If you or someone you love sustained severe or catastrophic injuries in an accident, it’s crucial to speak with the skilled Florida catastrophic injury lawyers at Grossman Attorneys at Law. We have years of experience assisting clients throughout the state recover compensation for damages sustained in devastating accidents. Catastrophic injuries are ones that result in disabilities, disfigurement, long-lasting scars, or death. They prevent you from maintaining your standard of living or completing the daily activities you once enjoyed pre-accident.
Unlike many other personal injury law firms, we mostly handle catastrophic cases. We typically don’t take smaller personal injury cases, so we can focus all our attention on the severe issues that need it most. Catastrophic injuries can impact you for the rest of your life. You need an attorney who has the skills and experience to protect your rights and maximize the amount of compensation you could receive.
How Catastrophic Injuries Occur
It takes only a split second to change another person’s life forever. A small act of negligence can cause a severe accident that results in catastrophic injuries. While many people think about car accidents as the catalyst for catastrophic injuries, they aren’t the only events or incidents that can lead to life-changing injuries. Here is a look at the most common causes of severe or catastrophic injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Florida auto accidents are definitely one of the leading causes of catastrophic injuries, especially when an 18-wheeler truck, bicycle, motorcycle, or pedestrian is involved. Accidents between large trucks and passenger vehicles can be deadly due to the sheer size and weight difference. Accidents involving a pedestrian, motorcycle, bicyclist, etc. often result in severe injuries because the vehicle is often directly impacting the victim’s body. Motorcycle riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians don’t have the same safety protections that people sitting in a car do.
Catastrophic injuries can occur at work too, especially at construction sites. It comes as no surprise that worksites can be dangerous. Workers are around heavy equipment, large machinery, dangerous tools, and more. Add in hazards such as lack of proper safety measures or faulty equipment, and you are looking at a high-risk zone for serious injuries. Examples include falling off scaffolding, electrocution, chemical spills, explosions, slicing a finger or arm due to lack of safety precautions, etc.
Medical malpractice is another primary source of catastrophic injuries. When you entrust a medical professional with your health, you assume that you’ll receive the best care possible. Issues such as surgical error, hospital negligence, physician error, anesthesia error, and birth injuries are a few of the common medical malpractice claims we represent clients for in Florida.
Defective products can also leave unsuspecting victims with permanent injuries. When you purchase a product, you expect it to work as intended. Problems can arise with any number of products, from household appliances to defective drugs. For example, a household appliance could explode and leave you with severe burns. Or a defective drug could result in life-threatening side effects resulting in permanent organ damage.
The older you get, the greater the risk of severe injuries in a fall. Many older people suffer a broken hip or worse in a nasty fall. Slip and falls can occur anywhere from a sidewalk to a grocery store. If it happens on someone else’s property, you could have a premises liability claim. Property owners and businesses have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe for visitors. If there is a defective condition or hazard, they need to take proper steps to fix it or warn visitors.
Electrocution happens in numerous types of personal injury cases. In most cases, there’s a link between the event and someone else’s negligence. Electrocutions have occurred in auto accidents where the vehicle has contact with high-voltage power lines, defective products, construction sites, and more. Electrocution injuries vary and could lead to seizures, internal organ damages, cardiac arrest, permanent hearing loss, severe burns, and permanent nerve damage.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse is a growing concern across the country. When nursing homes neglect or abuse their residents, victims can sustain serious injuries. Bedsores, broken bones and severe infections are just three nursing home neglect and abuse incidents that can lead to severe or catastrophic injuries.
Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
Most catastrophic injury cases involve permanent life-changing injuries. Victims may be unable to return to their previous careers, require home modifications, or even be moved into a long-term care facility. That act of negligence can destroy someone’s life forever. Here’s a look at some of the most common catastrophic injuries we represent Florida clients for at Grossman Attorneys at Law.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can occur in a wide variety of personal injury claims. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of brain injuries in the country. Even minor collisions can cause a severe jolt, resulting in damage.
Depending on the circumstances, medical malpractice can also result in brain injuries. Birth injuries, medication errors, anesthesia or surgical errors, and misdiagnoses are a few catalysts for traumatic brain injuries.
Other causes include physical assaults, sports injuries, slip and falls, a falling object, etc. If you or someone you love sustained a traumatic brain injury, it’s important to contact our office. We can review your case’s facts and help you determine whether you have a valid catastrophic injury claim.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can lead to partial or total paralysis. When the spinal cord is severed in an accident, victims may be left unable to work or even move their extremities. Spinal cord injuries prevent the brain from transmitting messages from the body’s injured part through your nervous system. Your spinal cord can easily be damaged as a result of a car accident, fall, falling object, or assault.
Where on the spinal cord the injury occurs determines how extensive the paralysis is. For example, a spinal cord injury in the lower back will affect anything below the damaged area, so you should have mobility in your arms. If the spinal cord injury is high on the neck, you may have no movement from the neck down.
Amputation is not uncommon in many types of personal injury accidents. Your body could be crushed in an auto accident or get caught in machinery at work, requiring doctors to amputate. Surgical errors and secondary infections can also lead to amputation. Victims who have underlying health risks, such as diabetes, might be at higher risk for amputation in cases involving dog bites, lacerations, burns, etc.
Burn injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways. Motorcycle accidents and defective products are two common causes of massive burns. You could also be exposed to dangerous chemicals, cooking hazards, electrical failures, radiation, etc. Burn victims typically need expensive medical treatment after an accident. Burns can significantly alter a person’s appearance and leave them suffering in pain for years.
When someone suffers severe or catastrophic injuries, there’s always the risk they may die from their injuries or complications. When a family member dies from injuries sustained in a personal injury matter, some individual family members will have a right to bring a lawsuit against the negligent parties. Wrongful death claims are meant to compensate the surviving family members for their losses, such as loss of companionship, earning capacity, inheritance, and more.
Why You Need to Hire Florida Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
If you suffered irreversible damage in a personal injury accident, it’s imperative to contact a catastrophic personal injury lawyer. Claims involving catastrophic injuries are typically very complex to resolve. You need a lawyer who specializes in these high-exposure cases to ensure your rights are protected. Fighting for the compensation you deserve requires the expertise of an attorney who has a proven record of success with catastrophic injury claims.
You may need one or more industry experts to testify on your behalf. When insurance companies are faced with potential six- or seven-figure payouts, they will look for any opportunity to reduce their exposure. That means they could undervalue your claim or try and place more liability on you. At Grossman Attorneys at Law, we understand what is at stake in your case. We have access to some of the industry’s leading personal injury experts who can testify about your medical treatment, accident reconstruction, vocational rehabilitation, and more.
Florida law mandates that you file a lawsuit within a certain amount of time following a personal injury accident. Failure to meet the applicable deadline means your entire claim could be thrown out of court, and you would get no compensation. When you retain a catastrophic personal injury lawyer, we will file a lawsuit within the limitations period.
Contact Our Florida Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
If you believe you have a Florida catastrophic injury case, contact our office to schedule an initial consultation. Each one of our attorneys is a skilled litigator and experienced negotiator. We will be there to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. Catastrophic injury claims deserve to be handled by attorneys who handle these kinds of cases every day. Contact Grossman Attorneys at Law today, and let us put our knowledge and skills to work for you.