Chicago Catastrophic Injury Specialists
Accidents come in many forms – car accidents, dog bites or a fall – but the effects of an accident can vary greatly. While some people might be fortunate enough to escape with relatively minor injuries, catastrophic injuries can affect not just a single person but also their entire family.
Catastrophic injuries, which include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and other injuries, are serious personal injury cases. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, or are caring for a family member recovering from an injury, you need answers.
The Lamber Goodnow team is particularly talented at handling catastrophic injury cases. With an office in downtown Chicago and partner firms throughout Illinois, we can work with you – or your family member – in understanding the physical injury, your prognosis, its effect on your family, and its impact on your current and future earning capacity.
How it Works
As personal injury lawyers, it’s our job to walk you through the often-complicated legal pathways that exist in personal injury cases. We’ll work with insurance companies, lead an investigation on your behalf, and help make sure you’re getting the medical care you need to heal. Most important, by working with us you’re ensuring that your focus is where it matters – on your health and family – and not on arguing with insurance companies.
When we take your case, we and our partner firms will work to determine liability, assess damage – both damage to your body and any damage to property – as well as lost wages or other expenses. Then, our team will focus on getting the best results possible for you. Our track record speaks for itself – we’re regarded throughout the country as one of the best personal injury teams, and our experience settling claims and winning favorable verdicts show how our determination pays off for our clients.
Understanding Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injury cases are often complex. Several vehicles could be involved, there could be a rollover or a t-bone collision, and many different insurance companies could be involved as a result.
Similarly, your injuries could be complex. You or a loved one might be suffering from multi-system injuries, or complex injuries that will take time to fully manifest themselves. Broken bones appear immediately, nerve damage or emotional damage often reveal themselves later on.
Catastrophic accidents often result in these types of injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck injury, whiplash, cervical sprain
- Multiple fractures
And catastrophic injuries can also have an enormous effect on a family. Lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation costs and other therapies can have a piling-on effect on a family that’s already suffered. This is particularly true if the catastrophic accident resulted in a fatality. Losing a primary wage earner can cripple a family, adding insult to an already traumatic situation. It’s our job to help get you through this stage.
If someone’s negligence caused the accident, you might be entitled to compensation. And if the accident resulted in a fatality, you also might be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. Our attorneys will give you their recommendation after listening to your situation.
Here Are Some Answers To Your Pressing Catastrophic Injuries Questions
What is a catastrophic injury?
A catastrophic injury is one that severely injures the plaintiff and leads to long-term, if not permanent, disability or disfigurement. A catastrophic injury or illness very often causes severe disruption to the central nervous system, such as spinal cord injuries or severe burn injuries.
Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include: serious head trauma, accidental amputation, eye injury, multiple bone fracture, foot injury, shoulder injury, back injury, neck injury, severe burns, brain injury, organ damage, spinal cord and neurological disorders, which can result in paralysis, paraplegia, and quadriplegia.
Due to their serious nature, catastrophic injuries often require a lifetime of ongoing medical treatment and personal care, especially if the accident victim is disabled and in need of permanent personal assistance. These types of injuries can be devastating to a family and many times result in the need for 24 hour care and assistance of the victim by family members and hired professionals.
How long do I have to file a catastrophic injury lawsuit in Illinois?
When you are bringing a lawsuit based on personal injuries, you have two years from the date of the accident to file the lawsuit. 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-202.
If you were under the age of 18 when the accident occurred, you have two years after the minor has reached 18 to bring the lawsuit. 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-211(a).
Where your claim is based on property damage, you have five years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-205.
Additionally, in Illinois, when your injury was caused by a local government employee you must bring an your claim within one year from the date of the accident. 745 Ill. Comp. Stat. 10/8-101(a).
Contact an experienced Lamber-Goodnow attorney that will be able to accurately determine the appropriate statute of limitations for your specific situation.
What type of lawsuits may be filed for my catastrophic injury, and what damages may I recover?
A catastrophic injury may be caused by a negligent act or an intentional act of another. Additionally, a dangerous or defective product may cause the injury.
If you are catastrophically injured you are entitled to recover damages for your past and future lost wages, past and future medical expenses, permanent disability, enjoyment of life and past and future pain and suffering.
Consultation and the No-Fee Promise
It’s important to talk to a lawyer after a catastrophic accident – you need to know your rights and the best way to proceed. Having an attorney on your side during this difficult time means you can focus on your family when they need you most.
You can call (312) 757-777anytime, 24/7, to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our Illinois personal injury attorneys. During the consultation, we’ll go over the facts of your case with you, ask some questions, answer your questions and help determine your options.
If you choose to hire us as your lawyers, you won’t pay any out-of-pocket fees or costs for our services. We call this our No-Fee Promise, and we stand by it. We won’t get paid unless and until we recover compensation for you through a settlement or a verdict.