Brooksville Lawyers Protecting the Rights of Accident Victims
Suffering a sudden and unexpected accident can be a devastating and stressful event for you and your family. Due to the severity of some injuries, the victim may be required to miss work or may be unable to return to work at all. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, we understand firsthand what you and your family are going through during this time. Our team of injury attorneys has over 50 combined years of experience guiding people in Brooksville and the surrounding communities through the legal process. We can help you fight for the compensation that you deserve.
Establishing Negligence after a Brachial Plexus Injury
The brachial plexus consists of a network of nerves beginning in the neck area and branching off to create many of the other nerves that control sensation and movement in the shoulder, forearm, and hand. For example, the ulnar, median, and radial nerves begin in the brachial plexus and are essential to motor control and feeling. An injury to the brachial plexus can have a severe impact on a victim’s ability to go about daily business or to perform duties at work.
The key to seeking compensation in a personal injury case is generally to prove that the defendant is liable for negligence. In almost every accident claim, negligence has four elements: duty, breach, causation, and damages. In general, each of us has a duty to act with the same ordinary care and skill that a reasonably prudent person would use in a similar situation. For example, each motorist has a duty to operate his or her vehicle with the same ordinary care and skill that a reasonably prudent motorist would use in a similar situation based on similar road and weather conditions. Next, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant failed to act according to the duty of care. This can include failing to obey basic traffic laws or failing to warn of dangerous conditions located on a defendant’s property.
Seeking Compensation for Your Harm
After establishing the first two elements, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s breach was the legal cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. In other words, the plaintiff must prove that he or she would not have been hurt but for the defendant’s careless conduct. In many cases, the parties will provide expert witness testimony regarding the nature and extent of the damages and how the defendant’s conduct may or may not have caused those damages to occur. A common type of expert witness that is used frequently in motor vehicle collision cases, for example, is an accident reconstructionist.
Finally, the plaintiff must provide evidence regarding the damages that he or she has sustained. In personal injury actions, this typically includes medical expenses, physical therapy, lost wages, property damage, and loss of future earning capacity. Since brachial plexus injuries involve sensitive and complicated nerves, many victims must take many days off work in order to make a full recovery. Unfortunately, some injured individuals are unable to return to their same occupation due to the severity of the harm. If you have sustained a brachial plexus injury, it is important to see a medical provider immediately to examine your situation and to document the severity and extent of your condition.
Pursue an Injury Claim with the Assistance of a Brooksville Attorney
If you or someone you know has suffered a brachial plexus injury as the result of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our firm has extensive resources that we can use to counsel car accident victims from the Brooksville area and beyond. Our lawyers approach each case with the compassion and personal attention that it deserves. Call us now at 1-866-597-0009 to schedule a free consultation or contact us online. We also serve injured individuals in North Tampa, New Tampa, Spring Hill, and Lutz, among other Florida communities.