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San Diego Catastrophic Injury Attorney


And getting our clients the compensation they deserve

The Elia Law Firm personal injury attorneys

Suffering from a catastrophic injury?

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We serve accident victims in San Diego, Escondido, Oceanside, El Cajon, Poway, La Jolla, Del Mar, Chula Vista, and all other towns and cities in San Diego County and beyond

If you or your loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury due to negligence of another, fight back.

What qualifies as a catastrophic injury?

Catastrophic injury is defined as any injury to a person’s well-being that has life-altering consequences as the result of said injury. Injuries that forever impair one’s way of life are considered catastrophic in that significant changes need to now be made in order to sustain some small resemblance of a past way of life. Those who are held responsible for causing such injuries are deemed negligent, and can be held liable for monetary damages for pain and suffering and for medical expenses needed to help counteract and repair catastrophic injuries.

Catastrophic injuries include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis, and be debilitating in that an individual may lose motor skills, function of specific limbs or regions of their body, and could be permanently confined to a wheel chair
  • Brain injuries can result in neurological impairment that can affect an individual’s ability to perform basic tasks, recall memories and details, and properly, and independently, function on a daily basis
  • Amputations can forever change an individual’s well-being, forcing that individual to appropriately adapt to a completely different way of life in order to lead even a resemblance of their previous life
  • Multiple bone breaks, though they will eventually heal, will require a significant amount of physical therapy to fully recover from, if full recovery is even a possibility
  • Damage to any of the senses, such as sight or hearing, could result in a complete overhaul of how an individual is able to communicate with others

Catastrophic injuries can occur in a variety of ways that include:

  • Traffic accidents that can seriously injure individuals, and could lead to any of the above mentioned injuries (see car accident attorney).
  • Workplace accidents can forever change a person’s ability to provide for him or herself, and could lead to any of the above injuries.
  • Medical malpractice cases where improper care was administered, either through an incorrect procedure, a failure to diagnose, or a botched procedure, all could lead to catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injury, unnecessary amputation, or loss of motor skills.
  • Dangerous products can seriously injure an individual even when they are used properly, and can result in any of the above depending on the type of product that caused the accident. (See product liability attorney.)

In most cases, catastrophic injury can occur at any time, and in most places. From the privacy of one’s home in San Diego to the confines of one’s vehicle to the supposed safety of one’s office, catastrophic injuries can creep up on unsuspecting victims at any moment, and almost always result from the negligence of others.

If you suffer from a catastrophic injury and are in San Diego or anywhere in San Diego county, you need the Elia Law Firm.

We are relentless in the pursuit of the maximum compensation for your catastrophic injury and have 95% success rate in obtaining a monetary reward for our clients.

We are experts in all aspects of catastrophic personal injury law and serve clients in San Diego and throughout the state of California. Our client-focused practice doesn’t skimp on what’s important. We provide for all an aggressive lawsuit that explores all legal avenues on a client’s behalf and a leave-no-stone-unturned approach to discovery and investigation.

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Frequently asked questions on catastrophic injury cases

The value of your case depends on many factors. Every San Diego catastrophic injury case is different. One factor is the nature and extent of your injury. Some people heal faster than others. One person may heal in a week, while another may take six months, a year, or may never heal from the injury. Another factor is the amount of your medical bills, future medical bills and lost earnings, etc. Contact our office at (619) 444-2244 for accurate advice on the value of your case.

Our office works with a variety of doctors in the San Diego who can provide immediate medical treatment and defer payment until the case is finished.

You pay us only IF we recover compensation for you through a settlement with the insurance company or a verdict through the court. If we do not recover compensation for you, you do NOT have to pay us for our time.

This depends on the extent of your injury. Typically, a San Diego personal injury case takes anywhere from two to eight months. Sometimes, cases take longer if they are more complex or if a lawsuit is filed. See our personal injury lawsuit timeline page for all the details on how long your case may take.

Not necessarily. Sometimes you are far better off without filing a lawsuit. Our San Diego personal injury law office typically files a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company, if any. We then attempt to negotiate with the insurance company. If you are dissatisfied with the insurance company’s offer, we may decide to file a lawsuit.

  • Property damage
  • Past, current and future medical bills
  • Past, current and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment

Putting a monetary value to each of those is what catastrophic injury attorneys do for their clients, and then we fight hard to attain you what you deserve. As in all San Diego personal injury cases, you are up against a behemoth in the insurance company which does not have your best interests in mind. They goal is to pay you as little as possible, and you are at a disadvantage if you try to take them on yourself. There is no need. That’s what we are here for. Let us fight the battle. 

Some of our achievements…

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$4.0 M

MVA vs. Pedestrian


MVA vs. Pedestrian vs. Hit & Run (maximum insurance policy limits obtained)


$3.9 M

Auto Accident


Settlement for a rear end car crash resulting in catastrophic injuries


$3.8 M

Wrongful Death


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$2.0 M

Premises Liability


Premises Liability


$1.7 M

Wrongful Death


Wrongful death case (limited insurance – multiple claimants)


Numbers have been rounded up to fit in allowable space. For actual numbers see our Case Results.

"Steve Holly, and Garrett are all exceptionally professional people to work with. I had a very serious and complicated Bodily Injury case, where it seemed like there was a new hurdle to overcome every month. I have no doubt that the Elia legal team worked tirelessly on creative solutions, which ultimately led to a victory in the courts. After this case consumed 2 years of my life, I am so relieved to have it over and done with. There are no words that could truly encapsulate my appreciation, and gratitude for this law firm. I would highly recommend this group to anyone in need of their services."