Medical Malpractice Tampa Bay Attorney


Catastrophic Injury

Catastrophic injuries are so severe and disabling that they permanently and dramatically reduce the quality of life of the injured person. According to Florida Statute § 766.118, “Catastrophic injury” means a permanent impairment constituted by (1) spinal cord injury involving severe paralysis of an arm, a leg, or the trunk; (2) amputation of an arm, a hand, a foot, or a leg causing effective loss of use of that appendage; (3) severe brain or closed-head injury as evidenced by severe sensory or motor disturbances, severe communication disturbances, severe complex integrated disturbances of cerebral function, severe episodic neurological disorders, or other conditions from brain or closed-head injury at least as severe as these conditions; (4) second-degree or third-degree burns of 25 percent or more of the total body surface or third-degree burns of 5 percent or more of the face and hands; (5) complete and total loss of vision; or (6) loss of reproductive organs that results in an inability to procreate. Before the Supreme Court of Florida declared the statutory caps on noneconomic (pain-and-suffering) damages unconstitutional, only in cases involving death, permanent vegetative state, or catastrophic injury were the caps on noneconomic damages raised from $500,000 to $1 million against physicians and from $750,000 to $1.5 million against hospitals.

Most of the injured patients whom we represent have suffered catastrophic injuries or illnesses, and we have successfully litigated cases involving every type of catastrophic injury or illness. Our firm spares no expense in the investigation and litigation of these cases, which often require consultation with the best available medical experts in multiple specialties as well as life-care planners and economists. We also assist our clients in finding appropriate physicians, physical therapists, and other healthcare providers for their future care. Although a single catastrophic injury case can cost our firm hundreds of thousands of dollars, we never charge costs to our clients unless and until we win the cases for them. Unlike other firms, we never charge our clients interest on the costs we pay to litigate their cases, even if litigation requires several years. And, unlike other firms, we never take more costs and fees from a client’s recovery than our client receives from the recovery, even if we have to discount our fees to accomplish this. In short, we put our clients’ interests and well being first.

Some of the many recoveries that our firm has won in catastrophic injury cases are listed in the Case Results window of the home page. For more info, please click here to visit the Case Histories page of this website.