Skilled Fort Myers Attorneys Protecting the Rights of Accident Victims
At the firm of Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our accident lawyers represent individuals in Fort Myers and the surrounding area who have suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of someone else. Our experienced legal team believes that victims and their families deserve the compensation that they need to recover physically, emotionally, and financially. If you or someone you love has been involved in a devastating accident, it is important to seek qualified legal representation as soon as possible to assert your legal rights. Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano represents injured individuals in and around Lee and Collier Counties, including Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Sarasota, and nearby communities.
Catastrophic Injuries and Related Florida Laws
Generally, the term “catastrophic injury” is used to describe a severe type of harm involving the spine, spinal cord, or brain. However, it can also refer to a wide variety of events, including paralysis of the body or limbs, closed-head injuries, amputation of a limb, and significant neurological trauma.
Workers’ compensation laws can also come into play when a catastrophic injury would entitle a victim to permanent and total disability benefits under the law. Damages can range from lost wages, medical expenses, and the costs of future treatment to emotional distress and pain and suffering.
Filing a Negligence Lawsuit to Seek Damages
In many situations involving serious injuries, the negligence of another individual or a business is responsible for causing them. Negligence is also a legal theory for recovering compensation that requires proof of four separate elements. In order to hold a defendant liable in a negligence action, you must show that this person or entity had a duty to act with reasonable care but breached that duty. It is then necessary to show that the breach led directly to your injuries, which would not have happened if the defendant had acted with reasonable care. You also must have sustained quantifiable damages as a result.
Cases involving catastrophic injuries require significant experience and skill on the part of your attorney. Litigation involving such serious injuries is complex and challenging. Medical evidence and testimony are crucial in establishing a case for damages. Injuries to the spine and brain can be particularly complicated. The attorneys at Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano have years of experience litigating these types of cases. From analyzing medical records to taking the depositions of doctors and trying a case before a jury, our legal team has the skill and resources to present a strong case.
The laws of Florida provide statutes of limitations, or specific deadlines, for the filing of personal injury cases. For cases based on the theory of negligence, you must file your case within four years from the date of the accident. In cases involving serious or catastrophic injuries, it is particularly important to be aware of this limitation. When you are dealing with a life-altering event, it is easy to postpone the filing of your case. However, these claims almost always involve significant medical expenses. The injury attorneys at Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano can ease your burden by tracking expenses and dealing with the insurance companies. You do not have to face the legal process alone.
Seek Advice After a Serious Injury from a Naples Lawyer
If you or someone you know has suffered a catastrophic accident near Naples or elsewhere in the state, you should not hesitate to contact the skilled injury attorneys at Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano. Our legal professionals can guide you through the process of asserting your right to damages from responsible parties. To speak with an attorney, call us toll-free at (800) 283-7442 or contact us online today.