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If you or a loved one has experienced a catastrophic injury at the fault of another, you have enough to deal with. You shouldn’t have to worry about the financial recovery you deserve from the recklessness or negligent party.
We at Denmon Pearlman are ready to help. We will match you with a Florida catastrophic injury lawyer who has experience handling catastrophic injury cases. They will help you navigate the legal process during this difficult time and help you get maximum compensation.
Florida Catastrophic Injury Law Defined
Catastrophic injuries are the most severe type of personal injury. They often involve life-changing injuries or possibly even death. You can learn more about common injury types and causes below.
Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries in Florida
While serious injuries can occur at just about any time, below are some of the most common scenarios we face in the legal world. Contact us today if you have suffered an injury in one of these situations.
The leading cause of catastrophic injury in Florida is car accidents. If another driver caused a car crash resulting in serious injury, you likely have a strong case for a costly catastrophic injury claim. Contact a car accident lawyer.
Certain workplace environments carry a high risk of catastrophic injury. For example, if you work around heavy machinery, utilities like electricity and gas, or chemicals and fumes, negligence could lead to severe bodily harm.
If you have suffered a life-altering injury at work, contact a personal injury law firm right away. Regardless of insurance and worker’s compensation, you may be able to sue for damages. Don’t let your company talk you into settling things on their terms.
Safety is a major concern on construction sites, which is why there are strict regulations regarding signage and protocols. If you’ve been injured in a construction zone, whether as a worker or bystander, contact a construction accident lawyer immediately so they can help you collect evidence regarding the event.
There is a good chance that safety protocols were broken, leading to your injury, in which case you can collect financial compensation from the liable party. However, the defendant may try to cover up evidence of their wrongdoing, so don’t delay taking legal action!
Mistakes made during delicate medical treatment can cause irreversible damage. If a medical professional has failed to perform their duty to an acceptable standing, leading to catastrophic injury, you have a right to recover damages for their actions. Contact a medical malpractice attorney.
Defective Products or Devices
All manner of products can potentially cause great harm if defective. Faulty tools recalled automobile parts, and defective medical devices are a few common examples.
If you have suffered an injury due to a device or product not working as intended, promised, or instructed, the company who made it may be liable for damages. Contact a product liability lawyer.
Have you been injured by a fall on private or public property? Premises liability enforces rules about safety precautions like wet floor signs, ice removal, and keeping walking areas clear of tripping hazards. Failure to do so can cause injury or even wrongful death. Contact a slip-and-fall attorney.
If you have suffered a fall through the fault of an ill-kept floor or walking area, contact a personal injury attorney to learn about your rights for financial compensation. The property owner may be at fault.
Electrocution injuries can happen anywhere: at work, at home, or even in the car. Severe electrocution can cause permanent disabilities or even death if it causes damage to organs.
If you have suffered catastrophic harm from electrocution and someone else is directly or indirectly responsible, contact a personal injury lawyer to assist with your personal injury claim.
Nursing Home Abuse or Negligence
Nursing homes have a duty of care for their residents. Failure to do so can cause serious injuries.
If you or someone you know suffered harm from negligence or abuse in a nursing home, contact a nursing home abuse attorney for information about your rights.
Types of Catastrophic Injury Under Florida Law
Catastrophic injuries are often only one mistake away. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of ways people can be injured which is why it is imperative to be careful and follow safety regulations at work, on the road, or just in daily life.
Below are the types of accidents we commonly represent at Denmon Pearlman.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Traumatic brain injuries often result from blows to the head. This can be from a fall, being struck with an object, or the result of a car crash. Brain injuries are very serious and can lead to many temporary and permanent problems. Contact a brain injury attorney to learn more.
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
Back injuries are common in the workplace, among elderly people, and, again, in auto accidents. They can lead to chronic issues, including paralysis. Contact a spinal cord injury lawyer if you have been hurt.
Amputation or Loss of Limb
A severe injury can directly or indirectly lead to the loss of a limb. These injuries will likely be accompanied by a high degree of pain and suffering. These types of injuries usually occur around heavy machinery, as the result of an infection, or, once again, motor vehicle accidents.
Burn injuries can result from open flames, hot objects, chemicals, or electricity. While less physically debilitating in many cases, burns can still have long-term effects like scarring, chronic pain, or loss of feeling.
Sometimes catastrophic injuries are so severe that they result in loss of life. These cases are so serious that there are separate rules concerning the statute of limitations and recovery of damages, such as loss of consortium and loss of companionship.
If you lost a loved one due to the fault of someone else, the very least you deserve is financial compensation for damages and funeral costs. Contact a wrongful death lawyer.
Types of Paralysis Injury Claims
In severe brain and back injury cases, paralysis can occur from damage to nerves. While sometimes temporary, these cases can often permanently affect your standard of living.
Below are common types of paralysis we have fought on behalf of our clients for and won.
Quadriplegia can occur from catastrophic injuries and have lifelong consequences. Quadriplegic individuals lose the function of all four limbs, which requires changes to their home, impacts their ability to work, and can severely affect their quality of life.
These common damages and more can be compensated in a successful personal injury case. Loss of income and loss of quality of life can be significant.
Paraplegia is a more common occurrence in catastrophic injury cases, resulting in paralysis of the legs. This is often caused by injuries to the spine.
As with quadriplegia, paraplegic individuals will be forced to make lifestyle changes. A number of economic and non-economic damages can be recovered in a successful personal injury case.
Diplegia is paralysis that tends to affect both sides of the body symmetrically. It is more common in the legs but can also affect other parts of the body.
Though typically less severe than quadriplegia and paraplegia, diplegia is still a long-term injury caused by nerve damage that can require long-term care.
Hemiplegia is the loss of motor function on one side of the body. It can be temporary or permanent and is often caused by brain or spinal cord injuries.
Hemiplegia tends to be less life-altering than the above paralysis types since you still retain full use of one side of your body. However, it can still affect everyday life and your ability to work.
Damages You Can Recover
In personal injury lawsuits, you can recover both non-economic and economic damages, including future losses. In some cases, punitive damages may also be included.
Economic damages are those with an easily assigned dollar value, such as incurred medical expenses or extended medical care, such as physical therapy. Non-economic damages cover more subjective losses, such as loss of enjoyment of life.
Why You Need a Florida Catastrophic Injury Attorney
A traumatic injury can have lifelong effects and enormous financial implications. Attempting to handle the situation on your own could jeopardize hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars owed to you.
This is not a situation you want to attempt to handle on your own. Serious injuries are one of the most important for having the support of an experienced legal team. Contact an experienced catastrophic injury attorney before taking legal action on your own or negotiating with insurance companies.
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