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The Elite Litigation Group

A Dedicated Team of Legal Experts Focused Only on Catastrophic Injury & Wrongful Death Cases

Supporting the Families of Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death Events

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This Team Exclusively Specializes in Catastrophic & Wrongful Death Cases

Harnessing the firepower of Bachus & Schanker, our specialized Elite Litigation Group is a team of senior lawyers, paralegals and investigators who work exclusively on wrongful death and catastrophic injury events. It is all we do.

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Clients in our specialty group have access to extraordinary expertise, resources and support not available at general practice law firms or injury firms that only handle a few cases of this type each year.

Our clients have access to an assembled team of imminently qualified experts in investigation and reconstruction who are on standby ready to take immediate action and a family support program designed specifically for clients experiencing catastrophic injury and wrongful death events to help families navigate the complex issues that must be addressed during what is already an emotionally challenging time.

Why The Bachus & Schanker Elite Litigation Group?

The sudden and unexpected death of a family member or suddenly being confronted with a catastrophic injury changes life in an instant and raises many important questions about what has happened and about what to do next.

Our Elite Litigation Group will take immediate action to get real answers for your family about what happened to your loved one. We mobilize experts to secure and preserve important evidence and initiate an independent investigation on your behalf. At the same time, our Elite Litigation Group will serve as a resource and anchor for your family advising you about your constitutional rights as a crime victim and about the various government, insurance, financial and community resources that may be available to your family based upon the individualized needs and specific circumstances.

Our team will help your family navigate all aspects of a sudden loss or catastrophic injury and will serve as very powerful advocates for your rights every step of the way!

Consultation is Free, There’s No Hourly Fees Or Upfront Expenses.

A catastrophic injury is damage to the body that causes incapacitation or critical harm. It requires long-term treatment or healing. It may also cause long term disability. A catastrophic injury interferes with the activity of everyday life including loss of limb, a brain injury, loss of major function or death. An illness can also be a catastrophic injury.

Examples of Catastrophic Injuries

When a catastrophic injury or wrongful death occurs in your family, it goes much deeper than just a legal investigation. The Elite Litigation Group provides comprehensive support and advocacy to help you rebuild every aspect of your life that has been affected by the tragedy.

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A wrongful death claim is a civil claim brought against an individual or corporation to recover damages for a death caused by negligence. Unlike in a criminal charge where the government prosecutes a person charged with a crime, in a civil claim like a wrongful death claim, an individual (called the plaintiff) claims that another person or corporation (the defendant) has failed to act reasonably under the existing circumstances and as a result someone has died.

There are three essential elements in a wrongful death case. First, the defendant must act or not act such that they fail to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. In other words, they must act negligently.

What this means is that they must do something or fail to do something, on accident or on purpose, that unreasonably put somebody at risk. Second, there must be real damages. For our purposes, this means somebody must have actually died and the plaintiff must have been negatively affected by that death financially and/or emotionally. Third and finally, there must be an element of causation. What this means is that the defendant’s action or inaction, must have caused a person’s death and thus, the plaintiff’s suffering. The negligent action and the death cannot be independent events.

Negligence, damages, and causation are the three major questions that judges and juries will decide in a wrongful death case. Some examples of wrongful death cases include deaths that resulted from:

  • Car accidents
  • Work accidents/On-the-job accidents
  • Trucking crashes
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Birth injuries
  • Medical malpractice
  • Slip and falls
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
  • Dog bites/Animal attacks
  • Intentional harm to someone else
  • Reckless driving/Drunk driving
  • Defective Products

Client Stories

Defective Medical Device

$21,000,000

Our client underwent a common hip replacement surgery but was implanted with a defective product that required multiple revision surgeries that ultimately destroyed the hip joint and caused significant permanent physical disability.

Pedestrian Struck by Car

$12,000,000

Our client was a pedestrian that was struck by a motor vehicle and suffered a serious brain injury

Bicyclist Hit by Car

$8,000,000

Bachus & Schanker was hired to protect the rights of a bicyclist that suffered a spinal cord injury after being hit by a car.

Commercial Truck Collision

$5,250,000

The victim suffered multiple blunt force trauma, internal bleeding, a liver laceration, a broken pelvis and leg after being involved in a commercial truck crash.

Fall at Commercial Property

$3,750,000

The team of legal professionals at Bachus & Schanker successfully recovered over $3 million dollars for a client that sustained a spinal cord injury after falling at a commercial property.

Back Injury

$3,500,000

A residential electrician that suffered a serious back injury after falling 10 feet from a tripod electrician ladder while he was working on a light fixture at a restaurant.

Leg Fractures

$1,850,000

Our client suffered broken legs, a fractures left ankle and a fractured elbow after her vehicle was hit by a semi-truck. The victim spent nearly two months in hospital, underwent five surgeries and significant rehabilitation.

Catastrophic Injuries

$1,740,000

A cyclist sustained catastrophic injuries after a vehicle attempted an illegal lane change and oversteered the vehicle into the lane occupied by our client. The victim incurred more than $370,000 in medical expenses.

Meet Our Legal Experts

We know that what happened to you is unimaginable. Our goal is to help you have the best possible experience in the legal system. When you need skilled, experienced, and compassionate representation, the Elite Litigation Group is here for you.

Kyle Bachus, Founding Partner
Kyle Bachus
Founding Partner
Darin Schanker, Founding Partner
Darin Schanker
Founding Partner
Maaren Johnson, Equity Partner
Maaren Johnson
Equity Partner
Giorgia Turpin, Associate Attorney
Giorgia Turpin
Associate Attorney
Randee Stapp, Associate Attorney
Randee Stapp
Associate Attorney

Testimonials

Thank you for not giving up on me.

…there was a point when I wanted to give up… Bachus & Schanker did not give up on me. They just kept pushing through and letting me know that we’re on a team and that they’re there for me, to support me and help me in any way I need.

Thank you for giving me a second chance, for helping me with a second chance and thank you for not giving up on me.

When you go through an accident, so many people you find give up on you and you don’t matter anymore to them and that wasn’t the case with Bachus & Schanker.

Molly Cain

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We urge you to please reach out to us as soon as possible to set up a no-obligation consultation. A lot of times, legal proceedings such as these are time sensitive and we want to offer you the best resources and options to help you in your time of need.