The firm of Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy is one of the oldest law firms in the nation specializing in representing injured persons. The firm was established in 1946 and has had the privilege of representing those most injured in aircraft, motor vehicle and railroad accidents as well as by defective products and the negligence of medical providers. Extensive knowledge of medicine has aided the firm's attorneys to fully explain to juries the full nature and extent of the client's injuries thus assuring that a jury will understand and appreciate the client's claims in order to justify a substantial award commensurate with the losses suffered.
The firm has represented many of the victims of most of the major airline crashes occurring in both the United States and abroad. It has been a pioneer in both the trial and appeal of litigated air crash cases. As a result, some of the cutting edge landmark appellate decisions are the result of the firm's determination to change the law where necessary to achieve a just result. Aviation Cases: Southwest Airlines 737, Burbank, CA; Alaska Airlines MD-83, Near Point Mugu, CA; Egypt Air 767, Nantucket, MA; Swiss Air MD-11, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Korean Airlines 747, Agana, Guam; 1994, Scully v. Edison; 1996, Crosby v. MLC; 1996, Estate of Roxas v. Ferdinand Marcos; 1985, Nelson v. Martin Aviation (Rick Nelson); 1979, Cessna Citation, Thurman Munson Crash.
Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy is known as a trial firm. When cases cannot be settled for an adequate and fair amount, the firm has no hesitation in proceeding to trial. Its extensive trial experience is virtually unmatched in the United States and has resulted in some of the highest verdicts ever achieved in the courtroom including the highest award ever given by a jury in the history of litigation anywhere in the world. Because of these hard fought courtroom victories, insurance companies are more likely to offer appropriate compensation to settle meritorious matters at an early stage rather than delay the matter until trial.
The firm normally represents clients on a contingent fee basis which means that if there is no recovery of monetary damages, the firm does not receive any amount for the time, money and effort invested in the client's case. Fees are a matter of negotiation between the attorney and prospective client and are dependent on the difficulty of the case and the potential recovery. The firm does not charge for initial consultations or inquiries.