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The simple definition for a catastrophe is a “terrible disaster.” Injuries that fall under the category of “catastrophic injuries” are very much in keeping with that definition. Catastrophic injuries are often permanent and debilitating injuries that impact a victim’s quality of life in many ways.
At Guajardo & Marks, our Dallas catastrophic injury attorneys represent clients suffering from spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, burns and amputations. The consequences of these injuries are far-reaching and almost unfathomable to those who have never experienced them. Catastrophic injuries can be fatal and leave surviving family members coping with incredible emotional and financial challenges.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) – Every year, around 146,000 Texans suffer a traumatic brain injury, one every four minutes, according to the Brain Injury Network of Dallas. As many as half a million people are living with a TBI in our state. These injuries can leave victims with severe pain, disabilities and large medical bills.
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) – The leading cause of spinal cord injuries is vehicle accidents, which contributes to over one-third of all SCIs. Severe spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis, a condition that is one of the most costly a person can suffer. Lifetime costs for a 25-year-old paraplegic are estimated to be around $2,265,584. The lifetime costs for a 25 year-old quadriplegic are estimated to be $4,633,137.
Amputations – The loss of a limb permanently alters a person’s life in many ways. Injuries that lead to amputations can occur anywhere, though they are especially prevalent in vehicle accidents and workplace accidents. Workers who operate dangerous machinery often find themselves at risk for serious injuries. For example, an article from the Nation stated that Tyson Foods had reported more than one worker amputation per month to OSHA, the majority of which occurred in beef processing.
Paralysis – Paralysis is often the result of severe damage to the spinal cord, though it sometimes stems from brain injuries. As noted above, the lifetime costs of paralysis are staggering, costing victims millions of dollars for treatment and ongoing care.
Burns – Fire, hot water, radiation, electricity, chemicals or contact with overheated equipment can cause major burns. Burns are some of the most painful of all injuries, and they can be very costly to treat. In some cases, they can leave victims permanently disfigured.
When a family loses a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, they often seek justice in the form of a wrongful death claim. Injuries that lead to death can occur anywhere, though vehicle accidents and workplace accidents are common. In the case of defective products, surviving family members can hold the manufacturer or the distributor of the products accountable for the loss of a loved one.
Vehicle Accidents – There were 142 fatal vehicle accidents in Dallas in 2014. Driver negligence is often responsible for serious automobile collisions. Reckless, distracted, fatigued and impaired drivers frequently cause fatal vehicle accidents in Texas.
Large Truck Accidents – In 2014, commercial motor vehicles caused 26 fatalities in Dallas. Just like any other subset of drivers, truckers can be negligent in their driving practices. When the operator of a CMV causes a vehicle accident, it is usually the occupants of smaller vehicles who are fatally injured.
Defective Vehicle Parts – Defective vehicle parts can also lead to fatalities. Sixty-six people lost their lives due to defective or slick tires in Texas in 2014. When a manufacturer produces vehicle parts that cause accidents, they can be held responsible for the damages suffered by the victim.
Rollover Accidents – One-third of all vehicle occupant deaths stem from rollover accidents. In 2014, there were 514 deaths in rollover accidents in Texas. Poor vehicle design is sometimes the cause of rollover accidents, as was the case with Ford’s Bronco II.
Workplace Accidents – When a worker suffers a catastrophic injury or loses their life on the job, employers can be held responsible. The construction sector is responsible for one out of every five workplace fatalities. Common construction injuries are often due to structural collapses, such as scaffolding collapses.
An injured person can seek compensation for their pain, suffering, medical bills, ongoing care, loss of income and loss of work capacity. Surviving family members use wrongful death claims to seek compensation for funeral expenses, remaining medical bills and loss of current and future income. These claims are often filed when the loved one was the primary earner in the family.
In the case of a vehicle accident, a negligent driver can be held responsible for the fatalities and catastrophic injuries that they cause the victim. In a workplace accident, the employer can be found at fault if they failed to create a safe work environment. If a defective product causes serious injury or death, the manufacturer can be held responsible. Each case is different. A skilled catastrophic injury or wrongful death attorney can help determine who was at fault and which form of legal action is appropriate for compensation.
The wrongful death and catastrophic injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks have represented many clients to secure payment for their damages. We pursue every avenue to ensure that your case gets the attention that it deserves. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you. We earn no fee unless we win.
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