Proportionate responsibility means that if the plaintiff is at fault for most damages, they may not recover any damages in their case. If a plaintiff is partially at fault, their damages are reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to them.
Catastrophic injuries are permanent, and survivors may deal with the following for the rest of their lives:
- A permanent loss of quality function
- Not able to hold any meaningful work
- May require special in-home care, living space, or even lifelong assistance to function.
- May need to remain on medications for the balance of their life span.
- May need assistive devices, such as prosthetics, wheelchairs, and walkers or canes.
- May be permanently disfigured.
- A survivor may never be the same again.
Treatment for catastrophic injuries is varied. However, the course of treatment depends on the nature and severity of your injuries. You may face a variety of interventional treatments, including emergency medical care to stave off the injury worsening, operations, various medications, physical therapy and rehabilitation to help restore or retain mobility, and skin grafts.
Other Catastrophic Injury FAQs:
- Are catastrophic injury cases different than personal injury lawsuits?
- Can I handle my personal injury claim without a lawyer?
- Can I still file a personal injury claim even if I was partially at fault?
- Can I wait to contact a personal injury lawyer?
- How do I know if I have a personal injury claim?
- How does a victim of a catastrophic injury deal with insurance companies?
- How long does it take to get my case settled?
- How long does it take to get results in a catastrophic injury cases?
- I don’t have a lot of money after my accident how am I going to afford an attorney?
- I don’t have a lot of money and work at a low paying job. How can I possibly afford to hire a personal injury lawyer?
- I was in a bad car accident and sustained serious injuries. Can an attorney help me get compensation for my medical bills?
- If I file a personal injury claim, am I entitled to compensation for my injuries?
- Should I accept the settlement offer from the insurance company after my accident?
- What am I supposed to do after being involved in an accident and I am badly injured?
- What are catastrophic injuries?
- What are special and general damages?
- What do comparative fault and the doctrine of proportionate responsibility mean?
- What do I do if the insurance company representative contacts me?
- What is a personal injury lawyer and how do I know if I need to hire one?
- What is a personal injury lawyer and why would I need one?
- What is the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case in Texas?
- What kind of compensation am I eligible to receive by filing a personal injury claim?
- What kinds of accidents cause catastrophic injuries?
- What kinds of damages am I eligible for after an accident?
- What kinds of expenses could I claim after being injured in an accident?
- When are injuries sustained in a car accident considered to be catastrophic?