When we think about motor vehicle accidents, we rarely think about the worst-case scenario. However, many Dallas residents unfortunately suffer catastrophic injuries as a result of car accidents.

Unlike minor injuries, catastrophic injuries often have a long-term impact on the lives of the accident victims and their families. Victims may undergo months of medical treatment, surgeries, and rehabilitation for their injuries, only to find that they will never return to the way they were before. As a result, many victims end up with permanent disabilities and require around-the-clock personal assistance for the rest of their lives.

Accident victims are not the only ones who suffer. Family members may face financial hardships, particularly if the victim is no longer able to work and contribute income to the household. Additionally, the family may face a loss of support and loss of companionship due to their loved one’s injuries.

Catastrophic injuries may include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and/or paralysis
  • Amputations
  • Fractures
  • Severe burns
  • Loss of sight
  • Organ damage

What should I do if I have suffered a catastrophic car accident injury?

Many serious car accidents are caused by driver negligence. When a driver is negligent, that means they failed to exercise reasonable care when operating their vehicle. Some common forms of driver negligence include:

  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light
  • Unsafely changing lanes
  • Driving while impaired
  • Driving while distracted (e.g. texting)

Victims of catastrophic injuries can file a personal injury claim against the driver who was at-fault for the accident. A negligence claim requires the plaintiff to prove:

  • The defendant driver breached their duty to drive safely by acting negligently or recklessly behind the wheel.
  • The defendant driver’s negligence directly and proximately caused the accident and the plaintiff’s resulting injuries.
  • The plaintiff suffered injuries as a result of the collision.

If the plaintiff’s claim is successful, they can recover damages for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other accident-related expenses. Family members may also be able to recover damages for loss of consortium, services, or companionship.

A catastrophic accident injury can change your life forever. An attorney specializing in personal injury law can review your case and help you recover the compensation you deserve.