Common Injuries Caused by Chicago Auto Accidents
Skilled attorneys demanding compensation for Illinois car crash victims
Cars, trucks, motorcycle, trains, buses, and boats: they all have one thing in common. When an accident happens, the people injured by these vehicles will have their lives changed, sometimes forever. Every injury brings with it daily physical pain, the need for medical attention, and anxiety over whether the injuries will ever heal or get better. People who survive the injuries usually lose some of the enjoyments of life while they are healing. Many injured victims cannot return to work for significant amounts of time, and some never return.
At Gainsberg Law, our Chicago auto accident lawyers fight to get injured victims and the families of deceased victims all the compensation they deserve. We demand payment for all of the hospital stays, the doctor visits, the medications, and any medical equipment that is needed. Workers who lose wages or income because of their injuries deserve compensation for their loss. Our lawyers have a trusted reputation for obtaining these economic losses and payment for physical pain and emotional suffering when negligence or liability can be proved. When the wrong is egregious, we ask for punitive damages so the reckless conduct doesn’t continue.
Some of the many types of vehicle injuries drivers, passengers, and bystanders suffer
Injuries from a vehicle accident can range from cuts and injuries that heal to permanent injuries, catastrophic injuries, and death. Our Chicago auto accident attorneys represent clients who have been hurt no matter how small or how devastating the injuries are. Common vehicle injuries include:
- Catastrophic injuries. Some accidents can require that the victim gets around-the-clock medical attention for life. Catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injuries that affect cognitive and emotional function, heart attacks, or comas. Many vehicle accident victims suffer severe spinal cord injuries, which can cause partial or full paralysis — leaving the victim a paraplegic or a quadriplegic.
- Back injuries. Many accidents cause the body to twist and turn, which wrenches the back. Back injuries often cause constant pain and never seem to properly heal. For most back-injury victims, pain management will be needed for a long or permanent amount of time.
- Broken bones and fractures. Arms, ribs, legs, wrists, and almost any bone in the anatomy can break due to a vehicle crash, especially when the occupant collides with the dashboard, steering column, or another person. Many patients require surgery to repair the break. Others require the use of a cast.
- Internal injuries. The force of the collision often causes internal bleeding and harm to internal organs, which can be life-threatening if not treated in a timely manner.
- Burns. Vehicles that catch fire can cause first-, second-, and third-degree burns, which can require skin grafts and often leave disfiguring scars.
- Loss of limbs. In serious cases, the driver, passenger, or bystander may lose an arm, leg¸ finger, or toe — or the body part may require amputation. Loss of a limb means intense physical pain and a lifetime of emotional pain.
- Scarring and disfigurement. Cut glass, burns, or impact with any hard object in the car can cause scarring or disfigurement. Both scarring and disfigurement are compensable, especially if the face is affected.
- Soft tissue injuries. Vehicle crashes are known to cause muscle and ligament damage to the neck and throughout the body. Soft tissue injuries are often delayed, which means a victim may not realize they are injured immediately following the crash.
- Wrongful death. The death of a loved one is the most tragic outcome of any accident. Unfortunately, the speed, weight, and size of many vehicle collisions make fatalities all too common, even with seatbelts, airbags, and other protections. The families of deceased members are entitled to compensation for the loss of the financial and emotional support the deceased would have provided the family members, plus payment for funeral bills and any medical expenses.
Other common vehicle injuries include damage to the knees, feet, shoulder, wrist, and hand. Victims also usually suffer cuts and bruises. Crushing injuries are also common.
Get help from an experienced Chicago auto accident lawyer today
It is important to speak with a professional Chicago auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. Quick action is needed to discover the real cause of the accident and to identify everyone who is responsible. Prompt action is also necessary to make sure injured victims are getting the right medical treatment. At Gainsberg Law, we work with your doctors to understand the full range of medical problems you are having and what treatment options will be needed. For immediate help, please call 312-313-1621 or fill-out our contact form to schedule an appointment.