No one is prepared to be injured in an accident. If you’ve suffered an injury caused by the negligence of another person, speak with a Chicago injury attorney who can help you hold the liable party accountable.
Serious injuries often come with significant financial burdens. Apart from steadily rising medical costs, if you’re unable to work while you’re recovering, you may have trouble covering everyday household expenses like the mortgage, electric bill, groceries, and others.
At Lane & Lane, LLC, we pride ourselves on our ability to obtain the compensation necessary to cover our clients’ injuries. Your Chicago injury lawyer will closely examine your medical records and other evidence and work in conjunction with your team of medical professionals to determine the value of your injuries so your damages are covered in full by the liable party.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Injuries to the head and brain require significant force. This can take the form of either a direct impact to the head or a force that causes the brain to move inside of the skull. The damage done by such injuries can permanently disable you, rendering you unable to continue to care for yourself.
The effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) have the potential to influence nearly every aspect of your life. Cognitive impacts include difficulty with reasoning, communication, understanding, and the ability to express feelings. Victims can also experience emotional problems involving aggression, heightened anxiety, inappropriate behavior, and depression.
Even more devastating ways craniocerebral trauma can affect your life include the inability to speak, hear, or see, feed yourself, walk, or breathe on your own. In addition, TBIs are known to increase your risk of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and other conditions surrounding brain function.
A broken bone may seem like a minor injury, but the effects can seriously impact your life. Broken bones and fractures happen when substantial force is applied to the bone. Breaks can be incredibly painful, and fractures can require multiple surgeries to correct.
Apart from requiring an immobilizing cast for an extended period of time to re-set the bone, the body part affected by the broken bone can be left deformed and require years of physical and occupational therapy in order to relearn how to use the affected area.
Your injury lawyer in Chicago can help you assess all the ways in which your broken bone has affected your life to make sure they’re fully accounted for in your personal injury claim.
Failure of the organs is relatively common after serious accidents. It’s typically caused by blunt trauma to the abdomen. When the ability of a major organ to function is impaired, a victim can face internal bleeding, sepsis, dizziness, pain, and significant bruising.
Once organ damage has been diagnosed, symptoms can have a wide range, depending on which organ has been affected and the severity of the injury. Some organ damage can be repaired, allowing you to regain function. In other cases, the damage is so severe that surgery may be necessary to save the victim’s life.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Damage to the spine often results in irreversible consequences. Partial and total paralysis are not uncommon and can have a tremendous impact on life as you once knew it. The portion of the spinal cord that has been injured will determine the severity of your injuries.
Damage to the cervical spine is more likely to result in complete paralysis, while damage to the sacral region can impede bladder and bowel function, fertility, and sexual function. A qualified Chicago injury claim attorney can make sure the negligent party is held accountable for the devastating effects a spine injury can have on your life.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
People who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) typically do so after they’ve experienced a particularly distressing or terrifying event—a car accident, for example. PTSD can affect every facet of a victim’s life.
Individuals suffering from PTSD can experience hallucinations, flashbacks, insomnia, hostility toward others, a heightened reaction to stimuli, and self-destructive behaviors like self-harm or addiction.
Treatment options for PTSD are relatively limited, with medication and talk therapy being the two main choices. Symptoms and flare-ups can happen if a patient is triggered in some way.
Injury victims can suffer critical burns in car accidents by physically coming in contact with fire or by being burned by something extremely hot, like in the infamous case of Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants, in which a seventy-nine-year-old woman was burned by a too-hot cup of coffee.
Serious burns can have both physical and psychological effects. Burned flesh has an inability or reduced ability to fight infection and can lead to lost limbs, scarring, disfigurement, and painful skin grafts to replace the damaged skin. Psychologically, patients have been known to experience amnesia, delirium, and severe depression following traumatic burns.
Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries in Chicago
The injuries mentioned above are not the only ones you might suffer in a serious accident. But the impact of any serious injury in Chicago can have a lasting effect on your life. While you focus your energy on recovering or learning to live your new life, your Chicago injury claim lawyer will compute the total value of your injuries so we can hold the appropriate party financially accountable for your damages.
Items we will consider when calculating what our compensation request will be include complete coverage of your medical bills, your loss of income and future earning potential, and non-economic damages like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of love and companionship.
In the event that the person responsible for your injuries was grossly negligent or malicious in the cause of your accident, we may be able to collect punitive damages, which are usually quite sizable and can have a positive impact on your life.
Reach Out to a Chicago Injury Attorney
When you’ve been the victim of a serious injury and aren’t sure where to turn, contact a qualified lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC. Our dedicated team of knowledgeable attorneys will stop at nothing to get you the maximum allowable compensation amount in your personal injury claim against the negligent party.
You can give us a call today at 312-332-1400 or fill out our contact form below to schedule your free consultation with a Chicago injury lawyer.