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San Antonio Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

When your world is turned inside out by a catastrophic injury, do you know what to do? How do you even know that you have a catastrophic injury? And who is responsible? For more than 20 years, The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC has helped catastrophic injury victims and their families get the justice and financial compensation they deserve. If you’re the victim of a catastrophic injury, schedule a free consultation with The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC. Put our decades of legal experience to work for you.

What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

Catastrophic injuries differ from other injuries from accidents because of the fact they can cause disability, ongoing medical needs, or shorten the life expectancy of the victim. In short, it’s a serious injury that causes serious problems with a disability or some sort of impairment.

There are many types of injuries that can be catastrophic in nature. The most common examples are:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Various types of spinal cord injuries
  • Birth injuries
  • Serious facial injuries that result in disfigurement or scarring
  • Eye injuries
  • Losing hearing or sight as a result of the accident
  • A crushing injury
  • An amputation
  • Neurological damage
  • Injury to one or more nerves
  • Severe burns
  • Injuries related to an explosion

Again, this isn’t a full list of catastrophic injuries. The list only provided some of the most common ones. If you think you may have a catastrophic injury claim, schedule your free consultation with The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC now.

How Does a Catastrophic Injury Occur?

In San Antonio and the surrounding areas, catastrophic injuries can occur in a number of ways. This list includes the most common causes of catastrophic injury, but it does not include every type of accident that may result in it. This is because any type of accident can result in a catastrophic injury to the victim, depending on the severity of the accident and the injury or injuries sustained.

  • Accidents on the oilfield
  • Serious car accidents
  • Pedestrians hit by a vehicle
  • Bicyclists hit by a vehicle
  • Accidents on the construction site
  • Semi-truck, flatbed truck, or delivery vehicle accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slips and falls in the workplace
  • Work accidents in the textile and food industries
  • Medical malpractice

Proving Negligence in a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit

Like other forms of personal injury, to be successful in a catastrophic injury lawsuit, you, as the plaintiff, must be able to prove that the defendant or defendants acted in a way that was negligent. While negligence has certain legal elements, it’s not easy to prove on your own. Working with an experienced San Antonio catastrophic injury attorney means that you have a better chance of a successful outcome with your claim.

Proving negligence requires that:

  1. The named defendant or defendants owed you a legal duty of care. For example, semi-truck drivers and trucking companies must follow certain state and federal laws related to the amount of time a driver is on the road, the use of narcotics and alcohol, paying full attention to the road, and what drivers must do if they are tired.
  2. The named defendant or defendants did not fulfill their legal duty. For example, a semi-truck driver was texting and driving instead of paying full attention to the road.
  3. The named defendant or defendants’ negligence caused your injury. It couldn’t just be because the driver was texting and driving that you have a claim. If you have no injury resulting from the negligence, there is no claim. If the driver was texting and driving and the lack of attention paid by the driver caused an accident in which you were injured, you may be eligible for compensation from a successful claim.

However, if your catastrophic injury claim meets the Texas rules of strict liability, the defendant or defendants will be responsible for your injuries even if they weren’t negligent. To learn more about negligence and to schedule your free consultation, contact us now.

What Should You Do After a Catastrophic Injury?

Serious accidents often cause catastrophic injuries. If you are seriously injured in an accident, here’s what you should do:

  1. Call 911 immediately, even if you’re injured at work. You need immediate care for your injuries. Your injuries can get worse if you don’t get medical attention right away.
  2. If possible, take photos of the accident scene. This includes what may have caused the accident, the scene as a whole, and your injuries.
  3. If you’re able to do so, get the names and contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  4. Call The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC to talk with our San Antonio catastrophic injury attorneys. We’re here to help protect your potential legal rights.

Texas Statute of Limitations for Filing a Catastrophic Injury Claim

The time limit for filing a catastrophic injury claim is referred to as the statute of limitations. This deadline is something that the courts abide by to ensure that claims are filed in a timely manner. Timely claims are important for victims as well since filing the claim sooner can mean better access to witnesses and other evidence.

The statute of limitations for catastrophic injuries is two years from the date of the accident. There is an exception to this deadline. If you did not discover the severe injury until after the accident, the date you learned about your catastrophic injury is the starting date for the statute of limitations.

Are You Eligible To Receive Compensation?

Victims of catastrophic injuries may be eligible to receive compensation because of the accident. The two main types of damages are referred to as economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to the expenses incurred by the victim as a result of the accident. It also includes lost wages and loss of earning potential. Non-economic damages refer to damages experienced by the victim that don’t have a firm price tag in place. An example of this is pain and suffering.

Call The Aguirre Law Firm for a Free Consultation

As the victim of a catastrophic injury, your life has been forever altered. Your goal should be to focus on your recovery, not the legal fight with the insurance company or defendant. The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC represents San Antonio catastrophic injury victims to make sure that they are treated fairly by the insurance company. We’re also skilled trial attorneys. Schedule your free consultation now.

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