A catastrophic injury has an immense impact, not only on the victim but on his or her family members and loved ones as well. Catastrophic injuries are generally defined as injuries that are so severe, they prevent the victim from working, caring for him or herself, and/or returning to his or her normal life. These types of injuries typically result in serious physical, mental, emotional, and financial hardships.
If your loved one suffered a debilitating, life-altering injury due to someone else’s negligent actions, you have the right to take legal action. The Fran Haasch Law Group can help you understand your options and work to hold the negligent parties accountable. Catastrophic injuries often require extensive medical treatment and lifelong care, the cost of which can be enormous. Our Clearwater catastrophic injury attorneys can help you fight for the fair compensation you are owed for these and other damages. We assist clients throughout the Greater Tampa Bay Region, including those in Clearwater, Tampa, Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, and beyond.
Call our office at (727) 784-8191 or contact us online to request a case evaluation regarding your catastrophic injury case.
What Are Catastrophic Injuries?
In general, injuries that are permanently disabling to some degree are considered “catastrophic” in nature. Catastrophic injuries can be fatal, but they can also result in only partial disability or temporary disability. The severity of a catastrophic injury depends greatly on the circumstances leading up to the accident, as well as the type of injury sustained.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Major internal damage
- Multiple fractures
Catastrophic injuries must be diagnosed by a medical professional. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a severe, debilitating injury, including any of the ones listed here, contact The Fran Haasch Law Group as soon as possible. In most cases, you have four years from the date of injury to file a personal injury claim in the state of Florida; however, the sooner you are able to bring a claim, the better your chances of a successful outcome. Our catastrophic injury attorneys in Clearwater can begin preparing your case by working with a team of experts and specialists to determine exactly how the accident occurred and who is at fault.
Compensation in Catastrophic Injury Cases
Like all types of injuries, catastrophic injuries can and do occur in a variety of ways. Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents are common culprits when it comes to catastrophic injuries. Slip and fall accidents, swimming pool accidents, construction accidents, and even dog bites can all result in catastrophic injuries, as well.
If your loved one suffered catastrophic injuries in any type of accident, you likely have a lot of questions and concerns. How will you be able to afford the medical bills? What will you do if you depended on your loved one for income and he or she is no longer able to work? Will you have to take time off work to care for your loved one? What will the future look like for your family?
There are many unique considerations when it comes to compensation in catastrophic injury cases. These situations often require more extensive medical attention than other types of injuries. Additionally, the emotional consequences of having a loved one suffer such a serious injury can be overwhelming.
Depending on the exact circumstances involved in your situation, you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Immediate emergency medical treatment
- Ongoing medical care, including physical or cognitive rehabilitation
- Wheelchairs, ramps installed in your home, and other structures/equipment
- Lost income/wages
- Lost or reduced earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and/or trauma as a result of the accident
- Disfigurement, inconvenience, and loss of life quality
Our firm can help you navigate the legal process, all while providing the compassionate guidance and personalized attention you deserve. We understand that this is an immensely difficult time for you and your family; let our firm handle every aspect of your case so that you can focus on healing.
Reach out to us today for an evaluation by one of our catastrophic injury lawyers in Clearwater; call (727) 784-8191 or contact us online.