Catastrophic Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
Victims involved in accidents often sustain serious injuries. When your injuries are permanent, your life and your family’s life is changed forever. Injured victims may have a legal right to compensation when their injuries happen aboard a cruise ship, while participating in water sports or while aboard a personal watercraft. Accidents on both land and water can be caused by negligence or wrongdoing and when a third party is to blame, an attorney can provide assistance to those who have suffered major losses.
Catastrophic Personal Injuries
Many accidents cause injuries classified as catastrophic. A catastrophic injury is a serious or permanent injury that causes significant financial and personal loss. Often, catastrophic injuries have a lengthy recovery period, if recovery is possible at all. Common examples of catastrophic personal injuries include:
- Limb loss and amputations
- Blindness and impaired vision
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn & scald injuries
- Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
These injuries can occur after any accidents on land or water, but are especially common when someone is hurt on a personal watercraft or commercial boat.
Passengers and seamen aboard pleasure vehicles or working aboard a maritime vessel on navigable waterways could experience oxygen loss to the brain that results in brain damage, traumatic brain injuries, blindness and other cognitive impairments. Paralysis and spinal cord injuries are common in parasailing or jet skiing accidents when something goes wrong with equipment and someone falls from a jet ski or hits the water hard when parasailing.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. wants you to know that these are just a few of many situations where catastrophic personal injuries can result in seconds. Expensive medical treatment is just the beginning when it comes to losses caused by such injuries. It is likely that earning potential will be significantly reduced, especially if a seaman suffers injuries and is unable to work in his labor-intensive position.
We believe that victims should be fully compensated for all losses caused by a catastrophic injury, including non-financial damages like pain and suffering. Knowing what maritime or state laws are applicable to institute legal action can be complicated, so it is best to speak with a lawyer who has experience with catastrophic injury claims.
A maritime accident or accident at sea can also cause fatal injuries. Drowning is one of the most common causes of death at sea, but burns, paralysis, and deadly spinal cord injuries or brain damage can also occur due to other injuries incurred aboard personal or commercial boats.
When a wrongful death occurs, the family members of the person killed can pursue a damage claim. The rights of surviving family members will vary depending upon whether the injury happened in navigable waters. The type of legal action taken will also be determined based on whether the injury involved seamen working aboard an offshore vessel, an individual involved in water sports activities or a passenger on a personal or commercial boat.
During such times of devastation, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. will handle your case with skill and compassion. Family members need to get help asserting their damage claim because the loss of the deceased’s income and the loss of the deceased’s companionship are often quite overwhelming. We believe that victims deserve to be compensated for the economic and non-financial loss experienced due to the untimely death, and we are prepared to fight to help you get everything to which you may be entitled.
Getting Help With Your Case Today
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is focused on providing representation to victims who suffer catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death in accidents at sea. Whether you were jet skiing, kayaking, a boat passenger or working on a vessel, our attorneys will work hard to help you get full and fair compensation under state tort laws or maritime laws applicable to your case. Call 877-233-1238 today to learn more or contact us anytime online.