At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, we represent personal injury victims who have sustained catastrophic spinal cord injuries in accidents. Our Brooksville FL Spinal Injury lawyers have helped numerous people suffering from spinal cord injuries get fair compensation from the parties that harmed them. We bring over five decades of combined legal experience to effectively advise you and advocate for your rights.
Spinal Cord Injury North Tampa
Individuals who sustain spinal cord damage face potentially long-term and debilitating injuries. Spinal cord injuries may lead to paralysis, including paraplegia, triplegia and quadriplegia, which requires substantial medical care and treatment. These conditions also limit a person’s ability to work and financially support his or her family. Along with the physical impairments, spinal cord injury victims often suffer emotional and psychological trauma as a result of their condition. The number of new spinal cord injury patients nationwide is between 12,000 and 20,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC also estimates that the lifetime cost for a spinal cord injury victim can rise to millions of dollars, depending on the severity of the injury.
Spinal cord injury is usually the result of an accident. Based on data from between 2005 and 2012, the Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center has identified vehicular accidents, such as car crashes, as the leading cause of spinal cord damage. Accidental falls were the second-leading cause of spinal cord injuries, according to this data.
Liability for Causing Spinal Cord Injuries
In these cases, a negligent party is usually at fault for causing the accident and thus responsible for the injury. You have the right to hold the party that caused your injury liable for its negligence. By pursuing a Florida personal injury lawsuit, you can try to prove the defendant’s liability and recover damages.
Many personal injury actions, including those causing spinal cord injuries, require you to show the defendant’s negligence. This means that you must prove:
- Duty of reasonable care. For example, drivers have a duty to be careful when they drive and must yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk.
- Breach. You must show that the defendant violated the duty of care by actions such as not yielding to you at a crosswalk or failing to fix a defective condition on property.
- Causation. By breaching the duty, the defendant caused your spinal cord injury; and
- Damages. You incurred actual damages attributable to the injury.
Once you establish liability, you may be able to recover damages for your injury. Florida limits the time you have to file an action. In general, personal injury claims have a four-year statute of limitations. Certain claims, such as medical malpractice actions, have only a two-year time limit.
Getting Compensation After an Accident
Spinal cord injuries require extensive medical care and can impact your ability to work and earn a living. By pursuing a timely personal injury claim and establishing liability, you can potentially recover damages from the at-fault party. You may receive compensation for past and future medical care, lost wages and loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
Dedicated Representation in North Tampa for Spinal Cord Injuries
The North Tampa personal injury attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC are prepared to help you assert your right to compensation for your spinal cord injury. Our firm provides dedicated client service and aggressive legal representation to personal injury victims. Our lawyers can provide effective legal counseling and help you obtain the compensation you need for your serious physical injuries. We serve clients throughout Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties. Call us or contact us online for a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys today.