What is a catastrophic injury?
The term “catastrophic injury” can refer to any number of serious injuries. Catastrophic injuries are usually life-altering and leave the victim with a decreased ability to enjoy life. After a catastrophic injury, you may not be able to participate in the same activities that you once enjoyed. Additionally, you may not be able to work, run errands or care for your children like you did before suffering an injury. Common catastrophic injuries include paralysis, amputation and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Severe burn injuries and blindness may also be considered catastrophic. Catastrophic injury victims may suffer emotional, psychological and physical scars. They may have trouble adjusting to life after their injury and have a hard time coping with the ramifications of their accident. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury because of another person’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries, Burn Injuries, Accidental Amputations and Other Catastrophic Injury Claims in Miami
Some types of injuries are so severe that the victim will never again enjoy the quality of life that they had prior to the injury. These catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries that have resulted in paraplegia or quadriplegia, severe burns with disfiguring scars, the loss of eyesight, hearing or the amputation of a limb. If you are the victim of a negligent, reckless or dangerous act by another person or corporation and have suffered a catastrophic injury, a Miami personal injury attorney from our firm can evaluate your claim and advise you what should be done to pursue justice and compensation.
Catastrophic Injuries and Paralysis
According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, more than six million people in the United States live with some form of paralysis. Paralysis is one type of catastrophic injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, paralysis can easily be life-altering. Statistically, 4% of individuals suffering from paralysis are paralyzed because of a traumatic brain injury. Another 23% of individuals living with paralysis are paralyzed as a result of a spinal cord injury. Nearly one quarter of these injuries were caused by motor vehicle accidents. Another 28% of spinal cord injuries were caused by avoidable work-related accidents and 9% were caused by falls. Spinal cord injuries have a significant impact on the U.S. economy as well. According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, severe spinal cord injuries can cause as much as $985,774 in the year following the accident. Subsequent years can cause as much as $171,183.
Reimbursement for Your Pain & Suffering
When an individual is so seriously injured that their life will be affected permanently, the need to recover adequate compensation is critical. Long term care, skilled nursing, medical costs and rehabilitation, both now and into the future, as well as loss of income that the injured victim could have been expected to earn over their lifetime, had they not suffered the catastrophic injury, must all be evaluated when filing a claim for damages. These cases must be managed by a real legal professional with a track record of success in serious injury claims. Our firm has garnered a reputation as one of the top injury law firms in the Miami area, and our legal team is committed to pursuing the maximum possible compensation for damages either in mediation, negotiations with insurance companies or in court.
We are trial lawyers, and are not willing to accept a fast settlement that is inadequate for the injured victim. We are proficient in preparing and presenting a persuasive case to a jury, and our cases are well documented when we need to take it to a jury to make a decision. Most insurance companies would prefer not to litigate; we are known in the area, and often get excellent results in settlements due to our careful and professional case preparation. If you or your loved one has been permanently injured by another person or corporation, we can assist you to pursue the compensation that is necessary to address all the damages, both economic and non-economic. We are trusted, compassionate and professional, and we offer our services in a free case evaluation to assist you. Contact a Miami catastrophic injury lawyer from our firm for immediate assistance in serious injury cases.