Sep 21, 2021
Mediating the Catastrophic Injury: An In-Depth Look at the Key ADR Issues and a Valuable Overview of the Primary Factors to be Considered
[Originally published in the September 2021 issue of Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California]
My perspective on catastrophic injuries and medical matters, in general, is a product of personal experience. I married at age 22 and barely four months into the marriage, my husband suffered a surfing accident that rendered him a quadriplegic. An incomplete C-5/6 spinal cord injury resulted in him being regarded as a “super quad” and considered lucky because he could push his manual wheelchair.
Undaunted by this unexpected and overwhelming experience, but propelled by its issues and challenges, several years after his accident we entered law school together, which resulted in us establishing our own practice predicated on our firsthand experience in navigating both the considerable short-term and long-term ramifications of living with a life-altering injury.