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The Top 10 Most Common Catastrophic Injuries in Florida and How to Seek Justice

Catastrophic injuries profoundly impact individuals and their families, altering their lives in significant ways. Below are some of the most devastating injuries we see occurring in Florida.

  1. Severe Brain Injury: Traumatic brain injuries, often resulting from falls or accidents, can cause permanent cognitive and physical impairment. Brain injuries can strain families emotionally and financially. Care usually requires professional help, and personality changes can alter family dynamics.
  2. Spinal Cord Injury: Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis and other complications. Common causes include vehicle accidents and falls. Rehabilitation is crucial, but there’s currently no cure. Paralysis from spinal cord damage robs individuals of their independence and puts immense pressure on family members, who often become caregivers. In addition, the financial burden of long-term care can be overwhelming.
  3. Serious Neck or Back Injury: From whiplash to herniated discs and spinal stenosis, neck and back injuries can cause chronic pain and limit mobility. These injuries can result from accidents, falls, or degenerative conditions. Chronic pain from these injuries can limit employment prospects, straining family finances. In addition, victims often face a long journey of rehabilitation and adapting to a new way of life.
  4. Amputation: Losing a limb, often due to accidents or medical conditions, dramatically impacts a person’s life and requires significant adaptation to daily tasks. Beyond the immediate physical loss, amputees often suffer from phantom pain and psychological trauma. In addition, adjusting to prosthetics or life without a limb is a strenuous process for the entire family.
  5. Severe Burns: Severe burns can cause long-term physical and emotional trauma, extensive scarring, and functional impairment. These impacts can dramatically affect a person’s self-esteem and mental health, while the pain of recovery can be excruciating. Families must adapt to new care routines.
  6. Multiple Bone Fractures: Compound fractures can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. These injuries are usually caused by severe accidents or falls. The long recovery can keep victims from work, adding financial stress to physical suffering. Support from family is crucial during the long rehabilitation process.
  7. Internal Injuries: Damage to internal organs, often due to accidents or medical negligence, can require emergency surgery and result in long-term health complications. These invisible injuries can lead to unexpected health complications over time. Families must monitor the victim’s health and manage ongoing treatment.
  8. Severe Damage to Sight or Hearing: Injuries that affect senses can drastically alter a person’s life, affecting their independence and ability to work. Losing a primary sense is life-altering. Victims must learn new ways to navigate the world, and families must learn new ways to communicate and support their loved ones.
  9. Chronic Diseases or Conditions Resulting from Injury: Injuries can lead to chronic conditions like pain syndromes or PTSD, causing long-lasting impacts on a person’s life. Conditions like PTSD can dramatically affect a person’s personality and ability to function in daily life. As a result, families often need to learn new ways to support their loved ones emotionally.
  10. Death: In the most extreme cases, injuries can be fatal. In 2021, Florida Health Department reported 17,654 unintentional fatal injuries. The ultimate tragedy leaves families grappling with emotional loss and often financial strain, particularly if the deceased was a primary earner.

Victims and their families can seek justice through the legal system. This process begins with identifying the responsible party or parties, such as an individual, company, or government entity. This step is crucial as it sets the direction for the lawsuit.

Once the responsible party is identified, a personal injury claim may be brought, depending on the type of case it is. This may be a lawsuit or a presuit claim as required by statutory law, which will detail the nature of the injury, the circumstances that led to it, and its effects on the victim’s life. It also outlines the compensation sought, which can cover a range of damages, including direct costs such as medical expenses and loss of income and non-economic damages like emotional suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and in some cases, punitive damages intended to punish especially negligent behavior.

Given the complexity of the legal process and the high stakes involved, having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side is vital. Leighton Law specializes in catastrophic injury cases. Our team understands the intricacies of the law, the medical aspects of these injuries, and the economic calculations needed to ensure fair compensation.

We also understand that these catastrophic injuries aren’t just about physical harm. They reverberate through every aspect of a victim’s life, affecting their mental and emotional well-being and causing significant disruption to their families. You don’t have to face these challenges alone. We’re here to fight for justice and fair compensation for victims and their families. Contact us today for a consultation.

Article by:

John Leighton

A nationally-recognized trial lawyer who handles catastrophic injury and death cases. He manages Leighton Law, P.A. trial lawyers, with offices in Miami and Orlando, Florida. He is President of The National Crime Victim Bar Association, author of the 2-volume textbook,Litigating Premises Security Cases, and past Chairman of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s Motor Vehicle, Highway & Premises Liability Section. Having won some of the largest verdicts in Florida history, Mr. Leighton is listed inThe Best Lawyers in America (14 years), “Top Lawyers” in the South Florida Legal Guide (15 years), Top 100 Florida SuperLawyer™ and Florida SuperLawyers (14 years), “Orlando Legal Elite” by Orlando Style magazine, and FloridaTrend magazine “Florida Legal Elite


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