Serious Bodily Injury


Protecting Victim’s Rights and Achieving Compensation

After an accident occurs, the last thing any victim cares about is the legal meaning of serious bodily injury. If a victim is injured enough to require a visit to the emergency room, to them, these injuries may seem big enough to seek legal action for serious bodily injury. Unfortunately, when it comes to Florida law, this may not be the case.

The Law Offices of Christopher Alan Doty feel you should never have to deal with suffering due to someone else’s negligence without being properly compensated. Therefore, we will fight for you to get you a fair settlement for your case. Whether your injuries were sustained from an automobile accident or a slip and fall, Attorney Christopher Doty is an experienced knowledgeable attorney who is here to protect you.

When dealing with injury cases, time is of the essence. As every day passes you could be waiving or losing your rights. If needed, we can refer you to a list of highly qualified physicians, rehabilitation clinics and surgeons throughout Central Florida. The time to discuss your options with an experienced serious bodily injury attorney is right after the accident occurred. We’re here to help assist you and the consultation is free. If you’ve been involved in an accident call or contact us today!

Time is of the essence. Delaying the retention of an attorney can lead to a loss of your ability to receive compensation for your damages.

What is Serious Bodily Injury

According to the Florida Statute 316.027, the legal meaning of serious bodily injury is an injury to a person which “consists of a physical condition that creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ.” In other words, a serious bodily injury is more severe than a trivial or minor injury.

Examples of Serious Bodily Injury


Head and neck injuries


Serious burns or cuts


Loss of limb


Serious disfigurement




Severely broken bones


Spinal injury

serious bodily injury

Serious Bodily Injury Potential Compensation

Unlike a like a minor cut, bruise or scrape, serious bodily injuries often require numerous medical visits and attention. These types of injuries also usually require longer and more extensive treatment, incurring expensive medical bills. Likewise, under the serious bodily injury definition, this type of injury might not ever fully heal. As a result, the medical bills that began to come in after the accident may become recurring for the rest of a victim’s life.

Why should you consult with Christopher Alan Doty?

Every serious bodily injury case is unique in some ways. Florida law allows for you or your loved ones to reach fair agreements that would meet the standards of Florida courts. If your case is contested, I will provide you with skilled representation to protect your rights.

I take pride in looking after the needs of people in Central Florida. Hiring a professional and well-prepared family law attorney is a crucial decision on the outcome of your future and the future of your family. I have helped clients and families across Central Florida and I can proudly say that I have exceeded my client’s expectations on all levels. I offer personalized service and have made it my mission to “FIGHT 4 FAMILIES” throughout Ocala, and the surrounding areas. As a former United States Marine, it is my honor to continue to serve and protect your rights. Call or contact us today to discuss your case. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your case.


Christopher Alan Doty, Esq.

Mr. Doty is very professional and personable. He gets straight to the point. He shows confidence and is impressive in the courtroom. Overall, I am happy that I was referred to Mr. Doty.

Nikki Marie

The Law Offices of Christopher Alan Doty, P.A.

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