The injured person in these cases often finds it difficult to work or provide for themselves and their family. In addition, catastrophic injury victims usually require significant medical care, therapy, and rehab for an extended period of time, or may suffer permanent disabilities. You should consult with a knowledgeable attorney at The Alvarez Law Firm if your catastrophic injury occurred because of another party’s negligence. 

What Constitutes a Catastrophic Injury in Florida?

Injuries that cause serious or permanent disability or prevent a person from performing gainful work or have an adverse life-altering impact on the injured victim and their family may be considered catastrophic. These injuries usually come with a lifetime of medical bills, rehabilitation, and a need for constant supervision and assistance.

Examples of such injuries include:

  • Internal organ damage
  • Amputations
  • Severe burns and disfigurement
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Multiple broken bones
  • Paralysis, including quadriplegia and paraplegia
  • Blindness
  • Hearing loss
  • Other permanent impairments or disabilities

Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries in Florida

Catastrophic injuries can be caused by any type of personal injury incident or accident, such as:

  • Pedestrian accident
  • Car accident
  • Truck accident
  • Bicycle accident
  • Construction accident
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace accident
  • Slip-and-fall accident
  • Explosions and fires
  • Recreational activities
  • Assaults and other criminal acts
  • Boat accidents
  • Dog bites

Many of these accidents are common, but sustaining a catastrophic injury is a rare and unfortunate event. You shouldn’t attempt to negotiate with an insurance company alone when you are dealing with severe injury.

You need competent catastrophic injury lawyers at The Alvarez Law Firm in Florida, who have been through the legal trenches before and walked away unscathed. We have the capability to take on large insurance companies to help you obtain the settlement you deserve. 

Liability in Florida Catastrophic Injury Claims

Liability in most catastrophic injury lawsuits is not limited to a single defendant. The jury is allowed discretion to determine all parties liable for a plaintiff’s injuries under the 2018 Florida Statute § 768.81. Each responsible party gets assigned a part of the liability. Compensation will be reduced proportionately by the percentage of liability of a plaintiff.

Compensation in Catastrophic Injury Lawsuits

You are probably looking at significant emotional and financial harm if you sustained a catastrophic injury. You may be eligible for economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.

Economic damages include:

  • Medical expenses – current and future 
  • Physical therapy, rehabilitation, and medications 
  • Cost of assistive devices and accommodations at home or office
  • Psychological treatment
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Out-of-pocket expenses

Non-economic damages include:

  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Permanent impairment or disability
  • Loss of companionship
  • Diminished enjoyment of life
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Inconvenience

Punitive damages may be available in case the defendant’s conduct was grossly negligent or intentional. 

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Statute of Limitations in Florida for Catastrophic Injuries

Florida Statute §95.11 provides claimants four years from the date of injury to file a personal injury claim. However, in case your catastrophic injury is the result of medical malpractice, the statute of limitations gets reduced to two years. This may seem like a long time, but the complex legal system and the debilitating nature of these injuries can make you miss this important legal deadline.

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Get a Competent and Compassionate Catastrophic Injury Attorney on Your Side

The proven and considerate catastrophic injury attorneys at The Alvarez Law Firm understand the lifelong impact of serious accidents and injuries on the victim and their families. Our lawyers employ time-tested, aggressive, and results-oriented advocacy skills to help injured victims and their families recover maximum compensation in Florida. Schedule your free case review with our lawyers today. Call us at 305-444-7675 or contact us online.

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