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Catastrophic Injury

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Personal Injury

The Gainesville Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. represent victims that sustained catastrophic injury in accidents caused by negligent, intentional, or reckless actions of another. Catastrophic injuries are generally associated with long term or permanent injuries. Many involve some type of significant change in bodily function, such as loss of a limb; partial or full paralysis; traumatic brain injury; or other loss of use of a vital body part. However, catastrophic injuries also include other types of life-altering injuries, which, although they may not affect function or capacity to work, are more visual/cosmetic in nature, such as physical deformity; significant scaring; or severe burn injuries.

Traffic-related accidents are a leading cause of catastrophic injury. In some cases, an injury is caused during an initial impact, such as with head-on collisions, or intersection accidents involving T-bone collisions. However, catastrophic injuries can also happen due to events that occur subsequent to an initial collision, such as when a vehicle rolls over or catches fire, as well as when a victim, bystander, or emergency official, who is standing alongside a roadway following an accident, is struck by another vehicle. Trucking collisions, in particular, are known for their propensity to cause both fatal and non-fatal catastrophic injury.

Vulnerable road users are perhaps most susceptible to catastrophic injury in roadway crashes. Motorcycle collisions, and accidents involving other types of motorized vehicles, such as scooters and mopeds, have been linked to a variety of catastrophic injuries, including head trauma; spinal cord injuries; multiple fractures; and damage to internal organs. These same injuries are also connected to bicycle collisions. Regardless of whether a victim is traveling via motorcycle, scooter, moped, or bicycle, studies have shown a direct correlation between helmet use and reducing the risk of catastrophic injury. Pedestrian accidents, however, can be most devastating of all, because such victims are completely unprotected.

Falls are another common cause of catastrophic injuries. In fact, falls account for two-fifths of all traumatic brain injuries. While many fall-related injuries occur as a result of a victim striking the ground, or an object, from an elevated height, fall-related accidents can also occur at ground-level. For example, accidents involving trip and falls, slip and falls, step and falls, can cause blunt-force trauma to the head and/or brain that are catastrophic in nature. Fall or slip and fall accidents can occur in a variety of settings, including business establishments, construction sites, residential premises,  daycare facilities, as well as public property owned by a governmental entity, to name a few.

Several types of recreational activities have also been associated with catastrophic injury. For example, boating accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, such as drowning, blunt-force head trauma, and brain damage caused by near-drowning. In many cases, the severity of a victims injuries in a boating incident can be increased, due to the victim’s inability to obtain immediate medical attention. In addition, other recreation-related accidents, such as ATV collisions, can result in a multitude of catastrophic injuries, ranging from fatal, to non-fatal injuries, such as paralysis, head or brain trauma, or dismemberment.

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Depending on the extent and nature of an injury, accident victims may have numerous concerns. Inability to work, supporting ones family, mounting medical bills, as well as future expenses, whether related to care, support, or medical treatment, are all common concerns. Given the complexities associated with claims involving catastrophic injuries—and more importantly, the victim’s need for compensation in cases involving such injuries—the extent of financial recovery is often dependent exclusively on the level of expertise possessed by the attorney that is representing the injured.  Quite simply—practice experience—particularly trial experience—is key.

The professional, aggressive, and experienced attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. have obtained favorable outcomes on behalf of numerous victims that have sustained catastrophic injury following an incident that occurred in Gainesville, Ocala, or a surrounding community. Our legal team is knowledgeable, proficient, and remains dedicated to a practice approach which focuses on providing clients with superior attention to client needs.