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What is a Catastrophic Injury?

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 car accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents, 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 compensation.

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.