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Our client fell from a building and suffered catastrophic injuries while on the job. He was not provided a harness by his employer.

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Serious Solutions for Serious Injuries in Texas

You can recover from some injuries in a manner of days after an accident. Others, however, can be severe enough to put a person out of commission for weeks, months, and sometimes, years. Some injuries require numerous operations and hospitalizations, and some can transform a person’s life forever in an instant.

In serious injury cases, victims deserve to be represented by law firms that are passionate about securing the maximum amount of compensation available to them, as these injuries can lead to a high amount of damages. Chris Morrow Law, PLLC has been fighting for the rights of the seriously injured for decades. Our Austin catastrophic injury attorney has built lasting relationships with members of our Texas community based on trust and commitment, and he doesn’t rest until he gets the results his clients need to heal.

What Makes an Injury Catastrophic?

Catastrophic injuries are so serious that they can leave the victim with permanent damage and prevent them from returning to work. Many people who suffer catastrophic injuries in accidents have to quit their jobs because they can no longer perform the tasks their work requires, and some may have difficulty doing basic errands and chores at home.

Catastrophic injuries often refer to the following specific injuries:

A catastrophic injury often means losing a vital part of yourself, whether it’s losing a limb or your ability to recall memories. Any accident can result in catastrophic injuries if it’s devastating enough, though car accidents tend to be one of the most common causes. Car accidents can cause major damage when individuals fail to wear seat belts, or when more vulnerable individuals such as pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists are involved. Slip and fall accidents can lead to paralysis and brain damage if a person falls from a great height, or slips on a wet surface and lands on their back or head.

How Spinal Cord Injuries Lead to Paralysis

A spinal cord injury refers to damage inflicted on the vertebrae that protect the spinal cord and nerves. When the vertebrae are shattered and the nerves are exposed, injuries can lead to permanent changes in a person’s physical sensations or movement below the site of injury. Spinal cord injuries are typically classified as complete when a victim can’t feel or move their body below the injury and incomplete when they still have some function. When the nerves are damaged, a person can be permanently paralyzed.

There are different kinds of paralysis that depend on where the injury lies on the spinal cord:

  • Paraplegia involves paralysis that affects the lower half of the body, including the legs and pelvic organs.
  • Quadriplegia impacts all limbs, including the arms, hands, legs, and pelvic organs.
  • Paralysis will confine individuals to wheelchairs and requires medical equipment like lifts, ramps, and other types of retrofitting in the home to help the victim move around.

How Spinal Cord Injuries Lead to Paralysis

The more severe the injuries a person suffers in an accident, the more damages they’ll likely accrue, from medical expenses such as hospital bills to lost wages from missing work. As a result, catastrophic injury claims tend to hold more value than minor injury claims, though each case will vary. Because so much is at stake in a serious injury claim, it’s important that you hire an attorney who understands the path that lies ahead. Chris Morrow knows that you must consider not just your emergency medical expenses, but your future costs as well. He can make sure your future is secure and that you don’t have to spend a dime after a catastrophic injury has left you permanently debilitated.

Dangers of Traumatic Brain Injuries

In the realm of personal injury law, head and brain injuries are classified as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) when they are caused by a violent jolt, blow, or penetration to the head. These injuries commonly occur in car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and pedestrian accidents. Though some TBIs are temporary, others are serious and can lead to long-term complications.

If left untreated, TBIs can worsen and evolve into physical and cognitive complications that can’t be recovered from. Some of the dangers of these brain injuries include:

  • Falling into a coma or vegetative state
  • Seizures
  • Blood vessel damage
  • Loss of memory
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Communication issues, such as difficulty speaking or writing
  • Behavioral changes like sudden aggression or risky behavior
  • Emotional issues like depression, insomnia, lack of empathy, and anxiety
  • Sensory problems like impaired coordination or dizziness


Some TBI victims initially recover, only to develop brain diseases over time like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia pugilistica. Though the relationship between brain injuries and diseases is still ongoing, there’s enough research to suggest that the two are linked.

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, our catastrophic injury lawyer in Austin can help.

The Four Main Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic injuries are often categorized by type and severity.

There are four main types of traumatic brain injuries, including:

  • Concussions: Concussions are considered to be minor (but serious) brain injuries caused by shaking, impact, or sudden changes in movement. These types of injuries are considered more severe if more than one occurs over time.
  • Contusions: This type of traumatic brain injury is a bruise of the brain tissue, caused by broken or leaking blood vessels. These injuries can range from very minor to extremely severe.
  • Penetrating injuries: Penetrating brain injuries are caused by objects that penetrate the skull. This type of TBI can injure a small, concentrated or large part of the brain, depending on the specific situation.
  • Anoxic brain injuries: When the brain does not receive enough oxygen, an anoxic brain injury can occur. The brain might not receive oxygen due to a stroke, heart attack, carbon monoxide poisoning, drowning accident, or other serious trauma. The injury to the brain will occur after 4-5 minutes without oxygen.


Additional types of traumatic brain injuries include hypoxic brain injuries, second impact syndrome, and diffuse anoxal injuries. If you or someone you love has experienced a traumatic brain injury, turn to Chris Morrow Law, PLLC for the support and guidance you deserve.

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