss of sensation may be partial or total, temporary or permanent. If function and mobility are not regained within several months after the injury, the loss is more likely to be permanent.

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Any injury that damages the spinal cord or nerve pathways in the spinal cord can cause permanent loss or disability.

People who are weak or paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury are also at risk of developing other problems, such as bedsores, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia.

How can a catastrophic injury attorney help me?

A catastrophic injury attorney such as GJEL can help you in a number of ways.

First, we can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and help you to maximize this. Second ,we can help you receive the best possible medical care for your injuries with our connection of experienced doctors. Third, we can help you obtain the necessary financial resources to support you and your family during your recovery. You also won’t pay a dime unless and until we win your case. We work on a contingency fee basis.  Finally, we can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected.

Working with an experienced personal injury attorney may help the chances of your lawsuit against the other party. We are experts at evidence collection on your behalf and will help insurance companies pay the money you deserve for your case. We will give you our best advice based on every case.

What should I do if i’ve been injured?

First and foremost, If you are injured in a catastrophic accident, you should seek medical attention immediately. If your injuries are severe, you may need to be hospitalized. Once you are stabilized, you should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.

If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

What are the time limits for filing a claim for a catastrophic injury?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the injury, the jurisdiction in which the injury occurred, and the applicable statutes of limitations.

In general, however, claimants have a limited time in which to file a claim for a catastrophic injury. However in general in California you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.

We Are An Award Winning Catastrophic Injury Law Firm

GJEL Accident Attorneys was just rated a top catastrophic Injury law firm by Best Lawyers for 2021 and 2022. We have also recovered over $950 million dollars with a 99% success rate for victims who experienced catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of someone else.

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Given the serious nature of spinal cord injuries, it is important to consult an experienced lawyer to seek all sources of liability and compensation.

We can answer all of your questions and provide you with information relevant on taking your case to court.

Call our office today at 1-855-508-9565 or email lawfirm@gjel.com for a free consultation. Talk to one a personal injury lawyer today before statute of limitations expires and the outcome of your case is effected.