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Panter, Panter & Sampedro is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to protecting Florida’s families. For over 30 years, our experienced trial attorneys have worked one-on-one with clients to successfully get the justice, recovery and compensation they deserve.

    What is a Catastrophic Injury Case?

    Accidents have the potential to cause life-altering consequences for the person who has been injured. Whether it was a defective product, a drunk driver, or any other cause of harm, when you suffer an injury due to the negligence of another, you have the right to be compensated for your losses, both economic and non-economic. This compensation becomes even more important when we discuss the unique area of representation that occurs during a catastrophic injury case.

    When someone suffers a catastrophic injury, this means that they suffered an injury that has rendered them unable to carry out the tasks required for daily functions. Often this means that they have suffered a spinal cord injury or neurological damage, or perhaps even severe burns to most of their body. A person who has been catastrophically injured will likely need nursing care and assistance for the rest of their life. Unfortunately, not everyone has the financial resources available for this type of care, which is why compensation in this type of a personal injury case is critical.

    Economic and Non-economic Damages in a Catastrophic Injury Case

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    Handling a catastrophic injury case requires a lot of time, commitment, and resources because the outcome of the case will be a critical factor in determining the quality of life for the victim for the rest of his or her life. Therefore, it’s essential that the attorney or attorneys handling the case are dedicated to providing the best representation and experts to fight for the victim. Because these cases often involve dealing with the emotional aftereffects of severe injury and trauma, it’s also essential that any lawyer hired for the case has the capacity for empathy toward the victim and his or her family.

    Catastrophic injury cases come in two parts that must be proven by the plaintiff: economic damages and non-economic damages. The first aspect of economic damages looks at the cost of the victim’s life care plan. This could include medical bills, nursing care, and the current earnings and loss of earning potential of the victim. Economic damages are the costs that will be associated with the needs of the client for the remainder of his or her life. In order to prove economic damages, you must bring in an expert in the form of a treating doctor or one who understands catastrophic injuries to prove how quality care will lead to a longer life. It’s important that this expert fully understands the benefit to life expectancy of quality long-term care because the defense will bring in an expert who will try to diminish the life expectancy of the client to bring down the cost of the economic damages.

    Non-economic damages include the pain and suffering that occur when someone is so severely injured that he or she has lost the ability to function normally and take care of daily living tasks. These damages may be more difficult to prove, so it’s important that the victim’s attorney really get a feel for the suffering caused by the injury to communicate that to the court. This may require the lawyer to visit the victim at home and speak to his or her family. The lawyer must be empathic and listen to how dramatically life has changed for the victim to truly get an understand of how his or her life has changed.

    The victim’s attorney is responsible for making sure that the victim will recover any financial losses that may have been incurred as a result of the injury caused by someone else’s negligence, including future financial earnings that will be lost due to severe disability. The victim’s attorney must also fight for the non-economic losses of the victim, as severe life-changing injuries can cause a significant strain on mental and emotional health.


    Catastrophic Injury Attorney Miami

    At Panter, Panter, and Sampedro, we take catastrophic injury cases extremely seriously. Our expertise, extreme care, and due diligence is all proven by the claims we have won for our catastrophically injured clients. If you or someone you know has been catastrophically injured, it’s important to hire an attorney who will take the time to care about your case and provide the best experts to help you recover all damages. Contact our office for a complimentary consultation regarding your specific situation. We can be reached at 3056626178.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Panter, Panter & Sampedro is among the leading personal injury law firms in South Florida. For more than 30 years, our Board Certified trial attorneys have represented individuals injured by negligent parties in cases of significant size and complexity across various practice areas.

      We are a different kind of law firm, with the legal skill and expertise needed to serve our clients, and an unwavering dedication to family values.

      We believe our success, both inside and outside the courtroom, is defined by what we care about — it’s that simple. Panter, Panter & Sampedro is an award-winning personal injury law firm — but more than that — it is a group of people that genuinely cares about protecting the rights of individuals suffering as a result of wrongdoing and negligence.

    • With a track record of success in working closely with each client, our legal team has secured millions of dollars in compensation for thousands of accident victims and their families over the course of three decades. We guide our clients through the entire legal proceedings, from filing the initial complaint to assisting with the proper distribution of funds once compensation is awarded.

      Our vast trial experience includes substantial verdicts and settlements in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, slip-and-fall, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death and more.

      Panter, Panter & Sampedro’s proven team of civil trial lawyers are relied upon by the Miami and South Florida community to protect their rights and ensure justice is served by securing the best verdicts and recoveries possible.

      When our firm takes on a personal injury claim, we aggressively represent our clients and fight for the maximum compensation under the law. Rest assured that no matter how difficult the case, we are prepared to serve as your most ardent legal advocates and welcome the opportunity to hold the culpable parties accountable.  

      Panter, Panter & Sampedro proudly serves residents throughout South Florida — including Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.

    • No recovery, no fees.

      We believe that everyone, regardless of their financial status, should have access to sound legal counsel as they exercise their right to pursue justice and redress any harm or wrongdoing.

      At Panter, Panter & Sampedro, all our services are offered on a “contingency fee” basis, which means that any payment to the firm completely depends on whether our efforts result in a financial recovery for our client.

      Any lawyer’s fees for representing the client will be deducted from the final personal injury settlement in the client’s case or from the damages awarded after a favorable verdict, in the event that the client’s case goes to trial.

      In general, attorneys can receive up to one-third of the gross amount of a pre-suit settlement or 40% of the gross settlement recovery once a Defendant files an answer to a lawsuit. These rules are regulated by the Florida Bar, and the following summarizes our contingency fee policy:

      • Client enters into an agreement granting legal authority to the firm to represent the client in exchange for attorneys fees paid in the form of a percentage of the total recovery.
      • The firm assumes all up-front financial costs and risk associated with litigating the case. All of these expenses are paid by the firm, and are only repaid if a recovery is won.
      • The client pays no fees whatsoever, hourly or otherwise.
      • The firm’s contingency fee percentage varies based on the type of case, level of complexity, and the foreseeable resources required to litigate it properly.
      • Every case is unique, but the contingency fee percentage is always clearly agreed upon by both parties and documented in writing upon retaining our services.
    • We can. Call 305-662-6178 or submit a request for your FREE CONSULTATION to speak directly with one of our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers. We will review your case at no charge. To learn more about personal injury, please read below.

      Personal injury law, also known as tort law, is designed to protect you if you or your property is injured or harmed because of someone else’s act or failure to act. In a successful tort action, the one who caused the injury or harm compensates the one who suffered the losses.

      Every tort claim, regardless of its basis, whether intentional, negligence, or strict liability, has two basic issues—liability and damages. Was the defendant liable for the damages you sustained, and, if so, what is the nature and extent of your damages? If you can prove liability and damages, our system of justice will award you compensation for your loss.

      Personal injury cases can involve:

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