Houston Catastrophic Injury Attorney
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A catastrophic injury alters the course of the victim’s life forever, and in the blink of an eye. Suddenly and without warning, the victim is left with overwhelming physical, financial, and emotional burdens, all of which could have been prevented had the responsible person or party not been negligent in their actions.
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, we can help you recover financial compensation for the life-altering pain and suffering caused to you. Of course, nothing can undo the physical and mental harm you have suffered, but with the appropriate amount of compensation, you can better afford your medical bills and live as comfortably as possible. Financial compensation may help pay for your long-term care needs and provide for your family, especially if your injuries prevent you from returning to work and earning an income.
What Constitutes a Catastrophic Injury?
Not all injuries can be categorized as “catastrophic.” The term catastrophic injury specifically applies to injuries that cause permanent, severe harm. These types of injuries are always life-altering and may alter the injured person’s appearance, prevent them from returning to the same type of work they performed before, or it could alter their daily lives.
If, for example, a man lost a leg in a car accident, and he once worked as a construction worker, he would not be able to return to the same line of work, he might not be able to move easily throughout his own home, and his injury might prevent him from participating in sports and activities he once loved.
Catastrophic injuries can occur anywhere, including at work, home, or in a public space. Whatever the circumstances or the location, if you suffered a serious injury because of someone else’s mistake or negligence, you have a right to take legal action. If you have a case, let our Houston catastrophic injury attorneys help you.
Catastrophic injuries may include any of the following:
- Amputations: Amputation injuries can occur when someone’s limb is trapped or crushed, which sometimes occurs in machinery-related injuries or motor vehicle accidents. When a hand, arm, leg, or foot is harmed by extreme pressure, it can severely damage the muscles, bones, nerves, and other tissues beyond repair, leaving doctors no choice but to amputate. Amputation injuries might also occur if a limb is infected or harmed by some type of illness, poisoning, or chemical exposure. The loss of a limb is almost always life-altering and can disrupt the individuals’ career, their personal interests, and it can be extremely painful. Issues with “phantom limbs,” where the victim’s body cannot acknowledge the loss of the limb, can cause physical pain and psychological confusion for years to come, causing acute distress and other problems.
- Burn injuries: Severe burn injuries might lead to permanent physical disfigurement, nerve damage, loss of limb, loss of feeling, muscle issues, and acute pain. While minor burns only affect the skin’s outer layer, third-degree burns can damage the deep tissue, harming other blood vessels, nerves, muscles, and bones as well.
- Complex bone injuries: While victims with straightforward bone breaks can make a full recovery, some fracture injuries and joint dislocations can cause ongoing problems. Traumatic orthopedic injuries that impact the bones can require multiple surgeries to correct, and they may never restore full function or range of mobility.
- Spinal cord injuries: Because the spinal cord is so complex, injuries to this part of the body can be extremely tricky and difficult to treat. Severe neck or back injuries might result in partial or full paralysis, or even death.
- Traumatic brain injuries: When the head sustains a severe injury, it may cause the brain to bleed, swell, bruise, or it may even tear the nearby tissues. As a result, the injured person could suffer permanent brain damage. Brain damage varies in severity and can manifest in many different ways depending on which part of the brain was injured. Some individuals with brain damage might experience chronic headaches, depression, changes in personality, cognitive impairment, loss of speech, difficulty understanding language, tinnitus, blindness, loss of hearing, memory loss, and more. In some cases, a head injury might also leave the injured person in an irreversible coma.
How Can I Get Compensation After a Catastrophic Injury?
Because your primary focus after suffering a catastrophic injury should be on your recovery – not the anxiety and stress of how you will pay for medical bills and make ends meet – we will be your legal advocates. We will work to prove your injuries were the fault of the negligent person or party and that your injuries could have been prevented if proper care had been taken.
Be prepared, you may be offered a financial settlement with the stipulation that you will not file a lawsuit against the responsible person or party who caused your injuries, but do not accept it until one of our Houston catastrophic injury attorneys has reviewed the details first. It can be tempting to sign your name on the dotted line immediately and take the money just so you can move on, but resist this. You can, and should, have a lawyer look over the details of the settlement first. Our dedicated team has the knowledge and years of experience to fight for the best outcome, one that will ensure your continued care and well-being. We will fight with the responsible parties and insurance companies on your behalf and, if necessary, we will push for a trial to get the fair compensation you are owed.
You may be able to collect the following compensation for economic and non-economic damages you have suffered:
- Past and future medical bills
- Rehabilitative care
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment
How Can I Prove My Case?
In most injury accident cases, there is a question of who was at fault, and there is the legal concept of “negligence,” meaning an accident could have been prevented if a person had acted with a standard duty of care. For instance, a person should not text and drive, as it can cause an accident and harm another driver. There are many other examples, but all involve one party breaching their duty of care to not harm another person.
The burden of proof in a catastrophic injury claim is on you to convince the judge, jury, or even insurance adjuster that the person you are suing was responsible for your injuries. Because it can be such a challenge to get a fair payout if you are facing severe injuries, this is why it’s important to have a skilled attorney by your side who can provide compelling evidence that you were harmed unnecessarily and are owed damages (the legal term for compensation).
You should have the following documentation to prove your injury case:
- Medical diagnoses and bills
- Costs of rehabilitative care, such as physical therapy
- Damages to your personal property, such as your car, if applicable
- Photos of the accident scene
- Police reports or documentation
- Eyewitness statements
Put 100+ Years of Combined Experience on Your Side
Our Houston construction accident lawyers at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs have been working tirelessly on behalf of clients since 1992. If you or your family member was involved in a serious workplace accident, it’s time to contact our firm. We can help you explore your options and determine the best course of action during a free and confidential consultation.