Auto accident injuries can be devastating emotionally, physically and financially. Victims of Illinois car accidents may pursue compensation for their losses with a personal injury claim. Even those categorized as "minor" car accidents or minor to moderate injuries can result in medical expenses and require costly physical therapy. Victims should not have to endure the financial burdens forced upon them by negligent drivers. If you have been injured in a Chicago car accident, please call The Bradley Law Firm to discuss your legal options.
According to Illinois Department of Transportation’s Crash Facts & Statistics, there were 89,090 personal injuries sustained in 2009 Illinois car accidents. Some of the injuries commonly sustained in Illinois car accidents include:
- Brain Trauma: Anytime a collision causes impact to the skull or the force of the crash causes brain movement, there is a risk of brain trauma. Serious brain injuries may be irreversible and can lead to loss of memory, physical ability and changes in personality. Auto accidents are the most common causes of brain injuries in the United States, according to the Brain Injury Association.
- Spinal Cord Damage: Whenever there is a serious back injury there is the threat of spinal cord damage. These types of injuries can lead to paralysis and other serious disabilities.
- Broken Bones / Lacerations: Broken bones and lacerations can be extremely painful. Depending upon the bone broken, this type of injury may require extensive time away from work and physical therapy. Continuing treatment, often, can be quite expensive.
- Burn Injuries: Burns can be the most painful injuries to endure. Depending on the severity of the injuries, extensive treatment and reconstructive surgery may be required.
What an Injury Is Worth
The only type of compensation that may be awarded in a personal injury claim is money. So pain and suffering are given a monetary value. The quantifiable portions include medical bills, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation and other expenses incurred as a result of the injuries.
Chicago personal injury attorneys may utilize the services of medical professionals to not only assess the current cost of the injury suffered, but the anticipated future expenses as well. Many long-term injuries require future hospital visits and time away from work. Disabled victims of catastrophic car accidents may be eligible for additional money to help compensate for their inability to work and loss of capacity to work. Each case is different and each auto accident injury is different. All claims should be reviewed by a skilled Chicago traffic accident attorney.
The Bradley Law Firm investigates car accidents to assess liability while protecting the rights of the injured. We have served the injured victims of Illinois car crashes for over 30 years. If you or a loved one has been injured in an Illinois auto accident, please call us today to discuss your potential claim.