Protect Yourself 1. PROTECT YOURSELF: CONTACT US TODAY Catastrophic cases demand immediate action. Legal rights can be easily lost and your case blown due to delay! 2. HOW COME? STRICT TIME LIMITS EXIST IN WHICH TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS - (at times only six (6) months from the date of injury) Evidence can get lost (within days or weeks) Memories fade (within months) Some witnesses do not want to be bothered (within weeks) Some defendants destroy evidence 3. WHO MAY BE LIABLE? The challenge in catastrophic cases is not the obvious cause of the accident such as the other vehicle's negligence or the friend's/partner's/co-worker's comparative negligence. The challenge is what "passive," "hidden," or "subtle" person or entity caused or enhanced the permanent life changing injury. Many times Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates figured out the passive, hidden, or subtle causes. These may involve: dangerous highway conditions, consumer product defects, air bag failure, hidden third party negligence, premise liability defects such railings, ladders, skylights, staircases, balconies, and roofs. Any person or corporation, who manufactured, maintained, assembled, or operated any device that caused or contributed to the harm you or your loved one suffered is a potential defendant. 4. WHAT IF I WAS AT FAULT FOR THE ACCIDENT? Do not give up. California is a comparative fault state. The issue is not who caused the accident, but what and who caused or contributed to the injuries. At the time of the incident everyone - even the police - jump to conclusions. The police look for the cause of the accident. Their investigation has a different focus. This approach misses looking for the cause of the injury. In most cases of roof crush, air bag failure, seat belt failure, tire failure, and roadway conditions are not examined closely. Opinion and rumor often make the injured individual or their family point the blame at the injured victim, their partner, friend or the negligent actor rather than understanding that the catastrophic injuries may have been caused or enhanced by "passive", " hidden" or "subtle" causes. 5. CONCLUSION At Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates we search for the truth and thoroughly go through evidence. The sooner after the injury we are involved, the better chance we have at discovering the "passive," "hidden," or "subtle" cause of the injury. Many times this search leads to a responsible party that is able to pay for the catastrophic injury.