When you are catastrophically injured in an accident, it can take a toll on your mental, physical, and financial health for the rest of your life. If your injury was due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim or lawsuit for compensation.
The West Palm Beach catastrophic injury lawyers at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers are here to help. We offer free consultations, so you can learn about your legal rights following a severe, life-altering injury.
Accomplished West Palm Beach Injury Attorneys
At Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, we focus on providing personalized representation tailored to your situation. Our partners, Debi and Jason Chalik, offer individual attention that you will not find in many personal injury firms.
Instead of relegating your claim to associates, we take a compassionate, hands-on approach to ensure that you have the direct advantage of our years of experience in Florida injury law.
For decades, we have defended the legal rights of injury victims in West Palm Beach and throughout Florida. Our dedication to justice for personal injury victims is reflected in our case results. We have procured millions of dollars in catastrophic injury settlements for our clients who endured car accidents, product defects, pedestrian accidents, rideshare accidents, birth injuries, slip and fall accidents, and more.
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Defining a Catastrophic Injury
Many injuries are possible in a car accident, but catastrophic injury refers to particularly severe injuries with debilitating long-term effects. Florida Statutes § 960.03 defines catastrophic injuries as permanent impairments that may include:
- Spinal cord injuries that cause full or partial paralysis
- Hand, foot, arm, or leg amputation
- Traumatic brain injury that causes problems with cerebral, sensory, motor, communication, or neurological functions
- Second or third-degree burns on more than ¼ of the body
- Any injury that would be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits
Catastrophic injuries can cause chronic disability, functional incapacitation, intense pain, scarring, and disfigurement. Such injuries significantly alter the victim’s way of life and cost thousands of dollars in medical bills alone.
If you or a loved one have sustained a catastrophic injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation for your losses. Our attorneys who handle catastrophic injury cases can help you navigate the process.
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Common Causes of Catastrophic Injury in West Palm Beach
Catastrophic injury encompasses a wide range of injuries that can occur anywhere. The most common causes of catastrophic injury in Florida include:
- Car accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Defective products
- Pharmaceutical defects
- Construction injuries
- Sports injuries
- Medical malpractice
If you suffered a severe injury because of one of the above conditions, reach out to our West Palm Beach catastrophic injury lawyers to discuss the steps you can take to claim compensation for your losses.
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Filing a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit in Florida
When you file a catastrophic injury claim in Florida, you must prove that your injury was caused by the at-fault party. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may also need evidence that the at-fault individual or organization had a duty of care to ensure your safety. To prove your claim, you need to establish that the responsible party failed in that duty of care and that their failure directly caused your injury.
Every case requires a different approach, depending on the type of accident that caused your injury. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, your lawyer must prove that the other driver was at fault, that they had a duty to drive safely while on the road, and that their failure to drive safely caused your injuries.
Similarly, if you suffer a catastrophic injury due to a medical practitioner’s negligence, your attorney will establish that the health care provider had a duty to protect your health. They may seek expert testimony to prove that the at-fault party violated the standard of care and that said violation caused your injuries.
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Damages We May Include in Your Palm Beach County Catastrophic Injury Claim
Catastrophic injuries can cause devastating effects for years or decades to come. If your injury was caused by someone else’s negligent or malicious actions, you should not have to pay for your injuries, whether they be financial, physical, or emotional.
A catastrophic injury lawyer from Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can evaluate your claim and help you determine which damages you can claim, including:
- Medical expenses
- Physical and psychological therapy
- Loss of income
- Loss of future earnings
- Reduced quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
Time Limit for Filing Your Injury Claim
Florida laws limit the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party in your injury claim. However, the length of time varies based on the cause of your injury. Personal injury lawsuits must be filed within four years of the date of injury, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a). Medical malpractice lawsuits, on the other hand, have only a two-year statute of limitations, according to Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d).
If you miss the filing deadline, you may lose your chance to file for compensation. To meet your legal obligations within the allotted period, it is therefore wise to connect with us as soon as possible after your catastrophic injury. The injury attorneys at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers are aware of filing deadlines and can help you complete critical filings within the statute of limitations.
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Whether you have been injured in a construction fall or a motor vehicle accident, Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers are here to help you negotiate a fair settlement for your losses. We are committed to holding responsible parties accountable for the injuries they cause through their carelessness or negligence.
Call today for a free case evaluation. We will review your claim and let you know if you have a solid basis for a lawsuit. If we decide to move forward with your case, we will take care of all the legalities, including compiling evidence, drafting legal documents, corresponding with the opposing party, and negotiating with the insurance company.
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