Car accident cases that result in injury are often more complex than they originally seem. However, catastrophic injury cases are even more complicated and are best handled with the expertise of a seasoned catastrophic injury attorney, such as Beverly R. Caruthers.
In some cases, the victim may be too severely injured to file a claim on their own, relying on family members and loved ones to help them with their personal injury claim. Houston personal injury lawyer, Beverly R. Caruthers provides free case evaluations for accident victims and their families, to help determine if they would like to pursue a personal injury lawsuit after suffering a catastrophic injury.
Be care before choosing to work with another law firm in Houston, not all attorneys are equipped to take on a case that may result in a payout worth millions of dollars. Attorney Caruthers is ready to take down big insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve.
There’s no universal definition of “catastrophic injury” in the realm of personal injury law, but the following types of harm would likely be categorized as “catastrophic”:
- spinal cord injuries, especially those resulting in partial or total paralysis
- severe spine injuries
- traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other severe head injuries
- injuries that result in the loss of a limb
- severe burn injuries
- injuries that result in disfigurement and significant scarring, and
- any injury that results in long-term or permanent disability that significantly disrupts the plaintiff’s life, especially the ability to earn a living, and especially those requiring intensive medical treatment and/or long-term care.
“Severe” Harm In a Personal Injury Case Can Be Relative
In some sense, whether or not an injury qualifies as catastrophic or severe depends on who suffered the harm, and the impact of the injury on that person’s life. For example:
- If a single mother of three comes away from a car accident with a head injury that prevents her from working or caring for her kids at home, that kind of harm would likely be deemed catastrophic in terms of impact on her life.
- If a professional skier suffers two broken legs in a skiing accident, and the strength and stability of his knees never return to pre-accident form, he would probably categorize his injuries as “catastrophic.”
Extra Payout (and Extra Challenges) In Cases Involving Severe Injuries
Since the value of any personal injury case is typically based on the nature and seriousness of the claimant’s injuries, it stands to reason that the more severe your injuries, the more you can expect to receive in the way of “damages”. But the facts, arguments, and evidence needed to prove the full extent of the plaintiff’s damages also tend to get much more complicated and elaborate.
That’s because, after an accident that results in catastrophic injuries, the plaintiff may merely be at the beginning of a long initial recovery process, and could face a potential lifetime of necessary medical care. The attorneys for both sides must have a good understanding of the specific medical treatment that will be required now and in the future in order to value the plaintiff’s case in a meaningful way and negotiate an injury settlement that will be acceptable to both sides. More likely than not, medical and economic experts will play a big role in laying out the necessary course of care, the anticipated costs of that care, the financial impact of the plaintiff’s inability to earn a living, and other facets of economic damages.
On the non-economic side, the plaintiff’s “pain and suffering,” emotional distress, and other more subjective types of damages will need to be established, through the plaintiff’s own testimony and that of medical experts including doctors and mental health care providers.
Spanish Speaking Car Accident Lawyer in Houston, Texas
Spanish-speaking individuals can have a more difficult time seeking justice in their personal injury cases due to language barriers. This causes them to not take action against those who have left them with financial devastation and physical trauma. At the Law Office of Beverly R. Caruthers, our team refuses to let a language barrier affect your right to justice and compensation. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident and is in need of Spanish-speaking legal advice, our team is here for you.
We make it easy for those who have been injured due to the actions of others to navigate the legal system in order to get the results they need to continue on in their lives. Schedule your no-obligation car accident consultation with Attorney Caruthers today. Our team will work with you every step of the way to ensure your needs are being met and that you are getting the treatment you deserve in your car accident case. Don’t hesitate, the sooner you call the more we can do to get you results.
Personal Injury Lawyer in Houston, Texas
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident and suffered an injury, experienced loss of income, or are unable to work due to a car accident, you can benefit from the services of a Houston car accident expert in your personal injury case. Whether you missed work due to an injury or due to not having access to a vehicle, Attorney Beverly R. Caruthers can help you!
Our team works hard to bring the most efficient and practical solutions to your car accident case. Beverly R. Caruthers proudly serves and defends the Greater Houston area including but not limited to Baytown, Conroe, Crosby, Humble, Huntsville, Lake Jackson, Missouri City, Pasadena, Spring, Tomball.