Has your life been changed because of the severity of the injuries you sustained in a Fort Worth accident?
You could be entitled to compensation for things like medical bills, disability, and even your pain and suffering.
Contact the experienced Fort Worth catastrophic injury attorneys at Stephens Law Firm, PLLC to discuss your personal injury case and learn about your rights.
We can help you fight to secure a substantial monetary award from whoever caused you to get hurt. Your first consultation is free, so don’t hesitate to call our Fort Worth, TX law office to schedule yours today.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
After an accident, most injuries can be frustrating and painful. However, those injuries don’t typically have long-lasting consequences.
Victims who sustain mild or moderate injuries in an accident usually recover and can return to life as normal after a period of time. Other injuries are so devastating and cause a person’s life to change in profound ways.
So, a catastrophic injury is one that causes great suffering or destruction in a person’s life. In many cases, catastrophic injuries alter the way a person must live their life – forever. Catastrophic injuries have long term consequences and repercussions.
They literally turn a victim’s life upside down. In turn, the emotional damage caused by a catastrophic injury can be just as devastating as the physical damage.
We Handle All Types of Catastrophic Injury Cases in Fort Worth
Catastrophic injury is actually a broad term that is used to refer to any injury that causes great damage and destruction. Here are a few of the catastrophic injuries we see the most after accidents in Fort Worth, Texas.
Spinal Cord Injury: The spine is responsible for relaying signals from the brain to the rest of the body. When the spine is damaged or destroyed in an accident, individuals can suffer from altered speech patterns, inability to control bodily functions, and loss of mobility or paralysis, among other things.
Traumatic Brain Injury: Injuries to the brain can be particularly devastating. Individuals who sustain brain injuries can experience impaired cognitive function, changes in mental state and awareness, limited mobility, and even death.
Burns: Burns, particularly third degree or higher, can cause extensive damage to a victim’s muscle tissue and bone. In some cases, this can require amputation and/or significantly impair mobility.
Amputation: Amputation refers to the partial or complete loss of a limb as a result of a traumatic event. Sometimes amputations can be a direct result of an accident or a necessary treatment to prevent other injuries from becoming life-threatening.
Internal Organ Damage: Injuries don’t have to be visible to be traumatic or catastrophic. When internal organs are damaged in an accident, victims might suffer from impaired organ function. This might mean that the heart can’t pump enough blood on its own or that the liver is unable to do its job and filter toxins out of the body.
Hearing or Vision Loss: Many workers suffer catastrophic injuries involving the eyes and ears, especially when they fail to wear adequate safety gear on the job. Losing the ability to see and hear can significantly alter the way a person has to live their life.
Electrocution Injury: When an electric shock runs through body, victims can become paralyzed, struggle with seizure disorders, and sustain permanent damage to the brain.
If your life has fundamentally changed because of your Fort Worth accident injuries, give Stephens Law Firm, PLLC a call. Our personal injury lawyers in Fort Worth will review your case to determine if you might be entitled to compensation. If you are, we can help you pursue damages from anyone who caused you to get hurt.
Consequences of a Catastrophic Injury
So, a catastrophic injury permanently changes the way you have to live your life. What does that mean? What are some of the possible consequences of a catastrophic injury? Some possibilities could include:
- The inability to live on your own or take care of yourself.
- The need for around-the-clock nursing care.
- Reliance on a medical device or pharmaceutical medications.
- The inability to return to work in the same capacity, or to ever work again.
- Loss of the ability to walk, run, see, or hear.
- The need for home modifications to accommodate your disability.
These are just a few of the possibilities. When you suffer a catastrophic injury, your life will be changed forever in many ways.
Costs of a Catastrophic Injury
When an injury is so severe that your life is permanently altered, it can take significant physical, emotional, and financial tolls on you and your family. It’s really hard to put a price on a catastrophic injury, as every case is different. However, these types of injuries can easily cost victims hundreds of thousands of dollars – or millions – over the course of their lives.
When we look at the cost of a catastrophic injury we look at two things: economic and non-economic costs.
Economic costs (or damages) refer to the verifiable financial expenses or losses related to your catastrophic injury. This can include:
- Surgery, both corrective and cosmetic
- Medical devices
- Prescription drugs
- Other medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Nursing care
- Home modifications
- Car modifications
- Lost wages and income
- Reduced earning capacity, and
When calculating the economic costs of a catastrophic injury, it’s important to consider current and future expenses. It’s not just how your injury affects you today, but how it will impact you down the line, as well.
Not all injuries and consequences of a catastrophic injury will have a price tag. Some are intangible and, in truth, very subjective. These consequences are no less devastating and, in some cases, can even be more impairing. These can include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Embarrassment, and more.
These costs tend to be difficult to value in terms of dollars and cents. They’re also the costs that tend to be contested by at-fault parties and insurance companies. When you sustain a catastrophic injury, Stephens Law Firm, PLLC will bring in experts to help us fully appreciate your injuries and the impact they’ll have on your life. In turn, we can really know what your case is worth.
Causes of Catastrophic Injuries in Fort Worth
Any unexpected accident can potentially cause injuries so severe that they cause permanent and lasting damage. At Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, we represent clients who have sustained catastrophic injuries as a result of:
- Trucking accidents
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Other motor vehicle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Oil and gas field accidents
- Construction accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Swimming pool accidents, and more.
If your loved one sustained catastrophic injuries and has since died because those injuries became too much, you may also be entitled to compensation for your loss through a wrongful death claim. Give our Tarrant County law firm a call today to schedule an initial case assessment and learn more.
Statute of Limitations for Catastrophic Injury Lawsuits in Texas
If you or a loved one has sustained a catastrophic injury in an accident in Texas, you could be entitled to a financial award. However, you will not have an unlimited amount of time to demand the money you deserve. Generally speaking, personal injury lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of an accident. Once the statute of limitations expires, you will lose the right to secure a financial award.
While there are some exceptions to this rule, you will lose the right to secure a financial award once the statute of limitations expires. In fact, there are even some instances when you will have a shorter window of time to act. So, it’s really important to reach out to a qualified Fort Worth personal injury attorney as soon as you can after your accident.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With Our Fort Worth Catastrophic Injury Lawyers Today
A catastrophic injury will, by definition, alter the course of your life forever. It will permanently change the way your days unfold. It can take time to reach a point of full recovery and adapt to your new way of life. Let Stephens Law Firm, PLLC help you fight to secure a financial award so that life can be a little bit easier.
Our attorneys have more than 22 years of experience helping catastrophic injury victims in and around Fort Worth. We’ve recovered substantial sums in settlements and jury awards on their behalves, and will work tirelessly to do the same for you. Give our personal injury lawyers a call today to learn a little bit more about your options and how we might be able to help. As always, your first consultation is 100% free.