When a person suffers trauma to the spinal cord, he or she may be faced with a lifetime full of rehabilitation and adjustment. If this type of harm is caused by another’s negligence, victims may pursue financial compensation through personal injury lawsuits. The spinal cord injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon represent Miami residents and other people across South Florida who have been involved in devastating accidents. Our firm offers seasoned and compassionate legal guidance so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we pursue your legal interests.Pursuing Compensation for Triplegia
Triplegia is a type of paralysis that results in the loss of function in three of a person’s limbs. This type of injury can cause a sufferer to lose all sensation and function in those limbs, or the victim may retain some functionality while experiencing tingling, numbness, or other symptoms associated with an incomplete spinal cord injury.
When a person is afflicted with triplegia due to someone else’s negligent actions, he or she may be entitled to damages for his or her medical costs, rehabilitation, loss of income and earning capacity, and pain and suffering, among other types of compensation. To prove negligence, a victim must demonstrate that the defendant owed him or her a duty of reasonable care, which was violated through some particular action or omission. The accident must have been a direct result of the defendant’s carelessness, such that it would not have happened if not for the breach. The final element of a negligence claim consists of identifying quantifiable damages that the victim sustained.
For instance, drivers owe others on the road a duty of care to act as a reasonable and prudent driver would act under similar circumstances. If a driver fails to check blind spots or glance in the rearview mirror before changing lanes, for example, he or she may be found negligent for striking someone else and causing them to suffer from triplegia as a result. In another context, business owners have a duty to customers to maintain their property in a safe manner free from hazards. If a dangerous condition causes a visitor to fall and sustain a spinal cord injury, a negligent owner can potentially be held liable for any damages that arise.
Under Florida’s statute of limitations, most personal injury claims must be filed within four years from the date of an accident. For medical malpractice or wrongful death actions, the timeframe is even shorter, with claims needing to be pursued within two years. Given the complexity often involved in these cases, consulting a knowledgeable attorney may be vital to ensuring that you know your rights and that they are protected properly.Enlist a Miami Attorney to Protect Your Rights after a Devastating Accident
If you are suffering from triplegia or have sustained another catastrophic injury as a result of a car accident or another preventable event, the Miami lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon can help you explore your options. We offer dedicated and compassionate legal representation to people throughout South Florida, including in Fort Lauderdale as well as other cities in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. Call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation about your claim.