Injuries to Hands and Feet
When a victim sustains an injury to a hand or a foot, it is not only painful but also often debilitating, since we rely on those extremities to do almost everything. These injuries can result in an inability to work, and they often involve long rehabilitative treatments. The experienced Miami catastrophic injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon help people throughout South Florida who have sustained hand or foot injuries in an accident. We can pursue proper legal action against the responsible parties in a myriad of situations, including slip and falls, car accidents, or harm caused by a defective product.Holding a Defendant Liable for Catastrophic Injuries to Hands and Feet
Car accidents are a major cause of hand and foot injuries, especially the latter, since an impact can result in a vehicle crushing a foot or even lead to the loss of an extremity. These accidents also may cause significant harm to a hand, since it can be burned by an airbag or broken by a steering wheel during a collision. Car accidents are often the fault of a driver, but sometimes they may be due to a malfunctioning or defective part that is not working as it is intended or supposed to work.
In addition to car accidents, the leading causes of hand and foot injuries are falls, bicycle or pedestrian accidents, and product defects. Some of the most common injuries to hands and feet sustained in these types of incidents include:
- Broken or fractured wrists or ankles,
- Finger fractures,
- Hand or foot fractures,
- Nerve injuries, or
Regardless of the situation leading to the injury, legal action may be taken by victims who require long-term medical care and therapy to reconstruct or rehabilitate an injured limb, if their injuries were due to another person’s or entity’s negligent actions.
To recover damages for injuries to hands or feet, a plaintiff must usually show negligence on the part of a defendant. To establish negligence, it must be proven that the defendant breached a certain duty of care owed to the plaintiff, and that the breach was a contributing cause of their hand or foot injury. Motorists and other road users owe those around them a duty to take the precautions that a reasonable or prudent person would take, given the same or similar circumstances. If, for instance, a driver fails to check his or her surroundings when changing lanes, and that driver strikes a bicyclist, he or she may be found negligent.
Additionally, property owners owe people visiting their premises a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment. If a business fails to conduct regular inspections or fix hazards on its property, it may be liable if a patron injures him or herself in a fall that results from a dangerous condition. Once liability is established, damages may be recoverable for medical expenses, lost income, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering, among other forms of harm.Discuss Your Catastrophic Injury Case with a Miami Lawyer
Many situations can lead to a debilitating injury to a victim’s hand or foot. Holding those responsible for an injury accountable can make a key difference in facilitating a victim’s recovery. The Miami catastrophic injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon are dedicated to guiding accident victims through this process. We also represent people in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and other cities in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties. If you have sustained an injury to your hand or foot, call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a car accident attorney or representation in any other type of personal injury claim.