Are Catastrophic Injuries Worth More in a Personal Injury Case?
Injured in an automobile accident and wondering what your injuries entitle you to recover in damages? If you’re like most accident victims, you may have begun to feel the financial pressures of not being able to work along with the inability to afford some, or all, of the medical care you need to have rendered. While you are encouraged to focus on your physical and mental health, especially if the accident resulted in you suffering a catastrophic injury, it may be hard to do so when each month you are struggling to make ends meet.
So, what can an accident victim who suffered catastrophic injuries in a car accident do in an effort to recover compensation that can help make the recovery process easier for everyone to get through? You hire a personal injury attorney in Houston, Texas, with over 40 years of legal experience and allow them to file a claim on your behalf in an effort to get you the money you need and deserve. For more than 40 years, Blizzard Law, PLLC has been providing legal representation to many individuals—all who have suffered a severe injury or lost a loved one due to wrongful death.
Between our knowledge, experience, and compassion, we can help you obtain compensation for the damages you incurred after you were involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Understanding How Compensation is Awarded for Catastrophic Injuries
When a claim is brought against a negligent party (i.e., a negligent driver, a reckless trucking company, etc.) for a victim to recover compensation, they are generally awarded based on how serious their injuries are and how these injuries have impacted their lives. Some of the common catastrophic injuries we’ve dealt with include, but are not limited to:
- Paralysis – When an individual suffers from paralysis, it means they have lost muscle function in part of their body [Source: S. Library of Medicine]. Paralysis occurs when “something goes wrong with the way messages pass between your brain and muscles.” While some victims suffer from paralysis in one area of their bodies, others experience it in multiple areas limiting their physical abilities. The more widespread paralysis is, the more loss of muscle function a person will likely experience.
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) – Spinal cord injuries are a common injury many car accident victims sustain. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, auto accidents, falls, and gunshots are the three leading causes of spinal cord injuries. The source also cites that “auto accidents are the leading cause of SCI in the U.S. for people age 65 and younger.”
- Amputations – Amputations are sometimes necessary if a part of the body suffers a traumatic injury serious enough to cause the arteries to damage or narrow which results in poor circulation, says WebMD. “Without adequate blood flow, the body’s cells cannot get oxygen and nutrients they need from the bloodstream.” Unfortunately, prosthetic limbs can be expensive and unaffordable for some who don’t have health insurance or have limited coverage, and sadly, many are forced to live without them.
- Burns – When a car collides into another vehicle, a guardrail, or another object, it can sometimes lead to a fire. While some victims manage to escape the vehicle before suffering any type of burn, others aren’t so lucky. A severe burn is not only painful, but it can lead to permanent scarring and disfigurement. There are three types of burns which include:
- First-degree burns. These are considered mild compared to the other two types and result in “pain and reddening of the epidermis, or outer layer of the skin,” according to WebMD.
- Second-degree burns affect the epidermis and the dermis, which is the lower layer of skin. These types of burns cause “pain, redness, swelling, and blistering.”
- Third-degree burns are the most severe type and the burn actually goes through the dermis and affects deeper tissues. A third-degree burn can cause the burned area to appear blackened or turn that are white.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)- TBIs range from mild to severe and can impact a victim in numerous ways. Some symptoms of TBIs include loss of memory, decreased coordination, and loss of consciousness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the event you or a loved one suffered one or more of the catastrophic injuries highlighted above and are seeking compensation for your losses, Blizzard Law, PLLC is here to guide you through this challenging time in your life. We encourage to give us a call at (713) 844-3750 so that we can discuss with you the steps we are prepared to take so that you are awarded the maximum amount of compensation you need and deserve as these types of injuries are often worth more in personal injury cases.
You can reach Blizzard Law, PLLC at:
5020 Montrose Blvd, Ste 410
Houston, TX 77006