It is an unfortunate reality that accidents are common and can happen to anyone at any time. When they do, victims can sustain serious injuries that have the potential to impact them for a long time. In some cases, these damages can be life-changing and irreversible. This is known as a catastrophic injury. Those who find themselves in these situations can suffer from significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens as a result. It is because of this that it is important to retain the services of an experienced Florida personal injury attorney for assistance recovering compensation as coverage for these damages. 

What is a Catastrophic Injury?

When a person sustains a catastrophic injury in an accident, their life can completely change in just an instant. This is because these injuries can be long-term or permanent. Examples of catastrophic accidents that are seen in the state of Florida can include:

  • Burn injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Acoustic injuries

Why Would I Be Awarded Compensation?

As a result of sustaining a catastrophic injury, individuals usually face certain financial burdens. This is why it is possible for them to recover substantial financial compensation as coverage for the damages incurred due to the accident. Compensation may be awarded in the event of the following situations:

  • Medical attention such as surgery, rehabilitation, or the use of a medical device/medication for life may be needed after sustaining a catastrophic injury. Compensation can be provided for these expenses.
  • There are many cases in which injuries keep people unable to return to work for a period of time. In these situations, compensation may be provided for lost wages.
  • Often times, victims of accidents suffer both physically and emotionally. Compensation can be provided to cover both these damages.

How Can I Recover Compensation?

Negligence claims are allowed based on the premise that all people are owed some type of duty of care to others. The duty that is owed can vary depending on the individual’s role. For example, property owners must take care of their grounds while drivers must follow the rules of the road. This is to avoid accidents caused by negligence. If a party fails to fulfill this obligation and an accident happens, the injured party can hold them liable for negligence. 

When pursuing legal action, the injured party is required to prove that the other party was negligent, thus directly causing their injuries. This can be possible with evidence such as medical documentation of the injuries, pictures, videos, witness testimonies, and more. If the injured party successfully proves their claim, they may recover compensation as coverage for their damages. 

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To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.