Accidents in Miami can have immediate and long-lasting consequences. Some accident-related injuries will be so severe that you will never be able to live your life the same way again. These injuries are often referred to as “catastrophic.”
At Lavent Law, our attorneys are prepared to help you get the money you deserve for your life-changing injury. If someone else is responsible for your catastrophic injury, we will fight to hold them accountable. Call us today to schedule a free consultation with our skilled legal team. We will review the details of your accident and devise a legal strategy to get you the money you need.
Catastrophic Injuries in Miami
Catastrophic literally means “a momentous tragic event.” As a result, only the most serious and debilitating injuries are described as catastrophic. These injuries tend to involve significant damage to the spinal column, spine, or brain. These areas of the body are home to the central nervous system and are responsible for most of our major life functions. When you suffer a catastrophic injury, the body’s ability to communicate and regulate itself can be impaired.
Consequences of a catastrophic injury often include:
- Disability, and
If someone else has caused your catastrophic injury, our injury attorneys can help you recover compensation. Call us today to schedule your free case evaluation.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Certain injuries are often classified as catastrophic because they tend to have a substantial and negative impact on your life. We are prepared to help you recover compensation for catastrophic injuries, including, but not limited to:
Spinal Cord Injury: The spinal cord is responsible for vital life functions. Damage to the spinal cord can result in paralysis, limited organ functionality, disability, and even death.
Traumatic Brain Injury: The brain is arguably the most important organ you have. Damage to the brain will often have devastating consequences. Your ability to perform daily tasks, walk, and even work can be severely compromised.
Paralysis: Paralysis is defined as the partial or complete loss of function. Paralyzing injuries occur most commonly when you sustain an injury to the spinal column. Paralysis typically occurs below the level of the injury. So, the higher the injury on your spinal column, the more extensive the paralysis.
Paraplegia: Paraplegia is the complete paralysis of the lower half of the body, including both legs.
Quadriplegia: Quadriplegia refers to the complete paralysis of all four limbs.
Amputation: Losing a limb can have devastating consequences in your life. Your ability to work may be compromised if you suffer a traumatic amputation injury.
Severe Burns: Burn injuries can inflict serious and debilitating pain. The most severe burns can result in irreversible damage to the bone and muscle tissue. Left untreated, burns can result in life-threatening complications and infections.
Costs of a Catastrophic Injury
Catastrophic injuries will change your life forever. Most will not only require immediate hospitalization and medical attention, but also demand lifelong care and maintenance. This can include multiple surgeries, rehabilitation, nursing care, medication, and medically-necessary home alterations. Most catastrophic injuries will significantly impact your ability to work. The financial costs of your catastrophic injury will only be aggravated by your loss of income. When considered together, the financial costs of a catastrophic injury can easily exceed millions of dollars over the course of your lifetime.
Damages Available to Catastrophic Injury Victims
Our attorneys know that a catastrophic injury is devastating in many ways. We understand the financial costs of your accident only add insult to injury. We are prepared to help you file a lawsuit and recover the money you deserve.
As your lawyers, we will thoroughly investigate your accident and determine the underlying cause. This allows us to identify anyone who may have contributed to your catastrophic injury. Once we have this information, we will pursue compensation from everyone who played a part in your accident. We will also work with experts to make sure that your claim is valued properly.
We will fight to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Medical aids and devices
- Nursing care
- Medically-necessary home alterations
- Chronic pain
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our legal team. We are here to help you navigate this difficult time in your life.
Causes of Catastrophic Injuries in Miami
Catastrophic injuries can happen for a variety of reasons. They are most frequently the result of violent and dangerous accidents. Common causes of catastrophic injuries in Miami include:
- Car accident
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Cruise ship accidents
- Dog bites
- Premises liability accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace injury
- Construction accident, and
- Defective products.
Catastrophic injuries are often a consequence of negligence. Our attorneys can help you recover compensation regardless of the type of accident that caused your catastrophic injury. We will fight to recover money on your behalf. Contact us today to learn more.
Statute of Limitations for Catastrophic Injury Claims
When you suffer a catastrophic injury and someone else is to blame, you have the right to demand compensation. However, you only have a short amount of time to file a legal claim for damages. Florida imposes a strict statute of limitations in all bodily injury cases. You must file your catastrophic injury claim within four years of your accident. If you don’t file your claim on time you won’t be able to recover the money you need.
Fortunately, you can make sure that your claim is filed before the statute of limitations expires. How? Contact the Miami catastrophic injury attorneys at Lavent Law as soon as you can after your accident. We will get to work on your case immediately and fight to recover the money you deserve.
Shared Fault in Miami Accidents
Our attorneys can help you recover money even if you are partially responsible for your own catastrophic injury. In Florida, your own fault does not necessarily bar you from recovering compensation. You can get money as long as someone else is also to blame. In fact, you can recover compensation from anyone who contributed to your accident or injury.
There are two important things to understand if you contributed to your injury.
Limited Recovery: First, your ability to recover compensation will be limited. Specifically, it will be reduced by your degree of fault. If you are 25 percent responsible, your damages will be reduced by 25 percent. So, if you had $1,000,000 in damages, you would be able to recover a maximum of $750,000.
Liability to Others: Second, you may be responsible for damages incurred by other accident victims. Specifically, you will liable up to your degree of fault. If you are 25 percent responsible, you will be on the hook for 25 percent of other victims’ damages. So, if another victim suffered $10,000 in damages, you may be liable for $2,500.
Our attorneys will work to minimize your role in the accident. We will investigate the incident and find evidence that shifts blame to others. The smaller your role in the accident, the more money you can recover.
Speak with a Miami Catastrophic Injury Attorney Today
Have you or someone you love recently suffered a catastrophic injury in Miami? If someone else is to blame our attorneys can help you recover compensation. We will fight to maximize the financial award you receive. Call Lavent Law today to learn about your rights and legal options. Your first consultation with our Miami catastrophic injury lawyers is free. Do not hesitate to call us today for help getting the money you deserve.