What is a ‘Catatrophic Injury?’ (Texas)

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“Catastrophic” is a category of personal injury. Certain consequences or characteristics of an injury make it catastrophic. Catastrophic injuries can affect any part of the body. For example, catastrophic injuries:

  • Are usually permanently disabling
  • Require extensive, typically constant, care
  • Reduce victims’ quality of life
  • Have debilitating symptoms
  • Require lengthy, difficult recoveries, if recovery is possible at all

Catastrophic injuries can affect any part of the body. Examples of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Severe burns
  • Amputations
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Loss of sight or hearing

Catastrophic Injury Victims’ Have Legal Options in Texas

Accidents, even those that seem minor, can cause unexpected injuries. In the worst cases, accidents cause catastrophic injuries. This type of injury changes life completely. Often, victims never recover – at least not fully – from a catastrophic injury, leading to devastating consequences for themselves and their families.

While these severe injuries are typically physically or mentally disabling (or both) and emotionally stressful, they are also expensive. They bring new costs and limit opportunities to earn income. Though these consequences are overwhelming, victims are not without hope or without recourse.

Texas gives a two-year deadline, called a statute of limitations, for filing injury claims. To have your case move through the process as swiftly as possible, and to give your attorney plenty of time to investigate and build your case, partner with our team as soon as possible after sustaining your injury.

Texas’ catastrophic injury victims have the right to seek compensation for their injuries when the accident was caused by another party’s negligence. Whether your injuries occurred as the result of a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall or other event on someone else’s property, work injury, or any other kind of preventable accident, we can help.

You may be entitled to significant financial compensation that provides for your losses and holds the negligent party accountable. Your attorney will investigate the accident fully to identify the negligent party or parties and gather evidence to support your case.

Compensation Limits for Catastrophic Injuries

Victims of catastrophic injuries in Texas can seek both types of personal injury damages, economic and non-economic damages and possibly punitive damages. Texas does not limit the amount victims can receive for economic damages. With regard to punitive damages, however, victims receive the greater of $200,000 or twice the amount of economic damages plus the amount awarded for non-economic damages, but not exceeding $750,000.

Speaking to an attorney is probably not the first thing you or your loved ones will want to do following a catastrophic injury, but it is the best thing you can do for your future. Once you have established your partnership, you will also feel a sense of relief as your attorney will now handle all document collection, evidence gathering, conversations with the at-fault party’s insurance company or other representatives, and filing your claim.

Since your accident case will come with its own unique set of circumstances, you need a legal representative who can navigate those circumstances knowledgeably so you do not risk losing compensation.

Dax F. Garza, P.C. Is the Best Legal Option for Texas Catastrophic Injury Victims

For over 20 years, Dax F. Garza, P.C., has successfully represented victims of catastrophic injuries. We will handle your case with tremendous care and put our extensive resources to work for you. Reach out today for a free consultation, and feel the peace of mind that comes with knowing a compassionate, highly skilled catastrophic injury lawyer is on your side.

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