At the Hollingsworth Law Firm, our Houston personal injury attorneys know our clients have more questions than answers after their lives have been changed by accidents caused by negligence in Texas. This is especially true when they or their loved ones suffer catastrophic injuries.
Catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, and severe burns, involve complex medical, legal, and financial considerations. Here, we discuss some fundamental aspects of these claims and how we can help.
Get Help Addressing the Legal Aspects of Catastrophic Injuries
Establishing fault is critical for pursuing compensation and may involve evaluating the negligent actions of the at-fault motorist. Catastrophic injury cases often require complex investigations, expert testimony, and lengthy legal processes to establish a clear link between the accident and the injury.
Tying a catastrophic injury to an incident can be more complicated because of the higher exposure insurance companies face. While costs vary according to the extent of the injury and its specific long-term effects, it is estimated that the cost of caring for a survivor of severe traumatic brain or spinal cord injury can reach millions of dollars over a lifetime.
It is crucial to demonstrate how the injury occurred and how it relates to the legal liability of the responsible party. The at-fault party’s insurance company will not simply write a blank check for these exorbitant expenses and will dispute their policyholder’s liability without tangible evidence that they caused the incident that directly led to the injuries.
Our skilled catastrophic injury attorneys provide the support, skills, and knowledge our clients need to navigate these complexities with patience and persistence. Our experienced team of lawyers thoroughly investigates our clients’ claims to ensure a complete picture of the incident, causation, and liability is presented to the insurance company, leaving no detail to chance and little room for dispute.
Once liability and causation are established, dealing with insurance companies and ensuring that compensation is sufficient to cover the full extent of damages in catastrophic injury cases requires significant experience. That is what we provide.
Get Help Addressing the Medical Aspects of Catastrophic Injuries
Assessing the full extent of damages in a catastrophic injury case can be challenging without an experienced attorney because the overall care and its financial impact are more complex than adding up the injured party’s medical bills.
These injuries often result in long-term cognitive, emotional, and physical impairments that require:
- Physician and Specialist Care
Ongoing medical oversight often involves specialists like neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, or other relevant healthcare professionals.
- Nursing Care
Skilled nursing services may be required for wound care, medication management, and monitoring overall health.
- Home Health Aides
Assist with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and grooming.
- Personal Care Attendants
Assist with day-to-day tasks and companionship.
- Physical Therapy
Helps individuals regain strength, mobility, and coordination.
- Occupational Therapy
Focuses on developing or regaining skills needed for daily activities.
- Speech-Language Pathology
Assists with communication, cognitive, and swallowing issues.
- Mobility Aids
Wheelchairs, walkers, or mobility scooters to enhance independence.
- Adaptive Equipment
Tools and devices designed to assist with daily activities, such as adaptive utensils or communication devices.
- Counseling and Therapy
Emotional and psychological support for the individual and their family to cope with the impact of the injury.
- Psychiatric Care
In cases where mental health issues arise or are exacerbated by the injury.
Individuals with complex medical conditions, like TBIs, spine injuries, and burn injuries, often require ongoing medical attention, specialized treatments, and coordination of care between various healthcare providers.
These services are an integral part of our clients’ recovery processes. They must be thoroughly outlined to ensure no detail is left to chance when submitting our claim to the liable party’s insurance company to ensure their policyholder is fully accountable for the damages they caused.
At Hollingsworth Law Firm, our catastrophic injury attorneys work tirelessly to ensure each client’s needs are itemized and submitted with the proper supporting documentation that provides all long-term costs and future medical needs included in our initial claim.
Get Help Addressing the Financial Aspects of Catastrophic Injuries
Our Houston personal injury attorneys work to maximize the compensation our clients receive. We understand the damages you may be entitled to, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and long-term care costs. We have the knowledge and experience to navigate the legal complexities associated with catastrophic injury claims. To pursue the best outcome.
That may include:
- High Cost of Medical Care
TBIs, spine injuries, and burn injuries often result in substantial medical expenses, including surgeries, rehabilitation, assistive devices, and ongoing healthcare needs. Establishing the full scope of these costs is essential in legal proceedings.
- Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation Costs
Catastrophic injuries often require extensive and ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, and therapy. Calculating and proving the future care costs is critical to seeking adequate compensation.
- Adaptations to Living Spaces
Home modifications and adaptive technologies are often necessary for individuals with catastrophic injuries. We will consider these costs to ensure your living environment meets your needs.
- Lost Earning Capacity
Lost earning capacity refers to the reduction or impairment of an individual’s ability to earn income due to a catastrophic injury. When someone experiences a severe injury that leads to long-term or permanent disability, their capacity to engage in gainful employment and earn a living may be significantly diminished. Lost earning capacity is not the same as lost wages or lost income. Instead, it focuses on the overall reduction in the ability to earn income throughout the injured person’s working life, which can be substantial.
At Hollingsworth Law Firm, we partner with financial earning projection experts to forecast the individual’s potential future earnings if the injury had not occurred and compare it to the likely earnings considering the impact of the injury. This projection helps estimate the economic loss associated with the reduced capacity to earn income.
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Catastrophic injuries can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, affecting relationships, career prospects, and overall well-being. Compensating for the loss of enjoyment of life is an essential consideration in legal claims.
- Pain and Suffering
Evaluating and quantifying these non-economic damages is challenging, but fair compensation is essential to cover the significant pain and suffering our clients endure because of another party’s negligence.
- Psychological Impact
Catastrophic injuries can have a profound psychological impact on our clients, leading to mental health challenges such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Addressing the psychological aspect is crucial. Addressing the emotional well-being of our clients is an integral part of our comprehensive legal representation.
Have You or Someone You Love Suffered a Catastrophic Injury Caused by Negligence?
Our skilled bilingual personal injury lawyers and support staff represent clients throughout Texas on a contingency basis, so you never pay any legal fees unless we win your case.
If you are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve, so are we. Let us take the lead.