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West Palm Beach Catastrophic Injury Attorney

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Fiercely Advocating for the Rights of Personal Injury Victims

Just as the name suggests, catastrophic injuries have a devastating impact on victims and their families. In most instances, anyone who has suffered a catastrophic injury will be permanently disabled and will require costly skilled nursing care and lifelong medical treatment.

Sadly, many accident victims find themselves having to battle the insurance company to try and recover damages to pay for pain and suffering, medical costs, and lost wages.

GONZ.LAW GROUP is a personal injury law firm that is passionately committed to helping catastrophic injury victims obtain maximum compensation for the harm they have suffered due to another person’s negligence.

If you or a loved one have suffered life-altering injuries, you must hire a personal injury attorney who is fearless when it comes to standing up for your rights. Our highly trained West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers have comprehensive experience helping clients seeking compensation.

Contact our West Palm Beach law offices and ask to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced attorney who can evaluate your case and determine available legal options.

What Qualifies as a Catastrophic Injury?

Florida law defines a catastrophic injury as any injury that an accident victim suffers that results in a long-lasting impairment, disfigurement, scarring, or permanent disability. Accident victims are no longer able to enjoy the same quality of life they enjoyed before they were injured.

In nearly all cases, victims and their families are suddenly faced with a financial crisis as they struggle to pay medical costs and other accident-related expenses due to their inability to work.

However, state law allows catastrophic injury victims harmed due to another person’s negligent actions the right to pursue compensation to pay for damages.

Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Loss of limbs
  • Multiple bone fractures
  • Amputations
  • Organ damage
  • Severe burns

Due to the complexities associated with Florida personal injury law, accident victims must hire an experienced attorney who will fight for their rights.

GONZ.LAW GROUP of West Palm Beach, FL, has personal injury attorneys with comprehensive experience helping injury victims obtain full and fair compensation. Contact our Palm Beach County law firm today to schedule an appointment to learn more about personal injury cases and the legal services we can provide.

What are the Most Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries in Palm Beach County?

Many people are not aware of how easy it is to become the victim of a catastrophic injury. In most instances, negligence is a major contributor to catastrophic injuries. Catastrophic injuries frequently result from injuries sustained in the following types of accidents:

  • Car accident
  • Truck accident
  • Slip and fall accident
  • Medical malpractice
  • Construction or workplace accident
  • Pedestrian accident
  • Assault
  • Sports and recreational activities

It should be stated that although these types of accidents are common, to qualify for a personal injury claim, the accident must have been caused by the actions or inactions of another person or entity.

For this reason, anyone who has suffered a permanent or long-term injury must consult with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. An injury lawyer has the skills to accurately assess the case and determine if a legal claim is appropriate.

Contact GONZ.LAW GROUP at our West Palm Beach law offices to schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney who will analyze your case.

What Legal Aspects Must be Present to Prove a Catastrophic Injury Claim?

To successfully prove a catastrophic injury claim, there are several legal aspects that victims must be able to prove. Proving negligence is critical to winning damages in any personal injury claim.

Negligence occurs when another party fails to exercise a reasonable standard of care that harms the victim, given the circumstances involved.

To successfully win a personal injury legal claim, the person filing the claim must establish several key legal elements, referred to as the plaintiff. These legal elements include:

  • Duty of care: The plaintiff must prove that the defendant who caused the accident owed them a duty of care. For example, property owners are legally responsible for maintaining the premises and keeping them free from hazards that could cause a slip-and-fall accident.
  • Breach of duty: The plaintiff must prove the defendant breached their legal duty of care through actions or inactions inconsistent with an accepted standard. One typical example is when medical professionals fail to act in a manner consistent with what other similar professionals would do given the same circumstances.
  • Causation: The next step in successfully proving negligence is establishing causation. Proving causation means establishing a direct link between the breach of duty and the plaintiff’s catastrophic injury. For this reason, injury victims should always keep their medical records to help support their claims.
  • Damages: The final step in proving negligence is to provide clear evidence that the plaintiff incurred financial losses or damages due to injury, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Therefore, anyone who has suffered a catastrophic injury should be diligent in keeping up with their accident-related expenses.

If you still need more clarification about the legal aspects involved with proving negligence, contact our law firm and ask to speak with an attorney who will gladly answer your questions.

What Type of Financial Compensation is Available to Catastrophic Injury Victims?

For catastrophic injury victims, one of the most critical aspects of their case is being able to recover compensation that will pay for their medical expenses and lost income.

Florida law allows personal injury victims to try and recover economic and non-economic damages after suffering a catastrophic injury.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are awarded to catastrophic injury victims to reimburse them for money they have spent or may spend in the future. Some commonly awarded economic damages include:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Property damage

Injured victims may also obtain financial compensation that will pay for necessary medical treatment such as physical therapy or rehabilitation. In other instances, victims may receive economic damages to pay for modifications to their motor vehicles or homes to accommodate medical equipment.

Non Economic Damages

Non-economic damages, if awarded, are designed to compensate the victim for intangible losses they have suffered. It should be noted that because the facts and events of every personal injury case are different, any potential settlement that may be reached will also vary.

Some frequently awarded economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium.
  • Permanent disfigurement and scarring.

GONZ.LAW GROUP has vast experience helping clients and their families obtain financial compensation that will provide for their needs and give them peace of mind to face the future confidently.

What Makes Your West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer the Right Choice for My Legal Needs?

No one ever imagines they will suffer the devastating effects of a catastrophic injury caused by another person’s negligence. However, sadly, many citizens of Palm Beach County suffer permanent life-changing injuries that could have been prevented had the negligent party exercised their legal duty of care.

GONZ.LAW GROUP is a law firm that is unwavering in its quest to help personal injury victims recover fair compensation for damages they have suffered.

One of the first steps we take is to determine who should be held liable for your injuries so that you can be sure the responsible party is held accountable for their actions.

Most personal injury cases are settled without the need for litigation through negotiations between an attorney and the insurance company. However, insurance providers often hesitate to settle catastrophic injury claims because they are concerned more with their bottom line than the well-being of the injured party.

For this reason, our Palm Beach personal injury lawyers are fully prepared to file a personal injury lawsuit in court to ensure your rights are protected and you are treated fairly.

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, contact our West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at 561-639-7858 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation so that we may determine what legal strategies may be available.