Jacksonville Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Thankfully, not all accidents result in injury, and even when they do, the injury victim may still make a full recovery in a reasonable amount of time. Tragically, however, this is not always the case, and catastrophic injuries do occur. When they do, the complexity of any personal injury litigation grows immensely. Insurance companies fight harder against catastrophic injury claims, and building a case that proves the full amount of damage done takes considerable effort. At Douglas & Carter, we routinely deal with cases involving significant injury, and we have achieved significant results that make real changes in the lives of injury victims. Our Jacksonville catastrophic injury lawyers are adept in handling accidents that result in the most catastrophic injuries or wrongful death in Florida, including:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Defective Product Accidents
Below are some of the types of catastrophic injuries our firm deals with and the significant costs involved in obtaining long-term medical care and maximum improvement.
Brain injuries can occur when the head strikes or is struck by another object, or when the head is subjected to a rapid and forceful jolt, such as in a whiplash injury. Brain injury victims may need extensive occupational therapy to regain functionality, as well as psychotherapy to deal with personality changes, depression and other disorders. For more serious cases, in-home care or residence at a skilled nursing facility may be needed.
Severe physical trauma, such as from a motorcycle accident, boating accident or defective industrial machinery, can result in the loss of a limb. Amputation injury victims may require some of the most complicated vascular surgery and neurosurgery, along with an extended period of wound care. Prosthetics may help a victim regain some functionality, but they come with a lifetime cost to deal with wear and replacement. Vocational rehabilitation may be necessary for employment purposes, as well as simply meeting the daily challenges of getting by, for instance learning how to perform basic tasks with a non-dominant hand or arm.
Injuries to the spinal cord most often result in permanent paralysis ranging from paraplegia to quadriplegia. Not only do spinal injury victims suffer loss of feeling and movement, but the functioning of internal organs can be affected as well. This includes bowel, bladder and sexual function in most cases, and in more severe cases higher on the spine, the ability to breathe or swallow without mechanical assistance. Adaptations to the home environment, including assistive technology devices, are often necessary to help the spinal cord injury victim live with the maximum independence, mobility, self-care and quality of life. Spinal injury victims must also be vigilant to guard against infections and other complications throughout their lifetime.
Severe burns can be life-threatening, and extensive periods of acute care and rehabilitation are often necessary, along with reconstructive surgeries and skin grafts over a period of years. Nerve damage can leave a burn injury victim with lingering, chronic pain or the loss of sensation and function. Burn injury victims may also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and require ongoing therapy to deal with psychological issues. For some, the pain and trauma of a burn injury may never go away.
Help is Available to Deal with Catastrophic Injury Claims in Lake City and Jacksonville
The most serious accidents require help from the most experienced and successful attorneys. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a catastrophic injury caused by the negligence of another, call Douglas & Carter for a no-cost, confidential consultation with our compassionate and dedicated Jacksonville personal injury lawyers.