North Tampa Lawyers Representing Victims of Head Trauma
Brain injuries have the potential to change a person’s life forever. Floridians who have experienced serious head injuries know first hand of the toll they take: Medical bills, lost ability to work, and permanent lifestyle changes are just some of the possibilities. The brain injury lawyers of Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC work every day to improve the lives of injured Floridians in North Tampa and beyond. If you suffered an acquired brain injury because of some other person or company’s wrongdoing, we can help you.
Floridians with Brain Injuries Caused by Negligence May Seek Compensation
The term acquired brain injury refers to brain injuries that occur after a person’s birth. Some are caused by internal sources, such as a stroke or cancer. Others are traumatic brain injuries caused by an external source of trauma. Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and boat accidents are some examples of traumatic events that may lead to an acquired brain injury. Florida law grants victims with injuries caused by wrongdoing the right to seek compensation.
In most situations, a negligence plaintiff’s case focuses largely on the defendant’s conduct. Nearly everyone in Florida is charged with a duty of reasonable care, which mandates that a person not engage in unreasonable behavior that may put others at risk. In most cases, the defendant owes the plaintiff this duty, and a breach occurs when a defendant fails to abide by it. If the defendant drove or operated a boat drunk, for example, she has generally breached the duty of reasonable care. Proving what duty the defendant owed to the plaintiff and whether the defendant breached it are the first two elements of a negligence claim.
The next step of the claim is causation, where the plaintiff is required to prove that her injuries were proximately caused by the defendant’s behavior. Proximate causation is a combination of literal cause and foreseeability.
The final element in the case is comprised of the plaintiff’s injury and its relationship to the defendant. Proving that the plaintiff suffered a compensable injury is necessary to file a claim. Physical injuries such as acquired brain injuries are generally recognized to be compensable, but Florida law recognizes other intangible injuries.
By establishing these four elements of a negligence claim, the plaintiff may be eligible to collect damages from liable defendants.
Damages Include Reimbursement of Medical Expenses and Other Financial Losses
In a legal context, the term “injury” means more than physical maladies. Financial expenditures or losses incurred as a result of the defendant’s behavior are considered compensable injuries. These include past and future medical expenses and lost income potential. Successful plaintiffs may collect damages intended to reimburse and compensate for these injuries.
Physical and psychological trauma are also compensable. Although these aren’t as easily calculated as medical bills, plaintiffs may seek damages to compensate pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish.
Spring Hill Attorneys Seeking Compensation for Brain Injury Victims
Whether your acquired brain injury was caused by the negligence of a truck driver, a defective product, or an irresponsible property owner, Florida law grants you the right to seek compensation. The injury attorneys of Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC have significant experience advocating for injured residents of Spring Hill, as well as throughout Hillsborough County, Pasco County, and Hernando County. To see if we can help you, call us or contact us online. Our consultations are free and impose no obligation on you.