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What is a Catastrophic Injury?


Vehicle accidents and other types of accidents can result in serious injuries. Catastrophic injuries are those so severe that they cause long-term disability or debilitation. Catastrophic injuries have a significant impact on a victim’s life and often on the lives of his or her loved ones.

These types of injuries often involve the loss of mental or physical capacity or a deformity. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury due to a car accident or other accident, you may be owed compensation from the negligent party. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Several injuries are severe enough to qualify as catastrophic. Some of the most common include:

●    Traumatic brain injury

●    Paralysis and spinal cord injuries

●    Disfigurement

●    Loss of limb

In general, any injury that causes loss of motor skills or function will be considered catastrophic. Paralysis and brain damage are apparent as devastating injuries. However, other examples of catastrophic injuries are those that require the use of a cane or wheelchair for an extended period.

Some people will never fully recover from a catastrophic injury while some may have a partial recovery. In severe cases, a person could need full-time care for the rest of his or her life.

A victim of a catastrophic injury could have a lengthy recovery period, during which time he or she will not be able to work. Sometimes a person may never be able to work again.

Am I Entitled to a Settlement?

Whenever someone is injured due to the negligence of another, that person may be entitled to compensation for damages suffered. The first step in any settlement is to determine the cause of the accident and the responsible party.

Negligence means that the person breached the duty to take reasonable care or failed to protect others against an unreasonable risk of harm.

To prove negligence, you must show that the party owed a duty to you and that negligent action resulted in your injury. Catastrophic injuries are more severe and often require extensive medical treatment such as multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation.

Some of the damages that you might be able to recover in a personal injury claim for a catastrophic injury are:

●    Medical expenses

●    Lost wages

●    Future medical costs

●    Mobility devices or assistance

●    Temporary or permanent care

●    Psychological counseling for trauma

●    Compensation for loss of enjoyment of life

Life Care Often Needed

Many people seriously injured have ongoing medical needs. Some have lifetime problems requiring treatment and expenses. Calculation of your damages is part of what a personal injury lawyer will do for you. Lifecare planners are sometimes retained to value future medical expenses and explain those numbers to a jury.

Always Consult with a Leading Injury Lawyer

It is advisable to speak with the best personal injury attorney you can find as soon as possible following a catastrophic injury. Do your homework on lawyers you are considering before you sign any paperwork. The law in Texas limits the time to file a claim, and your attorney will be able to gather the information better the sooner he or she becomes involved.

Your lawyer will discuss the details of the accident with you and help determine the best way to proceed.

If the responsible party was grossly negligent, punitive damages might also be awarded.

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Contact our skilled legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm for a consultation regarding your case today. Call (281) 587.1111

Greg Baumgartner

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Greg Baumgartner has practiced personal injury law since 1984. He holds not one but two law degrees and is a graduate of Trial Lawyers College. He is licensed in Texas and Colorado. Mr. Baumgartner has earned a reputation for exemplary results for his clients. And has been preeminent rated for decades and recognized by Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Expertise, Newsweek, Houstonia magazine, and many others. He has given educational talks to lawyers and many media interviews regarding personal injury cases.