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Gainesville Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Catastrophic Injury Claims in Alachua County
When you or someone you love suffers a catastrophic injury, your life is likely to change in numerous ways. Catastrophic injuries have serious, long-lasting effects on victims and their loved ones, ranging from financial hardships to physical limitations to emotional implications. If your injuries or your loved one’s injuries resulted from someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you do not need to face these consequences on your own.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we fight for the rights of severely injured individuals throughout Alachua County and all of Florida. From our Gainesville office, our catastrophic injury lawyers provide compassionate, personalized attention and aggressive representation to those in need. We are truly your neighborhood attorney, and we will do everything we can to help you navigate this challenging time in your life so that you and your family can heal.
What Makes an Injury “Catastrophic?”
Any injury can be serious, causing the victim to suffer significant pain and suffering. However, some injuries are more severe than others. When an injury significantly impacts the victim’s ability to return to his or her normal, pre-injury life, however, it is typically considered “catastrophic.”
There is no set definition of a “catastrophic injury,” but most injuries that result in serious physical or cognitive limitations, including those that lead to temporary or permanent disability, are classified as catastrophic. It is important to distinguish these injuries from other, less-severe injuries, as victims often face unique needs and specific challenges when it comes to recovering compensation.
Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
As mentioned above, any severe injury can be considered catastrophic. However, some injuries are more often labeled as catastrophic injuries than others.
Examples of common catastrophic injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones/fractures
- Burn injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Loss of hearing/vision
- Serious soft tissue injuries
- Spine injuries
Such injuries nearly always require immediate medical attention and extensive, ongoing care. This can end up costing victims and their families hundreds of thousands—or even millions—of dollars over time. When the victim is unable to work due to their injuries, families will face even greater financial challenges.
Recovering Compensation After a Catastrophic Accident
Whether you were severely injured in a car accident, semi-truck collision, motorcycle crash, or slip and fall accident, recovering financial compensation for your economic and non-economic damages can be challenging. After a motor vehicle accident, you will need to prove that your injuries meet Florida’s criteria to be classified as “serious injuries” if you wish to step outside the no-fault system and recover compensation for all of your medical expenses, lost wages, and non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering. If you were injured on someone else’s property, you will need to prove that the property owner was negligent and that this was the proximate cause of your injuries. If you were harmed by a defective product, recovering compensation will involve going up against a major product developer or manufacturer and its defense team.
No matter the circumstances, the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. is ready to fight for you. Our Gainesville catastrophic injury lawyers have more than a century of combined experience navigating highly complex personal injury claims, and we know what it takes to successfully advocate for our clients.
Our goal is to help you recover full and fair compensation for your economic and non-economic damages, including but not limited to:
- All current and future medical expenses
- All current and future lost income/wages
- Lost earning capacity due to disability
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
- Lost or reduced quality of life
- Inconvenience and disfigurement
In some cases, we may also be able to recover punitive damages on your behalf. Punitive damages are meant to hold egregiously negligent parties accountable and help ensure that future acts of the same type will not occur or be tolerated.
Call the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. Today to Learn More
If you or someone you love was severely injured due to the negligence, carelessness, or unlawful actions of another, do not hesitate to reach out to our team right away to learn how we can help you get back on your feet. At our Gainesville office, we proudly serve clients from throughout Alachua County, providing personal attention, 24/7 support, and tirelessly advocacy every step of the way.