Aggressive Yet Compassionate Representation After A Catastrophic Injury
Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A. has built a reputation for taking on the catastrophic injury cases many others avoid. We routinely recover full and fair compensation for catastrophic, life-altering injuries like traumatic brain injury, paralysis and organ failure, as well as wrongful death. Building such claims requires extensive resources and enough capital to ensure that the case can be taken all the way to appeal, if necessary. Our firm possesses both.
Because of our record of success in recovering significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, many people reach out to us for answers. We assist people who have been injured in accidents in Coral Gables, the Keys and throughout Florida. Here is a brief overview of some of the most frequent questions we get, but feel free to schedule your own free consultation with one of our attorneys if you have further questions.
How Much Will Pursuing a Claim Cost Me?
Most personal injury firms, including ours, handle claims on a contingency fee basis. That means the firm’s payment depends on whether it wins the case for you. If you win your case, any attorney fees, fees for expert witnesses, accident reconstruction costs and other expenses are deducted from the final amount of the settlement or jury verdict.
This means there are no upfront costs to you. Some firms aim to settle cases quickly so they get paid faster, resulting in less overall compensation for clients. Our firm does not employ such tactics. We have the capital and commitment to invest in our clients. We seek to ensure that their victories not only cover the costs of litigation, but also put them on sound financial footing that lasts far into the future.
Attorney Jed Kurzban lobbies in Tallahassee on behalf of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers to bring the fight to protect Florida citizens to both the legislature and Florida’s highest court.
We Help You Face Each Challenge
Your full and fair recovery for past, present and future costs begins with a free consultation with one of our esteemed attorneys. We are known for results in serious and catastrophic injury cases involving areas such as:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) or closed-head injury
- Paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia and more)
- Organ failure (heart, liver, central nervous system)
We have a record of demonstrated success in holding individuals, entities and their insurance companies accountable for serious injuries and wrongful death in catastrophic accidents. This includes verdicts and settlements arising from injuries due to:
- Auto crashes
- Offshore and maritime accidents
- Construction sites
- Defective and dangerous products
- Accidents on someone else’s property
Common Questions About Catastrophic Injuries
It is understandable to have many questions after a serious personal injury. Below are just some of the common questions we receive from potential clients.
My family member suffered a brain injury in an accident. How much compensation can they receive?
Every case is unique, and the answer to that question will depend on the extent of their injuries, the needed medical treatment and how long the injury-related impairment is expected to last. You can seek compensation for things like hospital bills, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, lost wages, reduced earning capacity and more.
While each case is unique, the costs associated with TBI tend to be very high. Therefore, it is likely that your family will need to seek significant compensation.
I was injured on someone else’s property, but I don’t want to sue them. What can I do?
It is understandable to not want to sue a property owner if you otherwise have a good relationship with them. Thankfully, you can file a premises liability claim with the property owner’s insurance instead. Litigation may be required if the insurance company is refusing to offer a fair settlement, but any action would be against the insurer – not the property owner. That is an important distinction, and most people wouldn’t take it personally.
How does a fatal car accident claim work?
Unfortunately, we see lots of deadly accidents occur due to irresponsible drivers or from dangerous conditions such as the dark winding roads in the Keys. When a victim is seriously injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, the victim can file a personal injury lawsuit. When the accident is fatal, however, a representative for the victim can sue the at-fault driver in a wrongful death claim. State laws limit who can act as a representative for the victim in litigation (usually certain family members). You can learn more about fatal accident litigation on our wrongful death claims page.
Frequently Asked Questions After a Catastrophic Injury Claim
What Does Compensation Cover?
Unlike minor injuries, the types of catastrophic injury cases we routinely represent often require long-term or even lifelong care. In addition to seeking compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, we pursue compensation for ongoing expenses such as:
- Additional medical procedures and rehabilitation costs associated with the injury/incident
- Vocational retraining costs
- Adaptive equipment like prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and other accessibility tools
- Home modifications and in-home nursing care (if warranted)
- Family therapy to deal with the trauma of disability, terminal illness or wrongful death
- Emotional pain and suffering associated with the accident/injury
Those who have lost loved ones prematurely may also seek compensation for funeral costs, lingering medical bills for life-saving procedures and the loss of companionship these tragedies represent.
How Long Will the Case Take?
In Florida, you have four years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against the negligent individual or entity. For those dealing with serious trauma, this can be important since sometimes the full effect of an accident isn’t known for months or maybe even a few years. If you suspect negligence played a role in the trauma your family is facing, it might be time to talk with a lawyer about your case now, even before all the chips have fallen.
Building a claim that can stand up to court scrutiny and possibly an appeal takes time. Resolution also depends on the court’s schedule if a settlement cannot be reached. Rest assured that with our firm, we won’t take the swift, easy option that minimizes your recovery. Many of our successes have resulted in precedent-setting legislative changes that uphold victims’ rights. That means we will do what it takes to maximize the compensation you deserve.
If you’d like case-specific answers to your own personal injury questions, please contact us to arrange an initial consultation.
Don’t Entrust Just Any Florida Personal Injury Attorney With Your Case
A successful personal injury claim requires a law firm with tremendous resources and proven ability to take the case to completion. Our firm has ample litigation experience and plenty of capital to invest in personal injury cases.
We have an excellent record of helping people get fair and just compensation for the many consequences – past and future – of suffering a catastrophic accident. Unlike lawyers who are satisfied with a simple, easy settlement, we work hard to get our clients compensation for everything.
Our attorneys work not only to win your case but also to change the law in favor of victims by setting legal precedents. We put our reputation on the line in every case we handle and do everything in our power to maximize the full recovery you deserve.
Call Or Email Us To Schedule A Consultation
We maintain offices in Coral Gables, Key Largo, Key West, Marathon and throughout Florida for your convenience. Please call 305-744-5888 or complete our online contact form for a prompt response regarding your specific claim. We look forward to speaking with you.