San Antonio Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Experiencing any form of injury can be a traumatic and difficult process. We all hope to avoid injuries that warrant legal action. Navigating the legal process while trying to focus on your recovery can be overwhelming. When injuries, particularly severe injuries, are caused by another’s reckless or negligent behavior, you may find yourself in search of a legal remedy. The severity of your injury and how it occurred can affect your options for compensation both in and out of the courtroom.
The most severe injuries are often referred to as “catastrophic injuries.” Victims of catastrophic injuries are often unable to return to work or even care for themselves after an accident. No accident victim deserves to have their suffering overlooked; catastrophic injury victims, however, must deal with a unique set of circumstances.
Catastrophic injury victims should take several steps to ensure that their legal rights are protected. After suffering a debilitating injury, you should consider speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney. Trustworthy personal injury attorneys regularly fight for the rights of injured victims to seek the compensation they are entitled to. Their practice and knowledge of the legal system ensure victims understand their options as they progress through the claims process.
If You Are Catastrophically Injured, The Law Offices of George Salinas Can Help
At The Law Offices of George Salinas, we understand how devastating a catastrophic injury can be. The impacts of permanent disability affect not only the victims but also their families and loved ones. Our experience allows us to work diligently alongside clients to ensure that their voices are heard and rights are preserved. When another’s negligence causes a victim harm, we believe in their right to compensation. If you’d like to learn more about your legal rights, contact our team today to schedule a free consultation.
Our team works meticulously to evaluate each aspect of our client’s cases. When appropriate, we can assist our clients in collecting evidence, speaking with witnesses, and negotiating with insurance companies. We strive to give our clients peace of mind, so they can focus on their recovery in the aftermath of a traumatic accident.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Many injury victims are overwhelmed with uncertainty after sustaining injuries in unexpected accidents. Victims may wonder whether their injuries warrant pursuing legal action. At The Law Offices of George Salinas, we serve victims who have sustained catastrophic injuries in a wide variety of circumstances.
Three commons types of catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) | Twenty times more people are hospitalized for TBIs each year than for spinal cord injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are prevalent and highly unpredictable due to their individualized nature. However, they may be the most common type of injury that can be classified as catastrophic.
- Electrocution and burns | Electrocution is particularly common in children who are unaware of the associated dangers. In addition, they are common for those who regularly come into contact with electrical equipment for work or recreation. Burns may occur from fires, liquids, and even gases.
- Severe fractures | Severe fractures can result from a range of circumstances. Simply falling at the wrong angle, in the wrong place, or from the wrong height can cause a severe bone fracture.
If you’re uncertain of whether your injury qualifies as catastrophic, consider consulting a trustworthy personal injury attorney. Texas law defines catastrophic injuries as:
- Injuries that have direct and proximate consequences...
- ...that permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.
Catastrophic injuries cause victims permanent damage and diminished functional capabilities or earning capacity. In other words, if your injury causes long-term, debilitating symptoms and requires extensive medical care, it will likely be considered catastrophic.
Seeking Damages: What Is Recoverable?
If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury, you may have a legal right to compensation for any accident-related damages. Injured victims may be entitled to seek compensation for:
- Medical bills | Recoverable medical expenses include past, present, and even future medical bills associated with the injury. Since catastrophic injuries have a lasting impact on victims’ lives, future medical expenses can typically be clearly projected. Oftentimes, catastrophic injuries require lifelong medical care, making future expenses easier to predict than injuries that will likely result in full recovery at some indeterminate time.
- Pain and suffering | One unique aspect of catastrophic personal injury cases involves compensation for pain and suffering. In many—but not all—cases, the legal system places a higher value on pain and suffering for more severe injuries. While there is no guarantee that you will be entitled to every category of damages available, losses associated with pain and suffering should be discussed with your attorney.
- Lost wages | Catastrophic injuries frequently diminish a victim’s ability to perform their job duties or return to work at all. If you are unable to return to work in the same capacity, you may be entitled to seek compensation for lost wages. If your earning potential has been reduced as a result of your injury, you may also be entitled to recover future lost wages.
When another’s reckless or negligent behavior cause injuries by, victims have a legal right to pursue compensation from responsible parties. Catastrophic injuries caused by negligent or intentional acts are injuries that would not exist otherwise. A personal injury claim can play a key role in ensuring injured victims enjoy a quality of life they deserve.
Keep in mind that many of the compensable damages in catastrophic injury cases can be significant. The very nature of the consequences of catastrophic injuries increases the compensation required to restore injured victims. For instance, when severe injuries permanently limit victims’ mobility, they may need to make modifications to their homes to accommodate disabilities.
The Law Offices of George Salinas: Our Commitment to Catastrophic Injury Victims
Our team at The Law Offices of George Salinas consistently seeks to empower our clients. Each of our personal injury attorneys works with each client to ensure they understand their options throughout the legal process. While we cannot guarantee that your unique case will result in an award of compensation, we can promise we will always empathetically act in your best interests.
If you are suffering from a catastrophic injury, contact us today or call (210) 225-0909 for a free consultation and case evaluation.