Houston Catastrophic Injury Attorney
Major accidents can occur that lead to life-changing injuries and deprive a person of the ability to provide for themselves and their families. Catastrophic injuries are the result of the negligence of another person, company, or entity. If you or a loved one have sustained a severe injury that was a result of another person’s negligence, Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP is here to help. Our Houston catastrophic injury attorneys will investigate every aspect of your case in order to secure the compensation you deserve.
Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP Is Your Choice For This Case
After sustaining a life-changing injury, you need to seek assistance from an attorney with extensive experience handling these types of cases. Let Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP help you through this.
- We purposely limit the number of cases that our attorneys take so that we are able to provide personalized attention to every client. Our clients have direct access to their attorney, and will not be put off onto a paralegal or junior assistant.
- We have access to top experts in various fields, as well as top medical providers, to help assist us with investigations and assessing clients’ injuries.
- We take Houston catastrophic injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients will not pay any legal fees until after we secure the compensation they are entitled to.
How Will An Attorney Help Your Case?
Unfortunately, victims of catastrophic injuries often do not have the resources or legal experience necessary to secure full compensation for their claim. However, a Houston catastrophic injury lawyer will level the playing field against negligent parties by:
- Obtaining all evidence related to the injury, including any available video or photo surveillance, eyewitness statements, accident reports, and more.
- Working with trusted healthcare professionals to fully evaluate a client’s injuries and help calculate the total losses to the victim.
- Negotiate with all parties involved, including aggressive insurance carriers, to obtain full compensation for the client.
Catastrophic Injuries Can Occur In A Variety Of Ways
It is important to understand that there is no single definition for “catastrophic injuries.” What sets catastrophic injuries apart from other types of personal injuries is their degree of seriousness. These injuries are those that are difficult to recover from and in which a victim may never make a full recovery.
Generally, catastrophic injuries can be defined as those that cause long-term, debilitating symptoms and require lengthy recovery processes. Often, these injuries:
- Require the need for in-home care
- Leave a victim with permanent disfigurement or disability
- Result in a permanent loss of quality of life
Some of the most common injuries that are considered catastrophic include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Severe burns
- Loss of a limb or disfigurement
- Injuries that cause blindness
Each of these injuries can require extensive medical care (including surgeries), ongoing rehabilitation, or cause a physical change that affects a person for the rest of their life.
How Much Is A Catastrophic Injury Case Worth?
Many people ask how much their personal injury case will be worth after sustaining a catastrophic injury. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question. Every case is different, and the total amount of compensation awarded will depend on various circumstances surrounding each particular incident. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, we know that there are various types of compensation available to victims in these cases. This includes:
- Coverage of all medical bills related to the injuries
- Lost income is a victim cannot work
- Loss of future earning potential
- The cost of ongoing physical therapy, rehabilitation, and in-home care
- Payment for all prescription medications and necessary medical devices
- Coverage of any necessary home or vehicle modifications to aid mobility
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent or malicious party
The total cost of care to a victim of a catastrophic injury is what sets these cases apart from other types of personal injury cases. Catastrophic injuries regularly result in medical costs rising into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, medical care is often only the beginning of the total costs associated with these cases. As you can see from the list above, victims and their families are left with tremendous non-medical costs.
Catastrophic injury victims often sustain immense emotional and psychological costs as a result of their injuries, including persistent feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, and more. It is not uncommon for these injury victims to experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How Long Do You Have To File A Claim In These Cases?
Every state is responsible for setting time limits, called statutes of limitation, that dictate how long victims have to file civil claims for injury cases. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is two years from the date the injury occurred. Victims who fail to file a lawsuit within this two-year timeframe will lose the ability to recover compensation for their losses.
If the catastrophic injury was the result of a workplace incident, injured workers are required to report the injury to their employer within 30 days, and they then have one year from the date the injury occurred to file a workers’ compensation claim. For work injuries that were the result of a negligent third party at work, the personal injury two-year time limit applies to lawsuits.
Contact An Attorney As Soon As Possible
If you or a loved one have sustained a severe injury that was caused by the negligence or carelessness of another party, contact an attorney immediately. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, we are going to investigate every aspect of your case in order to secure all compensation you are entitled to. We have a reputation for success and are not afraid to take on major insurance carriers or well-funded at-fault parties to secure the compensation you deserve. Let our Houston catastrophic injury attorneys get to work on your case today. You can contact us online for a free consultation or call our office at (713) 574-4600.