Catastrophic Injury Accidents
Most accidents are extremely stressful, but catastrophic injuries can forever change the course of one’s future. People who suffer catastrophic injury in motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, construction accidents, or other accidents and violent crimes may be unable to work, enjoy quality time with their family, or even take care of there own basic needs. At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our experienced Chicagoland catastrophic injury lawyers have fully employed their 45 years of collective experience to obtain over $40 million in judgments and settlements for our clients.
When a drunk driver smashes into a vehicle and robs the accident victim of the ability to walk, communicate, or engage in the most basic life experiences, the accident imposes enormous economic, physical, and psychological burdens on the victim and his or her family. Our knowledgeable catastrophic injury lawyers are committed to applying our experience, commitment, and litigation skills to blazing a path back to the best possible quality of life for catastrophic injury victims.
A catastrophic injury is a severe injury that is often life-threatening and typically results in permanent life-altering consequences that create significant limitations on one’s ability to enjoy and participate in pre-injury activities. While traffic collisions like tractor-trailer accidents, motorcycle crashes, drunk driving collisions, and pedestrian accidents are the leading cause of catastrophic injuries, these life-altering injuries can be caused by a wide range of causes, including, without limitation, the following:
- Car accidents and other vehicle related accident
- Construction and scaffolding accidents
- Defective products
- Commercial aviation crashes
- Boating accidents
- Bridge collapses
- Personal watercraft crashes (PWC)
- Mass transit accidents (bus crashes, train derailments)
- Negligent security
- Violent crimes
- 15 passenger van rollovers
- Asbestos exposure (Mesothelioma)
- Pharmacy negligence
- Abuse and neglect
- Limousine accidents
- SUV rollovers
Your selection of an experienced Chicago catastrophic injury lawyer can result in a significant impact on your ability to obtain financial recovery for future lifelong supportive care, lost earning potential, adverse impact on family relationships, and diminished ability to fully participate in all that life has to offer. While most catastrophic injuries are caused by negligence, some are caused by intentional acts like physical attacks. Negligence in the simplest terms is essentially the failure to exercise reasonable caution to avoid reasonably foreseeable injury to another party. In any event, an incident that results in a traumatic injury can happen in the blink of an eye but change one’s life and relationships forever. The most common catastrophic injuries include:
Spinal Cord Injury: A spinal cord injury can cause paraplegia or quadriplegia, resulting in the inability to use one’s extremities. Over 10,000 people each year suffer a catastrophic spinal cord injury. Motor vehicle accidents cause over half of all spinal injuries with another twenty percent caused by slip and fall accidents. Violent crimes account for the bulk of the rest of spinal injuries (e.g. firearms injuries eleven percent). This type of injury generally impairs a catastrophic accident victim’s motor functions, as well as the ability to move, work, or even join in the simple pleasure of a walk with one’s family.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): This type of injury may be the result of pressure on the brain caused by swelling in the space between the brain and the skull. When an outside force results in substantial impact to one’s head, such as a car accident, it can cause serious injury to the brain. These injuries may be caused by the brain moving within the skull and impacting the hard bony surface of the inside of the skull (closed head injury) or from a fracture to or penetration of the skull that allows a foreign object to impact the brain (open head injury). A traumatic brain injury can have a staggering impact on every aspect of one’s life including:
- Ability to communicate
- Mobility including capacity to walk
- Reasoning skills and judgment
- Capacity to provide for one’s basic needs and be self-sufficient
Amputation Injury: The partial or complete severing of a limb during a traumatic incident can both threaten a victim’s life and adversely affect his or her future. While many individuals presume that amputation injuries are extremely rare, there are currently over 1.5 million people living in the U.S. following an amputation, and there are over 130,000 new amputation victims annually. If you are involved in a severe motor vehicle accident, you may suffer destruction of your blood vessels in a limb or serious burn injuries. In such situations, amputation is sometimes necessary to avoid a life-threatening infection. Over 20 percent of all amputations are related to traumatic accidents.
Make Stein & Shulman, LLC Your Chicago Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
At Stein & Shulman, our experienced catastrophic injury attorneys understand the monumental challenges that face those who suffer these life changing injuries in accidents caused by third-parties. Tragically, these serious debilitating injuries may rob victims of the mental and physical abilities that no amount of financial compensation can restore. Our attorneys have seen many of our clients who suffer catastrophic injury utilize the resources obtained through a successful settlement or verdict to maintain a high quality of life. Our catastrophic injury law firm can provide the perfect balance of experience, expertise, empathy, diligence, and tenacity to help you obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family. If you or your loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, contact us today at (312) 422-0506 or email us to schedule your no obligation free consultation.