If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury because of someone else’s negligence, the steps you take right away are critical. After all, you may be facing long-term or even permanent disabilities. In the face of this truly life-altering situation, you absolutely need to know your rights and options.
The catastrophic injury team of Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim can help you determine what kind of treatment you require, where you’ll receive that treatment, and what must occur to help you achieve the best possible quality of life.
As for your financial consequences, we will do our level best to have the negligent party’s insurance company pay for your medical bills, along with compensation for your pain and suffering.
It’s our job to make sure they get a compelling picture of the damages involved in order to maximize your settlement. If your case goes to court, our case results to date demonstrate that we know how to convince juries as well.
The process starts with determining whether you have, in fact, suffered what is truly considered a catastrophic Injury. If you’re dealing with injuries so serious that the outcome of your entire life may change as a result, you’re looking at an injury of that magnitude.
While there are several different types, the two most common are:
- traumatic brain injuries
- spinal cord injuries
Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (or TBI, for short) is a way to describe an injury to the brain that comes as a result of strong and abrupt force.
The brain consists of lots of microscopic fibers sitting inside cerebrospinal fluid. The outside of the skull may seem perfectly smooth, but inside are lots of components designed to help the body function properly. In the event of severe impact, those fibers can become bruised, torn or destroyed altogether.
The CDC estimates that more than 1.4 million Americans suffered a TBI during a recent 6-year period. More than 20% of those cases were the direct result of motor vehicle accidents in which a person’s head hits the windshield or dashboard.
If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, several tests can be performed to help prove it in court. In most cases, neuropsychological testing, PET scans, and MRIs will provide the necessary information about your brain injury. It’s essential to note, though, that some symptoms take weeks or months to show up, so getting a medical team that includes a neurologist, physiatrist, a number of therapists, and a case manager is essential to your case.
We can help you put all the pieces in place, in an effort to piece your life back together again.
Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
With spinal cord injuries, victims often lose mobility or feeling in some limbs. Car accidents and falls are two of the leading causes.
The spinal cord doesn’t actually have to be severed for problems to occur. Depending on the type of injury the effects can range from trouble breathing to paralysis to quadriplegia.
Those with spinal cord injuries may also suffer loss of bladder or bowel control as well as issues with sexual dysfunction.
Many spinal cord injuries are treatable; recent advances may enable you to recover some functioning within the years following the injury.
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another, the medical costs for your treatment can be extensive. The overall costs can range from half a million to two million dollars.
Contacting the Right Florida Attorney
In the event of any type of catastrophic injury, contacting a qualified attorney immediately is a must. You need someone with your best interests in mind, not an insurance company that’s trying to get off the hook for as little as possible.
Contact us today to learn more about our catastrophic injury response team and how we can help you recover the damages you deserve.