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What is the Definition of “Catastrophic Injury” in the State of Texas?

Although catastrophic injuries fall under the broader personal injury category, these serious injuries differ substantially from most other personal injuries due to their severe nature. Generally, catastrophic injuries result in permanent damage or long-term disability for a survivor and require continued medical care and treatment. Survivors are also often unable to return to work or, due to their injuries, experience reduced earning capacity.

Common Catastrophic Injuries

A catastrophic injury can take any shape and come in any form, resulting in a vast array of serious complications or disabilities.

Below are some of the most common catastrophic injuries:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic amputation injuries
  • Severe burns and scars
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Crushed bones

In Texas, according to the Texas Brain Injury Association, it is estimated that over 144,000 individuals suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year and that over 5,700 develop a permanent disability as a result. Those suffering from a traumatic brain injury might develop a range of health complications, including the loss of higher-level mental skills, depression, and aggression. These types of serious injuries also increase the likelihood of developing a neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

When others act negligently, accidents happen, which can lead to serious catastrophic injuries.

Below are some of the most common causes:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Commercial truck accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Sports accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Fires
  • Workplace accidents
  • Defective products
  • Violent crime

Damages in a Catastrophic Injury Case

Given how common it is for catastrophic injuries to warrant long-term or lifelong medical care, damages involved in such cases are often extensive compared to most other personal injury cases.

Damages in a catastrophic injury case can include the following:

  • Present and future medical expenses
  • Missed wages
  • Property damage
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Permanent disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • Mental anguish

In a catastrophic injury case, the value of non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, is often quite high. However, keep in mind, the purpose of compensation is to make the survivor as whole as possible and, unfortunately, those suffering from catastrophic injuries will likely never restore their health to the condition it was in prior to the accident.

Discuss Your Case with a Knowledgeable Catastrophic Injury Attorney!

If you sustained a catastrophic injury due to another party’s negligent actions, the experienced team at The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC will provide the exceptional legal assistance you need to obtain compensation for these serious, life-changing injuries. Our team understands the hardship you must be facing and the long-term effects a catastrophic injury can have on your life and the lives of your family. Moreover, we believe you should take this time to focus on your health, which is why you will not owe us any legal fees until we win your case.

Reach out to our law office today at (210) 960-9875 to set up a free initial consultation with one of our compassionate catastrophic injury attorneys. You do not have to go through this on your own.

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