Tampa Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Catastrophic injuries can change your life forever. These injuries are often severe, causing ongoing problems for victims. Often caused by major accidents like a high-speed T-Bone car crash or small plane crash, victims of catastrophic injuries often face not only a lifetime of doctor visits and medical procedures but difficulty paying their bills.
The medical care and treatment needed after catastrophic injuries will vary but, in most cases, the bills will be extreme. However, when someone else’s negligence causes your suffering, this should not be your burden to bear. Covering your astronomical medical bills should be the responsibility of the person who put you in this position—the at-fault party.
With the right legal advocate at your side, you give yourself a chance at recovering maximum compensation for your injuries. The sooner you speak with a trusted Tampa catastrophic injury lawyer at the Fernandez Firm, the sooner you can put your focus back on your health and wellbeing.
The Fernandez Firm Gets Results
At the Fernandez Firm, we have collected nearly $100 million in personal injury settlements and verdicts for our clients. We have secured these results from our knowledge of Florida law and our years of experience litigating and negotiating suitable outcomes for our clients.
We are not afraid to go to court. While we would aggressively negotiate with the insurance company to settle your case quickly and fairly, sometimes insurance companies refuse to be reasonable and we may need to take your case to trial to try to get you the money you need. Not every law firm has the resources and dedication to handle a complex catastrophic personal injury trial. We do.
For over 25 years, we have been helping our Tampa neighbors recover compensation for their injuries. But do not take our word for it—listen to what our past clients have to say about our services and support. While we guarantee no results, contact us today to see what we can do for you.
Catastrophic injury does not have a medical definition, but is instead used to describe an injury that causes temporary or permanent physical impairment. These injuries often also harm the victim’s ability to go about their day-to-day routines.
Common examples of catastrophic injuries may include:
- Multiple bone fractures
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Soft tissue damage
While this list is not exhaustive, it gives you a good idea of the types of injuries that may qualify as catastrophic. For the victims, these injuries may require extensive medical treatment and may never fully heal.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury, often referred to as a TBI, occurs when an accident injures the brain itself. The most commonly known TBI is a concussion, of which about half of all concussions go unreported. While concussions are considered a mild TBI, that is only because they often heal on their own, so long as the victim gets enough rest. But left untreated, this injury can rear its ugly head time and again.
More serious TBIs will require victims to undergo surgery to relieve pressure on the skull or undergo rehabilitative care. Depending on where and how severely the brain is injured, a victim may lose body functions.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are also extremely serious and, in the worst cases, can cause death. The spinal cord is the central message way for the body. When the spinal cord is injured, messages cannot get where they need to go, either completely or partially. These injuries are what often cause different levels of paralysis.
Paralysis affects different parts of the victim’s body, depending on where they suffered an injury.
The more serious the injury, the more widespread and permanent the paralysis.
- Quadriplegia. Quadriplegia occurs when a victim is injured so severely that they lose all function of all four limbs. So people may be able to do some rehabilitation and gain some motor function, but that is rare. In the worst cases, a victim has no feeling and no ability to move below their neck. This type of paralysis will require daily and lifetime medical care.
- Paraplegia. Paraplegia occurs when a victim suffers an injury that prevents them from moving or controlling their body from the waist down. In this case, a victim may have limited use of their arms and upper body but will still need a wheelchair because they cannot control their legs. While paraplegia victims may handle some of their daily duties, they will probably need at least semi-regular medical care and attention.
- Diplegia. Diplegia affects corresponding body parts on both sides of the body. Paraplegia is a type of diplegia. For example, a victim may be unable to move their legs when they suffer from diplegia. If they cannot control one leg, most likely the other will suffer the same outcome.
- Hemiplegia. Hemiplegia affects body parts on the same side of the body. For example, a victim who suffers from hemiplegia may be unable to control their right arm and their right leg.
Blunt force trauma, penetrating injuries, falls from heights, and violent shaking often cause internal organ damage in accident victims. These injuries may result in the victim needing extensive medical procedures to help repair their organs and, in some cases, may even require a transplant.
Some organ damage is irreversible and can lead to organ failure. That is why anyone in a serious accident must immediately get a full evaluation from a medical professional. Taking action on these injuries as quickly as possible is the best way to give a victim a fighting chance of getting better.
Commonly damaged organs in catastrophic accidents include:
Open Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are common and many injuries will heal quickly and on their own. But some soft tissue injuries will require intense medical treatment that may have long-lasting impacts on the victim. Treatment for these soft-tissue injuries costs a lot of money and may require multiple procedures.
Open soft tissue injuries are much more serious because they may damage the tissue under the skin, causing additional pain and requiring more intensive medical procedures.
- Avulsions. Avulsions happen when an accident is so severe that the outer layer of skin peels away, causing injury to otherwise protected tissues. Avulsions commonly occur when someone suffers a deep cut from faulty equipment.
- Burns. Burns come in three degrees with the third-degree being most serious. First-degree burns often only cause superficial wounds. But second and third-degree burns can damage the tissue underneath because these burns often cause catastrophic damage to the skin. These injuries may require multiple surgeries, including skin grafts, and may require extensive rehabilitation.
- Lacerations. Lacerations can cause open tissue wounds in car accidents where glass and other debris pierce the skin, exposing tissue and muscle. These injuries frequently require medical procedures to repair the internal damage and help the victim’s skin heal and keep the internal tissue protected.
Getting Compensation For a Tampa Catastrophic Injury
The above conditions represent just a small fraction of the type of catastrophic injuries a person could suffer. But in nearly every case, the victim will suffer physical, mental, and financial harm.
Never ignore the mental effects of catastrophic injuries. A victim may experience severe mental anguish after a catastrophic injury because their life may never be the same. They may not be able to take part in activities that they could before. They may not be able to do even the most basic tasks for themselves, depending on the severity of their injuries. This can have a massive impact on the mental state of victims, many of whom suffer severe depression with such drastic life changes.
This is why, together with the right Tampa catastrophic injury attorney, you can try to collect compensation for all of your injury-related losses.
These may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost income
- Lost earning potential
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Present and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Vehicle costs
- Home renovation costs
- In-home care
Many victims vastly underestimate the amount of money they will need to recover to make sure they do not pay a penny out of their own pockets. Even the lifetime costs of a concussion, a mild TBI, can range into the millions of dollars. These extreme medical costs could cause serious financial hardship to even the most well-off individuals. And this is before we even consider the financial toll that not working will take on a victim.
Many victims cannot yet see the vast majority of their financial needs. They see the medical bills piling up on the kitchen table. What they do not see are the ongoing medical bills, doctor co-pays, and prescription drug costs, all without a steady income. Getting compensation for your lost income may be one of the biggest pieces of your financial compensation from the negligent party.
This is why you must partner with a skilled Tampa catastrophic injury lawyer who has the resources necessary to help you recover. When you can no longer work and provide financial support for yourself, your lawyer may need to use expert medical resources to help determine the income you will miss throughout your life because of your injuries. You need to know this amount so you do not leave yourself having to cover your financial expenses. This is not your responsibility, and you should not have any stress or anxiety over how you pay your bills. Your sole focus should be on your health and wellbeing, living the best life you possibly can.
Time to File
Every state limits the amount of time a victim has to file a catastrophic personal injury claim after their accident. Called a statute of limitations, that time in Florida is just four years.
This might seem like a long time now, but consider everything you may face during these four years:
- Extended hospital stays
- Multiple surgeries
- Time out of work
- In-facility rehabilitation
- Ongoing medical care at home
Eventually, you may not have the energy to try to collect compensation because all of your focus is on your rehabilitation. But, if you speak with a Tampa catastrophic injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident, they can begin the work of collecting compensation while you worry about your physical and mental health.
Over time, witnesses may forget what they saw and evidence might disappear. To combat this and to give yourself the best chance of getting the compensation you need, speaking with an aggressive legal advocate as soon as possible is key. While you get the medical attention and care that you deserve, your lawyer may work diligently to collect all the relevant evidence, speak with people involved in your accident, and work to build a strong case against the negligent party. They do all of this to help you collect maximum compensation and prevent you from suffering financial hardship because of your accident.
Speak With the Fernandez Firm Today
A catastrophic injury can change your life forever. You may face ongoing medical care, and you no longer can do things you used to. To help you recover compensation for your physical injuries and for the financial hardship you may face, speak with the Tampa catastrophic injury lawyers at the Fernandez Firm today.
With over 25 years of experience, we have the dedication, knowledge, and resources to collect maximum compensation for you. Contact us today online or at (813) 278-1032 for your free consultation and to learn more about how we can support you during this tough time.
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