West Palm Beach Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
A catastrophic injury is often a life-altering event that can result in enduring physical pain or disfigurement, lasting emotional distress, and significant long-term financial strain. Coping with life following such an injury can be challenging, and it becomes even more daunting when your injuries were caused, entirely or partially, by the negligent or wrongful conduct of another party or parties.
Following a catastrophic injury accident, you will be faced with the need to seek out medical professionals and arrange for ongoing treatment. Additionally, you will need to engage with insurance companies and potentially navigate the complexities of an unknown legal system. Instead of attempting to manage all this alone while also dealing with the physical agony and psychological trauma stemming from the accident, you should know that help is available.
If you are living with catastrophic injuries that you believe were caused by a preventable accident, a West Palm Beach catastrophic injury lawyer at Demand the Limits can help. Let us put our experience, resources, and dedication to helping injured victims to work advocating and litigating on your behalf. We will work tirelessly to ensure that the responsible party (or parties) is held accountable and that you are justly compensated for your physical, emotional, and financial suffering. Contact us today by calling (561) 600-3555 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
Interestingly, neither the legal nor the medical community has definitively established a definition of “catastrophic injury.” One definition, used by the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research encompasses what the public as well as those in the medical and legal communities mean when they use the term “catastrophic injury,” defining such injuries as “fatalities, injuries that result in permanent functional disability, and serious injuries that result in temporary functional disability with full recovery.” Common examples of injuries that might be classified as a “catastrophic injury” include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- Brain bleeds.
- Skull fractures.
- Heat stroke,
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Organ damage.
- Sudden cardiac arrest.
- Severe burns.
How Do Catastrophic Injuries Occur?
Almost any type of accident can result in catastrophic injuries; however, there are some common scenarios in which a victim can suffer catastrophic injuries, including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Sports injury accidents
- Medical errors
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Swimming pool accidents
- Birth injuries
- Intentional assaults
- Animal attacks
- Premises liability accidents
Who Is Legally Liable for Injuries in a West Palm Beach Catastrophic Injury Accident?
Another party may be held legally liable for the catastrophic injuries you sustained if that party’s negligent or wrongful conduct caused or contributed to the accident. Liability may be based on negligent or intentionally wrong conduct as well as on strict liability.
Negligence requires an injured victim to prove that the defendant breached a duty of care owed to the victim. The most commonly used example of liability based on negligence is a motor vehicle collision. Long ago, the law established that a motorist operating a vehicle on a public roadway owes a duty of care to others on the roadway. A motorist might breach that duty of care by driving while intoxicated, texting while driving, or speeding, among the numerous possibilities.
Intentionally wrong conduct in the context of a catastrophic injury lawsuit typically refers to an intentional assault. While the defendant’s conduct may also lead to criminal charges being filed, an intentional assault that results in catastrophic injuries can also form the basis of a civil lawsuit.
Finally, strict liability may apply under certain circumstances. Strict liability is imposed without regard to the acts or omissions of the defendant aimed at keeping the victim from harm. A connection between the defendant and the victim is all that is required. If a defective product causes catastrophic injuries, for instance, everyone in the “chain of distribution” may be held liable for those injuries simply because they are within that chain.
Am I Entitled to Compensation for My West Palm Beach Catastrophic Injury Accident?
The financial cost of injuries sustained in any accident can be difficult for a victim to bear; however, the cost of catastrophic injuries can be devastating. Consider, for example, that the cost of treating a TBI can reach $4 million over a lifetime. Sadly, only one in five TBI victims improves and another one in five remains the same over a five-year period, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The cost of treating a spinal cord injury for the initial year alone can easily reach $1 million. These are just a few examples of the extremely high costs associated with treating catastrophic injuries.
As the victim of a catastrophic injury, you could be entitled to compensation from the party or parties responsible for your injuries. That compensation may include economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are intended to compensate an injured victim for things such as doctor and hospital bills, the value of lost income or wages, and the cost of rehabilitation and specialized equipment. Non-economic damages represent the subjective injuries you suffered, such as mental anguish, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and scarring.
If you are a surviving parent or child of someone who was fatally injured in a West Palm Beach catastrophic injury accident, you may also be entitled to compensation in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit.
Get Help from an Experienced West Palm Beach Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Catastrophic injuries are the type of injuries that leave a mark – physical and/or emotional – for your lifetime. Even if you can physically heal completely, you may never reach that level of healing psychologically. If you suffered catastrophic injuries, or you are the surviving family member of someone who died because of catastrophic injuries, you may have legal options that could provide compensation to you for your injuries or your loss. An experienced West Palm Beach catastrophic injury lawyer at Demand the Limits can help ensure that the responsible party (or parties) is held accountable for your injuries or loss. Having an experienced West Palm Beach catastrophic injury lawyer on your side is the key to:
- Arranging for competent and complete medical treatment.
- Identifying the party or parties legally responsible for your injuries.
- Thoroughly investigating the circumstances that led to your catastrophic injuries.
- Negotiating a favorable out-of-court settlement when possible.
- Advocating and litigating on your behalf in court if the case goes to trial.
At Demand the Limits, our experienced West Palm Beach personal injury accident lawyers have extensive experience with catastrophic injury cases. We fight hard to defend the legal rights of all West Palm Beach injury victims. Call (561) 600-3555 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation. Don’t delay – the sooner you have an attorney fighting for you, the better protected your legal rights will be.