Serious Injuries

South Florida Legal Representation for Victims of Catastrophic Injuries

Few things are more devastating than sustaining an injury that alters your life. Everything can change in a split second, from your ability to work to participating in the activities you enjoy and even completing common day-to-day tasks. The financial hardships that accompany such serious injuries can add to your struggles. Miami catastrophic injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon have the compassion and experience to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. If you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident or slip and fall, or by a defective product, we can help you pursue those responsible.

Common Types of Serious Injuries

A catastrophic injury often happens suddenly and without notice, making its impact even more significant for victims and their families. Under Florida law, a “catastrophic injury” is defined as a permanent impairment, and can include:

  • Spinal cord injury involving severe paralysis
  • Amputation of a limb
  • Severe brain injury as shown by severe sensory or motor disturbances, communication disturbances, or neurological disorders
  • Second- or third-degree burns of 25 percent or more of the body, or third-degree burns encompassing five percent or more of the face and hands
  • Blindness

Such injuries, which could lead to paraplegia or quadriplegia, have complex treatment plans that require help from multiple healthcare professionals, such as physicians, physical therapists, counselors, and sometimes long-term caretakers. Someone who has suffered a permanent impairment has to look further ahead in determining care and treatment than someone who has suffered less severe injuries. If you or someone you love has sustained such an injury as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing, it is important to consult a knowledgeable lawyer to make sure your rights are preserved.

Seeking Compensation for Life-Changing Injuries

Often, insurance benefits are not enough to compensate someone who has been catastrophically injured, so other sources of compensation may be necessary to cover a victim’s long-term care. It is important in these cases to identify and pursue damages from responsible parties. In many car or truck accident cases, a negligent act by the driver is the primary basis for legal recovery. After establishing that the accident was caused by the driver’s failure to exercise due care, recovery may be limited to what the driver’s insurance covers.

All too often, the most careless drivers are the least insured. In these types of cases, an experienced attorney is able to properly investigate and determine additional liable parties, such as a driver’s employer. An employer may be held indirectly liable for a driver’s carelessness if the driver was acting in the scope and course of his or her employment. An employer also may be held directly liable if it fails to properly train a driver who causes an accident or engages in negligent hiring practices that resulted in the employment of an unqualified driver.

If you succeed in showing that another person’s carelessness caused your severe injuries, you may be able to recover a variety of damages. Economic damages include costs that can be objectively measured with some accuracy, such as hospital bills, physical therapy costs, and lost wages. You also may be able to pursue non-economic damages, which account for more subjective aspects of your injury, such as pain and suffering or emotional distress. In some cases, a defendant who acts in an extremely negligent or reckless way may be liable for punitive damages beyond these compensatory damages.

Consult a Serious Injury Attorney in Fort Lauderdale

The Miami personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon are here to guide you through the legal process to make sure you receive proper financial support after your life-altering injury. We provide diligent representation to clients throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. Please call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation, even if you are not sure if you have a claim.