Lawsuits are often filed in order for those injured during vehicle accidents to get compensation. As well, there are other motivations for filing a lawsuit, such as to discourage and/or punish negligent or reckless actions.
Car accident injury lawsuits are often filed in order to receive compensation for the injuries and other harm that have occurred. Car accident injury lawsuits are usually handled by personal injury lawyers who handle the lawsuit, including the negotiations, legal document creation, court proceedings, and various other aspects associated with the lawsuit.
When someone is involved in a car accident or other vehicle accident, a broad range of injuries and other harm can occur. As seen in both Illinois statistics and those for Kane County regarding vehicle accidents, in most instances the vehicle occupants are not hurt. However, in a substantial percentage of such crashes, one or more vehicle occupants are hurt. While some injuries are minor injuries that require minimal medical care, a significant percentage of people hurt will have moderate or severe injuries. Some injuries will be critical injuries that will be life-threatening in nature and may prove fatal.
The type and extent of medical care varies depending upon the accident injury. Often, those who are hurt will be taken to the hospital emergency room (ER) in order for the injuries to be identified and assessed. Depending upon the injury, a hospital stay may be required. This hospital stay can vary significantly depending on the severity and type of bodily harm.
Among the types of medical care that may be required are transfusions, surgeries, and various tests. Following the medical treatment, various types of therapies may be recommended. These therapies may include physical therapy and occupational therapy. These types of therapies help those who have been injured to regain the ability to perform physical and work tasks.
Serious accident injuries can result from many types of crashes. Crash types that typically lead to serious injuries are “head-on collisions” and vehicle rollover accidents. Due to the lack of significant structural impact protection, other vehicle accidents involving pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists also often lead to serious injuries.
This same lack of structural protection is often a factor injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents. As seen in the Kane County motorcycle accidents summarized on this site, many such accidents have led to serious injuries and fatalities. Those accidents have happened in Elgin, Aurora, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, and various other areas within the county.
Another significant issue with regard to the lawsuit is whether the injury will cause a temporary or permanent impairment. If present, these factors could be an important aspect with regard to amount paid out from the lawsuit. An impairment can take many forms. In general it will cause someone to loss the ability to function – either physically or mentally – in a normal (pre-crash) manner. Some of these impairments can be substantially life-altering. Among the types of injuries that can lead to temporary or permanent impairments, and the associated disabilities, are spinal cord injuries – which can lead to paralysis – and amputations.
Another potentially life-altering injury is a serious traumatic brain injuries (TBI.) As further discussed on the “Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Stemming From Kane County Accidents” page, brain injuries can widely range in both severity and impact. While some minor concussions will subside over a few weeks’ time, more serious brain injuries can have substantial, long-lasting effects that may be permanent. Serious brain injuries are often complex in nature. As seen in various Chicago-area severe brain injuries, such brain trauma can lead to an immediate fatality or a fatality within a day.
For those serious brain injuries that are not fatal, extensive care and various types of therapy may be required. This medical care can include hospitalization, testing, surgeries, and rehabilitation. Symptoms of brain injuries can manifest both right after the accident as well as possibly for a prolonged time period. These symptoms can include bleeding from the head; headaches; head pains; memory recall difficulties; loss of motor function; difficulty in performing tasks; and fatigue. As well, other symptoms may be present depending upon the type of brain trauma.
There are many reasons why people injured choose a car accident lawyer to file a vehicle accident injury lawsuit. An experienced car accident lawyer will have the knowledge, experience, negotiation skills and other necessary legal skills needed to get the most compensation for a given injury or injuries.
Among the types of injury compensation that can be sought include that for:
- current and prior medical costs
- future medical costs
- lost wages
- pain and suffering
- loss of consortium
- impaired earnings capacity
- loss of function
- other miscellaneous expenses
For those individuals who have died in a vehicle accident that was the fault of another person or party, relevant parties can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the decedent (person who died.)
The Elman Law Group has over 25 years of experience handling Illinois personal injury lawsuits. We are car accident lawyers who handle personal injury lawsuits throughout Illinois, including Chicago area vehicle accidents like those in DuPage County.
During this time, the Elman Law Group has established a reputation for its court trial capabilities. As seen in many cases, this ability to go to court, as opposed to accepting a settlement offer, has often resulted in substantially more compensation for Elman Law Group clients.
The capabilities and litigation results of the Elman Law Group are further discussed on the “Illinois Personal Injury Lawsuit Results And Litigation Capabilities” page.