As you may know, accidents occur here in the state of Florida virtually every single day. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for these accidents to lead to severe, and sometimes permanent injuries. If you were recently severely injured in an accident and believe the accident was caused by the negligence of another, you may qualify for financial compensation. Please continue reading and reach out to a competent Jacksonville personal injury lawyer from Ansbacher Law to learn more about catastrophic injury cases and how our legal team can help you through the claims process. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What defines a catastrophic injury?
While all injuries can prove to significantly impact a person’s life in one way or another, a catastrophic injury is more specifically defined as a sudden, unforeseen injury that leads to significant and/or permanent damage. For example, if you were traveling along and a motorist driving on the wrong side of the road hit you head-on, paralyzing you as a result, you’d have sustained a catastrophic injury. Just some examples of catastrophic injuries are as follows:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Nerve damage
- Spinal injuries causing paralysis
- Birth injuries
- Serious facial or permanent scarring
- Accident-induced blindness or deafness
- Neurological damage
What damages may I receive for a catastrophic injury?
As long as we can prove that you were catastrophically injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence, you should receive financial compensation to help you cope with the economic and non-economic damages caused by your accident. Examples of non-economic damages can include a decreased quality of life, pain and suffering, scarring or disfigurement, loss of consortium, and more. On the other hand, economic damages can include lost wages from being unable to continue working, the cost of rehabilitation or continuing care, surgeries, hospital overnights, or various other financial damages you’ve incurred as a result of your accident.
How long will I have to file an injury claim for a catastrophic injury in Florida?
Here in the state of Florida, the statute of limitations for most injury claims is four years. This gives accident victims four years from the date of their accident to file their personal injury claim. That said, the smartest thing anyone can do is retain the services of an aggressive Jacksonville personal injury lawyer as soon as they can. The longer you wait to sue, the more challenging it will be to prove your claim. We’re prepared to assist you today–just pick up the phone and give us a call.
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