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Catastrophic Injury Cases in Houston, Texas
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What is a catastrophic injury is a physical injury or illness that is regarded as extreme or particularly serious, has a considerable impact on the victim of the injury or illness and needs a considerable amount of medical treatment. Catastrophic injuries may not always be permanent, but take months or years to heal. In some cases, the full extent of the injuries may not be known for a long amount of time. The effects of such injuries may be long lasting, both physically and emotionally. Some injuries are wide ranging, here are some examples of such injuries:
Burns, loss of a limb, severe brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or injuries causing paralysis. These injuries may affect the body systems, such as the central nervous system, gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory, circulatory, excretory, reproductive and others.
Who is Responsible for a Catastrophic Injury?
If the injury suffered by the victim was caused by an intentional act, negligence or a defective product there may be a cause of action for personal injury. When determining who is responsible for your catastrophic injury, it is important to look at the specific facts of your case. There may be more than one person who plays a role in the sustained injuries. Depending on your case, the responsible party may be your doctor, nurse, hospital or other medical personnel, the owner of the motor vehicle that caused your accident, your employer or the manufacture of a defective drug or product.
WHAT IS PROBATE
Probate is the term for legal process in which a will is reviewed to determine whether it is valid and authentic. Probate also refers to the general administration of a deceased person's will or the estate of a deceased person without a will.
After an asset- holder dies, the court appoints either an executor named in the will or an administrator (if there is not will) to administer the process of probate. This involves collecting the assets of a deceased person to pay any liabilities remaining on the person's estate, and to distribute the assets of the estate for beneficiaries.
HOW PROBATE WORKS
Probate is the analysis and transfer administration of estate assets previously owned by a deceased person. When a property owner dies, his assets are commonly reviewed by a probate court. The probate court provides the final ruling on the division and distribution of assets to beneficiaries. A probate proceeding will typically begin by analyzing whether or not the deceased person has provided a legalized will.
In many cases, the deceased person has established documentation, which contains instructions on how their assets should be distrusted after death. However, in some cases, the deceased does not leave a will.
WHAT WOULD WE DO FOR YOU?
We will help you with a game plan on how to approach your loved one's estate, including both the probate and non- probate assets. Then wc will help you with drafting the required petition, depending on whether there was a will or not and what kind of proceeding is being pursued. In cases where a court hearing is required, your probate attorney will also represent you in that court hearing. After the court hearing, the probate attorney will not only draft any supplemental documents required by the court, but will also advise you from time to time on any potential requirement that may be imposed on you (for example, filing and inventory with the court).
Call Attorney Fuller and Hudson at (713) 439-7400 for a free consultation.