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Catastrophic injuries bring profound challenges to victims and their families. The impact goes beyond physical harm, extending to the core of the victim’s ability to lead a fulfilling and independent life. Regrettably, some individuals may never fully recover, leading to physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Extensive medical treatments, ongoing therapies, and potential lifestyle modifications can incur significant costs.

If you were the victim of a catastrophic injury due to the negligence of another party, Kogan & DiSalvo can help. We are prepared to leverage our experience and resources to pursue the compensation you deserve and ensure that all liable parties are held accountable. For a free consultation with a skilled Sarasota personal injury lawyer, please contact us today. We can assess your case and answer your questions.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

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Injuries deemed catastrophic often result in a permanent disability or disfigurement. These injuries are frequently associated with vehicle collisions, slips and falls, and workplace accidents.

The most common types of catastrophic injuries include the following:

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

TBIs result from severe blows or jolts to the head, disrupting normal brain function. TBIs can result from car accidents, falls, or assaults. Symptoms include persistent headaches, memory loss, mood swings, and, in severe cases, profound changes in personality and motor function.

Spinal Cord Injuries

The spine sends signals from your brain throughout your entire body. If the spine is damaged, the transmission of these messages becomes disrupted, leading to a range of potential complications, which can include the following:

  • Paralysis
  • Impaired Motor Function
  • Chronic Pain
  • Impaired Bodily Functions

A spinal cord injury can have severe repercussions and can affect a person’s ability to take care of themselves and significantly change their overall quality of life.

Severe Burns

The consequences of catastrophic burns often include severe pain, scarring, and disfigurement, necessitating rehabilitation, surgeries, and physical therapy throughout a lifetime. Burn injuries can lead to physical impairments, affecting mobility, flexibility, and overall bodily function.

Loss of Limb Or Amputation

Losing a limb, such as a leg, foot, arm, or hand, will affect mobility and appearance. If a limb sustains severe trauma, including extensive damage to tissues, blood vessels, and bones, healthcare providers may determine that amputation is the only viable option. Costs associated with amputations are high, which could include physical and occupational therapy, counseling, medication, prosthetics, and other support services. Seeking legal counsel with experience in these cases is crucial.

Proving Negligence in Catastrophic Injury Cases

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If you’ve sustained catastrophic injuries, your attorney must establish the following four elements to prove negligence:

  1. Duty of Care: The defendant owed you a duty of care. For instance, in a car accident, drivers have a duty to follow traffic laws and drive safely. Similarly, property owners are responsible for ensuring the safety of anyone legally present on their premises.
  • Breach of Duty: The defendant breached their duty of care through negligent actions or a failure to take necessary precautions. Breach of duty could occur if a property owner failed to address known hazards on their premises, such as a slippery floor.
  • Causation: Your attorney must establisha direct link between the breach of duty and your injuries. Using the above example, you slipped and fell on a slippery floor and sustained a TBI.
  • Damages: You must have sustainedsignificant damages, such as medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

What Damages Could Be Recovered in a Catastrophic Injury Claim?

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Given the physical, emotional, and financial impact of catastrophic injuries on accident victims and their families, it is possible to seek recovery for your expenses and losses through a personal injury claim. Typically, victims can pursue both economic and non-economic damages, which include the following:

Economic Damages:

  • Medical expenses include bills from physicians, hospitals, therapists, and other medical service providers.
  • Transportation costs to appointments for medical services and therapy.
  • Mobility assistance devices
  • Lost wages and lost future earnings
  • Home modifications

Non-economic Damages:

  • Pain and Suffering
  • Psychological trauma
  • The effects of permanent scarring or disabilities
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Impairment of your relationships with your spouse, family, and friends due to your injuries

Reach out to an experienced Sarasota catastrophic injury attorney at Kogan & DiSalvo today. Our legal team will assess your case, such as the severity of the injuries, medical expenses, lost income, and the impact on your life, to gain insight into the potential compensation you may be eligible to receive.

How Can Having a Sarasota Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Help

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Our team will navigate the legal complexities of a catastrophic injury case, which include the following:

  1. Gathering Comprehensive Evidence. We excel in gathering comprehensive evidence to support your case, such as medical records, police reports, photos of the accident, witness statements, CCTV, dashcam or surveillance footage, and cell phone records.
  2. Expert Negotiation Skills. Our experienced attorneys are skilled negotiators with opposing parties and their insurance companies to secure the best possible settlement for our clients.
  3. Access to Resources: At Kogan & DiSalvo, we have access to resources, including medical experts and accident reconstructionists, which can strengthen your case and contribute to its overall success.
  4. Representation in Court: If a settlement cannot be agreed upon, our lawyers are prepared to present a compelling case for damages before a judge or jury.

Enlisting the support of our team of skilled lawyers at Kogan & DiSalvo ensures that you have dedicated and experienced professionals working tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

How Long Do You Have to File a Claim in The State of Florida?

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Florida’s statute of limitations on personal injury claims is generally two years from the accident date. If this deadline passes, you will probably not be able to file a lawsuit in court, forfeiting your right to a claim and recovering damages. Therefore, you should not hesitate to contact a catastrophic injury lawyer in Sarasota to protect your claim.

Contact Kogan & DiSalvo for a Free Consultation

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At Kogan & DiSalvo, we understand the gravity of catastrophic injuries and how they can upend your life with physical, financial, and emotional repercussions. Trust Kogan & DiSalvo to be your strongest advocate during this challenging time. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We operate on a contingency basis, so there are no upfront legal fees.

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