Suffering an injury that leaves you disfigured or requires a limb amputation is devastating to every aspect of your life. There is not enough money in the world to alleviate the emotional and physical toll of these types of injuries, which will be a daily reminder of one of the worst things you’ve ever experienced.
Coupled with the financial burden of intensive medical care, many who suffer from disfigurement or amputation decide to pursue catastrophic injury compensation from the negligent parties that caused their injuries. To have the best chance at recovering a fair settlement, it’s important to work with an Orlando amputation and disfigurement lawyer.
When an individual suffers catastrophic trauma to a digit or limb, like an arm, finger, or leg, amputation (removal) of that limb may be necessary for their wellbeing. In cases of disfigurement, permanent scarring or damage to the bone or soft tissue occurs. This type of injury is often outwardly visible and can affect several body structures, including skin, muscles, and ligaments. Burn and bite injuries frequently leave long-term visible damage that often comes with nerve damage, chronic pain, and numbness.
These types of injuries fall under the umbrella of “catastrophic injuries” and typically require lifelong treatment and rehabilitation. The long-term impacts on the victim’s life also may contribute to non-economic damages like pain and suffering and may deserve punitive awards in certain cases.
If you suffered a catastrophic injury that led to an amputation or disfigurement, you may wonder how anything so terrible could have occurred in the first place. Every year, thousands of Floridians suffer devastating injuries of these types, caused by circumstances such as the following:
One of the biggest challenges that injured persons face after the initial trauma is getting the insurance companies to cooperate. During such an emotionally, physically, and financially vulnerable time, these corporations will try to manipulate your state of being to find ways to reduce or deny injury claims. It is of critical importance that you or a family member set up a consultation with an experienced amputation and disfigurement attorney in Orlando right away after the accident.
Due to the scale of such injuries, you will likely need a lifetime of ongoing care. This cost—and the paper trail of medical records and care you will need to pursue compensation—is extensive. Many patients will require ongoing medical support and services, including:
These cases will also require vast amounts of medical testimony and expert witnesses to help justify why your compensation amount needs to be significant. In accident situations that involve defective machinery or products, this may require a third-party to be named in your lawsuit, which further increases the necessary groundwork for your case.
Types of lawsuits that may involve situations where victims suffered amputation or disfigurement include:
As a pure comparative fault state, Florida law will apportion damages according to the liability of each party. Unlike other states with a maximum fault threshold, Florida allows you to be 87% at fault and still recover that remaining 13%. This also means that even if you are not responsible in any way for your injuries, the negligent parties and insurance companies may try to deflect blame on to you to reduce the payout.
You may want to speak with a skilled amputation and disfigurement attorney in Orlando about damage caps imposed by Florida law when it comes to punitive damages. This award type is not a guaranteed outcome in every lawsuit, and generally requires an egregious level of negligence and actions to have taken place for its award.
You will likely receive both economic and non-economic damages, where the first type involves monetized costs like medical bills, lost wages, and funeral costs. The latter non-economic damages involve losses that do not have a defined monetary value, like pain and suffering or loss of consortium. These damages will require a jury to decide what is appropriate based on the evidence submitted by your attorney.
Here are examples of both economic and non-economic damages:
Working with a highly trained disfigurement injury Orlando attorney will also ensure your claim does not exceed the state statute of limitations regarding negligence suits. Most cases will have four years from the date of injury to file, but in medical malpractice, you may only have two years to submit your case.
At The Umansky Law Firm, our Orlando lawyers understand that amputations and disfigurements negatively impact a person’s quality of life. We also prevail against insurers and at-fault parties who attempt to shirk their responsibility for the harm they caused our clients. We will work closely with you to understand how these catastrophic injuries affect your life and make a case for why you deserve just compensation.
With over 100 years of experience resolving personal injury matters in Orlando, you can trust us to help you win a favorable settlement. As a firm that is an active member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, we have shown time and again our dedication to treating clients with dignity and respect throughout their personal injury claim process. Call or contact us online at any time, day or night, to find out what injury compensation you should pursue. We provide free, no-obligation consultations.
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