KABC News Los Angeles Elex Michaelson reported on the homecoming of Derek Thomas of Encinitas who was critically injured in an auto accident on Highway 395 outside of Bishop last year (see my prior Blog post San Diego Students Killed In Head-On Collision). Derek, a football star at Cathedral Catholic High, was returning to San Diego from a track trip to Mammoth when the fiery crash left him with burns to 85 percent of his body and the wrongful death of his friends. His injuries required that he be placed in an induced coma and endure 33 skin graphs over the last 11 months at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital before he could return home. When he was first admitted he was given less then a one percent chance of surviving his injuries and Grossman Burn Center Director Peter Grossman was quoted as saying “We have many, many fascinating, wonderful, courageous individuals.” “But Derek Thomas stands at the very apex.” However, this is only the beginning of Derek’s challenges, as he will require future reconstructive surgeries in an attempt to regain some of his pre-accident mobility. Derek’s father Randy Thomas said “It was the most difficult thing I ever went through, to try and touch on a reality that is unfathomable.”
Applicable California Law
For review and analysis of the applicable California law see my Blog post San Diego Students Killed In Head-On Collision.
Life can change in an instance, it only takes being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Auto accidents, truck accidents, or motorcycle accidents resulting in critical injuries, which can last a lifetime or result in wrongful death. When dealing with the complicated issues associated with serious injuries or the loss of a loved one, the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney is essential.