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Catastrophic Personal Injury Attorney

A catastrophic injury can change the course of your life, and result in high medical bills, decreased ability to work, and other concerns.

An attorney can help you collect compensation for your bills, physical pain, and emotional distress.

At The Shelton Law Firm in Houston, TX, Michael E. Shelton works to protect the interests of those who have suffered a catastrophic injury. 

What Is a Catastrophic Injury Case?

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A catastrophic injury case is a type of personal injury case that revolves around the most devastating harms. An injury is considered catastrophic if it causes lifelong disability, a permanent drop in quality of life, or a constant need for living assistance. In addition to being more medically severe than typical personal injuries, a catastrophic injury case has the potential for more significant financial compensation. 

Unfortunately, insurance companies and defense attorneys often try to minimize victims' valid claims for compensation. These lawsuits differ from those handled by general personal injury lawyers and should be handled by attorneys like Mr. Shelton who have served as catastrophic injury attorneys in high-stakes lawsuits for decades. 

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At The Shelton Law Firm in Houston, we hold negligent parties and their insurers accountable for any negligent or reckless actions that contributed to a catastrophic injury. Michael Shelton can investigate, negotiate, and litigate your case with the goal of compensating you for lost wages from time off the job, medical expenses in an era of skyrocketing health care costs, emotional trauma, and the pain and suffering you experience during your recovery.

Contact our Houston law office today to ask a question or arrange your free initial consultation. If you need to be visited at your home or hospital room, we can come to you. Reach our catastrophic injury lawyer by phone at:

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"He Will Not Let You Down" Hear from Our Houston Client

"Mr.Shelton is a superb lawyer with great expirence in personal injury cases,such as mine. He has not once let me down and is very supportive in every way. Because of my injury,I have not been able to work but Mr.Shelton has made sure to help my family financially until my case is over. He always keeps me informed,and is always ahead of the game. He is not only smart and well connected; he is helpful and responsive as well. I highly recommend Mr.Shelton for anyone whose had an accident at work,he will not let you down."
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Insurance Companies Deny and Minimize Claims Mr. Shelton Stands Up to Them

Insurance companies are not on your side. When a catastrophic injury occurs, it is the job of the insurance company's representative to take care of the situation while paying as little as possible to the victim. These are some common tactics insurance companies employ:

Settlement Pressure

Insurance companies are known to pressure victims into quick, lowball settlements. This tactic is even employed against grieving families struggling through their loved one's wrongful death. While the amount of money they offer may seem like a lot, in many cases the settlement doesn't provide true compensation for life-changing harm. Having our attorney on your side can prevent you from accepting less than you deserve. 

Distorting Statements

Insurance representatives often reach out to victims and their families with a hidden agenda. They often try to obtain statements about the injury that can be used to distort the situation and make it seem like the victim actually caused the catastrophic incident. Texas is a proportionate responsibility state and Louisiana is a comparative negligence state. This means that the amount victims can receive may be reduced if they are portrayed as having contributed to their injury. 

A Proven Catastrophic Injury Attorney

Our catastrophic injury attorney has repeatedly earned the substantial compensation that his severely injured clients deserved. Mr. Shelton has collected $10 million for clients in multiple cases and well over $1 million in many catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. 

Talk to Our Catastrophic Injury Attorney

Any personal injury lawyer can say they will successfully represent you. But few have a track record as strong as Mr. Shelton's. 

Time and again, Mr. Shelton has proven his ability to obtain the significant compensation workers deserve. He is a union man with contacts nationwide who he can call on to help build winning cases. Mr. Shelton is here to help workers refuse improper settlements, avoid making the wrong statements, and present compelling cases for the maximum compensation possible. Call or write to his Houston office to seek the compensation you deserve. 

(713) 807-0700

Maritime Cases

In maritime casesthe statute of limitations is three years from the date of the injury or accident. In cases the injuries aren't discovered until a later date, the time limit may be extended. Maritime cases may include commercial shipping or fishing accidents; slip and fall accidents on ferries, cruises, or other passenger vessels; accidents involving equipment, such as forklifts or cranes, when working on or near navigable waters; falls overboard, chemical exposure from working with toxic cargo, and repetitive use injuries.

Our Houston-Based Lawyer Doesn't Hesitate

If the insurance company is unwilling to pay an amount that will completely cover your losses, catastrophic injury lawyer Michael Shelton will not hesitate to take your case to court.

The Basic Requirements for a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit

We offer free, no obligation consultations so you can get legal advice from a reputable injury attorney. 
We offer free, no obligation consultations so you can get legal advice from a reputable injury attorney. 


Generally, a personal injury is considered catastrophic if it leads to long-term, if not permanent, disability. Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and disfigurement are common types of catastrophic injury.


There must be an individual or organization at fault for your losses. Mr. Shelton can work to prove who is responsible.


You will need to show that financial compensation can ease your suffering. One of the more common forms of damages is compensation for medical expenses.

Pursuing the Compensation You Deserve

Your compensation can be collected through a personal injury settlement or, if necessary, a jury award.

Mr. Shelton can negotiate with the responsible party's insurance provider or present your case in court to collect an amount that will cover:

  • Your medical bills that have accrued so far
  • Your projected medical expenses
  • The cost of ongoing care and everyday assistance
  • The cost of wheelchairs, special vehicles, and other amenities
  • Modifications you will need to make to your home
  • The pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your catastrophic injury

If the insurance company is unwilling to pay an amount that will completely cover these losses, Mr. Shelton will not hesitate to take your personal injury case to court, where he will present a compelling case for your maximum compensation.

Types of Workers We Commonly Represent

Whether you or your loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury such as brain injury or loss of limb, our attorney will seek full compensation for the physical and emotional damages caused–now and for the long-term. In addition to anyone injured or killed in maritime accidents, we frequently represent the following types of workers in Texas and Louisiana:

Industrial, Refinery, and Chemical Plant Workers

Workers Involved in Truck Accidents, Including Commercial Truck Accidents

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The Shelton Law Firm

Personal injury attorney Michael E. Shelton has been representing victims of catastrophic injuries in Houston, Texas, for nearly 50 years. He is proud to be a union card holder as a journeyman pipefitter and General Counsel for the Texas Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO. He is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:

  • The Texas Bar Association
  • The Houston Bar Association
  • The Louisiana State Bar
  • The Louisiana Association for Justice

If you are the victim of a personal injury, schedule a free consultation with The Shelton Law Firm today by contacting us online or calling (713) 807-0700.

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