If you have been catastrophically injured, your case presents unique issues that are more complex than a standard personal injury claim. A catastrophic injury case is one that involves serious, long-term injuries, which often lead to permanent disability, loss of organ function, or disfigurement. Such cases often entail long recoveries, multiple surgeries, and life-long medical care. It’s not uncommon for a plaintiff suffering from a catastrophic injury to be unable to drive or return to the work they did before the injury. Sometimes they can’t return to work at all. Our Chicago catastrophic injury lawyer has years of experience representing clients that are most in need of compensation.
Examples of a Catastrophic Injury
One of the key aspects of a catastrophic injury is its debilitating nature. For example, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause persistent dizziness, vision disturbances and ringing in the ears – all which make it impossible for the plaintiff to perform their normal daily activities.
Or, a “complete” spinal cord injury can cause the plaintiff to lose sensation and control below the site of the injury, making it extremely difficult for the plaintiff to care for themselves, let alone engage in any meaningful work.
Examples of cases our Chicago catastrophic injury attorney can represent includes:
Traumatic brain injuries
Severe burn injuries
Hearing loss, for example, from being near an explosion
Spinal cord injuries, leading to partial or complete paralysis
Injuries that result in severe scarring or disfigurement
Damages are Higher in Catastrophic Injury Cases
Catastrophic injury cases involve much higher damages than standard personal injury lawsuits.
However, for the plaintiff to receive commensurate compensation for their current and future losses, an experienced attorney must have a good understanding of the cost of lifetime medical care so he or she can negotiate a reasonable settlement.
While catastrophic injuries can happen anywhere, at any time, a high percentage of them arise out of the following types of accidents: