Personal injury lawsuits in Texas involve an injured person seeking compensation due to the negligence of an individual, company, business, or corporation.
The most common type of injury is a physical injury, which can be very broad and range in severity. Cuts, bruises, broken bones, and internal injuries are all commonly occurring injuries resulting from an accident, such as a car crash or workplace incident. However, a physical injury of any severity can be accompanied by a serious psychological or mental injury as well. If someone else caused your physical injury or psychological injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
The mechanisms or causes of injuries are as numerous as the types of injuries that can result from an accident. Motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, slips and falls, medical malpractice, defective medical devices, and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs can all cause significant injuries. In some cases, these accidents can result in life-altering catastrophic injuries.
Defining Catastrophic Injury
Catastrophic injuries are generally characterized as causing long-term or permanent disability, disfigurement, or pain that results in years of medical care and rehabilitation. Victims suffering from a catastrophic injury likely cannot return to work and are unable to perform activities in their normal, daily routine.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Loss of limb
- Eye damage resulting in permanent vision loss
- Internal organ damage
- Neurological damage
To help describe the severity of a catastrophic injury and the extent of medical care that will be required in the future, our firm retains highly qualified medical experts to provide testimony. The invaluable testimony brought forth by an expert witness can make a significant difference in achieving a positive result in any personal injury case. Thomas J. Henry has spent years finding the best experts from across the country to retain in our client’s cases.
Damages Available in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
The party found liable in a personal injury lawsuit are required to pay damages to compensate the injured victim. In personal injury cases involving a catastrophic injury, the damage amounts are oftentimes larger. These cases are also more complex and elaborate, making your decision of who to hire to represent you even more important. An experienced and aggressive personal injury firm will handle your case with care and put you in the best position possible to achieve the maximum amount of compensation available to you. Recoverable damages in a personal injury case may include:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of past and future earnings
- Medical costs (surgeries, rehabilitation, prescription drugs, and other treatments)
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
As an Accident Victim, What Should You Do First?
After suffering an injury in an accident, there are steps you can take to protect your well-being and your rights as an injured victim.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible
- Contact the police and file a report
- Obtain names and contact information from any witnesses to the accident
- Take pictures, secure evidence, and record facts regarding the accident and your injuries
- Contact an injury attorney at your earliest convenience
Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to take your call and provide you with the assistance you need.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Claim?
A common question injured people have following an accident is “how do I know if I have a personal injury case?” At Thomas J. Henry, our injury attorneys can help you determine if you have a valid case to pursue by providing you with a free legal consultation, or case review. In this review, we will ask you questions about your injury and facts surrounding the accident that caused your injury. Additionally, we may conduct our own investigation and research into the potentially negligent or reckless parties that could be responsible for your injury.
Our personal injury lawyers will provide you with an honest and knowledgeable assessment of your situation and let you know if you have a case. We have experience handling a multitude of different injury cases and our attorneys are prepared to start building your case immediately. If you have been injured, contact Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys today to start your free case review.
If you have decided to pursue your injury claim, find out how much it costs to hire a personal injury attorney.