Catastrophic accidents can cause serious and permanent injuries and losses. In some cases, these injuries may require lifelong, around-the-clock care at a nursing home or assisted living facility. When someone’s carelessness causes an accident with serious injuries, that person can and should be held legally responsible for all damages that result.
If you or a loved one has sustained catastrophic injuries in an accident because of someone else’s dangerous behavior or negligence, do not delay in seeking legal counsel to represent you in your case. The New Port Richey catastrophic injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group can meet with you to discuss how the accident happened and the cause of your injuries. Our lawyers are experienced at settling and litigating serious personal injury claims and can fight for your right to just compensation for your injuries.
How Catastrophic Accidents and Injuries Occur
Various types of accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries. Common accidents involving serious injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents (including motorcycle accidents)
- Boating accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
These types of accidents often involve serious brain, spine, or neck injuries due to the forces involved and likelihood of accident victims suffering a sudden jolt or impact to their head or back. Boating, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents are even more likely than regular car accidents to cause catastrophic injuries because the accident victim has no protective cage or seatbelt to prevent forceful impacts with other vehicles or the ground.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries come in many shapes and sizes. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) for example, are serious head injuries that can cause a myriad of problems. TBIs include everything from concussions to comas, which may result in short or long-term cognitive or memory losses and other serious problems. Other catastrophic injuries sustained in an accident can include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones (especially broken hips)
- Skull fractures
When someone else’s carelessness causes an accident involving catastrophic injuries, the victims may file a claim or lawsuit against the person at fault to recover damages for all losses caused by their injuries.
Costs of Living With a Catastrophic Injury
Catastrophic injuries are very different from soft tissue injuries and other types of relatively minor injuries sustained in an accident. In a minor soft tissue injury case, the accident victim may receive a hospital bill and perhaps some physical therapy bills. In many cases, once treatment concludes, the accident victim has fully recovered the state of physical health he or she enjoyed before the accident.
In catastrophic injury cases, however, accident victims may suffer serious permanent impairments and remain incapacitated for the remainder of their lives. Common costs associated with catastrophic injuries include:
- Hospital and emergency room bills
- Surgery costs
- Rehabilitation costs following surgery or other serious operation
- Costs of prescription drugs
- Costs of assistive devices
- Doctor and physical therapy bills
- Costs of around-the-clock nursing care
Long-term care can be extremely expensive and may include care provided by nurse specialists, psychiatrists and psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and social workers.
The costs of long-term medical care and treatment mount quickly and can overwhelm an accident victim trying to recover from serious injuries. If you’ve been injured in an accident and face potential lifelong medical or assistive expenses, the New Port Richey catastrophic injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group can review your unique circumstances and help you take legal action against any parties at fault for your accident.
Proving Catastrophic Injuries in a Personal Injury Case
Proving catastrophic injuries can be difficult in some cases. Insurance companies often strive to avoid, delay, and minimize payouts for catastrophic injuries. Insurance companies may try to blame injuries on pre-existing conditions, prior medical treatment, illnesses, or other injuries as the source of an accident victim’s current injuries. For example, the insurance company may allege that an accident victim’s need for around-the-clock care stems from a slip-and-fall accident that occurred many years ago, rather than from a more recent motor vehicle accident.
Expert testimony helps prove both the cause of catastrophic injuries and the losses incurred as a result. Experts can include not only medical doctors and specialists but also economists and vocational rehabilitation counselors. These individuals may be able to state an opinion about the true source of the catastrophic injury and may also establish the accident victim’s need for permanent and lifelong treatment to recover compensation needed for future care.
An accident victim’s family members and friends can also make good witnesses in catastrophic injury cases. Family and friends may testify about how an accident victim’s ability levels and lifestyle changed since the accident.
In addition to recovering monetary compensation for around-the-clock-care and additional medical treatment, catastrophic injury victims could also be eligible to recover noneconomic damages for all pain and suffering endured after the accident, as well as compensation for loss of ability or loss of enjoyment of life.
Talk to a New Port Richey Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case
Catastrophic injuries can be costly and may lead to a lifetime of medical care, treatment, and supervision. If you or someone you love has sustained a catastrophic injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have legal options available to you. If the insurance company refuses to settle your case favorably, you may be able to litigate your case in the Florida court system by filing a lawsuit against the negligent party.
If you’ve suffered devastating injuries because of someone else’s negligence, the catastrophic injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group can assist you with taking any legal actions necessary in your case. You need a skilled attorney to help you recover compensation for your injuries, while you focus on your recovery. To learn more about your legal options and set up a free initial consultation with a New Port Richey catastrophic injury lawyer, call us today at 727-853-6275 or contact us online.
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