"Whether it's a whiplash, serious injury or wrongful death case, we pride ourselves on representing you with the personal service and aggressive representation that you expect and deserve!" -Attorney Ron Sholes
Orange Park Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Catastrophic Injury Claims in Clay County
If you or someone you love suffered a severe, life-altering injury because of someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you deserve justice. At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., our Orange Park catastrophic injury lawyers provide aggressive legal representation, coupled with compassionate counsel, to victims of serious accidents and their loved ones.
We understand the immense suffering you and your family have been through, as well as the challenges that still lay ahead. As your neighborhood attorney, our goal is to help you secure maximum compensation for your losses and ensure that liable parties are held accountable to help create safer communities for all.
When Is an Injury Considered “Catastrophic?”
Although any injury can have serious, long-lasting effects on victims, some injuries are simply more severe than others. While there is no specific definition for what makes an injury “catastrophic,” certain injuries generally fall into this category for the purpose of filing a personal injury claim.
In general, any injury that results in significant impairment of a bodily function or lasting disability is considered “catastrophic.” Catastrophic injuries are usually those that prevent the victim from returning to their normal, pre-injury life. They may prevent victims from returning to work, obtaining any gainful employment, caring for themselves, or enjoying the same quality of life they once had.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Severe burns
- Serious fractures (broken bones)
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Severe soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of hearing or vision
These and other serious injuries can have many lasting consequences for victims and their loved ones. Often, catastrophic injury victims and their families will face numerous physical, emotional, and financial challenges in the wake of the injury, including mounting medical bills, lost income, and a lifetime of significant pain and suffering.
Why Is It Important to Label Catastrophic Injuries?
While catastrophic injuries are similar to other injuries in many ways, it is important to designate these injuries in terms of bringing a claim for damages. Catastrophic injury claims present numerous unique complexities and challenges that other personal injury claims do not. As such, you will want to work with an attorney who has specific experience handling catastrophic injury claims, like our team at the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A.
Some of the many unique factors at play in catastrophic injury cases include:
- Florida’s No-Fault System: After most minor car accidents in Florida, injured victims can turn to their own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage to be reimbursed for a percentage of their medical expenses and lost wages. However, when a victim’s injuries are catastrophic, they will likely meet the state’s “serious injury” threshold, meaning the victim may be able to step outside the no-fault system and recover compensation for all their damages, including non-economic losses like pain and suffering.
- Catastrophic Injury Damages: Due to their severe nature, catastrophic injuries tend to result in very serious, long-lasting physical, emotional, and financial losses. Proving the full extent of a catastrophic injury victim’s economic and non-economic damages can be difficult; it takes the right team of investigators, expert witnesses, medical professionals, and attorneys to effectively present a case and recover maximum compensation.
- Future Losses: In addition to current economic and non-economic damages, catastrophic injury victims and their families are also likely to experience numerous ongoing and future losses. These include things like lost or reduced quality of life, future medical expenses and in-home care costs, lost future earnings and income, and continued pain and suffering. An experienced attorney can help ensure that you are compensated for your current and future damages.
- Greater Challenges from Insurance Companies: Because catastrophic injury claims tend to be higher in value than ordinary personal injury claims, insurance companies have a lot to lose. They are more likely to aggressively defend these cases and will often work tirelessly to dispute, devalue, or deny your claim. Your attorney should be able to anticipate and fight back against the insurance company’s tactics and attempts to reduce your recovery.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we are ready to fight tooth and nail for you. We understand the many challenges catastrophic injury cases present—and we know how to overcome these challenges. Our goal is to maximize your recovery so that you can obtain critical medical care, manage day-to-day expenses while out of work, and secure a sense of justice that allows you to heal.
Put Over a Century of Collective Experience on Your Side
Since 2003, our firm has been fighting tirelessly on behalf of severely injured accident victims throughout Florida and Georgia. Our Orange Park catastrophic injury lawyers are ready to help you navigate the legal process and work to recover the full, fair recovery you are owed. By accepting a smaller quantity of cases, we are able to provide every client with the quality service and personal attention they deserve.
Combined, our team has over 100 years of legal experience. When it comes to serious injury cases, we don’t just settle—we fight to maximize our clients’ recoveries, even when that means taking their cases to trial. Throughout the entire process, you will receive consistent communication, attentive service, and personal contact from your attorney and your entire legal team. Whether you were involved in a large truck accident, hurt on someone else’s property, or severely injured in any other way due to someone else’s negligence, we are here for you.