As a legal concept, catastrophic injury refers to any type of physical injury that results in a victim's need for serious medical treatment and long-term, if not life-long, care. By this definition, there can be many different types of catastrophic injuries, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Severe burn injuries
- Organ damage
- Physical injuries resulting in disability
Although these types of serious injuries all have the potential to have a devastating impact on victims and even their loved ones, they will always be unique and they will always pose unique and unpredictable consequences. Additionally, catastrophic injuries can occur as the result of a wide variety of accidents and incidents. While this may be the case, there are still certain types of accidents that more commonly cause catastrophic injuries. According to statistics provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the two most prevalent examples include:
The Texas DSHS reports that falls are the leading cause of injury-related disability statewide, accounting for 42.3% of all incapacitating injuries. Falls commonly occur as the result of construction accidents, industrial accidents, and accidents in other dangerous employment sectors. Slip and fall accidents that occur on another's property are also quite common.
Motor Vehicle Collisions
Motor vehicle collisions – which include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents – are the second leading cause of severe injuries. DSHS reports that auto accidents account for 27.4% of serious injury cases in Texas.
Serious Injuries & Heightened Financial Needs
Catastrophic injuries arising from these or any other accident can impact all aspects of a victim's life. For one, serious injuries can be enormously costly – and at times when injuries prevent victims from working and earning wages, financial strains can be intensified. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, average hospital charges involving serious injuries for a fall amount to $36,049. For injuries suffered during motor vehicle accidents, hospital costs average as much as $61,268.
What is even more concerning about these figures is that they do not include the costs of ongoing medical treatment. As catastrophically injured victims often require medical care for weeks, months, years, or even a lifetime after their injury, expenses can quickly add up to monumental proportions. This being the case, victims and their families should make it a priority to work with an experienced and aggressive Houston personal injury attorney who is equipped with the skills and the resources to recover full and fair compensation, which includes a recovery of past and future medical expenses as well as lost work wages and future earnings, among other damages.
If you or someone you care about has recently suffered any type of catastrophic injury in any type of accident, place your trust in Attorney John Daspit to guide you through the challenges of the personal injury claim process. Learn more about your case, the monetary compensation you may be eligible to receive, and how a Houston catastrophic injury lawyer from The Daspit Law Firm can fight for the compensation you need and deserve.