Injuries are considered catastrophic when the consequence is in an enormous impact on a victim’s life, such as brain trauma, an amputation, spinal cord damage, or neurological disorders. Catastrophic injury victims and their families generally face continuing medical costs as well as a dramatic impact upon the quality of life. Many people also face a loss of income while they recover and even a loss of their ability to earn a living after their medical treatment is over. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, we pursue the maximum compensation that an accident victim deserves. Our Chicago catastrophic injury lawyers are experienced litigators who understand how to navigate the legal system and guide you through the process.Pursuing Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries
When the negligence or recklessness of an individual or entity causes an accident that results in devastating harm, a victim may pursue monetary damages by filing a personal injury claim. The victim is known as the plaintiff, and the defendant is the at-fault individual or entity.
As a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit alleging negligence, for example, the victim would show that the defendant owed a duty of care and breached this duty, and this breach led to the crash and the resulting harm. A negligence claim may be appropriate, for example, in a personal injury lawsuit involving a defendant driver who ran a red light, struck a pedestrian, and led to the loss of a limb and brain trauma. Upon showing that the defendant violated the basic safety rules designed to protect us all from needless harm, the plaintiff may be entitled to recover a significant amount of damages.
Catastrophic injuries tend to have large financial implications, since the victim may lose their earning capacity and face a lifetime of medical care. Securing financial support for not only past and present costs but also those in the future is an important part of a catastrophic injury claim. In some cases, the long-term implications of catastrophic injuries may not become apparent until years after the underlying accident.
Damages that may be recovered in a catastrophic injury claim are meant to cover medical expenses, lost income and earning capacity, disability, pain and suffering, and reduced quality of life, as well as other costs. It may be challenging to place a number on non-economic damages, such as the mental anguish suffered by the victim. However, this is an area in which an experienced attorney can make a critical difference by building a persuasive case.Discuss Your Catastrophic Injury Case with a Chicago Lawyer
Accident victims can rely on Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca to provide results-driven, personalized service. Our Chicago catastrophic injury attorneys have received AV-ratings that reflect our status as among the most knowledgeable legal practitioners in our field. We understand the traumatic impact of an accident upon the victim and their family, and we make it our goal to maximize your compensation from the responsible party. We also have assisted people who need a car accident attorney or assistance with other personal injury claims in Springfield, Champaign, Aurora, Peoria, Decatur, Rockford, Effingham, Bloomington, Normal, and Quincy, as well as other areas of Kane, Cook, Sangamon, Champaign, Winnebago, and Adams Counties. Contact our office at (888) 862-5556 or through our online form for a free consultation.