Severe Bodily Injury from a Car Accident
How an Experienced McAllen Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
While some car accidents are relatively mild, leading to minor or no injuries, others are incredibly devastating. Victims of such accidents often suffer severe bodily injuries, which typically require extensive medical attention and ongoing care. Victims might even sustain permanent disabilities, affecting everything from their ability to earn a living to their ability to care for themselves.
Victims of serious car accidents could be entitled to financial compensation for their losses, including medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. It’s important to speak with a skilled attorney who can help you take on the liable insurance company and fight to maximize your recovery.
At Tijerina Legal Group, P.C., our McAllen car accident lawyer has years of experience handling severe bodily injury car accident claims. An award-winning personal injury attorney, Humberto Tijerina has successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation for his clients and is ready to fight for you, too.
Common Severe Bodily Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Car accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries. Also known as “catastrophic injuries,” severe bodily injuries from car accidents vary greatly but they have one thing in common: they all have serious, lasting effects on the lives of victims and their loved ones.
Car accidents often lead to the following severe bodily injuries:
Other serious auto accident injuries include severely broken bones, tissue damage, accidental amputation, and internal injuries.
Filing a Severe Bodily Injury Claim in Texas
Any injury can change your life, but severe bodily injuries tend to have vastly more significant effects. After an accident that leads to severe bodily injury, it’s important that you know your rights, including your potential right to file a personal injury claim.
In order to have grounds to file a severe bodily injury claim in Texas, you will need to prove the following elements:
- Someone else was at fault for the accident. This could be another motorist who was drunk, distracted, or acting recklessly, or it could be a commercial truck driver who violated hours-of-service regulations, a bicyclist who ignored the rules of the road, or even a pedestrian who violated the law.
- The other person or party’s negligence was the cause of the accident/your injuries. This means that, had the other person or party not acted negligently, you would not have been injured.
- You suffered damages. Damages are any losses, financial or otherwise, that you experience as a result of the other person or party’s negligent, careless, reckless, or wrongful acts or omissions.
If you can prove all of the above elements, you are entitled to file a severe bodily injury claim against the at-fault party’s insurance provider. It’s a good idea to work with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate this process and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
Damages in Severe Bodily Injury Cases
Because catastrophic injuries are so severe, they often require not only immediate emergency medical attention but also ongoing treatment and care. The cost of treating a severe bodily injury can be exorbitant, costing victims and their families hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars over the years. In addition, victims are often unable to return to work and, thus, lose wages and other benefits they would have otherwise earned had they not been injured. And, of course, catastrophic injury victims often suffer a great deal of physical pain and emotional distress as a result of their initial injuries and their effects.
At Tijerina Legal Group, P.C., we help clients fight for fair compensation in severe bodily injury cases. This often includes the following damages:
- Initial emergency medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Ongoing and future medical care costs
- Lost income, wages, and other benefits
- Lost future earnings and loss of earning ability
- Emotional trauma and distress
- In-home care costs
- Modifications to a home, vehicle, etc.
- Counseling services
- Property damage repair costs
Additionally, our firm may be able to help you seek punitive damages if your injuries were the result of someone else’s egregious negligence. Punitive damages are meant to punish those whose conduct displays an extreme disregard for the lives of others, such as in the case of an intoxicated driver or extremely reckless motorist.
Contact Tijerina Legal Group, P.C. for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love was severely injured in a car accident in McAllen, Texas or the surrounding areas, contact our firm right away to discuss your legal rights and options with Mr. Tijerina during a free, confidential case evaluation. We are available for same-day appointments and can travel to meet you in your home or at the hospital if your injuries prevent you from coming to our office.
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