What Makes an Injury ‘Catastrophic’?

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Personal injuries happen every day but seldom do these injuries come with life-altering implications. However, catastrophic injuries, federally defined as an injury that directly, immediately, and permanently prevents an individual from gaining meaningful work, create severe, long-term consequences for individuals through no fault of their own.

What is Classified as a Catastrophic Injury?

Based on the above definition, several types of injuries may be considered catastrophic. Some of the most common include:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Severe burns
  • Loss of limb(s)

These can arise out of various situations, including work accidents such as major falls or electrocutions and motor vehicle accidents.

Pursuing Legal Action for a Catastrophic Injury

When someone in Texas suffers a catastrophic injury due to another’s negligence, they have the right to seek compensation for the damages suffered. This can include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

However, pursuing these cases on your own is not recommended, as the other party’s insurance company may not be cooperative or willing to provide a fair settlement. Because of this, enlisting the help of an experienced personal injury attorney will help you understand what your case is worth and what options you have.

What is the Value of My Case?

It is important to remember that not all injuries are the same and various factors will go into what your case is valued at. Influential circumstances include:

  • The severity of the injury
  • The overall cost of medical care
  • Lost wages due to inability to work
  • Loss of enjoyment in life

Working with an Experienced Catastrophic Injury Attorney

When you contact The Law Offices of Omar Khawaja, you can expect an experienced, knowledgeable lawyer who is passionate about helping their clients get the best possible outcome. We have a proven track record of success when handling catastrophic injury cases and strive to make the process as stress-free as possible.

Contact us today by calling (713) 561-5454 for a free consultation to explore your legal options.

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