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Catastrophic injuries: What they are and how to seek compensation

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Catastrophic injuries

High-speed car or truck accidents can result in devastating injuries that can completely change a person’s life. If an injury leads to long-term or even permanent disability, it often qualifies as a “catastrophic” injury.” In Texas, it’s crucial to understand what makes an injury severe enough to be classified as such.

With this understanding, victims can seek justice and compensation, which is essential in recovery.

Injuries that prevent gainful work

The term “catastrophic injury” might sound dramatic, but it accurately conveys the severity of these injuries. In essence, these injuries stop a person from working and earning a living. They often result in long-term, sometimes lifelong, disability or disfigurement. Examples of these catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Severe burns
  • Loss of a limb

Catastrophic injuries greatly affect a person’s ability to lead a normal life. This is what sets them apart from other injuries, like fractures, sprains or minor burns, which only temporarily affect a person’s life.

Victims can seek compensation

These major injuries cause harm that extends beyond physical damage. They can lead to emotional distress and lifestyle changes. They can also put a significant financial strain on victims due to medical bills and loss of income.

As such, Texas law allows victims of such injuries to claim compensation. This compensation not only covers medical costs and lost wages, but victims can also seek financial help for non-economic damages. These might include pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.

Texas law acknowledges the seriousness of catastrophic injuries. So, it provides an avenue for victims to seek the compensation they need and deserve.

Anyone suffering after a car or truck accident can benefit from seeking a legal professional. A legal professional can help victims negotiate with insurance companies and understand the complex legal landscape.