Taking Legal Action for Serious or Catastrophic Injuries in Florida
If you have been involved in an accident, you may have suffered injuries that have a long-term physical and financial impact on you and your family. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our Spring Hill serious injury lawyers represent victims who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of an accident. Our team of personal injury lawyers has more than 50 years of combined legal experience. We are prepared to offer you the aggressive representation you need to get the compensation that is fair for your injuries. Contact our office today if you were severely injured in an accident.
Types of Serious / Catastrophic Injuries
Accident victims can suffer debilitating, and sometimes life-altering, injuries. Car accidents, truck crashes, and dangerous property conditions often lead to catastrophic injuries. A person may require years of medical care, surgeries, and be unable to return to work. These types of injuries include:
- Brain injuries – According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), traumatic brain injuries are a serious factor in deaths and permanent disability, including 30 percent of injury-related deaths nationwide.
- Spinal cord injuries – The CDC estimates that there are anywhere between 12,000 and 20,000 new spinal cord injury patients in the U.S. each year.
- Disfigurement and Scarring – Burn injuries and deep scars from cuts and lacerations can require extensive medical treatment, including surgeries.
- Fractures – Broken bones sustained in an accident can be severe, and include compound fractures, where the bone pierces the skin, and comminuted fractures, where the bone breaks in several parts.
These injuries often require extensive treatment at significant costs. In many cases, the injuries and recovery will have a long-term impact on the victim’s earning capacity and overall lifestyle.
Establishing Liability for Catastrophic Injuries
If another party caused you harm, you can hold them liable for your catastrophic injuries. Accidental injuries are often the result of someone else’s careless or negligent acts. You can hold the party responsible for causing your injuries liable by filing a personal injury claim.
Personal injury claims must be based on a legal theory, and negligence is the basis for many such claims. Negligence is the failure to act as a reasonable person would act under the circumstances. You can demonstrate negligence by establishing that the defendant in your case had a duty to exercise reasonable care; breached, or violated, this duty of care through his or her actions; and that the breach caused your injuries and damages.
More than one party may be responsible for your injuries. If you were riding a motorcycle, for example, and were struck by more than one vehicle, two drivers may be held accountable for your injuries. In Florida, a court will apportion damages based on each party’s percentage of fault. This includes any portion of fault that may be attributed to you. In other words, each party will be responsible to the extent it is at fault for your injuries, and you will be allowed to recover damages to the extent you did not cause your injuries.
Obtaining Compensation for Your Injuries
You may potentially recover damages for your catastrophic injuries. You may obtain economic and non-economic damages that include compensation for your current and future medical care and treatment, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering. In egregious cases, you may be able to obtain punitive damages as well. There are certain time limits on when you can file a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims based on negligence generally have a four-year statute of limitations, while those based on medical malpractice or wrongful death have a two-year statute of limitations. A Florida personal injury lawyer can discuss what rights you may have and the specific time limits that apply to your case.
Helping You Recover for Your Serious Injuries
The North Tampa catastrophic injury attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC understand the life-long impact that serious accident injuries can have on you and your family. We can bring our seasoned, aggressive advocacy skills to help you recover fair compensation for your injuries. Our lawyers have helped serious accident injury victims get the financial compensation they need to move forward with their lives. We provide our services to clients in Brooksville, Lutz, and the surrounding counties. To discuss your case with one of our attorneys, please call us today or you can reach us via our online form and we will arrange an initial consultation at no cost.