In most situations, accident victims file personal injury claims to get fairly reimbursed for the negative effects an injury has on their lives. Sometimes, though, an injury is so severe that financial restitution cannot completely erase the damage done.
However, holding someone who causes a “catastrophic injury” liable for the consequences of their negligence can be vital to maximizing your quality of life in the long term. Working with an experienced Largo catastrophic injury lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can also be key to achieving a positive result from this type of claim. No matter what type of injury you sustain or what specific losses you need to recover for, your dedicated personal injury attorney could be an irreplaceable ally throughout your legal proceedings.
What Counts as a “Catastrophic Injury” in Largo?
While “catastrophic injury” is a commonly used term among legal professionals and court authorities meant to describe injuries with permanent and debilitating effects, many states have not established formal legal definitions for what does or does not qualify as a “catastrophic injury.” Florida, however, is an exception to this trend, largely because of the “no-fault” approach the state takes to civil litigation after auto accidents.
Florida law generally restricts the right to file a lawsuit against someone at fault for causing a traffic accident—as opposed to being restricted only to recovering through insurance claims—to people who suffer a “serious injury” from such an incident. A “serious injury” is one which causes substantial scarring, disfigurement, and/or loss of bodily function which is expected to be permanent in nature and/or directly result in the injured party’s premature death.
Common examples of injuries which often meet this threshold, and which could therefore serve as grounds for a “catastrophic injury” claim include:
- Spinal cord damage causing paralysis
- Traumatic brain damage
- High-degree burns
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ trauma
- Any injury causing deafness or blindness
- Any injury causing loss of limb functionality and/or necessitating amputation
A dedicated Largo catastrophic injury attorney can help you pursue fair financial restitution for these and other injuries of similar severity.
Recovering for All Available Damages
What sets catastrophic injury claims most dramatically apart from standard personal injury claims in a practical sense is the scope—and therefore the financial value—of recoverable losses. Since catastrophic injuries are permanent and debilitating by definition, seeking recovery for the negative economic and non-economic effects that the injury will have for decades to come is vital.
Depending on the circumstances, this could mean demanding restitution for:
- Expected future medical expenses
- Lost ability to work and draw income
- Physical and psychological suffering
- Lost consortium
- Lost overall enjoyment of life
Guidance from a skilled catastrophic accident lawyer in Largo such as Scott Distasio could prove vital to identifying, accurately valuating, and proactively demanding compensation for all your compensable losses.
Speak with a Largo Catastrophic Injury Attorney Today
Any injury sustained in an accident born of someone else’s negligence can be disruptive to both your personal and professional life in the short term. With catastrophic injuries, though, that disruption can be expected to last your entire life, and the compensation you demand from the person responsible for your injury should reflect that.
Representation from a Largo catastrophic injury lawyer could make all the difference in how effectively you can demand the restitution you deserve. Call Distasio Law Firm today to learn more.