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Personal Injury Attorneys

A catastrophic injury; the death of a loved one; being victimized by the powerful: we fight against injustices like these every day, and we represent regular people when they have been wronged.

Our civil practice includes the following areas:

  • Wrongful death
  • Catastrophic injury
  • Civil rights claims versus government entities
  • Major truck and automobile accidents
  • Sexual assault and misconduct cases
  • Brain-injury cases

Civil matters are almost always performed on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we only earn a fee and collect costs after successfully recovering a settlement or verdict for your case. 


Catastrophic injuries impact hundreds of thousands of people each year in the United States. Victims may experience long-term health effects, including temporary or permanent disability, scarring or disfigurement, pain and suffering, and more. The impact of a catastrophic injury can be devastating for both the victim and his or her family – often leading to an inability to work, a loss of independence, and reduced quality of life. The medical care costs required to achieve recovery can be significant – hospitalizations, surgeries, therapy and rehabilitation, and long-term care can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses. When negligence is involved in a catastrophic injury case, an experienced and proven attorney can help ensure that you secure justice and collect the maximum financial compensation you both need and deserve to make a recovery. While catastrophic injuries can result in lifelong damage, the top-rated lawyers at McKenzie Scott are dedicated to helping victims get the care and assistance they need to continue living with dignity.

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"Mr. Scott and Mr. Bourassa helped our family tremendously. We were able to meet with the team immediately to address important matters. I was very comfortable with them and their concern for my family’s welfare. Our very stressful time ended up without consequence because of the effort they put into the case. Ultimately our day in court never came and no charges were made. I am thankful to have chosen this team and I would definitely recommend to others needing defense attorneys."
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McKenzie Scott PC is a full-service catastrophic injury law firm with a team of experienced trial lawyers who have successfully handled a variety of case types on behalf of injured victims. Whether it’s a catastrophic injury caused by a government or corporate injustice, defective consumer product, unsafe pharmaceutical, or serious accident (car, train, helicopter, etc.), our team of attorneys is available to aggressively fight for justice on your behalf. We hold negligent parties responsible – regardless of how powerful they may seem. When regular people have been wronged and suffered catastrophic injuries as a result, we don’t back down and will fight for justice – even against negligent government or corporate entities.

What is Classified as a Catastrophic Injury?

Unlike a traditional personal injury, a catastrophic injury is defined in legalese as one that is severe enough to permanently impact a victim. Catastrophic injuries often lead to lifelong disabilities which may prevent a victim from being able to continue working. Permanent scarring or disfigurement as well as long-term pain and suffering can also commonly occur in catastrophic injury cases. The effects can be traumatic, often impacting a victim’s quality and enjoyment of life. 

Additionally, the emotional and psychological impact of a catastrophic injury can be profound. Depression, anxiety, mental anguish, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are just some examples of the types of emotional distress that can occur after a catastrophic injury. Furthermore, the impact on the victim’s family and friends can be overwhelming.

Families may need to alter their routines to include regular caregiving for a catastrophic injury victim. When a tragic wrongful death occurs, the family may experience loss of affection, loss of consortium, loss of care, and more.

Due to the extensive impact of these types of injuries, civil claims can help victims secure justice through damages awards which are a means of holding the responsible party or parties accountable.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries cause severe damage. When an injury leads to a chance of not making a full recovery (e.g. paralysis or permanent disfigurement) it can be classified as catastrophic.

Some of the common types of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Paralysis, quadriplegia, or paraplegia
  • Head or skull injuries
  • Third-degree burns
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Temporary disability
  • Permanent disability
  • Long-term vision or hearing damage
  • Organ damage
  • Birth injuries
  • Loss of limb/amputation
  • Broken bones
It’s important to note that catastrophic injuries are classified on a case-by-case basis and can vary depending on various factors, such as the age, health (including pre-existing conditions), and even socioeconomic status of the victim. The most important element in a catastrophic injury case is the overall impact on a victim’s life. If an injury causes serious and long-term consequences, it can be considered catastrophic.
Catastrophic injuries can be caused by any number of negligent parties in a range of scenarios. At McKenzie Scott, we commonly see a variety of causes of catastrophic injuries which impact victims, including:
  • Defective products
  • Medical malpractice
  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Aviation accidents (plane, helicopter, etc.)
  • Train accidents
  • Sports accidents (often skiing, football, etc.)
  • Falls
  • Dog attacks
  • Police misconduct and brutality
  • Workplace or construction accidents
  • Random or targeted acts of violence
  • Pharmaceutical products (including pharmacy errors)
If the cause of your catastrophic injury was the result of negligence, you may have a claim for damages against the responsible party. When a duty of care is breached by an individual or entity, civil lawsuits allow victims the opportunity to secure justice through financial compensation which can assist in making the long road to recovery a bit easier.

Damages Awarded in Catastrophic Injury Cases

What do you need to make a recovery after a catastrophic injury? Lost wages, reduced quality of life, and pain and suffering are just some of the effects that can occur after an accident. Collecting a financial damages award in a civil claim can help ensure that your catastrophic injury doesn’t lead to financial ruin. Additionally, it’s important to note that catastrophic injury cases, due to their severe nature, often result in substantial financial compensation being recovered by victims. Some common damages awarded in catastrophic injury cases include:
  • Medical expenses – past and future
  • Lost wages
  • Lost capacity to earn wages
  • Punitive damages
  • Emotional trauma and/or psychological harm
  • Diminished quality/enjoyment of life
The extensive and long-term harm frequently caused by catastrophic injuries may be correlated to the value of a victim’s damages award.

Filing a Catastrophic Injury Claim

Righting a wrong after a catastrophic injury is something our attorneys work to achieve on behalf of victims every day. The aftermath of an accident can be filled with uncertainty and stress, but we’re here to fight for justice on your behalf during this difficult time. By filing a civil claim, you may be able to secure the financial compensation needed to help ease the overwhelming burden of a catastrophic injury.

For over two decades, the attorneys at McKenzie Scott PC have been helping countless victims get the justice and financial compensation they need after accidents due to negligence which lead to catastrophic injuries. Our mission includes fighting for the little guy, and that means never backing down from litigation against powerful entities and individuals. 

Reach out to one of our catastrophic injury trial lawyers today for a case evaluation by calling 619-794-0451. We’ll provide you with a thorough overview of all your legal rights and options, an estimated timeline for your case to reach a successful conclusion, and an estimated value of your potential damages award.

Civil matters are almost always performed on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we only earn a fee and collect costs after successfully recovering a settlement or verdict for your case.


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