Car accidents can lead to catastrophic, life-changing injuries. Dealing with these injuries is hard enough, but also having to think about the legal steps you should be taking can add a whole new level of stress. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident caused by someone else’s carelessness or mistake, we can assist you. Our dedicated Miami catastrophic injury attorneys will focus on the legalities of your case so you can focus on healing and moving forward. You can take comfort in knowing that we provide experienced representation to each and every one of our South Florida clients.
Former Miami Dolphins defensive tackle, Kendrick Norton, lost an arm due to a car crash earlier this month. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Norton suffered severe injuries to his left arm, which led to an amputation. At the time of the accident, Norton was not wearing a seat belt and was driving his pick-up truck in the early morning hours of July 4 on a road known as the Dolphin Expressway, a 15-mile stretch of highway that cuts across Miami. Norton was cited for an improper lane change after he pulled in front of another vehicle and grazed it before he crashed into a concrete barrier. The truck flipped and, when it stopped, was upside down. According to a family friend of Norton, however, the football player was cut off before his vehicle flipped. Alcohol and drugs were not suspected to have been a factor in the accident for either driver. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.
The term “catastrophic injury” is not something that injury attorneys take lightly. A catastrophic injury refers to an injury that results in serious and permanent injury to the victim. This can include disability and/or disfigurement. These injuries may include traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia, paraplegia, amputations, organ damage, severe burns or any injury that has a life-altering impact on a person.
If your catastrophic injury was the result of negligence by another person, you can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. Negligence refers to the failure of a person to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have used under the same or similar circumstances. The conduct generally consists of actions, but can also consist of an omission. Namely, when a person fails to act when there is a duty to do so. In order to win a personal injury claim rooted in negligence, the plaintiff bears the burden of proving the following: the plaintiff was owed a duty of care by the defendant; the defendant breached the duty of care; and the plaintiff’s catastrophic injury was a direct result of the defendant’s breach.
If you were involved in an accident resulting in catastrophic injury, you need to reach out to our skilled Miami serious injury attorneys who can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon are committed to protecting the rights of clients who have been hurt due to the negligence of others. For more information about your case, please call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online.