Catastrophic Injury Lawyer in Pembroke Pines
Catastrophic injuries can be devastating. From lost limbs to traumatic brain injuries, these types of injuries can severely incapacitate an individual, reduce the quality of life, and exact an extreme financial toll on a victim and their family. With over 185,000 lower body amputations in the U.S. each year, along with over 5.4 million paralysis victims, it’s no surprise that the number of catastrophic injuries keeps growing.
Financially, catastrophic injuries require some of the most expensive medical care in the U.S. Even with additional health care coverage, these types of injuries can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of decades, maxing out insurance benefits and leaving the cost burden to a loved one. In addition, because these injuries often prevent a victim from working there is little opportunity for someone to find well-paying employment to cover all of these costs.
Fortunately, a catastrophic injury lawyer in Pembroke Pines can help. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, the catastrophic injury lawyers at Schlacter Law can assist with getting you the compensation you so desperately need. We can help fight the insurance companies that continue to deny coverage and go after the person responsible for the harm through a personal injury negligence lawsuit. Call today for a consultation.
Types of Injuries in Pembroke Pines
Catastrophic injuries are the types of injuries that result in a long-term or permanent disability. These types of injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Organ damage
There are many different types of accidents that can lead to these injuries. Some common accidents include:
- Automobile accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Swimming pool accidents
Often, these injuries result from someone else’s failure to protect an individual from some kind of harm. Failing in a duty that results in harm is known as negligence. To receive compensation for a catastrophic injury a personal injury lawsuit is filed on the victim’s behalf. To establish that the party responsible was negligent, a lawyer needs to show that:
- The defendant owed some kind of duty to the plaintiff
- The defendant failed to provide this duty
- The defendant was the cause of the harm
- The plaintiff was harmed as a result
Establishing that someone was negligent in their actions and that their negligence led to a severe injury requires the help of a catastrophic injury attorney. Negligence can be difficult to prove. However, with years of experience handling these types of cases, the catastrophic injury law firm of Schlacter Law knows what it takes to get you the compensation you need following an accident.
There are three types of compensation available following a successful lawsuit. These include:
- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
- Punitive damages
The known costs associated with a permanent or severe injury are known as economic damages. These might include:
- Ambulance bills
- Hospital bills
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost income
These costs are typically easier to calculate than other costs associated with a catastrophic injury since expenses such as bills are usually presented to the victim by the companies that provided the medical care. Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages are typically far harder to calculate since these costs can last years or decades, and some costs are difficult to assign a dollar value. These might include:
- Long-term medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Long-term physical therapy
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Because these types of costs are difficult to calculate, a catastrophic injury lawyer who deals with these types of injuries can use the experience acquired in similar cases to help estimate the long-term costs associated with these damages.
Punitive damages are uncommon and are typically used as a punishment to prevent a defendant from repeating the same behavior that led to the harm in the first place. Consulting a Pembroke Pines catastrophic lawyer today is essential in helping determine the types and amounts of compensation that are available to you following a serious accident. Call 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 much time do I have to file a lawsuit?
Florida places a time limit on when a lawsuit can be filed. Known as the statute of limitations, the time limit for personal injury negligence cases is four years from when the accident occurred or when the injury was discovered. If an accident victim fails to file a lawsuit within this window the case may be dismissed and the victim could lose out on potential compensation. It’s important that catastrophic injury claims are filed within this statute of limitation. Call a Pembroke Pines attorney today so we can ensure that no deadline is overlooked.
What if I was partially responsible for my injuries?
Even if you were partially responsible for an injury you may be able to get compensation. By following the doctrine of comparative negligence, Florida allows victims to recover reduced compensation based on the percentage of responsibility attributed to them. If an award was given for $100,000 but the court found that the victim was 25% responsible, then the award would be reduced by $25,000.
How much compensation can I expect to recover?
Determining the amount of compensation available to a victim is difficult to ascertain without a complete review of the circumstances that led to the injury. Compensation includes any known and unknown costs that occur as a result of the injury, as well as intangible values such as pain and suffering. To help establish the types and amounts of compensation available, call the accident law firm of Schlacter Law today.