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Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic or life-altering injuries result from a myriad of situations, including vehicle accidents, use of defective products, premises liability and other general negligence actions.  Generally, a catastrophic injury is considered to be an injury that results in a permanent impairment, such as the total or partial loss of a limb (arm, hand, foot or leg), loss of vision, a spinal cord injury, or severe brain injury. 

Other serious injuries may, under certain circumstances, also be considered catastrophic.  For example, a mild brain injury that results in memory loss and prevents a doctor from practicing medicine; a hearing loss that prevents a musician from playing earning a living as an orchestral musician; or a severe arthritic condition or neurological condition that requires additional care for routine daily functions.  Essentially, any injury or condition that causes a permanent loss of earning capacity or impairment of at least one essential daily function can be characterized as catastrophic.

In such cases, the proof of fault, or liability, is often no different than in ordinary negligence actions, such as automobile accident cases. However, the analysis and proof of damages in these cases can be both complicated and costly. Typically, an economist or other financial expert must be used to calculate projected earning streams and reduce those calculations to present value for presentation at trial.

In addition, vocational experts may be needed to testify concerning a person's skills and lost earning capacity.  Finally, a rehabilitation or life-care planner may be needed to prepare a life-care plan to show the expected costs of future care for someone with a permanent disability.

The Sheena Law Firm assists clients in serious injuries including the following types of catastrophic injuries:

  • Accidental Amputation

  • Any serious injury

  • Brain Trauma

  • Death

  • Loss of Bodily Functions

  • Loss of Limb Function

  • Loss of Sensation

  • Memory Loss

  • Open or Closed Head Injury

  • Partial Loss of Limbs

  • Severe Burns

  • Spinal Cord Injury: Paraplegia or Quadriplegia

  • Vision Loss

We have experience in evaluating, handling and preparing catastrophic injury cases for trial. We are familiar and have worked with experts such as those outlined above to properly assess and present proof of the substantial economic damages resulting from a catastrophic injury. If you, a family member or loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, you should consult with an attorney experienced in handling such cases.

Danny M. Sheena, P.E.

The Sheena Law Firm
2500 West Loop South, Suite 518
Houston, Texas 77027
(713) 224-6508 - Office
(713) 225-1560 - Fax

Email: [email protected]


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