Did you sustain catastrophic injuries in an accident that was someone else's fault? The injury lawyers at Dunn Sheehan in Dallas can help you.
Personal injury attorneys help victims by filing and handling injury claims on their behalf. A personal injury claim is a legal action that allows claimants to get compensation when another's negligent actions hurt them. Injury victims can get damages for their physical, psychological, and emotional trauma through such legal claims.
The amount of financial compensation an injured person will get in a personal injury claim depends on many factors. One of them includes the severity of their injuries. Usually, victims with the most severe injuries (or catastrophic injuries) get the most compensation. However, getting maximum compensation in such cases will also depend on the quality of your legal team.
The injuries you may suffer in an accident may be mild, moderate, or severe. Mild injuries are typically not life-threatening and may not even require hospitalization. These injuries produce minimal symptoms and can sometimes heal on their own.
Catastrophic injuries refer to severe injuries with long-term or permanent consequences. They also include life-threatening health complications. Catastrophic injuries create a long-term life-altering and traumatic experience for injury victims.
The following are the most common types of catastrophic injuries:
Traumatic brain injuries are among the most common injuries accident victims in personal injury cases suffer. This type of brain injury happens when a blow or jolt to the head results in brain damage. According to the CDC, traumatic brain injuries are a major cause of death and disability in the USA.
TBIs usually occur in slip and fall accidents, violent attacks, sports injuries, and motor vehicle crashes. In severe TBI cases, injury victims may enter a coma, fall into a vegetative state, or suffer brain death.
The spinal cord helps send messages or signals to and from the brain. It also aids sensation, body movement and provides structural support for the body. If your spinal cord suffers injuries, you may lose those essential functions. Spinal cord damage will typically result in paralysis, unconsciousness, shock, back pain, loss of bladder control, etc.
Numerous birth injuries are sometimes the result of a medical professional's negligence. Birth injuries refer to impairments that a baby suffers during or after delivery. Premature babies are at higher risk of sustaining such injuries. Common examples of birth injuries include brachial palsy, Erb's palsy, perinatal asphyxia, subgaleal hemorrhage, etc. Birth injuries are a traumatic experience for parents, who will have to spend their lives caring for their children's disabilities.
Burn injuries are usually the result of fire accidents, scalding, and explosions. Burn injuries are categorized as first, second, third, or fourth degrees. Catastrophic burn injuries typically refer to third and fourth-degree burns that cause excruciating pain, nerve damage, severe scarring, and disfigurement. They also cause psychological trauma. Common personal injury accidents that cause burns include motor vehicle accidents, product and premises liability cases, workplace accidents, etc.
Internal injuries are one of the reasons why you must receive urgent medical care after every accident. That's because they damage internal organs and may cause no external injuries. These injuries are fatal and can cause unexpected death quickly.
Numerous catastrophic accidents can cause severe injuries to victims in Dallas.
Motor vehicle accidents are very common. They include truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, car crashes, etc. The majority of such accidents are due to reckless driving and disregard for traffic rules. For example, in distracted driving accidents, the party responsible is usually the motorist who wasn't paying attention to the road.
A construction accident has a high chance of resulting in catastrophic injuries. That's especially true when construction site accidents are due to falls from heights, explosions, electrocutions, struck-by accidents, etc.
The construction industry is risky with high annual fatality rates. Injuries from construction accidents are typically worse when the injured worker isn't wearing protective gear.
Products liability law is an aspect of personal injury law that covers injuries from a defective product. They consist of design defects, manufacturing defects, and labeling defect cases. The negligent parties are usually manufacturing companies that failed to warn about defects or adhere to standard manufacturing procedures.
An auto accident could involve a pedestrian. These accidents usually cause more catastrophic injuries for the affected pedestrian than the motorist. Pedestrian accidents are typically due to speeding, distracted driving, visual impairment, etc.
Health care providers owe their patients a duty of care. When medical professionals discharge their duties carelessly and cause a patient's injury, they breach their duty of care. Medical malpractice cases include surgical errors, misdiagnosis, failure to warn, improper treatment, etc. Injuries from medical negligence are usually catastrophic and traumatic.
Other types of catastrophic accidents include inadequate security cases, nursing home abuse, maritime accidents, etc.
Texas uses the modified comparative negligence rule in awarding compensation to injured persons. That means that compensatory damages would depend on your degree of fault. However, if your degree of fault is above 50%, you wouldn't get any compensation for your injuries.
The damages you'll receive in your accident claims will usually include the following:
Economic damages compensate for the financial losses you suffered due to your catastrophic injuries. They include medical care costs, property damage expenses, lost wages, etc. In a wrongful death claim, they will include funeral costs.
Non-economic damages cover compensation for the intangible costs of your injury. They include loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment, mental anguish, pain, suffering, etc.
Punitive damages are also called exemplary damages. This type of compensation punishes the at-fault party instead of reimbursing the claimant for the injuries they suffered.
Whether you're pursuing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, you need a formidable legal team by your side. Experienced injury attorneys can help your case in the following ways:
A significant aspect of a catastrophic injury claim is proving every allegation you make through various pieces of evidence. Those critical pieces of evidence may include police reports, medical records, accident scene pictures, videos, etc. It may also involve carrying out extensive investigations and calling expert witnesses.
An experienced attorney knows how to make the evidence at their disposal work for you. They'll string the critical pieces of evidence together and remove unnecessary ones to build a solid case.
Surviving an unexpected accident can leave you confused and overwhelmed. Even when you're sure that you want to pursue legal action, you may not know how to go about it. A catastrophic injury lawyer will help you avoid trial and error situations. They'll provide you with the necessary legal advice you need to move forward with your claims.
If the at-fault party in your case has the requisite insurance coverage, you'll have to file a claim with their insurance carrier. Filing an insurance claim is one of the most challenging aspects of any personal injury case. Insurance companies will typically settle your claims only after they've put up a long fight.
Sometimes, the insurance companies will use dubious tactics to discourage you from insisting on a meaningful settlement. Fortunately, an experienced attorney understands how to deal with such situations. When dealing with insurance companies, you'll only make matters worse for yourself if you don't hire legal professionals.
Texas' personal injury laws regulate the obligations, rights, and duties of all the parties to a claim or lawsuit. The law also governs the time limits within which claimants must file a lawsuit. Such time restrictions are called "the statute of limitations."
As a claimant with little or no legal knowledge, you wouldn't know how to comply with all the applicable rules. However, with help from your Dallas catastrophic accident lawyer, you wouldn't have to worry about those.
Experienced injury attorneys with extensive litigation experience also make competent trial lawyers. They will come in handy when you need to file an injury lawsuit in court. Your lawyer can file your court case and fight for maximum compensation on your behalf in a courtroom.
If you or your loved one sustained catastrophic injuries due to someone's negligence, you need legal counsel immediately. Adequate financial compensation for your injuries can provide some relief in this difficult time.
By hiring an experienced accident lawyer, you're giving yourself enough time to recuperate while also pursuing your claims. Your accident attorney can also provide you with the emotional support you need to heal nicely.
Our entire team of personal injury lawyers at our law firm is compassionate and competent. With our extensive experience in personal injury law, we can assure you of the best legal services in Dallas. We'll evaluate your case and give you top-notch legal advice necessary for your claim's success. Start legal action against the liable parties in your case by contacting our law office today.