Spring Hill Attorneys for Serious Injuries
Broken and fractured bones are common injuries in accidents, but they can also be serious. The Spring Hill catastrophic injury lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can help you if you suffered severe fractures or broken bones in an accident. With more than half a century of combined legal experience, our attorneys have helped clients pursue claims for their serious injuries. We can provide you with the guidance and counseling you need to assert your right to compensation.
Broken and Fractured Bones
Accident injuries can include broken bones or fractures. While some fractures may be minor, the types of fractures that occur in car crashes or truck accidents can be devastating. Displaced fractures are those that occur when the bone breaks in two or more pieces. They are usually caused by sudden blows or impacts. Displaced fractures often cause the bone to shift or lose alignment. The bone may pierce through the skin or damage surrounding tissue, nerves, or joints. Comminuted, compression, and oblique fractures are some examples of displaced fractures.
Fractures often require multiple surgeries, including the use of metal plates, rods, and screws. Extensive rehabilitative therapy is not uncommon after a fracture, and a person often will need to take significant time off from work to recover from the injury.
Liability for Serious Injuries
If you were involved in an accident and suffered significant fractures, you may hold the party who caused the accident liable for your injuries. Motor vehicle crashes and other types of accidents are often the result of negligence. You can file a personal injury claim against the person or entity you believe is responsible for causing the accident and your fractures.
To prove a defendant’s liability, you must show negligence. Negligence requires that you prove the following elements:
- Duty of care owed to you by the defendant;
- Defendant’s breach of the duty of care;
- Causation of your injuries by the defendant’s breach; and
- Damages for your injuries.
You must be able to show that the defendant owed you a duty of care. For example, drivers owe a duty of reasonable care to everyone on the road. Property owners owe a duty of care, in varying degrees, to almost everyone on their property. If you are a trespasser, however, the property owner owes you a lesser duty of care than someone who was permitted to enter the property.
A Florida court will consider whether you were partially at fault for your injuries. If the court finds that your own negligence contributed to your injuries, you still may be able to recover damages. Unlike some states, Florida does not prevent a victim from getting damages even if he or she is mostly at fault for the injuries. A court will determine each party’s negligence and allow a victim to recover damages in proportion to his or her degree of fault.
Compensation & Recovery
You may need extensive medical care, including surgeries and physical therapy, to heal from your broken bone injuries, which can impact your ability to work. If you can prove your claim, you may be able to recover damages from the defendant. You can get compensation for your past and future medical expenses, rehabilitative care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Florida has a four-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims, so it is important to act within this time frame to avoid losing your potential right to compensation.
Experienced Legal Representation and Advocacy
The personal injury attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC are prepared to assert your right to compensation if you suffered fractures in an accident in the North Tampa area. Our legal team is comprised of seasoned litigators with years of experience negotiating settlements and advocating for clients in the courtroom. We can effectively pursue your personal injury claim if a negligent party caused you serious injuries, including fractures and broken bones. We serve clients in New Tampa, Hillsborough, and other nearby areas. Call us today or contact us through our online form to arrange a free, confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.