Hallandale Beach Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Hallandale Beach provides ample opportunity for tourists and residents alike to enjoy the sun and water that make Florida famous. Unfortunately, boating accidents occur frequently in Hallandale Beach, as do car accidents. Accidents involving motor vehicles constitute some of the most common sources of catastrophic injuries in the region.
If you suffered a catastrophic injury because of a careless or reckless driver, or the careless actions of someone else in Hallandale Beach, we don’t need to tell you how devastating this type of injury can prove, both from a financial and emotional standpoint.
We can, however, tell you how to obtain compensation for the expenses and impacts your injury has already caused along with those you will likely encounter. An experienced Hallandale Beach catastrophic injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn can help you understand this process and provide assistance as you seek the maximum amount of compensation available in your case. Don’t hesitate call us at 1-866-HIRE-JARED today or Contact us online to set up an free consultation with our Hallandale Beach personal injury lawyers today.
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About Catastrophic Injuries
Injuries that have a high likelihood of resulting in permanent disabilities constitute catastrophic injuries.
Catastrophic injuries often involve:
- A permanent loss of bodily function.
- The inability to work full-time.
- The need for lifelong assistance with personal or self-care tasks.
- The need to take medications to assist with function for the rest of one’s life.
- An injury that results in permanent scarring or disfigurement, or that will ultimately result in death.
- The need for prosthetics or other assistive devices, such as crutches or a wheelchair.
Below, we take a look at some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
The most important organ in the body, the brain controls the voluntary and automatic responses of the rest of the body. Despite its importance, however, the brain only has a limited ability to heal. Researchers estimate that about 1.5 million new traumatic brain injuries occur each year. The most common causes of this type of injury include motor vehicle accidents and falls. 80,000 to 90,000 of the individuals suffering this type of injury on an annual basis will develop permanent disabilities.
The brain consists of several functional sections, or lobes, that each controls certain body functions. The deficits that an injured individual acquires will depend not only on the severity of the injury but also on the area of the brain that sustained the damage.
Let’s take a look at the different lobes of the brain and the deficits that may arise from damage to those specific lobes.
- Frontal lobe: As its name indicates, the frontal lobe sits in the front of the brain and performs many tasks, including attention, concentration, expressive language, self-monitoring, awareness of abilities and limitations, personality, emotions, and judgment. Individuals who suffer injuries to the frontal lobe can’t always control emotions, behaviors, or impulses. The individual can also suffer difficulty in remembering events or communicating with others.
- Temporal lobe: In the area beneath the temples reside the temporal lobes, which control memory, receptive language, sequencing, hearing, and organization. An injury to the temporal lobe can result in difficulty recalling events or understanding spoken language.
- Cerebellum: Tucked between the occipital lobe and the brain stem, the cerebellum controls the body’s balance and coordination, as well as the ability to complete skilled motor activities. Injuries involving the cerebellum can cause difficulty with balanced, coordinated movement.
- Occipital lobe: Located in the back of the brain just above the cerebellum, the occipital lobe controls an individual’s vision. Injuries to this part of the brain can result in blindness or other issues with vision, such as the inability to perceive the size or shape of objects.
- Parietal lobe: Located near the top of the head, the brain’s parietal lobe controls sensory functions, such as sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch. An injury to this part of the brain will often result in difficulties with these senses.
- Brain stem: The brain stem sits at the base of the skull, in proximity to the start of the spinal cord. This lobe controls the body’s involuntary responses, such as breathing, heart rate, and pulse. Injuries to the brain stem generally result in death, as our bodies cannot survive without mechanical assistance if they can’t properly perform involuntary responses.
In addition to the deficits that injured individuals may acquire from this type of injury, traumatic brain injuries also produce a high likelihood of complications that can cause a lifelong need for medical assistance. These complications include seizures, fluid build-up on the brain that can cause further damage, an increased risk of stroke or blood clots related to vascular damage in the brain, and chronic pain.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord consists of a bundle of nerves that extends down the back from the base of the skull. Along with the brain, the spinal cord makes up the body’s central nervous system and serves as a message system between the brain and the rest of the body. This injury most commonly results in a loss of sensation and function below the injury, a condition known as paralysis.
Injuries to the cervical (neck) region of the spinal cord will generally produce paralysis from the neck down, resulting in the inability of the sufferer to use arms or legs, the muscles of the abdominal or pelvic region, or the muscles necessary to cough or swallow. Doctors refer to this condition as quadriplegia or tetraplegia. Injuries occurring lower in the back will result in paralysis that often involves only the lower extremities. Doctors refer to this as paraplegia.
As with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries most often result from motor vehicle accidents or falls. This injury also carries a high risk of life-altering complications in addition to the effects of the injury itself.
Those complications can include:
- Loss of bladder and bowel control.
- The inability to feel extreme hot or cold against the skin.
- The inability to feel pressure that the body would normally associate with the need to move or change positions to prevent the development of pressure ulcers.
- The inability to productively cough to expel secretions from the lungs or throat. This can cause pneumonia, the leading cause of premature death for those with a spinal cord injury.
Other Types of Catastrophic Injuries
While the brain and the spinal cord constitute the areas that produce the highest likelihood of permanent, debilitating consequences after injury, other injuries can also cause permanent deficits and the inability to accomplish tasks independently, including:
- Loss of vision or hearing.
- Amputated limbs.
- Severe damage to the spinal vertebrae or discs that causes mobility loss and chronic pain.
If you have experienced ANY complications due to someone else’s negligence, CONTACT our Hallandale catastrophic injury accident lawyers today at 1-866-HIRE-JARED or online to discuss your recovery options.
Seeking Compensation for Your Catastrophic Injury
Individuals in Hallandale Beach who have suffered a catastrophic injury because of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness can seek compensation for their injuries from the at-fault parties’ associated insurance policies for the expenses and impacts that the injured individual has incurred and will likely incur. Remember, catastrophic injuries often produce lifetime impacts, so having the ability to prove the high likelihood of additional complications that could result in the future constitutes an important part of your claim. You don’t want to settle for an amount that doesn’t cover your future costs, in which case you would have to pay those expenses out of your own pocket.
Generally, injured individuals must file their Hallandale catastrophic injury claims in court within four years of the accident. This statutory deadline may extend in some cases, such as those involving children whose parents do not choose to pursue compensation on their children’s behalf before they reach the age of majority. You should contact an experienced Hallandale Beach catastrophic injury lawyer to determine how long you have to file your claim.
For a successful outcome to your Hallandale Beach catastrophic injury claim, you must prove who caused your accident.
Proof of liability lies in establishing the following elements of negligence in your case:
- The at-fault party owed you a general duty of care to behave in a manner consistent with the reasonable actions a person would take to avoid causing injury to someone else. For example, if your catastrophic injury resulted from a motor vehicle accident, the at-fault driver owed a duty of care to operate the vehicle safely and legally. If the injury resulted from a fall due to a property hazard, the property owner may have owed a duty of care to keep the property free of hazards that could cause injury or to properly warn you of any known hazards.
- The at-fault party breached the duty of care, which refers to the actions the at-fault party took that contradicted the level of care that a reasonable person would exhibit in similar circumstances. In a car accident, the breach may include risky or illegal driving behaviors, such as distracted driving, alcohol impairment, or speeding. In a premises liability case involving a catastrophic injury caused by a slip and fall accident, the breach would refer to the property owner’s failure to promptly repair known hazardous property features.
In Hallandale Beach catastrophic injury cases, recovering damages refers to a payment made (usually by the at-fault party’s insurance provider) in compensation for harm.
Economic damages include payments made in compensation for the expenses you have incurred or will likely incur due to your injury, such as:
- Medical expenses, including the cost of emergency treatment, ambulance transport, physician or surgical services, hospitalization, prescription medication, and assistive devices, such as a wheelchair, crutches, or prosthetic limbs. You can also obtain compensation to cover the cost of long-term care, as well as medical expenses arising from complications of your initial injury.
- Lost wages if you had to miss work due to your injuries.
- Loss of future earning capacity due to permanent deficits incurred by your injury that will prevent you from earning what you did before the accident.
- Property damage, such as repairing or replacing your vehicle if it sustained damage when your catastrophic injury occurred.
Non-economic damages include payments made in compensation for the impacts your injury has had or likely will have on your quality of life. The impacts of a catastrophic injury case often prove far more severe than other injury cases due to the permanence of the injury.
Common impacts appearing on damage claims after accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries include:
- Physical pain and suffering.
- Emotional distress.
- Loss of the enjoyment of life.
- Loss of consortium, a payment sought on behalf of the injured person’s spouse for the loss of physical intimacy and companionship that generally accompanies catastrophic injuries.
Our Hallandale Beach Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Can Help
Catastrophic injuries can result in permanent damage that changes a victim’s life forever. These injuries affect not only a person’s ability to earn an income and live independently, but also the relationships the injured person has with others, because family members often must provide care and friends may discover that they no longer share common interests.
If you or your loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, contact a Hallandale Beach catastrophic injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn to understand your legal options for obtaining compensation to cover the full cost of your injuries. We offer free case evaluations, during which you can discuss the details of your accident, ask questions about your legal options, and determine your eligibility to seek compensation for the full cost of your injuries.
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