How a Catastrophic Accident Case Differs From the Typical Personal Injury Claim
The severity and long-term nature of catastrophic injuries means that both medical expenses and the pain and suffering that the victim faces are going to be much higher than in a minor injury case. The level of compensation needed to cover the loss of function and long-term care following a catastrophic injury can be very high. Moreover, Texas law allows catastrophic accident victims to claim both economic and non-economic compensatory damages, including lost wages, emotional trauma, future medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, the higher amount of monetary damages required to care for and compensate catastrophic accident victims often requires a greater legal effort. If the party responsible for the catastrophic accident was a corporation, their legal team can mount a formidable case. When the responsible party is an individual, their insurance company can become a barrier. Insurance companies typically fight high claims for ongoing medical expenses and pain and suffering, and the defendant’s insurance policy may have limits in place. If the damages exceed these limits, you’ll need to seek compensation from the defendant’s personal assets in a separate lawsuit.
In essence, the need for adequate compensatory damages following a catastrophic accident combined with the potential challenges to getting the full damages you are entitled to necessitates hiring an attorney with a strong track record representing catastrophic accident victims. At the Cesar Ornelas Law Firm, we have the experience and expertise necessary to handle your catastrophic accident case and fight to protect your rights.