Chicago Catastrophic Injury Attorney
Catastrophic Injury Claims
When a person suffers an injury—whether it’s minor or serious—in
an accident, the healing process can take either weeks or months to make
a full recovery. However, there are injuries that are catastrophic in
nature that can have a long-lasting or permanent impact on a victim’s life.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries
There are a wide variety of injuries that can be life-changing. Some of
the most common catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Extensive burns
- Multiple broken bones
- Complex fractures
If you have sustained a catastrophic injury caused by a negligent party
in Illinois, our Chicago catastrophic accident attorneys at
Leonard Law Group is dedicated to helping you recover the financial compensation you deserve.
With more than two decades of legal experience, we have
helped our clients obtain more than $500 million in
awards, settlements, and verdicts on their behalf. We can investigate the accident, gather evidence, seek
professional assistance from field experts, and maximize your award.
Contact our catastrophic injury attorneys today at
(312) 487-2513 to let us help you maximize your entitled compensation.
What Is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is defined as a permanent injury or illness that
a victim must live with for the rest of his/her life. While personal injuries
can be serious in nature, they are often temporary.
Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
The following are the most common causes of catastrophic injuries:
Car and motorcycle accidents – Since motorcyclists are only protected by a helmet and padded
clothing, a collision with a passenger vehicle can result in riders suffering
– Due to the massive size and weight of commercial semi-trucks, big
rigs, and tractor-trailers in comparison with a passenger vehicle, occupants
in a car can suffer catastrophic injuries when a truck crashes into them.
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents – Pedestrians and cyclists don’t have adequate protection when
they are struck by a vehicle.
Dangerous products – From inherently dangerous toys to faulty tools, these products
can cause catastrophic injuries.
Dangerous property conditions – Whether it’s a tripping hazard to falling objects, dangerous
conditions on public or private premises can also lead to catastrophic injuries.
Looking to the Future for Catastrophic Damages
As our lawyers can tell you from our years of experience, a crucial component
of any catastrophic injury claim is the correct calculation of damages.
Immediately after a serious accident that causes significant injuries,
the amount of damages will already be extensive, such as the costs associated
with emergency medical treatment and the destruction of your property.
Yet the worst damages and highest costs are likely not yet experienced.
Catastrophic injuries will follow the survivor around for years, if not
the rest of their life. All the while, the lasting injury will cause complications,
each with their own costs. In order to accurately demand damages for our
catastrophic injury clients, we need to consider how those costs will
look far into the future, not just what has already been experienced.
Using our extensive legal experience, we can calculate and pursue those
damages on your behalf.
Extended or lasting damages caused by a catastrophic injury may include:
Lifelong rehabilitation: Physical, speech, and occupational therapies can help someone mitigate
or reduce the lingering consequences of a catastrophic injury. For example,
weekly physical therapy can help with chronic pain and mobility limitations
in patients who suffered a spinal cord injury. The cost of going to therapy
each week or month for years and years can add up quickly, though.
Lessened earning potential: A serious injury that forever limits someone can also significantly lessen
how much they can earn in their career field. For example, careers that
require frequent physical labor could become limited or impossible for
someone who suffered multiple broken bones in a car accident, forcing
them to take sedentary work that pays less than the role they really wanted.
The gap between what you do earn after your accident and what you could
have earned had it never occurred can be bridged with a successful injury claim.
Lifestyle modifications: Catastrophic injury survivors often need to change their day-to-day lives
because of their injuries. For example, someone who must use a wheelchair
to get around due to a paralyzing injury will need to modify their home
to accommodate themselves. When they move to a new home in the future,
they will also need to deal with such accommodations and complications then.
Shortened life expectancy: Some catastrophic injuries can dramatically lessen the survivor’s
life expectancy, such as many types of brain injuries. The grief of knowing
that you may have lost years of a happy, healthy life because of someone
else’s mistakes can be factored into your future damages as a form
of noneconomic damage.
Contact us for more information about our legal services.