Catastrophic Injury

A catastrophic accident can change a person’s life forever. While you struggle to adjust, ask our skilled Amarillo injury lawyers to review your case. We may be able to help you receive the financial compensation you need to move forward. Our goal is to alleviate your burdens after the tragedy you have experienced.

For a free consultation, please call us at (806)322-9200

Experience In A Wide Variety Of Injury Cases

At  Smithee & Russell, LLP, we understand that this is a difficult time for you. We have represented many clients coping with the aftermath of life-changing injuries, and we know that every catastrophic injury case is unique in its effects on the individual and the entire family. Let us provide a no-cost case review if you or your loved one has suffered any of the following:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Broken bones
  • Organ damage
  • Amputation
  • Injuries resulting in wrongful death

We proactively investigate your case to identify the party responsible for the injury — not only to help you get financial compensation but also to hold the responsible accountable for their negligence or wrongdoing.

Our personal injury attorneys are Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Our attorneys have also been named among America’s Top 100 Lawyers.

We Consider The Full Extent Of Your Injury So We Can Maximize Your Compensation

Life-changing injuries leave victims and their families unsure of where to turn and what to do next. The most catastrophic injuries can require extensive medical care and result in permanent disability. The following are considerations for specific types of catastrophic injuries:

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (also referred to as TBIs) can be some of the most serious types of injuries. Even the mildest TBI can have a significant impact on your health. Some concussions are considered mild traumatic brain injuries and can have long-term effects on a person’s life.

TBIs can cause problems such as memory loss, confusion, and loss of balance, as well as seizures, increased risk of stroke, and trouble with speech. When you suffer a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, it is important to hold the negligent party accountable so you can receive the financial compensation you need for medical care and other long-term costs resulting from the injury.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Any spine injury can be serious, including bulging discs. However, the most severe spine injury can cause the injured party to suffer paralysis, leaving them immobilized from the location of the injury and below. Paralysis can be either complete or incomplete, resulting in total loss of motor function or partial loss of motor function.

A spinal cord injury may require lifelong care, medical equipment (such as a wheelchair and other adjustments to your home or car), and constant medical attention.

Burn Injuries

When someone suffers a burn injury, the pain of the injury itself can be overwhelming and require multiple rounds of expensive medical treatment. Burn injuries may also require much rehabilitation, as well as cosmetic surgery for scarring. Second- and third-degree burns can also cause damage to nerves below the skin.

Burn injury cases can arise from many types of situations, including chemical burns; when someone spills a hot liquid on you; work-related accidents involving steam or high pressure; or fires resulting from motor vehicle accidents. Our firm has extensive experience in burn injury cases, and we are here to help you.

Internal Organ Damage

Internal injuries are sometimes not obvious until some time after an accident. In other cases, internal organ damage has an immediate, painful effect on the victim, and a thorough medical exam after the accident reveals significant organ damage that affects all aspects of the victim’s life. Organ failure is a potentially fatal risk in some cases. Our attorneys can seek to determine how internal injuries will affect your life now and in the future, so we can help you get the financial compensation and medical care you need.


There are numerous situations where amputations are medically necessary to preserve a person’s health. In other cases, amputations result from serious accidents caused by someone else’s negligence, and that may include medical negligence. If you suffered an amputation in a car accident or due to what you believe is medical malpractice, please contact our firm as soon as possible. We represent amputation victims in personal injury cases and medical malpractice cases.

To learn more, please see our Catastrophic Injury FAQ.