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.
Evaluating and Choosing a Qualified Catastrophic Personal Injury Attorney
When an individual has been hurt in an accident that led to catastrophic injuries, it is imperative for the victim to seek legal guidance from an experienced attorney. There is a great deal at stake for the victim and his or her family, so choosing a well-versed lawyer is key, especially if the injury was incurred during a maritime-related event. The maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have significant experience handling catastrophic personal injury cases, whether the injuries occurred at sea or on land.
About the Selection Process
All too often, injured individuals rely on the Internet to locate a lawyer. It is important for victims to keep in mind, though, that not all lawyers are equal with respect to their skill set and/or knowledge of the particular area of law relevant to the case. There are a number of pertinent questions that victims should ask themselves and their prospective lawyers.
A primary question an injured accident victim will want to ask a potential lawyer is whether or not the lawyer handles cases similar to their own. Just because an attorney practices in the state does not mean that he or she handles all types of cases. For example, lawyers who solely handle wills and estate issues will not be the best choice to handle catastrophic personal injury cases.
Additionally, if the injury occurred due to a maritime-related event, you will be much better off choosing someone who has significant experience with maritime law. Our attorneys are knowledgeable in the intricacies of maritime law and its connection with personal injury law, as opposed to attorneys who only handle land-based personal injury claims.
Another question that a victim may want to ask of a potential attorney is whether or not he or she litigates. Believe it or not, some personal injury lawyers only handle cases up to a point that will generate a settlement and nothing more. If you choose such an attorney, and your case ultimately needs to go to trial, you or the attorney you hired, have to select yet another attorney, a trial attorney, who would be willing to handle the litigation.
While it is true that some cases will end with settlement negotiations, at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we prepare each and every case as though it is going to trial. If litigation turns out to be the best course of action for you, it is important to have a skilled trial lawyer by your side.
Types of Catastrophic Personal Injuries
There are a variety of injuries that can be classified as “catastrophic.” Even though the list can be quite extensive, the lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. frequently deal with clients facing several common catastrophic injuries, some of which lead to lawsuits and others that lead to settlements. Situations ranging from pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles to maritime and offshore worker accidents can result in life-changing injuries that leave victims physically and emotionally devastated. Still, help is available for the victims of such accidents. An offshore injury lawyer with Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. can assist those who have sustained injuries onshore or offshore.
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.
Catastrophic Injuries in Maritime Situations
Most attorneys know there are a plethora of conditions that can lead to accidents on or off the high seas. Strong currents, navigational hazards, violent storms, and basic human error can all play a role in causing catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately for individuals working offshore, employer negligence is one of the more common causes of accidents. That being the case, it is crucial for maritime workers to understand their employers are required to maintain safe working conditions and provide adequate protection against avoidable hazardous situations to their employees.
Accidents stemming from explosions and fires, equipment malfunctions, falls and other deck incidents can lead to lost limbs, burns, and more. Maritime employers are supposed to properly train their employees on current safety practices and requirements; however, some employers negligently fail to do so. The employer’s failure often leaves the workers paying the ultimate price.
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 the 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.