Catastrophic Injury Lawyers in Austin, TX

Serious Injury Lawyers in Austin, TX


Sandoval & James Car Accident Attorneys, Serious Injury Website ImageAlmost every injury, no matter how “minor,” has an impact on your life, at least for a while. An injury may be painful, limit your mobility and ability to do everyday tasks or keep you off the job for a stretch. Many such injuries heal and — inconvenience, discomfort, and medical treatment and costs aside — ultimately leave you no worse for the wear.

But some injuries never heal.

Whether it happened behind the wheel, at work, on a surgical table, in a nursing home, or elsewhere, a catastrophic injury can permanently alter the lives of whole families. Victims may never fully be the same person they once were; unable to play with their friends, hug their kids, or even recognize their spouses. The basic activities of life can become frustrating challenges.

Families coping with such a loss can find themselves overwhelmed by the emotional, financial, and practical difficulties involved in caring for a loved one who may need constant support. All of this is in addition to a lifetime of astronomically expensive and painful medical treatment and rehabilitation.

We have seen first-hand the devastation that follows when someone’s negligence or irresponsible conduct causes a catastrophic injury. Here at Sandoval & James, we provide compassionate support and committed representation for individuals and families throughout Texas who need the critical resources and compensation that can alleviate their burdens. We are fierce serious injury law litigators who are committed to our client’s well-being and are unrelenting in our efforts on their behalf.

What Makes an Injury

What Makes an Injury "Catastrophic?"


While there is no settled legal definition of “catastrophic” injuries, they are generally considered when someone suffers severe injury or a devastating injury in which the victim has a permanent long-term disability that prevents them from working and supporting their family.

Common examples of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
    • If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in Austin, it is crucial to seek the guidance of an experienced spinal cord injury attorney who can protect your rights and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Life-impacting head injuries as a result of someone’s negligence require an experienced Austin traumatic brain injury lawyer who is compassionate to their client, and fearful for their adversary. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it’s crucial to seek the guidance and support of an experienced Austin brain injury attorney near you.
  • Severe burns or disfigurement
    • Seek legal assistance from an experienced Austin burn injury lawyer who can guide you through the process of pursuing rightful compensation.
  • Amputation Injury
    • Dismembered or amputated limbs

Most Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries


The most common causes of catastrophic injuries our team of Austin injury lawyers see:

  • Car Accidents
  • Slip and Falls
  • Acts of Violence
  • Sports & Recreational Activities
  • Medical Errors

The following statistics have been reported by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.

Each year, approximately 12,500 individuals manage to survive spinal cord injuries. The majority of these injuries occur as a result of car accidents, accounting for 38% of the cases.

Falls are the second most common cause, contributing to 30% of the injuries. Acts of violence account for 14% of the cases, while sports and other recreational activities are responsible for 9% of the injuries.

Medical errors are the cause of 5% of spinal cord injuries, and the remaining 4% can be attributed to various other factors.

The Cost of Catastrophic Injuries


No matter the nature of a catastrophic injury, victims and their families share many struggles and can face astronomical expenses. When coupled with the loss of income, these costs can be nearly impossible to fathom.

For example, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that the average annual cost of treatment for individuals with paraplegia is $537,271 in the first year and $71,172 every year after that.

Victims can owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses for such needed items as:

  • Emergency medical care
  • Lengthy and repeated hospitalizations
  • Multiple surgeries and other medical inpatient treatments
  • Rehabilitation and physical or occupational therapy
  • Medications
  • Specialized equipment and medical supplies needed for returning home
  • Alterations to the home or vehicles to accommodate the victim’s physical limitations
  • Mental health support and treatment for victims and their families
  • In-home caregivers

Of course, bills and invoices don’t show all of the costs of a catastrophic injury. A severely diminished quality of life, heavy emotional burdens, and the loss of many of the abilities and experiences we often take for granted add to the toll. In these cases, you want to find the best catastrophic injury lawyer in Austin to hold others accountable and get maximum compensation.

Sandoval & James: Top-Rated Catastrophic Injury Lawyers Near You in Austin, TX


We are committed to getting our clients the maximum compensation they deserve.

When someone else inflicts a catastrophic injury on an innocent victim, we hold them accountable for their negligence. At Sandoval & James, our team of experienced Austin personal injury lawyers aggressively pursue compensation for all losses suffered by our clients, fighting for the resources that can give them some much-needed comfort, ease their pain, and bring them a sense of justice.

To arrange for your free initial consultation with one of our top-rated Austin catastrophic injury lawyers, please call us today at 512-382-7707 or contact us online.

CASE STUDIES

Our cases. Your results.

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$4,500,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $258,778.56

Net to Clients: $2,142,541.59

Clients sustained head, neck, back, and shoulder injuries in a motor vehicle accident with a commercial vehicle. Defendant failed to maintain an assured clear distance from the vehicle around him resulting in a rear-end collision. Clients underwent multiple surgeries as a result of the collision. Our catastrophic injury lawyers at Sandoval & James successfully resolved the case after litigation was initiated but without trial.

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$1,900,000

Gross Settlement | Company Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $7,459.52

Net to Clients: $853,394.38

Five clients involved in the accident sustained disc herniations, extensive back injuries, rib fractures and head injuries in a motor vehicle accident. The defendant was driving a company vehicle and failed to maintain a safe speed violently crashing into the rear of our client’s vehicle. Clients required injections and underwent multiple back surgeries as a result of the accident. Sandoval & James successfully resolved the case after substantial litigation.

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$1,400,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $9,400.95

Net to Client: $439,861.45

Client sustained shoulder, back, and neck injuries in a motor vehicle. Defendant was driving a commercial vehicle and failed to maintain an assured clear distance from our client which resulted in a rear-end collision and caused our client’s vehicle to be pushed into another vehicle. Client underwent multiple surgeries as result of the accident. Sandoval & James successfully resolved the case with a rear-end collision settlement after litigation was initiated but without trial.

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$1,317,730

Gross Settlement | Motorcycle Accident

Expenses: $1,608.43

Net to Client: $699,593.23

Client sustained head, neck, back, and arm injuries resulting in multiple surgeries in a motorcycle accident. Defendant failed to yield the right of way when entering a private drive. Sandoval James was able to resolve the case for a substantial personal injury settlement amount without having to proceed with Litigation.

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$1,200,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $8,451.34

Net to Clients: $518,337.16

Clients sustained back, neck, and left shoulder injuries in a company vehicle accident. Defendant, who was operating a company delivery van, was stopped at the intersection facing north on Pleasant Hill Rd. As our clients crossed the intersection, Defendant failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to yield the right of way, pulled out when unsafe to do so, and crashed into the side of our client’s vehicle. The force of the collision caused our client’s truck to veer off the road and crash into a nearby tree. Sandoval & James successfully resolved the case through mediation before trial.

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$1,100,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $23,260.76

Net to Client: $339,192.38

Client sustained head, neck, back, and shoulder injuries in motor vehicle accident. Defendant was driving a commercial vehicle. Defendant failed to yield the right of way when exiting a private drive. Multiple surgeries alleged by client as a result of the accident. Sandoval & James successfully resolved the case for a substantial car accident settlement amount.

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$1,060,000

Gross Settlement | Motor Vehicle Accident (Car Rollover Crash)

Expenses: $4,624.43

Net to Client: $416,498.83

Due to a motor vehicle accident our three clients sustained injuries to their neck, back, and one required a shoulder surgery. Our clients were traveling west on Ranch to Market 32 when the Defendant, who was traveling in the opposite direction on Ranch, fell asleep at the wheel, drove across the center line, and crashed into the vehicle occupied by our clients nearly head-on. The force of the collision caused the vehicle of our clients to veer off the roadway and violently roll over. Sandoval & James Law Firm successfully resolved the case after a lawsuit was filed, but before trial.

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$1,030,001

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $11,060.91

Net to Client: $427,235.91

Client sustained head, neck, back, and shoulder injuries in a motor vehicle accident. The Defendant was driving a commercial vehicle and failed to maintain an assured clear distance from the vehicle around him resulting in a rear-end collision. Client underwent surgery as result of the accident. Sandoval & James successfully resolved the case for a substantial rear-ended collision settlement amount.

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$1,000,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $2,981.55

Net to Client: $369,798.11

Client sustained back, neck, and shoulder injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Defendant was driving a commercial vehicle. Defendant failed to yield right of way when exiting a private drive. Surgery alleged by Client as a result of the accident. Sandoval & James reached a settlement agreement despite the difficulties of the case.

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$975,000

Gross Settlement | Motor Vehicle Accident (Substantial Policy)

Expenses: $7,897.92

Net to Client: $365,263.00

Client sustained head, neck, and back injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Defendant was driving a non-commercial vehicle. Defendant failed to stop at a red light and struck our client’s vehicle. Multiple surgeries alleged by the client as a result of the accident. Sandoval & James successfully resolved the auto accident lawsuit case for a substantial amount.

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$850,000

Gross Settlement | Truck Accident (18-Wheeler Accident)

Expenses: $30,293.48

Net to Clients: $268,432.35

Our client was injured in a motor vehicle accident where they sustained mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), and back injuries requiring lumbar spine surgery (back surgery). On the date of the crash, our client was travelling south on Country Club Drive in Fayette County, Texas. The road he was on had hard curves and obstructed views. The Defendant, who was driving a tractor-trailer in the opposite direction on Country Club Drive, veered into the lane occupied by our client, crashing into their vehicle. Austin trucking accident lawyers Sandoval and James successfully resolved the case after mediation, before trial.

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$800,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $45,553.37

Net to Clients: $253,829.77

Our client was traveling west on Howard Lane in Travis County, Texas, through the intersection of Howard Lane and IH-35, when another driver ran a red light and crashed into the passenger side of our client’s vehicle. Our client sustained low back, shoulder, neck, and head injuries in the crash. Sandoval & James sucessfully resolved the case after litigation was initiated but without trial.

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$750,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $13,016.09

Net to Clients: $197,052.20

Our client was injured in a motor vehicle accident where they sustained traumatic brain injury, back injuries, and neck injuries requiring cervical fusion surgery. On the date of the crash, our client was a front-passenger of a vehicle driven by another individual in a residential area, when the Defendant, who was driving a Ford F350 pickup truck with an attached trailer, blindly backed the truck and trailer out of a private drive directly into our client’s path, causing the collision. Sandoval and James successfully resolved the case after mediation, before trial.

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$750,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $1,614.09

Net to Client: $318,529.91

Client sustained neck and back injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Defendant was driving a commercial vehicle. Defendant failed to maintain a clear distance and rear-ended our client. Client’s injuries ultimately required surgery. Sandoval & James successfully resolved the case for a substantial amount.

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$700,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $1,951.83

Net to Clients: $329.546.17

Our client suffered a concussion in addition to neck, shoulder, arm, wrist, and back injuries in a motor vehicle accident. The defendant failed to yield the right of way from a stop sign, resulting in a collision with the front driver’s side of our client’s vehicle. Our client went through an extensive amount of medical treatment in their efforts to recover from the injuries they sustained as a result of the accident. Sandoval & James successfully resolved this matter after litigation was initiated but without trial.

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$700,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $1,951.83

Net to Client: $333,896.17

Client sustained neck and back injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Defendant was driving a commercial vehicle. Defendant failed to yield the right of way and ran a stop sign. Sandoval & James successfully resolved the car accident back injury compensation case for a substantial amount.

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$610,000

Gross Settlement | Truck Accident (18-Wheeler Accident)

Expenses: $6,805.55

Net to Client: $233,974.87

Client sustained head, neck, and back injuries in a motor vehicle accident involving an 18-wheeler that side-swiped them. Surgery alleged by Client as a result of the accident. A successful resolution was obtained after litigation was initiated but without trial.

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$600,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $8,174.64

Net to Clients: 207,543.62

Clients sustained neck, back, and shoulder injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Defendant was driving a commercial vehicle. Defendant failed to stop at a red light and struck our client’s vehicle. Surgery alleged by Client as a result of the accident. Sandoval & James successfully resolved the case for a substantial amount.

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$515,000

Gross Settlement | Boating Accident

Expenses: $68,236.27

Net to Clients: $166,548.80

Three clients affected in a boating accident, with some of them sustaining bone fractures. The defendant who was operating another boat failed to adhere to the USCG Navigation Crossing Rule, which granted our clients the right of way. Consequently, a collision occurred between the defendant’s boat and our clients’ boat. The severity of the accident led to recommendations for back surgeries for our clients. After substantial litigation, Sandoval and James effectively resolved the case.

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$505,025

Gross Settlement | Motor Vehicle Accident (Amazon Van Accident Injuries)

Expenses: $5,003.85

Net to Client: $220,346.53

Due to a motor vehicle accident our client sustained injuries to their head, neck, and back. The Defendant, who was driving an Amazon van heading west on Logan Drive, turned through a dummy hole and T-boned our client’s vehicle. Medical personnel recommended cervical spine surgery and lumbar spine surgery. The collision was captured on the defendant’s dash camera. Sandoval & James Law Firm successfully resolved the case through mediation after a lawsuit was filed.

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$500,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $43,529.81

Net to Client: $189,407.79

Client sustained serious injuries to the head, chest, and pelvis in a motor vehicle accident. Defendant was driving a commercial vehicle. Multiple surgeries alleged by client as a result of the accident. The police report placed both client and defendant at fault. Sandoval & James reached a settlement agreement despite the difficulties of the case.

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$500,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $11,614.99

Net to Client: $203,755.01

Client sustained serious injuries to the back and neck in a motor vehicle accident. Defendant was driving a commercial vehicle. Multiple surgeries alleged by client as a result of the accident. Sandoval & James successfully resolved the case for a substantial amount. Sandoval & James reached a settlement after litigation was initiated but without trial.

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$480,003

Gross Settlement | Truck Accident (18-Wheeler Accident)

Expenses: $3,724.89

Net to Clients: $207,627.80

Due to a motor vehicle accident case, our client sustained back, neck, and elbow injuries. Our client and the defendant were both traveling south bound on US 183 frontage road. The defendant traveling in the far-right lane changed lanes when unsafe, colliding with our client, pushing them off the road into the grassy median. Sandoval & James successfully resolved the case through mediation before trial.

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$416,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $2,111.52

Net to Clients: $178,473.07

Due to a motor vehicle accident, our clients sustained injuries to their back, head, shoulder, and knee. They were T-boned by a company vehicle that failed to stop at a red light, colliding with our clients who were making a left turn with a green arrow. Sandoval & James Law Firm successfully resolved the case through negotiation before a lawsuit was filed.

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$325,000

Gross Settlement | Motor Vehicle Accident (Rear-Ended)

Expenses: $3,156.99

Net to Client: $16,1562.94

Due to a motor vehicle accident our client sustained injuries to their head, neck, and back. On the day of the crash our client slowed for traffic when rear-ended by the defendant. Sandoval & James Law Firm successfully resolved the case before a lawsuit was filed.

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$305,000

Gross Settlement | Motor Vehicle Accident (Lane Change Sideswipe)

Expenses: $3,446.09

Net to Client: $126,769.91

Our client was traveling north bound on interstate highway 35 near Martin Luther King Dr. in the right lane when the defendant in the left-hand lane made an unsafe lane change colliding with our client’s driver’s side rear door. There were injuries to our client’s back, shoulder, hip, and head. Sandoval & James Law Firm successfully resolved the case through mediation after a lawsuit was filed.

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$302,503

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $1,250.39

Net to Clients: $135,931.56

Our client was t-boned by a company vehicle that failed to yield the right of way making a left turn on a green signal light. They sustained injuries to their back, neck, and head. Sandoval & James Law Firm successfully resolved the case through negotiation before a lawsuit was filed.

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$232,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $1,956.06

Net to Clients: $111,267.10

As the result of a motor vehicle accident, our clients sustained neck, back, and shoulder injuries. Our clients were stopped at a red light when the defendant, who was operating a vehicle to her left, unsafely merged to the right colliding with our client. Sandoval & James successfully resolved the case through negotiations before a lawsuit was filed.

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$230,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $1,671.40

Net to Clients: $112,453.44

Due to a motor vehicle accident our clients sustained neck, back, and hip injuries. Our clients were stopped at a red light when rear-ended by the defendant, pushing them into the vehicle in front of them. Sandoval and James successfully resolved the case through negotiations before a lawsuit was filed.

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$200,000

Gross Settlement | Commercial Vehicle Accident

Expenses: $1,407.76

Net to Client: $77,858.24

Due to a motor vehicle accident, our client sustained lower back and knee injuries. Our client was safely stopped on the shoulder not obstructing lanes. The defendant was traveling in the far-right lane when they struck our client, swiping their left-hand side. Sandoval and James successfully resolved the case through negotiations before a lawsuit was filed.

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$173,500

Gross Settlement | Motor Vehicle Accident (Rear-End Accident While Stopped)

Expenses: $1,551.54

Net to Client: $67,039.14

On the day of the crash our clients were stopped at the intersection of S I-35 and Hesters Crossing Rd in Round Rock, TX when they were rear-ended by the defendant. Client sustained injuries to their head, back, neck, shoulder, and hip. The client received surgical recommendations for Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion and Lumbar Decompression. Sandoval & James Law Firm successfully resolved the case through negotiations before a lawsuit was filed.

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$142,500

Gross Settlement | Motor Vehicle Accident (Rear-Ended While Making Right-Hand Turn)

Expenses: $4,300.56

Net to Client: $48,686.94

Due to a motor vehicle accident our clients sustained injuries to their head, neck, and back. Our clients were rear-ended by the defendant while turning right in a protected lane from I-35 Frontage Rd, onto Old Settlers Rd in Round Rock, Texas. Sandoval & James Law Firm successfully resolved the case through mediation after a lawsuit was filed.

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