Florida Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Serious accidents can leave victims with life-altering injuries
Any accident can be a traumatic event that leaves a permanent mark on how victims live and engage with the world. But an accident that leaves victims with catastrophic injuries can effectively end the life that victims had been living before they were injured. Victims and their families are often left with overwhelming costs for in-home care, repeated surgeries, medical devices, and lost wages, not to mention the deep emotional toll taken on victims and families after a traumatic injury.
Work with a legal team that cares about you
Accidents causing catastrophic injuries are frequently the result of negligent, or even reckless, behavior. Those who cause catastrophic injuries have a moral and legal duty to compensate victims, and the Florida personal injury attorneys at Meldon Law are here to help. Our professional, compassionate, and trial-ready attorneys are ready to fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you need after a serious accident.
We know the financial burdens you’re facing after an accident. We have witnessed the ways that insurers will take advantage of this vulnerability to pressure you into a quick, low-ball settlement. These offers are almost never an accurate representation of the value of the claim. Our aggressive team of experienced litigators will go to bat for you, helping ensure that you receive the full amount you deserve. Contact Meldon Law’s team of Florida catastrophic injury attorneys for a free evaluation of your claim.
What qualifies as a catastrophic injury?
Catastrophic injuries are ones that leave their victims with lifelong effects. An injury is generally considered “catastrophic” when it results in permanent disability, disfigurement, or death for the victim of the injury. Victims of catastrophic injuries are often unable to return to work, and many need round-the-clock care due to the severity of their physical limitations.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
Traumatic brain injury: A serious brain injury can leave victims with limited mobility, reduced cognitive function, memory problems, or even put them in a vegetative state. Victims of the most severe traumatic brain injuries may need in-home care by a medical professional or full-time care at a residential care facility.
Spinal cord injury: Damage to the spinal cord will have differing effects based upon the location of the injury, but it often leaves victims unable to control some or all of their limbs.
Burn injury: Burns can cause extensive disfiguring scars, as well as damage to the nerve endings in the skin. Serious burn victims are often required to spend prolonged periods in the hospital and undergo skin grafts to remove areas damaged by the burn.
As you can see, catastrophic injuries involve lifelong costs associated with caring for victims. At Meldon Law, our experienced team of attorneys has worked with countless accident victims. We understand the true extent of the costs that families should expect to face throughout the victim’s lifetime. We know what our clients deserve, and we don’t back down in the face of an insurer’s bullying tactics. Contact the Florida personal injury attorneys at Meldon Law to receive the attentive care and tenacious representation you deserve after a catastrophic injury.
What are the common causes of catastrophic injuries?
Catastrophic injuries often stem from the following types of accidents:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Accidents involving big rig trucks or semis
- ATV accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bicycle accidents
Catastrophic injury victims may be able to seek punitive damages through a Florida personal injury lawsuit
If your injury, or that of a loved one, was the result of an accident caused by negligent, reckless, or willful behavior by another person, you might have the right to money damages through a Florida personal injury lawsuit against that person. In rare cases, Florida courts will award punitive damages to accident victims. Punitive damages are intended as a punishment to the wrongdoer and a message to society at large that this sort of behavior will not be tolerated.
Punitive damages may be available where the wrongdoer that caused the victim’s injuries committed either intentional misconduct or gross negligence.
Intentional misconduct is an action that the defendant knew was wrong and knew that there was a strong likelihood that injury would result.
Gross negligence describes behavior that was so careless that it amounts to the wrongdoer knowingly ignoring or not caring about the safety and lives of those nearby.
In cases where wrongdoers acted with this sort of recklessness, punitive damages may be available up to three times the amount of compensatory damages (i.e., damages that repay the plaintiff for what they lost) or $500,000, whichever amount is greater. When the wrongdoer acted with either the intention to harm the victim or a motivation for “unreasonable financial gain,” the ceiling on punitive damages goes even higher.
Get Help After a Catastrophic Injury Accident in Florida
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a catastrophic accident, choose a Florida law firm you can trust to fight hard on your behalf. Contact Florida catastrophic injury law firm Meldon Law for a free consultation on your injury case.