Personal injury is the area of the law that focuses on injuries to the body, mind, or emotions. Personal injury law is based on a very simple idea:
People have a right to be safe and not physically or emotionally hurt by others, and those that are negligent and harm others are responsible for the damage caused.
If you or a loved one became seriously injured due to the negligence of another party in Texas, the law allows you to seek monetary damages. Protect your rights and contact a Houston catastrophic injury lawyer as soon as you are able.
Catastrophic injury cases we handle include:
The physical manifestations of these injuries run the gamut from brain damage, concussions, paralysis, broken bones, deep lacerations, facial disfigurement, amputations, and innumerable other types of injuries to the body.
Injuries to the mind and to the emotions include mental anguish, suffering, loss of companionship, severe depression, and a host of other harms to the way people feel. Injury to emotions and the mind can often be just as severe, or even more severe, than physical damage to the body.
Sources of Catastrophic Injury
Personal injuries can be caused by many different types of persons or things, including other people, companies, dangerous products, dangerous drugs, dangerous or malfunctioning equipment, and a host of other causes.
In a personal injury lawsuit, the injured person or a family member sues the party responsible for their injuries, and asks the Court to order that person to pay them money damages. The person responsible could be an individual. Or, it could be the company the injured person works for. Or, it could be the manufacturer of a dangerous product or drug. Although no amount of money can turn back the clock or reverse the damage that occurs when a person is injured or killed, the law generally requires responsible parties to pay an amount that fairly compensates those they have hurt.
Damages in Personal Injury Cases
The typical types of damages that can be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit include medical damages, lost earnings, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and emotional distress. If the wrongful conduct that caused the injury was done intentionally or maliciously, the responsible party may be liable for punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the guilty parties, in part to ensure that they do not commit such conduct again.
Insurance companies are often involved in personal injury lawsuits. Frequently, the person responsible for harming someone else maintains insurance to protect them if they negligently harm someone else. The most common example of this is car insurance. All states require licensed drivers to have insurance in case they negligently cause a car accident.
If an accident occurs, the insurance company has a responsibility to pay the damages. Most companies also carry insurance policies, often worth millions of dollars. This is particularly true for companies that engage in risky business, such as the transport of hazardous materials. If a company truck is involved in an accident and harms people, the company’s insurance company has a responsibility to cover the damages.