Houston Catastrophic Injuries: By the Numbers

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Serious injury accidents happen every day in Houston. With a population of over 2 million people, and nearly 7 million in the metro area, there are enough Houstonians that injuries are unfortunately common.

Some injuries might be minor and heal relatively quickly. Many others could require extensive and costly medical treatment, ongoing care, and could potentially cause issues for the rest of the victim’s life.

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident caused by the carelessness or recklessness of another party, you deserve justice.

Tate Law Offices, P.C., is the catastrophic injury law firm that people in Houston can count on during this challenging time. We have seen how these injuries can impact not only the life of the victim, but also the lives of their family members. We keep this in mind every time we go to work for our clients.

We are ready to seek the full compensation necessary to make sure that the victim receives the care and treatment they need and that the family does not suffer unnecessarily after this devastating event. Contact us now to discuss your case for free.

What Is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is an injury that negatively affects the victim’s quality of life and prevents them from working for an extended period. Unlike other personal injuries, even serious ones, a catastrophic injury limits your ability to live and work comfortably for a long time if not permanently.

Disabling conditions that can result from a catastrophic injury often necessitate lifelong in-home care or require the victim to live in a skilled nursing facility. The amount of money you and your family need to support that person’s care can often be quite high because of the extreme and extended effects.

Common catastrophic injuries include:

At Tate Law Offices, we can represent you in a personal injury claim if the injury was caused by negligence. We are prepared to help you or your family get the support you need if you are affected by one of these difficult conditions.

Catastrophic injury settlements are sometimes high because of the severe pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and lasting effects on your everyday life.

Catastrophic Injury Types in Houston

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s School of Public Health prepared a report on emergency department use in Harris County. They compiled data about how many people used the emergency departments at Houston-area hospitals and for what reason.

The report gives a snapshot of catastrophic injury statistics in Houston. In one year, 148,714 injured Houstonians visited the emergency room. The following year, 149,233 patients did. These injuries accounted for over 20% of all emergency department visits.

There are more public health reports publicly available on the injury statistics for the state of Texas. In a single year in Texas, workplaces reported the following numbers of accidents that could be catastrophic:

  • Amputations – 5,970
  • Chemical burns and corrosions – 210
  • Heat burns – 980
  • Multiple traumatic injuries – 2,080

Most Common Accidents in Houston That Lead to Catastrophic Injury

According to the Houston State of Health Committee, injuries are in the top 10 causes of death in the United States. These injuries can be sustained because of accidents, like car crashes, or could be purposeful, like suicides. Since health treatment records are kept private by federal law, it’s easier to gather data on deaths resulting from accidents than catastrophic injuries.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the top 10 causes of accidental injuries resulting in death are:

  • Motor vehicle traffic
  • Poisoning
  • Falls
  • Suffocation
  • Downing
  • Fires and burns
  • Firearms

Houston Catastrophic Injuries Statistics and Numbers

Catastrophic injury statistics in Houston are gathered by the city and the state. In one recent year, there were 1,297 deaths as a result of accidents in Harris County. The following year, there were 1,342.

The Texas Department of State Health Services published data on Texas trauma hospitalization. According to that report, there were between 2,598 and 4,536 trauma hospitalizations in Harris County in one year. The causes of these hospitalizations were:

  • Unintentional fall – 47.5%
  • Unintentional MVT, or motor vehicle traffic – 20.9%
  • Unintentional struck by or against something – 4.1%
  • Unintentional other transport – 3.8%
  • Assault struck by or against – 3.2%

As of 2018, the top five causes of injury requiring hospitalization in Texas were:

  • Fall on same level from slipping, tripping and stumbling – 24,994
  • Unspecified fall – 6,058
  • Other fall on same level – 3,776
  • Fall on same level, unspecified – 3,666
  • Car driver injured in collision with other type car in traffic accident – 3,627

Worryingly, Houston is among the most dangerous cities in the United States to drive. According to the Houston Chronicle, 640 people are killed in car crashes every year and 2,850 are seriously injured. In the greater Houston-Galveston metro area, the injury number rises to 15,428.

Compensation for Victims of Catastrophic Injuries in Houston

If you have experienced an accident due to negligence that resulted in a permanent, debilitating injury, you could be eligible for significant financial compensation from the at-fault party or parties.

Catastrophic personal injury claimants in Houston can be awarded damages in the form of money to compensate for your expenses and non-economic effects of your injury. These can include:

  • Past medical expenses related to your injury
  • Expected medical expenses as a result of your injury
  • Costs related to home and vehicle adaptation
  • Ongoing rehabilitation
  • Personal care and assistance expenses
  • Past and future lost wages or salary
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma

In some cases, you might also be awarded punitive damages. In Texas, they’re known as exemplary damages. These damages are meant to punish bad actors for their actions. If you were injured by someone purposefully or because of gross negligence, you may be awarded exemplary damages.

Contact a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer in Houston

Accident victims who have suffered catastrophic, life-changing injuries deserve the best possible care, treatment, and support. Unfortunately, getting the right care can be challenging, and victims and their families may struggle under the financial burden in the aftermath of the accident. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, however, you should not have to pay these costs out of your own pocket.

If someone else caused your injuries, contact Tate Law Offices right away. We are a team of experienced injury lawyers who have proven time and time again that we can deliver results for our clients. Turn to us for the qualified and compassionate representation you deserve.

Schedule a free consultation with us by calling us or filling out our contact form to speak with us right away.


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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.