St. Petersburg Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Helping Victims of Catastrophic Injuries in St. Petersburg, FL
When you are injured in an accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. However, if you suffer a catastrophic injury, you may be entitled to additional compensation for your long-term care, pain and suffering, and more. At Gunn Law Group, our St. Petersburg catastrophic injury lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and options. We can also help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is so severe that it results in long-term or permanent disability. These injuries often require extensive medical treatment and ongoing care. In many cases, catastrophic injuries are life-threatening. They can also be life-altering, causing victims to lose their ability to work, enjoy life, and engage in everyday activities.
Some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries include:
- Severe Burns: Extensive burns that damage multiple layers of skin and underlying tissues, often leading to long-term physical impairment and scarring.
- Amputations: The loss of a limb or extremity due to traumatic injury, which can profoundly affect mobility and functionality.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Damage to the spinal cord that can cause paralysis, loss of sensation, and impairments in motor function below the site of injury.
- Paralysis: Loss of muscle function in part or most of the body, typically caused by spinal cord injuries or damage to the nervous system.
- Brain Injuries: Trauma to the brain, ranging from concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which can result in cognitive impairments, memory loss, altered behavior, and various physical disabilities.
- Organ Damage: Severe injuries that damage internal organs, such as the heart, lungs, liver, or kidneys, leading to compromised organ function and potentially life-threatening conditions.
- Blindness: Loss of vision, either partial or complete, due to injury to the eyes or trauma to the visual processing areas of the brain.
- Deafness: Partial or complete loss of hearing resulting from traumatic events or injuries affecting the auditory system.
- Crush Injuries: Severe compression of body parts, leading to tissue damage, fractures, and potential complications such as compartment syndrome or nerve damage.
- Multiple Bone Fractures: Extensive fractures to multiple bones in the body, which can cause severe pain, impaired mobility, and require complex medical interventions for recovery.
These injuries can occur in a wide range of accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, and more. In many cases, they are the result of someone else’s negligence.
How Do I Know If I Have a Catastrophic Injury?
After an accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away. This is true even if you do not think you are seriously injured. Many catastrophic injuries do not cause immediate symptoms. In fact, it can take days, weeks, or even months for symptoms to appear. By then, your condition may have worsened.
Some of the most common symptoms of a catastrophic injury include:
- Severe Pain: Intense and persistent pain that may not respond to typical pain management methods.
- Loss of Consciousness: Temporary or prolonged loss of consciousness following a traumatic incident, indicating potential brain injury or trauma.
- Difficulty Breathing: Respiratory distress or difficulty breathing due to lung damage, chest trauma, or other internal injuries.
- Bleeding: Profuse bleeding or hemorrhaging from wounds, indicating severe trauma and potential damage to blood vessels or organs.
- Paralysis or Loss of Sensation: Inability to move limbs or loss of sensation in certain body parts, indicating potential spinal cord or nerve damage.
- Visible Deformities or Disfigurement: Obvious physical changes or deformities such as misaligned limbs, exposed bones, or dislocated joints.
- Confusion or Altered Mental State: Confusion, disorientation, memory loss, or altered consciousness levels following a traumatic incident, indicating potential brain injury.
- Vision or Hearing Loss: Sudden loss of vision or hearing after an accident or injury, suggesting damage to the eyes, ears, or nervous system.
- Numbness or Tingling: Sensory abnormalities like numbness, tingling sensations, or loss of feeling in specific body areas, often associated with nerve damage.
- Inability to Move Extremities: Difficulty or inability to move arms, legs, fingers, or toes after a traumatic incident, indicating potential nerve or spinal cord damage.
How Can a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Help Me?
Our St. Petersburg catastrophic injury attorneys have extensive experience handling these types of cases. We know what it takes to win, and we are not afraid to take on large insurance companies and corporations. We are also skilled negotiators and litigators. We will fight to protect your rights and best interests every step of the way.
Some of the ways we can help you with your catastrophic injury case include:
- Investigating the accident to determine liability
- Gathering evidence to prove fault and liability
- Working with experts to determine the value of your case
- Filing all necessary insurance claims on your behalf
- Negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement
- Preparing your case for trial, if necessary
- Representing you in all court hearings and proceedings