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Catastrophic Injury

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Fighting for Full & Fair Compensation

Catastrophic injuries aren’t defined by pain or where they took place. They’re defined by how substantially they alter the lives of victims and their families. While there are many measurable damages, including the expenses and economic losses families incur, catastrophic injuries are most strongly associated with profound emotional suffering, which is less intangible than physical harm or medical bill.

Though it is difficult to put a price on pain and suffering, our attorneys work diligently to discover the true impact catastrophic injuries have on our clients and fight aggressively to obtain the financial recoveries they deserve. What value your claim has is dependent on the individual facts and circumstances involved, but victims are generally entitled to a recovery of the economic and non-economic damages which directly arise from their injuries. These may include:

Economic Damages
  • Past medical expenses
  • Projected future medical needs
  • Lost income and future earnings
  • Rehabilitative/physical therapy
  • Home care or living assistance
  • Assistive medical devices
  • Medications and medical monitoring
Non-Economic Damages
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional/psychological anguish
  • Lost quality or enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement and disability
  • Emotional injuries suffered by a victim’s loved ones (lost emotional support, companionship, consortium, etc.)

Though seriously injured victims have the right to recover damages by pursuing civil claims, compensation is never guaranteed. As claimants, victims must meet high standards for proving fault and liability, and be able to effectively navigate and neutralize the many efforts defendants make in their reluctance to pay what victims rightfully deserve. In most cases, they must also combat powerful corporations and insurance companies that leverage their resources to protect their bottom line.

As legal advocates, our attorneys are passionate about helping clients overcome these obstacles, handling complex legal work, investigations, collaboration with experts, and other aspects of their cases while they focus on recovering and repairing their lives. Our resources, experience, and considerable knowledge in a range of difficult personal injury cases – from car accidents and claims against property owners to medical malpractice and product liability – allow us to level the playing field for our clients, and position them to seek the most compensation possible.

Call Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn today at (415) 940-7176 to schedule a Free, No-Obligation Consultation.

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Meet Your Team of Established & Award-Winning Attorneys
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    Ronald H. Rouda


    If practice makes perfect, then Ron should be getting close. In 2010 he celebrated 50 years in practice. But he is far from slowing down. He continues to combine his wealth of experience with an insatiable curiosity and desire for justice, making him one of the most respected (and feared) trial lawyers in California. Rouda is the firm’s founding partner. He has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. 

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    John M. Feder


    John’s tenacity and compassion are unmatched. He develops strong bonds with his clients and their families. John’s boundless energy and his dedication to his clients make for a combination that is difficult to beat. This is reflected in the impressive results he has obtained for his clients over the last 40 years. Outside of work John enjoys traveling, waterskiing, bicycling and other outdoor activities with his wife and children.

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    Timothy G. Tietjen


    Mr. Tietjen’s 35+ year career history is star-studded with remarkable victories and multimillion-dollar settlements for his clients. One of his most notable cases involves a worker who was badly electrocuted while performing his duties; the result was a $29 million dollar settlement – one of the largest ever recovered for a personal injury case in California. Mr. Tietjen enjoys several hobbies in his free time.
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    Cynthia McGuinn


    Cynthia’s skills in the courtroom are the envy of many attorneys and she has the trial record to prove it—a number of her jury trials have resulted in eight-figure verdicts and in 2015 she earned the record for the largest personal injury verdict in the history of Sonoma County. Cynthia has an A.V. Preeminent® rating for ethics and legal talent rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Her jury verdict results are available upon request.

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    June P. Bashant


    A Bay Area consumer safety and wrongful death attorney, June’s client-centered focus is dedicated to providing the emotional support and resources her clients need to restore security to their lives following a catastrophic injury. June’s work on behalf of her clients has resulted in improved safety standards and consumer protections – leveling the playing field when powerful corporations act irresponsibly or negligently.
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    Robert Igleheart


    Born in Brussels, Belgium and moving throughout Europe and Asia, Robert Igleheart finally landed in San Francisco, California where he attended the University of San Francisco for finance. Upon graduation, he received a scholarship to continue his education at Loyola University in New Orleans for a Juris Doctor and Masters in Business. Robert enjoys traveling and exploring cultures and is an avid outdoor adventurer.


As a firm comprised of compassionate and highly capable trial lawyers, Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn represents victims and families whose lives have been profoundly impacted by serious injuries that could and should have been prevented. Though every case is unique, our team is available to assist clients with potential claims involving all types of catastrophic injuries, including:

  • I cannot thank you enough for the pure excellence and professionalism and human kindness you and your team displayed throughout this case.

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    - Michelle
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    “I am very grateful for all the hard work all the staff did. GREAT STAFF!”

    - Guadalupe Hernandez
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    “I valued the clear communication, prompt replies, and frank interaction.”

    - Jackie Q.
  • They approach each case with creativity and care and provide their clients with extraordinary representation. I can’t think of a higher compliment.

    “They approach each case with creativity and care.”

    - Michael J Ney, McNamara, Ney, Beatty, Slattery, Borges & Brothers LLP
  • Rouda Feder Tietjen McGuinn always put the client first.

    “They work tirelessly to uncover the evidence necessary to obtain the very best result for the injured people they represent.”

    - Heidi Taylor, Law Offices of Heidi Taylor

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Over $500 Million Secured For Our Clients

Passionately Driven Counsel
  • $47,500,000 Child Catastrophic Injury
  • $29,000,000 Amputations & Paraplegia
  • $17,800,000 Reporter Electrocuted
  • $12,500,000 Quadriplegic Couple
  • $8,000,000 Brain Injury – Catastrophic Injury From Truck Collision
  • $6,500,000 OS Hit by Board From High-rise- Shoulder Injury
  • $5,800,000 Brain Damage and Fractures From Intersection Accident
  • $5,000,000 Man Rendered Paraplegic by Falling Equipment
  • $1.5 Million Teenager Gets Third-degree Burns to 25%-Radiator Coolant
  • $1.3 Million Electrocution Accident–Worker Suffers Burns From Power Line

An Experienced Team
You Can Trust

Ronald Rouda Discusses the Difficulties & Rewards Associated with Catastrophic Injury Cases

Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn is driven by the passion of attorneys and advocates who care about the work they do, and the results they’re able to secure for clients. If you have questions about a potential injury case in San Francisco or any of the surrounding areas of the Bay Area or Northern California, we encourage you to request a free case evaluation. Learn more about your rights and options, and how we may be able to help you navigate the legal journey ahead.

San Francisco Catastrophic Injury Attorney

Serving California’s Bay Area & Beyond Since 1980

Catastrophes, by definition, are momentous events that cause sudden tragedies and large-scale changes. A “catastrophic” injury is more than a just legal label; it’s a distinction which speaks to how much those injuries alter lives. From long-term limitations to life-long impairment, catastrophic injuries have truly devastating consequences – and they make for highly complex and high-stakes cases.

Rouda feder tietjen & mcguinn is a san francisco-based civil trial law firm with a reputation for proven results in serious personal injury claims. We know how catastrophic injuries change lives, create unimaginable costs, and cause incalculable losses for victims and their families. It’s our mission to guide our clients through these difficult times and toward the justice and compensation they deserve.

Speak Personally With an Award-winning Attorney About Your Potential Claim by Calling (415) 940-7176. Our Team Offers Free and Confidential Consultations and is Readily Available to Help.

We’ve Been Serving San Francisco Since 1980

  • Largest Settlements In The Bay Area
  • 150+ Years of Collective Experience
  • No Attorneys' Fees Unless We Win
  • Nationally Accredited Counsel
  • Top-Rated by U.S. News–Best Lawyers®
  • Over $500 Million Recovered