When it comes to personal injury accidents in South Florida, not all injuries are equal. While broken bones and lacerations are serious injuries that require immediate medical attention, catastrophic injuries require permanent treatment. Whether an accident victim has suffered paralysis or a brain injury from a car accident or is permanently disfigured due to a botched medical procedure, it is vital to have an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney on your side, to fight for the maximum settlement to account for your injuries, damages and lost wages and to live the best possible quality of life.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is defined as any type of injury that results in a permanent disability. Accident victims are left in a condition where they are unable to perform to work and require a lifetime of treatment and assistance. Paralysis and brain injuries are the most common examples. But catastrophic injuries come in many forms. For example, a car accident victim may have suffered severe burns that may have left them permanently disfigured and would require medical care for years. A college football player may have suffered a spinal injury while making a tackle in a game, leaving them disabled for life.
Why Are Catastrophic Injuries Different from Other Personal Injury Cases?
In most personal injury cases, the accident victim is entitled to seek damages and a settlement from the negligent party. Compensation awarded in personal injury cases is used to account for medical bills along with the overall quality of life of the accident victim. Settlements also take into consideration the amount of pain and suffering endured by the plaintiff. However, catastrophic injury cases are at another level. Because the patient is expected to endure permanent suffering, the negotiations for a settlement become far more complex. Not only do accident victims with catastrophic injuries suffering physical impairment, many often experience severe mental trauma, such as depression and anxiety that can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. The most common catastrophic injuries include the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs due to botched medical procedures
- Severe burns
- Brain Injuries
- Organ damage
- Exposure to toxic substances and chemicals
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Most accident victims with catastrophic injuries are not able to fully function physically and mentally. Personal injury attorneys must address all of the needs of the client. They must make sure the accident victim finds and receives the proper level of care. Attorneys must also address all of their legal issues. Simple tasks, such as filling out forms and legal documentation require assistance. The personal injury team at the Cooper City Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman takes a personable and comprehensive approach to protect the rights of accident victims. They understand the challenges and obstacles accident victims with catastrophic injuries face on a daily basis. For more than 30 years, they have successfully represented many men and women when they have needed help the most. Whether it is in the courtroom or behind the scenes, you can always count on them to look after the best interests of accident victims. To learn more, contact their Cooper City personal injury law office today and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.