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Houston Catastrophic
Injury Lawyer

Jud Waltman

Legally Reviewed By: Jud Waltman

A catastrophic injury causes permanent damage. The injury hampers an individual’s ability to work and can disrupt a person’s relationships with family members and friends. In some instances, these injuries are due to someone else’s negligent or reckless actions.

If you are the victim of a catastrophic injury that occurs through no fault of your own, The Lanier Law Firm can help. To date, our Houston catastrophic injury lawyers have helped many clients get financial compensation from those responsible for their injuries.

Do you need to hire a catastrophic injury attorney in Houston?

A catastrophic injury lawyer can make a world of difference in your legal case. They take an in-depth look at your case to determine who is responsible for your injury and help you gather evidence. Your lawyer can then file a lawsuit and help you get the compensation you deserve from those responsible.

When you work with a catastrophic injury attorney at The Lanier Law Firm, you won’t have to worry about upfront costs with a contingency fee agreement. Under a contingency fee agreement, your lawyer receives a percentage of your case compensation. You won’t pay unless we settle or win your case.

Can I receive compensation for a Houston oil rig
or trucking accident?

You may receive economic or non-economic compensation if you experience a catastrophic injury from a Houston oil rig or trucking accident.

Economic damages are monetary and objective. They include compensation for medical bills and lost wages.

Non-economic damages are subjective. They include compensation for pain, suffering, and loss of companionship.

Our Houston Attorneys Can Help You After Catastrophic Injury

If you need legal help after a Houston oil rig or truck accident, partner with The Lanier Law Firm. Our catastrophic injury lawyers are right here in Houston to assist you. 

Over the years, we have handled many catastrophic injury cases. Regardless of the case, our approach remains the same.

First, our attorneys learn as much as possible about your case. We ask questions and find out who is liable for your injury. Our lawyers then work with you to build a plan to argue your case. We can respond to any legal concerns or questions you have. And we will work diligently on your behalf.

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What is a catastrophic injury?

A catastrophic injury permanently renders someone incapable of working. The injury has a serious impact on one or more of the body’s major systems. It also can cause a person to experience long-lasting pain and suffering.

Catastrophic injuries can be fatal, too. For instance, an individual can experience a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can worsen over time. The injury can reach a point where it causes severe brain damage and death.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

There are three types of catastrophic injuries:

  1. Physical injuries, such as amputation, burns, and fractures
  2. Spinal cord injuries that cause permanent mobility issues
  3. Cognitive injuries that cause brain damage and impact a person’s ability to think, act, and speak

A catastrophic injury requires immediate medical attention. If you or someone you know sustains a catastrophic injury, call 911 immediately to get treatment and limit the impact of the injury.

Those who experience a catastrophic injury may require ongoing treatment and therapy. They will likely be unable to work, making it difficult to cover their medical bills. As such, they should contact a lawyer familiar with these types of injuries.

At Lanier Law, our Houston catastrophic injury attorneys know the ins and outs of personal injury claims. If you or a loved one are coping with a catastrophic injury caused by someone else, we can help you demand justice from the at-fault parties.  

Semi-Truck and 18-Wheeler

Thousands of commercial vehicle accidents take place in Houston annually. These accidents involve semi-trucks and 18-wheelers, and they can cause catastrophic injuries.

There is no single reason why semi-truck and 18-wheeler accidents occur. Sometimes, a truck driver loses focus behind the wheel, leading to an accident. There are also instances where poor truck maintenance or defective vehicle components contribute to accidents.

In cases where a semi-truck or 18-wheeler accident causes serious injury, those at fault for the incident must be held accountable.

At The Lanier Law Firm, we can help you sue at-fault parties following a semi-truck or 18-wheeler accident that results in a catastrophic injury. Our Houston truck accident attorneys have the resources to file your lawsuit against those at fault for your injury. 


Catastrophic Injuries from
Offshore Oil Rigs

Offshore oil rigs are dangerous work environments. Workers handle heavy equipment and materials, face tight deadlines, and perform physically exhausting work. Sometimes, workers lack sufficient training. If oil rig workers make any mistakes, they can put themselves and many others in danger. The Lanier Law Firm has personal injury lawyers with years of experience handling oil rig accident cases with catastrophic injuries.



Oil rig workers are susceptible to falls from heights. Rig decks tend to get wet, increasing the risk of falls. There is also the risk of tripping over equipment or holes. In any of these instances, workers can fall and suffer catastrophic injuries.



Damaged electrical or extension cords create electrocution hazards on oil rigs. If an oil rig worker inadvertently comes into contact with one of these cords, this individual risks a catastrophic injury.



Oil rigs frequently contain combustible materials. If any of these materials are not stored or maintained properly, they can explode.

heavy equipment

Heavy equipment

Oil rig workers can get stuck between cranes and other large pieces of equipment, leading to catastrophic injuries. Or, heavy equipment can fall on workers and cause these injuries.

Texas Laws for Offshore Oil Rig Accidents

In Texas, employers are not required to have workers’ compensation coverage. If an offshore oil rig employer offers this coverage, it is responsible for providing compensation if you are injured at work.

Several federal laws must be considered relative to offshore oil rig accidents.

Jones Act

The Jones Act outlines offshore oil rig safety requirements for employers. It states employers must provide workers with a reasonably safe work environment. If this environment is deemed unsafe, workers can hold their employer responsible for any injuries that occur on-site. However, workers on stationary or fixed offshore drilling facilities likely are ineligible for Jones Act protections.

Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act applies to workers who are injured on a fixed platform, which is defined as an island of the closest contiguous state. According to the act, a worker who experiences an injury is covered under the workers’ compensation laws of the nearest state. Also, if a worker is injured in a third-party drilling accident caused by a negligent contractor or equipment manufacturer, this employee can file a lawsuit against the third party.

Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)

LHWCA entitles maritime workers to compensation if they suffer on-the-job injuries. It offers this coverage to longshoremen or other workers engaged in longshoring operations.

A best-in-class offshore catastrophic injury lawyer understands state and federal laws surrounding personal injuries. Your attorney can explain these laws and help you determine whether any of them if your employer violated them. If so, the attorney can help you build a strong case against your employer to help you get compensation for your catastrophic injury.

Get in Touch with Us Today

Do not wait to seek help with your catastrophic injury claim. With our attorneys at your side, you’re well-equipped to get fair compensation from anyone responsible for your catastrophic injury.

Our catastrophic injury attorneys are available to discuss your case at our Houston law office, located at 10940 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N., Suite 100. For more information or to request a free consultation, please contact us online or call us at 713-659-5200. 

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