Can I sue for damages?
We all have dreams to one day do something big with our lives. While some work passionately to become a professional athlete, musician, actor or television personality, others aspire to be the best teacher, nurse, carpenter, or construction worker. While there are plenty of challenges a person pursuing their dream career will likely encounter, never does anyone expect that a car or truck accident is going to interfere with their dreams and desire to be their best. Unfortunately, with the increasing number of distracted, drunk, and careless drivers occupying Florida’s roadways, life-altering injuries are becoming far too common.
If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury that has changed your life and inhibits you from pursuing your dream career, its time you contact Larson Johnson, P.L. You may be entitled to recover damages that will help cover medical expenses, lost wages, vocational training, pain and suffering, mental anguish, etc.
What types of catastrophic injuries can I recover compensation for?
When a Florida vehicle crash causes any type of catastrophic injury, you can file suit against the party who caused the motor vehicle crash. Victims of car crashes have the option of litigating their claims if the insurance company for the at-fault party isn’t willing to pay the full compensation they are entitled to receive. Daniel A. Larson and Marc D. Johnson have over 55 years of combined litigation and trial experience to ensure that you receive full compensation for your full measure of damages.
Some of the catastrophic injuries our car accident law firm located in Tampa, FL can help you recover damages for include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” TBI’s range in severity, from mild to moderate to severe, and can permanently affect a victim in a number of different ways. The lawyers at Larson Johnson, P.L., have represented individuals and families in TBI cases for many years, seeking compensation for anger management issues, personality changes, lack of concentration, word-association difficulties, etc. The long-term effects of a severe TBI can be devastating, presenting symptoms that may also include:
- Cognitive decline. A person might experience difficulty focusing their attention or may struggle to retain or recall information or memories.
- Motor function. This might include extremity weakness, impaired coordination, and issues with balance.
- A severe TBI may affect a person’s hearing, vision, or impair their perception and touch.
- TBI patients might suffer from depression, anxiety, or aggression, and/or they may experience issues with controlling their behavior.
- Loss of a Limb – These are serious cases and require serious consideration. Losing a body part is life changing both physically and emotionally. There are many lifelong considerations that need to be addressed including pain and suffering, prosthetics, phantom sensations, psychological changes, complications with the aging process, etc. Certain careers require certain skills and/or abilities. If the limb you lost now prohibits you from pursuing your dream career or from being your best, those damages are compensable.
- Spinal Cord Injury- A spinal cord injury is “damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal” [Source: Mayo Clinic]. This sometimes results in a person experiencing “permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury.” A spinal cord injury is classified as complete or incomplete. A complete injury is when a person loses all their feeling and ability to control their movements below the spinal cord injury. An incomplete injury is when a victim is “left with some motor or sensory function below the affected area.”
Spinal cord injuries are classified as catastrophic injuries as they may cause full or partial paralysis. The Mayo Clinic says that paralysis from a spinal cord injury may be referred to as either tetraplegia or paraplegia. Tetraplegia is when “your arms, hands, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs are all affected by your spinal cord injury.” Paraplegia “affects all or part of the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs.”
As unfortunate as it may be to now have to live your life suffering from the physical and/or psychological pain a catastrophic injury causes, there are steps you can take that can help make your circumstances a little easier. There are also serious future considerations that must be considered now. Living a life with limited abilities should not be the result of a car crash caused by the carelessness or negligence of another. The Tampa, FL car accident attorneys at Larson Johnson, P.L. are experienced and skilled at addressing these injuries and securing the full measure of damages associated with these serious cases. You need a qualified FL car accident lawyer who is trained in accident law to help you recover the compensation you not only need but also deserve.
If you would like to find out what our firm can do for you, contact us now at 813-228-6688.
Larson Johnson, P.L. is located at:
2011 West Cleveland Street
Tampa, Florida 33606