Catastrophic Injury Accident FAQ
As part of the personal injury practice at Hermes E. Flores, we represent those who have sustained catastrophic injuries that were caused by the negligent or intentional actions of another. Some common questions regarding catastrophic injuries that we receive from our clients include:
Q: What exactly is a catastrophic injury?
A: Catastrophic injuries are injuries that can permanently disable someone and prevent them from performing any gainful work. Catastrophic injuries can also be life-threatening and typically require emergency medical treatment. Oftentimes treatment can be extensive and in some cases, it can last a lifetime. Catastrophic injuries can occur in a variety of ways including car accidents, workplace accidents, defective products, or medical malpractice. Examples of catastrophic injuries are traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, multiple fractures, accidental amputations, eye injuries, organ damage, and severe burns.
Q: I’ve suffered catastrophic injuries, but what is the value of my personal injury claim?
A: In many cases that involve catastrophic injuries, the damages are usually substantial, particularly because medical treatment can be expensive and extensive, pain and suffering can be significant, and if the victim can no longer work, they may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and reduced earning capacity. However, every case is different, and what your claim is worth will depend on the facts and circumstances of your particular case. An experienced Texas Personal Injury Lawyer can help you determine whether you have a viable claim and whether you might be entitled to compensation for your damages.
Q: When should I speak with a lawyer after my catastrophic injury accident?
A: While medical treatment should be your priority following a catastrophic injury accident, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced Texas Personal Injury Lawyer as soon as possible after your accident in order to preserve your claim. Under Texas law, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit, and while this may seem like plenty of time, since catastrophic personal injury cases can be complex and can involve a number of defendants, the sooner you consult with an attorney, the better so that you can ensure your rights are preserved.
Q: But what happens if my loved one dies after filing a catastrophic injury lawsuit? What happens to the lawsuit?
A: Under Texas law, if a victim dies as the result of a catastrophic injury, the victim’s heirs or estate representative can continue pursuing a lawsuit that has already been filed. Even if a law suit has not been filed, depending on your relationship with the victim, you may have a claim for damages that were the result of your loved one’s death.
The Experienced Legal Team at Hermes E. Flores Works Hard to Obtain the Best Possible Results in Every Catastrophic Personal Injury Case
If you or a loved one has sustained catastrophic injuries as the result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior or actions of someone else, be sure to consult with an experienced Texas Personal Injury Lawyer as soon as possible. When you’re trying to recover from a devastating injury or illness, you shouldn’t also have to suffer the stress and anxiety that goes along with dealing with insurance companies and those responsible for your damages. At the law firm of Hermes E. Flores, our legal team has the experience and the resources necessary to handle the legal side of things so that you can focus on recovering. Contact an attorney at Hermes E. Flores today at (512) 947-9103 for your free consultation to discuss your Catastrophic Injury that happened in Austin, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Central Texas, or anywhere else in Texas and find out how we can help you. At Hermes E. Flores, it is important that our clients are able to contact us at any time, day or night, so feel free to contact us 24/7.