Urbana Catastrophic Injury

Urbana Catastrophic Injury Attorneys

Many people walk away from an accident with only a few scratches or minor injuries. Unfortunately, some people sustain catastrophic injuries. We are not talking about an injury that can be quickly treated by taking some medication. A catastrophic injury can leave the victim with permanent impairments or disabilities. Beyond the physical effects, catastrophic injuries often have an equally negative impact on a victim’s psychological and emotional state, not to mention their financial security.

When a catastrophic injury is the result of another person’s negligence, the victim has the right to seek damages in court. Urbana catastrophic injury lawyer Baku N. Patel and his team at Patel Law, PC, represent accident victims whose lives were turned upside down in a split second. We understand the toll such injuries have on both victims and their families, and we will put our experience to work in seeking the compensation you deserve.

Examples of Catastrophic Injuries

The term “catastrophic injury” has no precise definition under Illinois law. Rather, it is a catch-all used to describe serious injuries that require major surgery, rehabilitation, and/or lifetime care. Oftentimes, a catastrophic injury is one that results in permanent disability or disfigurement.

Here are just a few examples of catastrophic injuries we have seen here in the Urbana area:

  • Amputations – When a victim is crushed in an accident–say, a vehicle falls on top of them–it may force medical personnel to amputate one or more limbs.
  • Brain Injuries – An accident may cause the victim’s head to bluntly strike another object (such as the dashboard of a car), which can lead to a concussion, i.e., a traumatic brain injury; alternatively, if the supply of oxygen is cut off to the brain, the victim may develop hypoxia.
  • Burn Injuries – Exposure to fire, radiation, chemicals, or even hot liquids can severely damage a victim’s skin right down to the fat layer.
  • Internal Organ Injuries – Many times, victims walk away from an accident with no visible sign of injury–but inside their body, an organ has sustained serious damage and is causing internal bleeding.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries – This refers to any injury of the ligaments, tendons, or muscles in the body; while many soft tissue injuries are simple sprains, others can lead to permanent chronic pain or disability.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries – Any damage to the nerves in a person’s spine can lead to permanent paralysis of the arms and/or legs.

Understanding the Full Costs of Catastrophic Injuries

A catastrophic injury does not go away in a day, a week, or even a year. It often requires many years, if not a lifetime, of ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitative support. Some victims require multiple surgeries over many years. In other cases, the victim is left unable to work or resume their normal activities of daily living.

Even with insurance, victims often face hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. On top of that, their income may be reduced to nothing if they cannot work again. This is why it is essential for victims to work with an experienced Urbana catastrophic injury lawyer who can assess the full measure of their damages.

At Patel Law, PC, we understand that no amount of money can ever fully restore you to your pre-accident condition. We also know that obtaining the proper amount of compensation is a critical step toward attempting to reclaim control of your life. That is why we work with our clients to fully assess your legal damages following a catastrophic injury, which can include any or all of the following:

  • Medical Bills – You are entitled to compensation to recover the costs of your past, current, and future medical care, including any psychological counseling necessary to help you in dealing with your trauma.
  • Lost Wages and Income Potential – You are entitled to recover your lost wages for any time missed from your job due to a catastrophic injury, as well as compensation for your future loss of career opportunities.
  • Living Assistance – If your catastrophic injury requires you to have special mobility devices, disability services, or even live-in help, you can recover those costs from the person who caused your accident.
  • Pain and Suffering – Illinois law also permits a judge or jury to award “non-economic” damages, which broadly compensate a catastrophic injury victim for their pain, suffering, and overall loss of enjoyment of life.

Contact Patel Law, PC, Today to Speak with an Urbana Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

The first days and weeks following a catastrophic injury accident is often overwhelming. Many victims do not know what to do. They certainly do not have a full grasp of their legal rights in this situation. This is where we can help. Contact Patel Law, PC if you have suffered a catastrophic injury and need to speak with a qualified Illinois personal injury lawyer right away.