Catastrophic Injury Attorney in Winter Park
If you or a loved one have been in a serious accident, you may have suffered a catastrophic injury. Catastrophic personal injuries are serious injuries that can be painful, protracted, and permanent in nature. These injuries have short-term and long-term effects on the injured individuals, their families, and society. These severe injuries force you to seek out medical treatment and incur substantial medical bills and expenses (home modifications, assistance with daily living). These types of injuries make it difficult to live the life you are used to living and they affect your ability to work and earn money.
The families of the injury victims may have to provide financial, physical, and mental support for many years to come. Under Florida Law, a deprived spouse may be able to recover damages for loss of consortium based on the injuries suffered by an impaired spouse. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries as the result of someone else’s negligence, contact our office for a free consultation.
What Are Catastrophic Injuries?
A catastrophic injury is defined as a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain and may also include the skull or spinal fractures. These injuries require significant long-term and/or lifetime medical treatment and life-altering accommodations. Catastrophic personal injuries have a long-standing effect on the injured person and their family which requires that their claim is processed appropriately.
Examples of Most Common Catastrophic Injuries
While many catastrophic injuries exist, some of the most common injuries are:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Organ damage, either through penetrating injuries or because of rapid and or undiagnosed infections
- Loss of limb
- Burn injuries that are severe enough to scar and or disfigure
- Spinal cord injuries that lead to paralysis
- Neurological disorders
- Multiple bone fractures
- Permanent loss of vision and or hearing
What Are the Causes of Catastrophic Injuries?
Catastrophic personal injuries often occur without warning and could result from almost any type of accident. Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries are:
- Car, Truck, and Motorcycle accidents – Motor vehicle crashes are a major cause of brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, and amputations.
- Slip and Fall accidents – Slip and Falls have been noted as theleading cause of TBI injury.
- Work Accidents – Working with heavy machinery working on ladders or scaffolding put you at a higher for slip and falls, amputations, brain, and spinal cord injuries.
- Negligence or malpractice – A breach in the standard of medical care.
- Contact Sports – According to the American Neurological Association of Surgeons, sports and recreational activities contribute to 21% of TBI’s in American children and adolescents.
Accidents and incidents such as these can cause severe injuries, but they are not the only causes.
Catastrophic Injuries Due to Medical Negligence
All medical procedures allow for some element of risk however certain results are not acceptable and breach the standard of care. These types of mistakes are referred to as never events because they are never supposed to happen. Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor, or healthcare professional causes an injury to a patient through negligence or omission. A medical malpractice claim must demonstrate a violation in the standard of care, that the injury was caused by negligence, and that the injury resulted in significant damages.
The following are some examples of medical malpractice:
- Failure to diagnose
- Misdiagnosed misreading
- Ignoring laboratory results
- Unnecessary surgery
- Surgical errors or wrong surgery site
- Improper medication or dosage for follow-up
- Not taking appropriate patient history
- Failure to order proper testing and failure to recognize symptoms
Determining Future Cost of Care and Damages
Catastrophic injuries can leave you and your family with an uncertain future. These injuries are financially and emotionally draining. A loss in earnings can permanently change the life of the survivor and their family members. If your injuries were caused by someone’s negligence, an attorney may be able to recover compensation to help with medical bills, medical care, home modifications, loss of income, pain and mental anguish. When making a claim, an attorney may include the use of an economist or a life care planner in order to quantify the economic damages suffered for a period or the remainder of the injured person’s life. If you or a family member has suffered a catastrophic personal injury, it is important to discuss all of your legal options with a qualified and knowledgeable attorney.
Filing a Claim on Behalf of a Family Member
In a catastrophic personal injury, the person injured can file a claim and or lawsuit against the negligent party how caused the injuries. In the event that the injured becomes incapacitated, then a family member may be able to pursue a claim for financial compensation for medical costs, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If a family member has been killed as a result of someone’s negligence, then you may be able to recover compensation for funeral costs and expenses, loss of income, and possibly future loss of income.
The Importance of An Attorney
Catastrophic personal injury cases are complex in nature and require a thorough understanding and application of the law in order to maximize your recovery. Due to the long term effects of catastrophic injuries, it is important to consult with an attorney that is able to understand the impact that your catastrophic injury has on every aspect of you and your family’s lives.
Our Winter Park, Florida catastrophic injury attorneys bring the negligent party to justice and help you recover the compensation that you deserve. Why should I call Abercrombie, P.A.? Your consultation is free, and you do not pay any legal fees unless you receive compensation. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation.