Being in an accident can cause a range of injuries from minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises all the way to suffering a catastrophic injury from which you may never fully recover. Catastrophic injuries—like devastating burns caused by a fire or explosion, a head injury from a fall, or broken bones from a truck accident—are serious and require life-long medical or nursing care to get through the day.
Catastrophic injuries can be caused by a number of different circumstances. The negligent, reckless, or otherwise improper actions of others consistently cause deaths or catastrophic injuries in the United States. Although these types of injuries may vary, they all have a profound impact on the victim’s life and the lives of the victim’s loved ones. In fact, injuries are considered catastrophic due to the nature of the impact they have on the lives of the individuals who experience them.
Catastrophic injuries can change a person’s life by mandating the use of specialized equipment or they can distort the way we normally function in everyday life. Wikipedia defines a catastrophic injury as a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain, and may also include skull or spinal fractures. HG.org defines catastrophic injuries to mean any injuries that have serious, long-term effects on the victim, or the consequences of an injury permanently prevents an individual from performing any gainful work.
The long-term costs of amputation or paralysis include equipment to accommodate the injury, and such prosthetics range upwards in thousands of dollars and could still result in lost earning capacity. A family of a victim may need to seek compensation for the victim’s treatment and also for lost wages due to needing to assist their loved one.
When someone suffers a significant injury or death, the lives of his or her loved ones are permanently changed. The people who suffer because of someone else’s negligence deserve just compensation for the long road ahead. The financial, emotional, and physical strain caused by these injuries can be utterly detrimental.
Morrow & Sheppard LLP’s personal injury trial attorneys regularly handle cases involving catastrophic injuries. Our attorneys are licensed in Texas and Louisiana, and have been admitted on a temporary basis to handle cases all around the country. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we understand the hardships injured workers or victims and their loved one’s face as they try to heal and make sense of their accident.
If you have been catastrophically injured in any way, please contact the team Morrow and Sheppard LLP to protect and assert your legal rights.