Catastrophic injury means “consequences of an injury which permanently
prevent a person from performing any gainful work.” Generally speaking,
this type of injury is so serious in nature that their effects typically
leave the victim permanently damaged. There are many potential causes
of catastrophic injury, such as
workplace accidents, medical errors,
defective products, and sports and recreational activities.
The following are common examples of catastrophic injuries:
Traumatic brain injury – Any severe or penetrating blow to the head can cause life-long
cognitive dysfunction, limited ability to move limbs, speaking difficulties,
and emotional issues.
Spinal cord injury – Any severe or penetrating blow to the spinal cord can cause partial
or complete paralysis, circulatory and respiratory issues, chronic pain,
exaggerated reflexes and spasms, and loss of bladder or bowel control.
Loss of limb – Losing a limb can result in physical and emotional challenges for the rest
of the amputee’s life.
Severe burns – Serious burn injuries can result in disfigurement, infections, limb loss,
and even permanent disability.
An individual who has suffered a catastrophic injury may face a life of
dependency upon others, loss of employability, and a loss of one’s
enjoyment and quality of life. When a catastrophic injury is caused by
the negligent or wrongful actions of another person or entity and could
have been prevented, victims might be eligible for substantial financial
As with all other types of lawsuits, the final settlement is likely to
include medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and other out-of-pocket
expenses. Additionally, compensation for catastrophic injuries typically
includes significant noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering,
emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, permanent
disability, and loss of consortium. In general, the value of noneconomic
damages is often higher due to the nature of these injuries.
So when it comes to catastrophic injury claims, choosing a lawyer becomes
one of the most important decisions for the plaintiff. An experienced
attorney can investigate your accident, collect evidence, obtain assistance
from professional experts, negotiate with insurance companies, and help
the plaintiff obtain the most favorable settlement possible.
If you have been severely injured by a negligent party in Texas,
request a free consultation with our
Midland personal injury lawyer at
Dean Law Firm today.