CHICAGO CATASTROPHIC INJURY ATTORNEY
Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Catastrophic injuries are not common, but when they do occur, they can be remarkably expensive to treat, and those who have sustained these injuries will have little chance of living a normal life. If you need a Chicago catastrophic injury attorney who will fight aggressively for you or your loved one, Curcio Law Offices have been dedicated to protecting our clients’ interest throughout Illinois for decades.
Injuries such as traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia, paraplegia, amputations or severe burns can have a life-changing impact on a person, as well as his or her family. At Curcio Law Offices, a Chicago personal injury law firm our attorneys understand that individuals and families are often overwhelmed by the circumstances created by catastrophic personal injuries.
Very few personal injury firms have the resources to handle catastrophic injury cases. Curcio Law Offices has been handling catastrophic personal injury cases in and around Chicago for more than 50 years. We have established relationships with experts essential to meeting the unique requirements of a catastrophic injury case.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is an injury so serious that it will leave long-term effects, as well as permanent damage to the injured party. Another aspect separating catastrophic injuries from others is that the injuries are life-threatening or otherwise life-altering--making the recovery process from such an injury a long, arduous one.
What are Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries in Chicago?
Catastrophic injuries commonly occur as a result of the following causes:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Bus accidents
- Railroad or aviation accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Sports or recreational activity accidents
- Blunt force trauma
- Swimming pool accidents
- Pharmacy errors
Nearly every industry in the country deals with catastrophic injuries.
What is Considered Catastrophic Injury?
Injuries that lead to court settlements are common. Most personal injury cases involve some form of compensation to help the victim.
What differentiates a catastrophic injury case is the scope in which the injury affects the victim and his or her family. A catastrophic injury will have far- reaching and life-long ramifications. In contrast, a personal injury can be corrected over time.
What Causes a Catastrophic Injury?
Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries in Illinois include:
Car accidents are the most common cause of catastrophic injures in Illinois. Vehicle accidents can be especially devastating at high speeds, and despite increasing litigation, a high number of car accidents are still caused by drinking and driving.
Car accidents are often responsible for:
- traumatic brain injuries
- spinal cord damage
- internal bleeding
- permanent scarring or disfigurement
Although most drivers pay careful attention to pedestrians and honor their space, unfortunately, there are still a considerable number of pedestrians that are struck by cars on a regular basis. And, oftentimes, the victim is left with expensive, catastrophic injuries.
Similarly to vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents are caused by inattentive, intoxicated or reckless drivers who don't follow traffic laws.
Even though most areas have installed bike lanes, bikers are still killed in traffic accidents. Much like pedestrians, cyclists are relatively unprotected. Many bicyclists are thrown from their bikes during an accident, which increases the chance of them sustaining serious neurological injuries.
Semi-truck accidents tend to result in a higher number of catastrophic injuries than any other type of motor vehicle accidents. This is mostly contributed to their weight and size. Truck accidents often occur on highways and interstates and are frequently caused by driver fatigue or inexperience.
Other causes of catastrophic injuries include:
How to Value a Catastrophic Injury Case?
Due to the extreme nature of a catastrophic injury case, settlements related to catastrophic injury settlements trend higher than other personal injury settlements. The larger settlement amount helps provide the person with the necessary means after they've been impacted and unable to return to life as normal.
Since no amount of money will be able to take the injury away, a larger settlement ensures as much of the new and additional burdens brought on by the injury are as alleviated as possible.
Why You Need a Catastrophic Injury Attorney in Chicago
Medical experts, life care planners and vocational rehabilitation experts are often needed to provide evidence relevant to prove the long-term effects this type of injury has on our client and his or her family. For example, medical malpractice cases often have devastating results. These effects can include the cost of future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and loss of enjoyment of life to maximize our clients’ compensation. Our goal is protecting the long-term interests of our clients and maximizing their compensation.
Our attorneys are experienced negotiators and skilled trial advocates who have collected millions of dollars in jury verdicts for people who have suffered catastrophic injuries. From car accidents to nursing home victims, we are committed to finding the best possible result. Our firm has the talent, knowledge and resources to prepare a case for trial and successfully present it to a jury or negotiate a just settlement.
Contact the Catastrophic Injury Lawyers at Curcio Law Offices
If you or a member of your family has suffered catastrophic injury as a result of someone else’s careless, reckless or intentional actions, please contact the Chicago catastrophic injury attorneys at Curcio Law Offices in downtown Chicago or call 312-321-1111 and schedule a free consultation today.