Catastrophic Injury Lawyers serving Bryan, San Antonio, Edinburg, Monterrey and surrounding areas
We fight on behalf of you and your loved ones to receive just compensation for your damages.
Catastrophic Injury Attorney
Catastrophic injuries are injuries that permanently prevent a victim from returning to work or causes permanent damage to the spine, an organ, or limb that severely limits an individual’s ability to function on a daily basis.
A catastrophic injury or illness usually occurs suddenly and causes the victim to suffer from resulting injuries or permanent disabilities for the rest of their life. Due to the serious, long-term effects on the victim, catastrophic injuries can often cause serious consequences for the victim's family because of the care, supervision and assistance that may be necessary for the rest of the victim’s life, along with the increased financial burdens caused by the accident.
Catastrophic injuries may include:
- Brain injuries
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
The effects of very serious catastrophic injuries go beyond the physical pain involved to include temporary or permanent disability, which can affect every other area of a victim’s life. This type of loss can also cause extreme emotional consequences that are difficult to place a monetary value.
Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries can be caused by almost any imaginable circumstances leading to an accident. The catastrophic nature of the accident is due to the severity of the injuries and the resulting impact of those injuries on the victim’s life. Most often, a catastrophic injury affects the spinal cord or central nervous system whether caused by illness or impact. Catastrophic injuries are often caused by severe burns, serious head trauma or brain injury, injuries involving the eyes, arms, legs, organs, or neurological disorders. These injuries often result in paralysis, quadriplegia or other lifelong disabilities.
What is Catastrophic Injury Law?
If a catastrophic injury was caused by the negligent or intentional act of another, or by a dangerous or defective product, a victim may file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for their injuries. Compensation may result from current and future medical expenses, loss of quality of life, loss of wages and ability to earn a living, pain and suffering, as well as future support and care that may be required throughout their lifetime.
Catastrophic injury cases are often complex and expensive to pursue and litigate. Even if victims have medical insurance, the cost of medical attention, including surgeries and hospitalization can quickly outpace a victim’s ability to pay. Of course, victims may not be able to go back to work for a long period of time and may lose their job completely while seeking care and rehabilitation.
Why Hire an Attorney?
Without proper representation, recovery and compensation can be significantly reduced or completely lost. Catastrophic injury claims may have massive financial implications that require representation by an experienced attorney to maximize compensation for your loss.
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury due to the negligence or intentional act of another, you have a legal right to hold that person responsible for the resulting injuries. An experienced catastrophic injury lawyer can help establish your case and collect the maximum possible financial compensation. No amount of money can reverse a catastrophic injury, but compensation can help victims get the medical attention and care they need to recover and function as fully as possible.
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How We Handle Your Case
No Upfront Cost and No Fee Unless We Win. There is never a fee unless we win your case. Accidents happen when we least expect them and most victims are not financially prepared for such an emergency. Depending on your injuries, medical expenses can add up quickly, while getting compensated for a case can happen slowly, leaving victims in a difficult situation and desperate for compensation. This often leads to victims accepting far less than their case is worth and prevents them from getting the just compensation they deserve.
When you hire The Hernandez Law Firm, we are invested in your case from the start. We work for you exclusively on a contingency fee basis. That means we put in our time, effort, and resources to build your case and work with medical professionals to postpone payment until a settlement or verdict is reached. In most cases, you will not be immediately charged for your medical costs and our firm will not receive any fee unless we win or settle your case.
Gather All The Evidence. We start every case by gathering all the available evidence, including witnesses, physical evidence, accident scene pictures and video whenever possible. We also speak directly to responding and investigating officers and bring in experts if necessary, to understand the details of the accident.
We also gather evidence about your damages, including talking to doctors so we understand your injuries in detail and your future prognosis regarding your injuries. In addition, we gather evidence of wage losses and lost earning capacity, as well as any other form of loss that may apply to your specific case. We are experts at gathering the evidence required to build a powerful case and preparing it to present in trial so that a jury can understand and make a fair determination if the case goes to trial.
Medical Attention. At Hernandez Law Firm, we believe in getting our clients the best medical attention possible for their injuries, as well as just compensation for their damages. After handling hundreds of cases, we are familiar with minor and severe injuries and have numerous doctors in all specialties who we trust to refer our clients.
We want you to get the best medical care while exploring the best options for your recovery, all while keeping the important evidence that comes from doctor's reports in mind as we build your case.
Calculate Damages. In order to receive just compensation for your damages, we must be able to prove those damages. Damages include past and future medical expenses, lost wages and earnings, decreased earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of life enjoyment, and any other loss related to the accident.
We thoroughly review your lifestyle prior to and after the accident to ensure that damages are accurately calculated and we seek the maximum damages that you should be entitled. Our trial attorneys know how to present your damages to a jury in trial, if necessary.
Negotiate With The Defense. After we have gathered all the evidence and facts and calculated your damages, we will begin negotiating with the defense. Negotiating with the defense can be a very difficult and frustrating experience if you do not have experience with this process. Insurance companies are not willing to pay compensation unless they are forced to, so they will take every opportunity to pay you the least amount possible. Our firm generally files a lawsuit on our client's behalf and begins preparing for trial as soon as we begin a case. Filing a lawsuit right away sends a signal to the insurance company that they need to take this matter seriously. However, many times, insurance companies will offer minimal compensation even for severe injuries and damages. We do the best we can to negotiate, but at some point, negotiations cease and we move towards trial.
Go To Trial. Most of the time, personal injury cases settle, sometimes on the courthouse steps, so to speak, other times once evidence is presented. However, not every case can be settled with fair compensation because the insurance company does not believe their insured is at fault, or the case is as valuable as you do.
This is why it is extremely important to have a lawyer that has experience trying cases and is willing, ready, and able to do so on your behalf. Insurance companies are well aware of who they are up against and they treat any settlement offers accordingly. If your lawyer is not experienced at trying cases, the insurance company will not take your case as seriously as they would if you hire an experienced trial attorney from the start.
We Take Accidents Seriously
Our personal injury lawyers take catastrophic injury accidents very seriously. Our firm is dedicated to getting you just compensation for your damages and will aggressively pursue your case from beginning to end, even if that requires a trial to verdict.
We recognize that catastrophic injury accidents often have tragic consequences that affect victims and their families and loved ones in many ways and potentially for the rest of their lives. Loss of income, medical expenses, and psychological trauma deserve just compensation, the same as any other accident.
When appropriate, we will hire experts and consultants to help evaluate the evidence to determine liability and damages. We will take witness depositions and retain any experts to establish that the cause of death was due to the accident or negligence of the defendant.
We will learn everything we can about your loved one, your family and the loss that you are suffering. We gather all the available evidence and resources to tell the story of your loved one and their sudden and unexpected death so your loss can be fully understood by the defendant and a jury in a court of law.
In this effort, we take statements from friends and family, we use video and photographs and whatever else is relevant to convey the loss that you are suffering.
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The Hernandez Law Firm provides practical solutions for our clients legal problems. The law firm has built its success by being responsive to client concerns and applying hard work with integrity to find creative legal solutions.