Catastrophic Injury Lawyer in Miami
Miami Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
A catastrophic injury is a severe injury that is usually debilitating, permanent, and affects a person’s daily life. This includes altering how a person performs normal household chores, maintains a job, or even cares for himself or herself. Common types of catastrophic injuries are those which damage the spinal cord or brain, both of which make up the central nervous system. Other types of catastrophic injuries damage a person’s senses, especially vision and hearing, cause organ injuries, or result in amputations. Not only does the victim suffer, but his or her entire family suffers the physical, emotional, and financial strain due to the catastrophic injury and disability.
But in times of great uncertainty, victims and their families can rely on Schlacter Law. Our Miami catastrophic injury lawyer understands how devastating it can be for an individual who has sustained life-altering injuries due to the negligence of another person, business, or state agency. Our compassionate lawyer and legal firm will work with your treating medical providers to build a strong compensation claim. We may also hire industry-leading experts to prove liability against all parties who may have caused your life-changing damages. If you or a loved one were catastrophically injured in a Florida personal injury accident, ask our lawyer for a FREE consultation by dialing (305) 999-1111.
Common Catastrophic Injuries Due to Negligence
Our experienced catastrophic injury lawyer may handle any type of serious, debilitating, or permanent injury caused by the negligence of another. There are many possible types of injuries, especially brain or spinal cord injuries, which may result in catastrophic damage. Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include the following:
- Traumatic Brain Injury – Also known as a TBI, a traumatic brain injury is usually catastrophic. The CDC defines a TBI “as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury” . Some of the most common types of TBIs include the following:
- Coup-contrecoup – when the brain shifts violently back-and-forth in the skull and sustains damage from impacting the inside of the skull
- Diffuse axonal injuries – when brain tissue is literally ripped or shredded due to violent shaking or impact force
- Penetrating harms – damage from foreign debris that pierces the skull and damages the brain
- Concussions – shocks to the brain due to impact which affects how the brain functions, including concentration, memory, problem solving, and other functions
- Brain bleeds – dangerous conditions which could result in serious brain damage due to swelling
- Many other different types of TBIs which should be reviewed by our Miami catastrophic injury lawyer
- Spinal Cord Injuries – This is a devastating injury frequently causing paralysis, also known as SCI. According to government research, approximately 85% of all spinal cord injuries are due to unintentional accidents and the two largest causes are motor vehicle accidents (39%) and falls (32%) . The two most common types of spinal cord injuries are paraplegia, which affects the lower extremities and the lower torso, and quadriplegia, which affects all four limbs and most of the torso. Spinal cord injuries have massive ramifications for a person’s daily life and career, usually resulting in prolonged physical and occupational therapy. Always consult with a lawyer for SCIs including disc herniations or disc buldges also referred to as called disc ruptures, disc extrusions or slipped discs
- Amputations – The loss of a limb is not only a catastrophic injury, but also a life-changing injury. Victims may be unable to continue with the same profession and frequently need to use mobility assistance devices. Some victims need extensive physical therapy and occupational therapy to be able to adjust to their new life. Many individuals who have lost a limb frequently develop psychological injuries like anxiety and depression, or other conditions such as “phantom limb syndrome” which requires professional counseling. Always ask a Miami lawyer for help with any amputation injury case
- Blindness – When a victim loses his or her vision in a personal injury accident the result could be devastating. It may feel like the end of the world for a victim because he or she will have to re-learn everything. The burden is also heavy on a family to help to teach a person how to cope with their significant disability and make adjustments in the victim’s living space or home. Consult with a Miami lawyer for any loss of vision, even a small percentage loss of vision, but especially if a person has suffered blindness
Common Causes of a Catastrophic Injury in Florida
There are many possible ways for an individual to be catastrophically injured in Florida. Most of these common ways are due to the reckless, careless, and downright negligent conduct of a person, business, or state agency. This means that most catastrophic injuries could have been avoided and would not have unnecessarily harmed innocent people. But unfortunately, our Miami lawyer knows this is not true.
The most common causes include the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents, trucking wrecks, motorcycle crashes, pedestrian knockdowns, bicyclist collisions, and other crashes
- Falls including slip and falls, trip and falls, traps, and other premises dangers
- Animal attacks and dog bites
- Construction site accidents
- Medical malpractice, especially surgeries
- Burns or explosions
- Dangerous or defective products
- Criminal offenses including assault and battery, robbery, sexual offenses, and other attacks
- Workplace injuries
- Boating accidents, cruise ship accidents, jet ski crashes, and other water sport incidents
- Many other common causes which should be reviewed by our Miami lawyer
Call Schlacter Law for Catastrophic Injury Cases in Miami, Florida
If you or a loved one have been catastrophically injured in any type of personal injury accident, call our experienced Miami catastrophic injury lawyer at Schlacter Law to learn how we can begin to protect your rights to compensation today. Schedule your FREE case evaluation by calling (305) 999-1111 or by visiting our website to fill out an easy-to-use form to get started with us today.
How We Handle Cases
- Your attorney will aggressively investigate your case. Schlacter Law will compile all necessary evidence needed to maximize the value of your case. Which includes but is not limited to photographs, police reports, security camera footage, witness statements, medical bills and medical records.
- You will remain in constant contact with Schlacter Law about the progression of your case.
- Your attorney will present your case to the insurance company and will attempt to resolve your case before the case goes to court for maximum compensation.
- Your attorney will make every effort possible to resolve the case as quickly as possible for the most amount of money you may be entitled to. You will be actively involved in the negotiation process with your attorney. Schlacter Law understands that this is your one opportunity to get justice for your loss.
- If settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, Schlacter Law will be fully prepared to bring your case to court to fight for the justice you deserve.
- At no cost to you, Schlacter Law will hire any experts and professionals needed to maximize your recovery and present your case in the strongest form possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to file a catastrophic injury negligence lawsuit in Florida?
It depends on what type of accident caused the injury. Victims have four years for negligence causes of action such as slip and falls/trip and falls, car accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, construction accidents, criminal assaults/battery, and products liability cases. The time period is just two years for medical malpractice, nursing home malpractice/abuse, or wrongful death cases (two years from the date of death, not the injury causing death). There are extensions or “tolls” which may extend these time periods, but there are also instances where these time periods may be shorter. This includes actions against a state agency or on a cruise ship. It is always best to immediately contact a lawyer to ensure that your rights to compensation are protected, even if you think you have plenty of time to file. These time periods go fast and if you fail to file a lawsuit within this time period it could result in an automatic dismissal of your case.
What may I recover in a catastrophic injury negligence lawsuit?
Yes, but you would be significantly hurting your chances of recovering fair compensation. This is because insurance companies train their adjusters to manipulate customers and minimize their damages while increasing their comparative fault. Most insurance adjusters also have the background support of a lawyer who is feeding them information against your case, including issues of liability or damages that only a trained lawyer would know. This is why it is almost always an unfair fight for a customer to try and negotiate with an insurance company without the help of a Miami lawyer like ours at Schlacter Law. Schlacter Law recommends never to give a recorded statement without the assistance of a lawyer especially to an adverse insurance company.
How much does a catastrophic injury lawyer cost?
Here at Schlacter Law, we do not charge victims any money upfront. We only receive a percentage of what we recover for you after a settlement or court award. This allows victims and their families to keep money in their pockets until the negligent parties are brought to justice. There is no risk in hiring our lawyer to represent you or a family member.