A catastrophic injury is a life-altering injury with serious long-term effects on the victim’s health and wellbeing. Sometimes, victims of catastrophic injury can recover after a long period of convalescence and therapy. However, many catastrophic injuries result in permanent discomfort or disability.
If you or a loved one experienced a catastrophic injury due to another’s negligence, Loncar Lyon Jenkins is here to help. Our Denton catastrophic injury lawyers will support you throughout the claims process, so you can seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Your Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Since 1988, Loncar Lyon Jenkins has defended the legal rights of injury victims across the state of Texas. Over the past three decades, we have provided critical representation for thousands of clients in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, product defects, and catastrophic injuries.
Our dedicated team of catastrophic injury attorneys are aware of the difficulties experienced by catastrophic injury victims. We will actively seek compensation for your economic and non-economic losses, no matter how complicated your case.
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we strongly believe that negligent and malicious parties should be held fully accountable for their harmful actions. While we know that monetary compensation cannot make up completely for your losses, it can help you cope with the costs associated with your injury.
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What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is a debilitating injury that causes severe, long-term health problems, often resulting in prolonged disability or disfigurement. Below are some of the most common catastrophic injuries we see in Texas patients:
Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is “an injury that affects how the brain works.” Moderate to severe TBI can affect the patient’s ability to perform everyday actions, like walking and speaking. In such cases, victims of TBI may require lifelong medical assistance or in-home care. For especially severe TBI cases, the patient may require life support to survive.
Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis
If you have a spinal cord injury, you may experience debilitating pain and loss of mobility. You could be unable to feel or move parts of your body for the rest of your life. Both full and partial paralysis are considered catastrophic injuries since you must deal with the significant health effects for the rest of your life.
Serious Bone Fractures
A serious bone fracture can occur when you break a single bone or when multiple bones are fractured. Bone fractures that require long-term rehabilitation, surgery, traction, and other extensive treatments are typically considered catastrophic injuries.
Organ damage due to impacts, crushing injuries, and poisoning can result in long-term health effects. If you have organ damage, you may need to use assistive devices or medication for the rest of your life. In some cases, you may require an organ transplant to survive. Even with a transplant, your life is forever altered.
Burns from chemicals, extreme heat, explosions, and fires are extremely painful and can cause scarring and disfigurement that lasts the rest of your life. Such injuries are considered catastrophic because of the physical, mental, and emotional toll they take.
Loss of Limb
Losing a limb is a catastrophic injury that will affect you for the rest of your life. When you lose a limb, you may experience physical, mental, and emotional difficulties. You may require medical assistance, pain management, and other medical treatment to complete day-to-day tasks.
If you experienced a severe injury because of someone else’s negligent actions, a Denton catastrophic injury lawyer at Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help you file a claim for your losses.
Losses You Can Claim in a Catastrophic Injury Claim
If you sustained a catastrophic injury, you may experience the physical, psychological, and financial effects for years. In some cases, you may suffer from chronic pain or disability for the rest of your life.
Our catastrophic injury attorneys are aware of the many challenges faced by catastrophic injury victims. It is our goal to ensure that you receive adequate financial remuneration for all your losses. Damages we can include in your Denton injury claim include:
- Hospital bills, surgery costs, and medical treatment
- Mental and physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Current and future income loss
- Loss of use and enjoyment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Lower quality of life
There Are Limits on Texas Catastrophic Injury Lawsuits
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 dictates that you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit for your injury. This time limit usually starts on the date your injury occurred and can pass quickly when you are hospitalized and in recovery.
The statute of limitations for your catastrophic injury case can vary widely depending on the circumstances of the accident.
It is therefore important to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. They will help you determine whether you have a valid case and ensure that you do not miss critical legal deadlines.
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Where Do Catastrophic Injuries Occur?
According to the CDC, most accidents or unintentional injuries occur at home. The second most common cause of injury is vehicle collisions. While a catastrophic injury can happen anywhere, they most often occur due to:
- Falls from a height
- Construction mishaps
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Sports mishaps
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury due to another person’s actions, you should not have to pay for the financial fallout. One of our lawyers can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Let the Catastrophic Injury Lawyers at Loncar Lyon Jenkins be Your Strong Arm
Contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins today to arrange a free consultation. Our legal team will examine your claim and help you decide whether to proceed. If we decide to move forward, our attorneys will defend your right to legal compensation in negotiations and before a judge.