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Catastrophic injuries can lead to a host of long-term limitations, many of which can change the shape of your life forever. When you suffer catastrophic injuries in an accident in Chicago, you may face serious medical bills, lose your ability to work and enjoy life, and other life-altering challenges.
If you suffered catastrophic injuries in a Chicago accident, you might have the right to compensation for your injuries. Contact our Chicago catastrophic injury attorneys at Zayed Law Offices today to learn more about your right to compensation.
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Zayed Law Offices Can Help Chicago Catastrophic Injury Victims
Dealing with catastrophic injuries can leave you with many questions and challenges. If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, you may pursue compensation for your injuries. At Zayed Law Offices, we have a strong record of success and a deep commitment to helping catastrophic injury victims in the Chicago area obtain much-needed compensation for their injuries.
Our Case Results Speak For Themselves
Since our founding in 2009, we have fought for our clients’ rights. We have pursued justice via settlement negotiation and in court and never come to a fight unprepared. Though we cannot guarantee the outcome of the cases we handle, we approach every case we take with the same care and attention that has helped us secure millions in awards in previous cases.
Here are just a few of our recent results:
- $1.77 million in a commercial vehicle accident
- $1.30 million in a wrongful death case
- $1 million in a truck accident
- $950,000 in a medical malpractice claim
If the negligence of others has left you with a catastrophic injury, don’t hesitate to contact us. Call for your free, no-obligation consultation. You don’t have to fight alone.
Catastrophic Injuries: Defined
Catastrophic injuries cause permanent or long-term changes and challenges in the victim’s life. While catastrophic injuries can range from losing one of the senses to severe burns, generally, these injuries can prove particularly devastating.
Suffering a brain injury, whether in a construction accident or an auto accident, can cause several challenges in multiple areas of the victim’s life. A brain injury can interfere with your focus, concentration, and problem-solving abilities.
In addition to problems with long-term memory, many patients with brain injuries struggle with short-term memory challenges that may make it difficult for them to complete work tasks or focus on leisure activities.
Brain injuries may also cause challenges with emotional regulation that make it very difficult to deal with certain types of stimuli, including personal or social interactions.
Spinal Cord Injuries/Paralysis
A complete spinal cord injury occurs when the spinal cord severs completely due to traumatic force. Complete spinal cord injuries generally result in total paralysis below the injury site.
Dealing with spinal cord injuries can mean immense changes in the victim’s personal life. Often, victims lose the ability to participate in many activities that brought them joy before the accident. Furthermore, spinal cord injuries can interfere with the victim’s overall independence and ability to work. Spinal cord injuries can also interfere with the victim’s overall enjoyment of life or long-term quality of life.
Limb amputation, or the permanent loss of a limb following a traumatic accident, can occur due to cutting or severe crushing damage. Amputees often struggle with independence and function, especially in the early days after the accident. Many amputees choose to use prosthetics to help restore some appearance and function of the missing limb. Prosthetics, however, cannot fully replicate an organic limb and may pose an extreme expense for the victim over time.
We help catastrophic injury victims learn more about what compensation they should expect as part of an injury claim.
Catastrophic injury victims often have immense financial needs due to their accidents and associated injuries.
You may know that your medical bills continue to add up as you recover from your injury, but you might not realize how high those bills have grown. Furthermore, many catastrophic injury victims may not know the other areas for which they deserve compensation, including their lost wages and their pain and suffering from the accident.
At Zayed Law Offices, we make sure our clients understand the compensation they deserve.
We help collect evidence related to your catastrophic injuries.
Whether you suffered injuries on a construction site or as part of a workplace accident, you may need considerable evidence to help establish exactly how your accident occurred.
Construction sites, for example, should have many checks and balances in place to help reduce the risk of accidents involving severe injuries. When those checks and balances fail, or the people responsible for them fail to take adequate care to protect visitors on that site, it can result in catastrophic accidents.
We investigate all the accident details to uncover what factors likely contributed to our clients’ injuries and who bears liability.
We fight to help our clients maximize their compensation.
Insurance companies will often dig in their heels when it comes time to pay out the compensation accident victims deserve for their injuries. Without someone to fight for you, you may end up without the compensation you deserve for those injuries.
At Zayed Law Offices, we make sure our clients receive comprehensive legal support and representation that helps increase the odds of recovering the total compensation they deserve for those injuries.
How Catastrophic Injuries Occur in Chicago
Catastrophic injuries can happen in multiple settings, including:
- Car accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Product liability accidents
Catastrophic injuries may result from a variety of potential scenarios. Working with a lawyer can help you determine who likely bears liability for that accident and how it took place.
Who Bears Liability for Chicago Catastrophic Injuries?
Liability in a Chicago catastrophic injury claim will usually depend on where your accident took place and who bears liability.
Personal Injury Claims
You may file a catastrophic injury claim when you suffer an injury due to the direct negligence of another party. The liable party in a catastrophic injury claim generally committed or failed to commit some act that led to your injuries.
To identify the party liable for your catastrophic injuries, our Chicago catastrophic injury lawyers will ask:
- Who bore a duty of care to you at the time of the accident? A duty of care includes any direct duty to help prevent you from suffering an injury. Take a construction site, for example. Construction companies, subcontractors, and equipment manufacturers or rental companies might all bear a duty of care to everyone who visits or works on a construction site.
- Who violated that duty of care? Suppose, for example, that you suffered catastrophic injuries on a construction site because of a piece of equipment that malfunctioned. The party that violated that duty of care might include the company that rented you the equipment or the company that manufactured the equipment, depending on why the accident occurred.
- How did that violation lead to your injuries? You might note more than one safety violation on your construction site, but if that violation does not directly contribute to your injuries, you would not include them as part of your claim. On the other hand, if multiple factors contribute to your accident, you may have the right to file a claim against each party that contributed to the accident.
Compensation in a Catastrophic Injury Claim
When you file a catastrophic injury claim, you will pursue compensation from the party that caused your injuries. You will typically receive a large payment, or payments over time, once you reach a settlement agreement.
Compensation in a catastrophic injury claim will typically include the same important elements.
- Compensation for your medical bills. Calculate all the bills you faced because of your accident, including any long-term or ongoing treatments for your injuries. Talk to your lawyer about future anticipated medical expenses. For example, if you suffered a limb amputation in a construction accident, you might expect to replace your prosthesis every three to five years, and will need to consider that as you file your claim.
- Compensation for lost wages. Many catastrophic injuries can strip you of your ability to work, either short-term or long-term. For example, if you suffered a spinal cord injury, you might lose your ability to work as a construction worker. You may need to pursue compensation for both short-term wage loss and long-term loss of earning potential.
- Compensation for your pain and suffering. As part of your claim, you may have the right to claim compensation for your physical pain and emotional suffering. Talk to your lawyer about how your catastrophic injuries have affected you, including your loss of enjoyment of life or your overall suffering.
Chicago Catastrophic Injury FAQs
Do you have questions about your right to compensation following a catastrophic accident in Chicago? The FAQ below can help you obtain answers.
Do I really need a lawyer to help handle a catastrophic injury claim in Chicago?
Yes. A lawyer can offer many advantages to your catastrophic injury claim, including comprehensive legal support and a better idea of what you should expect from the claim. Furthermore, a lawyer can help prevent you from falling prey to insurance companies that seem determined to reduce the compensation they have to pay out as much as possible.
Working with a catastrophic injury lawyer in Chicago can, for many victims, help maximize the compensation you can ultimately recover.
What should I do if I suffer catastrophic injuries in a Chicago accident?
If you suffer catastrophic injuries in a Chicago accident, make sure you seek medical attention immediately and follow all the instructions given to you by your care providers to help maximize your ability to make a full recovery. Then, contact our lawyers as soon as possible to start your catastrophic injury claim.
If you have questions about how to best pursue compensation for your injuries, talk to a catastrophic injury lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your rights.
Can I afford the help of a catastrophic injury lawyer?
Yes. Personal injury law firms like ours typically work on a contingent fee basis. You will not pay anything unless your lawyer helps you achieve a positive outcome. We will cover this standard practice with you in detail so you have clear expectations about how we’ll work together.
If you have additional questions about how to pursue a legal claim after a catastrophic accident, please call Zayed Law Offices.
Our Chicago Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Can Help You
If you suffered catastrophic injuries in Chicago, an attorney from Zayed Law Offices can help you manage an injury claim and maximize the compensation you can recover for your injuries. Contact Zayed Law Offices at (312) 726-1616 to schedule your free consultation.
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