Melbourne Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Severe Injury Claims in Brevard County
At Nance Cacciatore, we recognize that any injury can change a person’s life. But some injuries are so severe, they completely and permanently affect the victim’s ability to function as they once did. These injuries are known as “catastrophic injuries.”
If you or someone you love suffered a catastrophic injury due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another person or party, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. At Nance Cacciatore, we have been representing injured Floridians since 1963 and have secured millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Our Melbourne catastrophic injury lawyers can help you fight for justice and seek the maximum recovery you deserve.
Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
Generally speaking, any injury that results in significant and/or total impairment of an important bodily function, disfigurement, or disability is considered a catastrophic injury. Often, the severity of an injury—rather than the type of injury—determines whether it is classified as catastrophic.
Some common examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Amputation/loss of limb
- Back and neck injuries
- Birth injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones/fractures
- Hearing loss
- Internal organ damage
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Vision loss
These and other severe injuries typically leave victims struggling to cope with day-to-day tasks, and many are unable to return to work at fully capacity or whatsoever. This, compounded with the exorbitant medical costs associated with treating catastrophic injuries, can leave victims and their families struggling with immense financial hardship.
What Are the Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries?
Any type of accident can lead to catastrophic injuries, even seemingly minor incidents.
Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries include:
- Car, motorcycle, truck, and other motor vehicle accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Defective products, including dangerous drugs and medical devices
- Falls, including slip and falls and falls from heights
- Medical malpractice and negligence
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Recreation-related accidents, including ATV, boating, and sports accidents
- Workplace and work-related accidents
Often, these accidents are entirely preventable and occur only because someone else was negligent, reckless, or careless. When this is the case, victims may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit and seek fair financial compensation for their damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, future earnings, and pain and suffering.
Why You Need a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
If you were severely injured due to another party’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you are not required by law to hire an attorney to bring a catastrophic injury claim. However, there are many reasons you may wish to do so.
Most personal injury cases are complex, but catastrophic injury claims are significantly more complicated than standard injury cases. One reason is the severity of these injuries necessitates more extensive medical attention than other types of injuries, meaning you are more likely to require more treatment and ongoing care. Catastrophic injury victims often need multiple surgeries, pain medications, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and even in-home assistance. Determining the full extent of your medical expenses—including future projected care costs—is complicated and often requires the insight of expert medical witnesses.
Additionally, catastrophic injury victims often cannot return to work for months, years, or even the rest of their lives. It can be difficult to pinpoint the value of your lost earnings, including future income you would have earned had you not been injured. By working with an attorney, you get the benefit of extensive legal experience, as well as access to professional economists and other experts who can evaluate the full extent of your lost income.
Another thing that makes catastrophic injury cases so challenging is the fact that insurance companies are strongly inclined to dispute or deny these claims. Because catastrophic injury claims tend to be high in value due to the extent of victims’ economic and non-economic damages, insurance companies do not want to pay out these claims—and they know how to avoid doing so. You need an attorney that will stand up for your rights and protect you from the insurance company’s deceitful tactics.
At Nance Cacciatore, we are not only equipped to take on the insurance company on your behalf, but we also work with a team of experts, including an in-house investigator who is also a former police officer. Our attorneys are all board-certified, meaning they have extensive expertise and have demonstrated a high level of skill in their respective practice areas. We understand what you are up against, and we know what it takes to win.
How Nance Cacciatore Can Help
When you turn to our Melbourne catastrophic injury lawyers for help with your claim, you can trust that we will do everything in our power to maximize your recovery.
Our goal is to secure financial compensation for all your damages, possibly including but not limited to:
- Emergency medical costs
- Ongoing and future medical expenses
- Medications and medical equipment
- Home modifications and assistive care
- Lost income, wages, and other employment benefits
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress and trauma
- Lost earning ability and lost future earnings
- Counseling services and/or therapy
- Property damage repair costs
In some cases, we may even be able to seek punitive damages, which are meant to punish the at-fault party for extreme negligence and/or wanton and willful misconduct.
Our team will handle all the legal details while you focus on getting the medical care you need, managing day-to-day expenses, and healing. To date, our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of the severely injured, including many notable seven- and eight-figure results.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
At Nance Cacciatore, we offer free initial consultations and contingency fees. This means you do not pay us anything upfront; instead, our attorneys only collect fees if/when they win your case. From our office in Melbourne, we represent clients throughout Brevard County and all of Florida.