Our experienced Chicago brain injury lawyers have represented clients diagnosed with mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injuries. We understand the challenges these clients face, as well as the innovative and unique treatment and rehabilitation programs available for victims suffering from brain injuries. In addition, we are fierce advocates for injured victims. In these catastrophic injury cases, we work to obtain maximum recovery for our clients.
At Midwest Injury Lawyers, we can help victims and their families in many ways after a brain injury has occurred. We will investigate the accident or circumstances leading up to the incident to help determine how your injury occurred and who should be accountable. Once we determine liable parties, we can identify the potential insurance policies that apply and file insurance claims on your behalf.
We will also help you assess, account for, and prove all of your claim’s economic and non-economic damages. Then, they can attempt to negotiate a settlement. If the insurance company refuses to settle for a full or fair amount, we will help you file a claim in civil court and represent you at trial.
Brain injuries can have consequences for the rest of your life, and we stop at nothing to get you the justice you deserve.
On average, 176 individuals in the U.S. succumb to traumatic brain injuries (TBI) every day. Many who survive will have their lives or the lives of their family members turned upside down following such a substantial injury.
These injuries occur when a bump, blow, or jolt to the head causes damage and disrupts the brain’s usual functioning. Unlike brain injuries from the lack of oxygen, a stroke, infection, or a tumor, a TBI occurs due to an external force. A TBI can be mild, such as in a concussion, severe with memory loss or extended unconsciousness, or anywhere in between. A TBI can render the person unable to care for themselves any longer, change their personality, or even lead to their death. In many cases, a TBI occurs because of a negligent party.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are nearly three million documented emergency room visits related to head injuries every year. Millions of Americans also receive a diagnosis of a brain injury annually.
A TBI is arguably the most complex human injury to understand—especially because each of our thought processes is unique. No two patients with a brain injury will react the same or have the same medical course. Brain injury symptoms can range from subtle, such as headaches, nausea, and drowsiness, to life-changing, such as personality changes and depression.
A traumatic brain injury is an acquired brain injury (ABI) or one that is not hereditary or happens at birth. A TBI occurs when fragile neuronal brain tissue suffers damage due to an impact or force, such as the force created by a car stopping suddenly.
A TBI can result from many different conditions or incidents, such as:
It’s common for injured individuals to be unsure whether they have a brain injury claim on their hands. When victims or their families meet with our Chicago brain injury attorneys, they will evaluate the case for the four elements of negligence, which include the following:
Another person or party owed the victim a duty of care. For example, another motorist must come to a complete stop at a stop sign, or a property owner should keep their premises free of tripping hazards.
The other person or party violated or breached their duty to the victim. For example, maybe they were drinking and driving or failed to warn product users of a safety hazard.
The at-fault party’s breach of duty directly caused the victim’s injuries. There must be a provable link between the other party’s actions and the victim’s injuries.
The victim’s injuries led to their damages. These can include both economic and non-economic losses, such as past and future medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
If the brain injury victim’s situation involves all four of these elements, they likely have a valid legal claim. Their lawyer can advise them on their next steps and help protect their interests. Never assume that you don’t have a valid case. Instead, meet with well-versed Chicago brain injury lawyers to find out.
Over 5.3 million Americans, or approximately two percent of the population, currently live with disabilities related to brain injury. Sadly, the costs of a TBI can be astronomical and never-ending. Some victims require a lifetime of medical care and rehabilitation. Some may never go back to work.
The direct medical costs of TBI and other related expenses, including lost productivity, are over $60 billion in the U.S. annually.
Each brain injury is different, so each victim will have unique losses. One thing most TBI victims have in common is that their expenses and other losses are overwhelming. You need help from the legal team at Midwest Injury Lawyers to manage your losses and seek compensation.
Keep in mind that every brain injury is different, and no two cases are identical. It can be difficult for even long-time Chicago brain injury lawyers to confidently say what you might receive for compensation in a brain injury case.
However, they can make some estimates based on:
To find out what your brain injury case claim might be worth, schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible.
Individuals with brain injuries frequently incur many losses and expenses. For example, they are responsible for paying ambulance and emergency room bills, and they experience pain and suffering. The good news is that brain injury victims have the right to seek monetary compensation for their injuries and damages under Illinois civil law.
Victims must take action to seek compensation by filing a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company. Our Chicago brain injury lawyers can negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company that is representative of a victim’s damages. Rarely, if the insurance company refuses to offer a full and fair settlement, the case will end up in litigation.
Damages are the monetary representation of the losses, expenses, and inconveniences injured parties suffer due to the negligence of the at-fault party. Specific damages will vary from one case to the next, but usually, each case has two categories of damages; economic and non-economic.
Also referred to as special damages, economic damages are how the accident victim suffered financially due to the accident.
The two primary examples are:
Special damages can also include:
Your lawyer can help you keep track of your accident-related expenses and monetary losses so that when it’s time to negotiate, you know if the offer you receive is fair or not.
On the other hand, non-economic or general damages are those that don’t involve money. They have no predefined monetary value.
Non-economic damages can include:
The challenging part of non-economic damages is that they don’t already have a monetary value even though they are genuine losses. As such, it can be difficult to negotiate a full and fair settlement for them. You should discuss their potential value with your attorney.
One frequently applied method of estimating their value is determining the value of the economic damages and multiplying that figure by between 1.5 and five. For example, a larger multiplier will apply to life-threatening or catastrophic injuries, such as a severe TBI. For relatively minor injuries, a lower multiplier might apply. Keep in mind that all TBIs can have serious effects, so you should never settle for a lower multiplier when you deserve higher compensation for non-economic damages.
Punitive damages are much less common in injury claims. Injured parties are only granted punitive damages in rare cases in which the party who caused their injuries did so with extreme disregard for safety and knew their actions might be especially harmful. For example, suppose you suffered an injury due to a drunk driver or a driver running from the police. In that case, you might receive punitive damages.
Over the years, we’ve helped many victims throughout Illinois and Indiana secure justice for their brain injuries. We’re well-versed in local law, and we’re here to help you do the same. See how we’ve helped others in the past.
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As your legal advocates, we aim to provide you with the information, guidance, and representation you need for your traumatic brain injury case. We understand the challenges facing those who suffer from a minor or severe brain injury and the surrounding areas. Reach out to a Chicago personal injury lawyer.
At Midwest Injury Lawyers, we also know the burden that this injury can place on their concerned family members. During this stressful time, no one should have to worry about how to pay their medical bills or how they will make up for their lack of income.
Our Chicago brain injury lawyers help victims with head injuries, including TBIs, recover financially. We know the burden of your damages and the uphill battles you must endure. When the insurance company doesn’t take your injuries seriously and responds with inadequate settlement offers, we can help. Don’t let them take advantage of you; hire a legal advocate instead to seek what is rightfully yours.
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