Serious Injuries

Houston Serious Injury Lawyers

For accident victims and their families, there is a serious and immediate hardship regarding their future when an injury results in devastating and long-lasting consequences.

Your life may never be the same again or it may take a long time and a lot of hard work to get back to normal. You may experience chronic pain, physical limitations, disfigurement, or even more serious consequences depending on the nature of your injuries.

Any serious injury presents you with a unique set of challenges.

When you suffer significant injuries in an accident, your focus should be on your physical recovery and on trying to restore as much normalcy to your life as you can. You might be plagued with worries about medical bills or about being unable to work while you recover. The financial stress you experience after a serious accident may overshadow your ability to focus your efforts on healing.

Any serious injury presents you with a unique set of challenges. No two injuries are alike — nor are the ways that your injuries affect you on a personal level identical to the experiences of anyone else.

With our help, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your past and future:

  • Medical costs for hospitalization, surgeries, physical therapy, doctor’s visits, and other treatments for your injuries
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Physical limitations
  • Disfigurement

Our skilled Houston personal injury lawyers can shoulder the work of pursuing a claim for compensation, conducting an investigation, compiling the evidence, and handling the details of legal paperwork, and negotiating with insurance companies or other parties. We have resources other firms may lack, which means we can provide the most qualified talent to represent you and to support your case.

Our goal is to be there through every step of the process and to give you the peace of mind you need to recover and rebuild your life following the trauma of your accident. We’re in the business of helping when bad things happen to good people. Let us help you rebuild your life following a serious accident.

Types of Accident Injuries

At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys have experience successfully pursuing claims involving a broad range of injury types and virtually every type of personal injury case. We have particular experience with cases involving traumatic brain injuries and are well known in Texas for obtaining maximum compensation for these injuries.

Some of the most common injuries we’ve seen in more than 40 years of Houston personal injury practice include:

Polytrauma    

In a serious accident or collision, it’s likely that you won’t sustain just one type of injury. For example, you may have a traumatic brain injury, a broken leg, torn ligaments, and herniated discs in your spine all from the same accident. Suffering at least two or more traumatic injuries is known as polytrauma.

Polytrauma requires multiple treatments and a long period of recovery. How you experience polytrauma will depend on the nature of your individual injuries. Beyond the symptoms of your injuries themselves, medical research shows some of the overall effects of polytrauma on your body may include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Higher risk of infection
  • Organ failure
  • Metabolic changes, including insulin resistance
  • Depression

Neck, Back & Spinal Cord Injuries    

Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries are common in serious collisions such as trucking accidents or motor vehicle accidents. When you hurt your neck or back or suffer a spinal cord injury, your entire wellbeing can be affected. You may experience chronic pain, damage to your nervous system, loss of range of motion, or even paralysis. These types of injuries often require invasive surgery and long, painful recovery times.

Some common forms of neck, back, and spinal cord injuries include:

  • Herniated, Bulging, or Ruptured Discs
  • Broken Vertebrae
  • Severed Spinal Cord
  • Muscle Injuries


Brain Injuries    

Brain injuries often are life altering. When the brain is injured, there can be short-term or long-term damage that leads to memory loss, loss of motor functions, loss of cognitive functions, headaches, depression, or even personality changes. A brain injury can affect every aspect of your life, including your ability to work or to enjoy beloved hobbies, or your relationships with your family and friends.

Brain injuries often require special and costly care from a neurologist or neurosurgeon. Some common forms of brain injuries resulting from accidents include:

  • Concussions
  • Hematoma
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries — mild, moderate and severe

Severed Limbs    

The loss of a limb is tragic and can lead to lifelong pain, physical or mental impairments, and depression. A lost limb also can have a significant effect on your financial future because of the costs of long-term care and rehabilitation, expensive prosthetics or wheelchairs, and modifications to your home to accommodate the limits you now face. Additionally, you may face a devastating loss of earning capacity if you’re no longer able to work in your career.

If you were in a serious accident, you may have experienced:

  • Amputated or Crushed Arms
  • Amputated or Crushed Legs
  • Amputated or Crushed Hands or Fingers
  • Amputated or Crushed Feet or Toes
  • Full or Partial Amputation
  • Double Amputation

Burns, Electrocutions & Smoke Inhalation    

The injuries you suffer because of a fire or when electrocuted can be extremely painful and require long-term treatment and recovery. Very serious injuries related to fires or electrocution can be fatal.

Some of the many varieties of injuries a person may suffer in a fire or because of electrocution include:

  • First-Degree Burns
  • Second-Degree Burns
  • Third-Degree Burns
  • Fourth-Degree Burns
  • Fifth-Degree Burns
  • Sixth-Degree Burns
  • Electrocution Burns
  • Internal Organ Damage from Electrocution

  • Cardiac Arrest from Electrocution
  • Muscle, Nerve and Tissue Damage from Electrocution
  • Inflammation and Bronchospasm from Smoke Inhalation
  • Internal Heat Damage from Smoke Inhalation
  • Pulmonary Edema from Smoke Inhalation
  • Asphyxiation and Hypoxia from Smoke Inhalation
  • Respiratory Arrest from Smoke Inhalation

Breaks, Sprains and Torn Ligaments    

Any kind of accident that involves an impact — whether it’s a vehicle crash or a slip-and-fall — can result in broken bones, torn or sprained ligaments, or muscle injuries. While a broken bone may be felt immediately, injuries to muscles, cartilage or ligaments may take time to show symptoms. A broken bone or a soft-tissue injury can result in chronic, long-term pain and the need for extensive rehabilitation.

Some common types of bone fractures and soft-tissue injuries include:

  • Open Fractures
  • Closed Fractures
  • Spiral Fractures
  • Avulsion Fractures
  • Comminuted Fractures
  • Greenstick Fractures
  • Arm and Wrist Fractures
  • Hip and Pelvis Fractures
  • Leg and Ankle Fractures
  • Rib Fractures

  • Skull Fractures
  • Neck Fractures
  • Collarbone Fractures
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Knee Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Wrist and Ankle Injuries
  • Muscle, Tendon, and Cartilage Injuries


Vision & Hearing Loss    

We rely on our senses to tell us about the world around us. Our vision helps us know when it’s safe to cross a street. Our hearing tells us when we need to pull over to the side of the road for an ambulance. When we lose one of our senses, we lose access to a part of the world. That loss can make you more vulnerable, but also can result in financial consequences if the loss of vision or hearing affects your ability to earn a living.

Some common ways that an accident may cause vision or hearing loss include:

  • Eye Scratches
  • Punctured Eyes
  • Swollen or Bleeding Eyes
  • Punctured Eardrums
  • Tinnitus

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder    

A serious accident can cause psychological injuries as well as physical ones. Trauma can actually change the way a person’s brain works and result in long-term consequences that make it harder to hold a job, maintain relationships, or simply to feel safe. If you’ve experienced psychological trauma because of an accident, you may be able to receive compensation for the ways your post-traumatic stress affected your life.

Some of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder may include:

  • Depression
  • Nightmares
  • Personality Changes
  • Anxiety
  • Substance Abuse

Chemical Exposure    

With the prevalence of the petrochemical industry in and around Houston, injuries involving chemical exposure in plants and refineries, or from accidents involving tanker trucks, are commonplace. For someone exposed to hazardous or toxic chemicals, the results can be excruciating and cause serious permanent damage.

Some of the possible effects of chemical exposure include:

  • Chemical Burns
  • Rashes
  • Throat and Lung Injuries
  • Eye Injuries
  • Neurological Damage
  • Scars and Disfigurement

Skilled Representation for Your Houston Injury Claim

At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our skilled personal injury lawyers balance the aggressive pursuit of your injury claim with the compassion and understanding you need during what is undoubtedly a stressful time filled with uncertainty. We’ll make sure that you understand all of your options and are informed through every step of your case, so that you can make the necessary decisions.

When we represent you, we’ll fight to get you the maximum possible compensation for your injuries and to hold the person or company who caused your accident accountable for what happened to you. Call us for a free consultation today at to see how we can put our significant experience to work for you.