Dallas Catastrophic Injury Claims: What Are Your Rights?
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury due to the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. Dallas injury lawsuits ensure that these victims receive damages that account for their medical expenses, lost wages, and other types of losses.
What Are Catastrophic Injuries?
Catastrophic injuries are those that often cause permanent disability or other types of lifelong effects on a victim. Those suffering from catastrophic injuries may need in-home health care for the rest of their lives, or they may no longer be able to work. Victims may never fully recover from catastrophic injuries.
In a catastrophic injury lawsuit, these victims may pursue compensation for their future medical expenses so that they do not have to worry about these financial burdens. After all, these victims were injured through no fault of their own.
Claims involving amputations may refer to those that are caused by accidents or those that are required surgically after an accident.
For example, in an on-the-job injury claim, a worker’s arm may be lost to a dangerous machine. In a motor vehicle accident claim, a driver’s leg may be so severely injured that amputation is required. Both of these injuries would be eligible for compensation under Texas personal injury laws.
Burn injuries may be internal or external and may lead to serious scarring or disfigurement. In severe burn cases, the victim loses range of motion in a body part or loses one of the senses, such as vision.
Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
Paraplegia and quadriplegia are two types of paralysis. With paraplegia, the victim retains use of the arms and hands, but may not be able to use their legs and feet. Some paraplegics completely lose the ability to move their legs, whereas others may retain some function.
With quadriplegia, both legs and arms are affected. Some individuals with quadriplegia lose all motor skills in their arms, hands, legs, and feet. Others, however, may be able to retain some function. Quadriplegia is also referred to as tetraplegia.
The degree of paralysis depends on a number of factors, such as the victim’s health and physical condition before the accident, the type of injury, and the types of treatment the victim has received.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are especially dangerous because they often affect the ability of the rest of the body to function properly. A spinal cord injury may result in loss of motor function, may impede sexual function, and may even affect the ability to swallow and digest food.
Spinal cord injuries vary significantly in severity. Their impact on the body largely depends on where the injury occurs on the spine and how severely the spinal cord is damaged.
Paralysis refers to the loss of motor function somewhere in the body. After a serious accident, a victim may be paralyzed in most of his body. Or, the victim may be paralyzed on just one side of the body.
Paralysis may be caused by spinal cord injuries that occur during motor vehicle accidents and other incidents. Paralysis may also be caused by strokes and other health conditions. The extent of a victim’s paralysis depends on what caused the paralysis, as well as the victim’s own health before the incident.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are scary because they often present very few symptoms. An individual may not realize he is experiencing signs of a traumatic brain injury and may fail to seek medical attention.
With traumatic brain injuries, the longer an individual waits to seek medical treatment, the more severe the injury may become. The signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may take several days or weeks to appear.