Catastrophic injuries are often followed by a life-altering reality. An injury of this caliber can truly change someone’s life experience. Whether it be due to physical impacts like amputations and severe burns, or psychological ramifications like PTSD and anxiety, adjusting to this new way of life can be overwhelming and disorienting.
Dibrell Graham Law specialize in fighting on the behalf of those who will be forever impacted by their catastrophic injury. We hold negligent companies accountable and strive to get our clients the highest recoveries possible, so that they can get the best medical care possible. We know that financial compensation can’t undo the injury, but it can help alleviate some of the stress related to expenses. Let us fight on the behalf of you or your loved ones and provide a glimmer of hope and solace in an unimaginably difficult situation.
What is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury can be defined as:
- An injury that causes severe damage to a bodily system, organ, or body part. This can include disfigurement and the risk of death.
- A long-lasting ailment that impacts various aspects of life. This can include physical, emotional, psychological, and financial ramifications.
Some of the most frequent catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Amputation of limbs
- Severe burns
- Complex bone fractures
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Internal organ damage
Common catastrophic injury claims we handle
If you’re unsure whether you or your loved one’s injury is considered catastrophic, it’s imperative that you call a lawyer immediately so that we can help you determine the classification and next steps. The lawyers at Dibrell Graham Law are here to listen and to help. We’ll go over your symptoms and ask you questions about how the quality of your life has changed to determine if a catastrophic injury claim is right for you.
Here are some of the most common types of catastrophic injury cases:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury can have a major impact on your quality of life. If you hit your head during an accident or were hit in the head by an object with substantial force, you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). There are many repercussions to a traumatic brain injury. They often carry physical, cognitive, and emotional impacts. Some of the physical symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and frequent headaches. Cognitive symptoms can range from disorientation to communication difficulties, while emotional symptoms can be anything from PTSD, to anxiety, depression, or problems sleeping. Depending on the severity of the TBI, you may be at an increased risk for degenerative brain disease. If you’ve suffered multiple concussions or a traumatic brain injury, call an injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Neck and Whiplash Injuries
A neck injury can be immobilizing and painful. Whether it’s a spinal injury, like a vertebrae fracture or herniated disk, or a muscle strain that leads to stiffness and limits your range of motion, a neck injury can alter every aspect of your life from work to the ability to complete everyday tasks. Even something as seemingly inconsequential like whiplash can lead to long-lasting mobility setbacks.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are wide-ranging in their severity but often result in physical limitations. Nerve damage and a decrease in sensory motors skills are common impacts of a partially severed spinal cord. There may be a decline in movement and feeling below the place of injury. However, every spinal cord injury is unique, and the aftermath may vary. A fully severed spinal cord often results in paralysis, sexual dysfunction, and loss of bowel and bladder control.
While a small fracture may be benign and inconsequential, a serious break can have long-lasting consequences. In a severe accident, one may need multiple surgeries to correct broken bones. Even after the long duration of time needed to heal, one may need physical therapy and continued medical intervention. Some fractures never fully heal and may result in residual pain and a reduced range of motion. A catastrophic injury lawyer can help you determine where your injury lies and how you can be rightfully compensated for your undue hardship.
It’s no surprise that an amputation can irrevocably alter a life. Whether a limb was severed during an accident or under the guidance of a physician after the initial incident, you’re likely entitled to a catastrophic injury claim if you’ve undergone an amputation of your arms, legs, hands, or feet. It’s not easy to adjust to the new normal after undergoing an amputation, but it is possible. Our lawyers can help you get compensation to alleviate some of the costs associated with an amputation.
Injuries to Children
A child suffering a catastrophic injury is one of the most unimaginable horrors a parent can face. It will impact the life of the child and all of those involved forever. In such a distressing situation, it’s necessary to have a lawyer you can trust, who will handle the situation with knowledge, expertise, and care. At Dibrell Graham Law, we will fight on the behalf of you and your child. We will fight for the largest settlement possible to help you cope with your child’s injury.
Who is liable for a catastrophic injury?
Liability in a catastrophic injury depends on many different factors. The most common type of personal injury claim is a car or motor vehicle accident. In these cases, the liability almost always falls on the driver who caused the crash. However, fault is not always so easily determined. In claims involving semi-trucks and 18-wheelers, the driver’s employer and other parties may also be held liable.
Defective product claims may also result in the liability of multiple parties when a product fails and results in a serious injury. This is due to the many moving parts in the industry from creation to distribution, sale, and quality control.
It is crucial that you hire a lawyer who is familiar with the ins and outs of catastrophic injury law so that you can get the maximum compensation you are entitled to from all parties involved.
What evidence is needed for a catastrophic injury?
Every catastrophic injury case is unique, but any records or documentation that you have in relation to the injury can help.
Possible evidence includes:
- Medical records and bills
- Police reports
- Witness and medical testimony
- Accident reconstruction expert testimony
- Settlement offers
- Insurance company correspondence
Seeking compensation for a serious injury
If you’ve recently suffered a severe injury in an accident that was not your fault, speak to a lawyer who can fight to get you the compensation you deserve. The right attorney will be able to prove that you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury and demonstrate the negative impact it’s had on your life. They will also be able to prove that the injury resulted due to the negligence of the other party.
Dibrell Graham Law can help you get compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
- Reduced earning capacity
- Reduced quality of life
Often times, a serious injury comes with far more expenses than one initially anticipates. This type of injury can warrant medical care for months or years in the future. Getting an attorney who understands how the system works and how to fight on your behalf for the maximum compensation possible is the first step in reclaiming some of what you lost in your injury.
Contact a knowledgeable Texas catastrophic injury attorney
Dibrell Graham Law knows how to get our clients the maximum compensation possible for severe and catastrophic injuries. The right attorney can make all the difference. Call Dibrell Graham Law today (512) 522-5330 and let us help you on your path to recovery.