Chicago Injury Lawyer
When you or a loved one is recovering from an injury, you may be uncertain where to find the right information and advice. There are likely legal options for compensation for your injuries and losses– and Staver Law Group is here to help you.
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The attorneys of Staver Law Group focus on helping individuals in difficult situations get the recovery they need. Through compassionate yet aggressive representation, we work with all the relevant insurance companies and other parties at fault for your injuries so that you don’t have to. We are here to take some of the weight off your shoulders, and we do not stop until you receive the damages you need to pay your bills, receive excellent medical care, and can confidently move forward in life.
You never expect to get hurt. You don’t get ready for work thinking this will be the day you are in an accident and suffer a serious injury. Instead, accidents come out of nowhere. No matter if you have savings and insurance, you are never fully prepared, which makes it even harder to deal with the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of the situation.
When you are injured, the medical and financial consequences can increase exponentially and quickly. A seemingly minor accident can lead to one or numerous surgeries, testing and scans, rehabilitation, and multiple prescriptions. A debilitating accident could require in-home medical care for the foreseeable future or the rest of your life. The costs of diagnosis, treatment, and pain management can be incredibly high even with your own health insurance coverage.
Common Types of Injuries
The type of injuries you can sustain during any kind of accident are innumerable. However, there are common accidents people suffer that require legal assistance, including:
While dogs may be man’s best friend, not every dog is as friendly or well-trained as the next. Dog bites can cause serious injuries, disfigurement, and emotional trauma. Some dog attacks can be fatal.
Brain & Head Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries and head injuries are common during slips and falls, auto accidents, and work-related accidents. You can recover from a concussion in weeks or months, but a severe TBI might lead to coma, permanent mental disabilities, personality changes, and death. Head and brain injuries are serious and can require on-going medical care and alter a person’s ability to work.
Blindness & Eye Injuries
Car and work-related accidents can affect your sight. Whether it’s because of particles getting into the eyes or chemicals, you can lose some or all of your eyesight. This may result in needing surgery, additional training for work and to live independently, and even daily help such as a driver.
Accidents anywhere can lead to broken bones. Common fractures are in the arms, wrists, hands, legs, ankles, and feet. A clean and minor break can be treated with a cast and rest. However, serious fractures often require surgery and the use of screws to keep the bones in place to heal. This type of injury has a long recovery time and often requires physical therapy. In some situations, you may lose some type of mobility that could affect your daily life or work.
Torn ACL and Knee Injuries
Many accidents lead to leg and knee injuries, including torn ACLs. Many of these injuries require surgery and physical rehabilitation.
Slip & Fall Injuries
If you slip, trip, or fall because of a dangerous condition caused by a negligent business or property owner you could suffer a variety of serious injuries. After such an incident, you may need a long recovery period, during which you may not be able to work and live normally.
Some injuries to limbs are so severe that a physician must remove the appendage in order to protect your health and life. An amputation dramatically alters your daily life and work. It also requires additional medical equipment throughout your life.
It is not uncommon to be a victim of a surgical error. Surgeons may operate on the wrong site or perform the wrong procedure. You can also be given incorrect medications before, during, or after surgery that hurt you.
Whiplash and Neck Injuries
Whiplash and neck injuries are common in auto accidents, particularly rear-end accidents. It’s possible to recover from a mild case of whiplash in a few weeks, but more serious neck injuries like fractured vertebrae or torn ligaments or muscles can require surgery. If you were an accident and have a sore neck, see a physician immediately. An uncomfortable feeling or pain can be a sign of a serious injury.
Vocal Cord Paralysis
Trauma to your face, throat, and chest can hurt your vocal cords causing you to lose your voice. Vocal cord paralysis could need surgery or voice therapy to help. In severe cases, it may not be cured. You might never recover your same, strong voice.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Auto and work-related accidents can cause spinal cord injuries. These injuries can range from a fractured vertebra to a damaged or severed spinal cord. If you suffer a spinal cord injury, you face extreme pain, reduced mobility, partial and full paralysis. If you are paralyzed, you will likely need in-home medical care and treatments for the rest of your life.
Both penetrating and blunt trauma to your abdomen can lead to critical injuries. Both types of force can result in internal organ injuries. These types of injuries can require surgery and other medical interventions to treat. If they aren’t caught and treated quickly, they can be deadly.
Motorcycles are impressive sights on the road, ridden by enthusiasts with very little protective equipment. Therefore, when a motorcyclist experiences an accident, the effects can include devastating head injuries, broken bones, back injuries, burns, or even fatalities.
While we have discussed multiple individual injuries, many accidents lead to numerous types of injuries. All of these together can decrease your ability to work and live independently.
If you or a loved one is in nursing homes or other care facility, there is a risk for negligent care, which can lead to bed sores. Bed sores can range from mild to serious and may cause disfigurement, other injuries such as infections, and early death.
Any type of accident can lead to a face injury, which could include broken bones and lacerations. Even a minor face injury can leave you with a permanent disfigurement that alters your life. Depending on your occupation, it can also affect your future earning potential.
Loss of Hearing
If an accident causes trauma to your ears or brain, you can lose some or all of your hearing. This might require treatment such as surgery or equipment like hearing aids. If you cannot recover your hearing, you may need additional training for a new job.
In addition to spinal cord injuries, you can suffer other back injuries like straining, spraining, and tearing muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These can be painful injuries that take a great deal of time and rest to recover from, which often means not working. They may also require surgical intervention.
Suffering burns is both physically and emotionally traumatic. Recovering from serious burns requires multiple painful surgical interventions. They often lead to permanent disfigurement and disability.
Polytrauma is a term used to describe instances when a victim has sustained multiple traumatic injuries from one accident, such as a serious head injury along with suffering a serious burn. Treating these multiple trauma cases can become complicated and often require a prolonged recovery time.
PTSD and Psychological Injuries
Many physical injuries are compounded by the psychological injuries you suffer from an accident. Traumatic incidents can lead to depression, anxiety, sleep issues, phobias, and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. All of these increase your pain and suffering, which you might be able to recover for.
Illinois Personal Injury Claims
In any type of personal injury claim, you have to prove that someone else behaved negligently or intentionally in causing the accident that lead to your injuries. The other parties must have had a duty of care toward you and breached that duty. That breach must have been what caused the accident that harmed you. You and your attorney will need proof that the other parties are at fault for your being hurt and therefore, are financially responsible for damages related to your injuries.
Whether you were hurt in an auto accident, work incident, or a slip and fall at a business, it may be difficult to prove your situation. However, the lawyers of Staver Law Group understand how crucial it is to build a strong case and demonstrate your need to recover. We aren’t intimidated by complicated or tough cases. We understand Illinois personal injury law and how insurance companies work. We are confident in negotiating a beneficial settlement or proving your damages to a jury.
There are certain monetary and non-monetary damages you are likely to recover during a personal injury case. You can seek:
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We have dedicated our practice to helping individuals hurt in any type of situation, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home negligence
- Police brutality
- Premise liability
- Product liability
- Workers’ compensation
- Wrongful death