As personal injury lawyers, we have spent more than 20 years fighting for the rights of victims killed or injured in Illinois car accidents, and we have recovered more than $520 million in compensation for clients who have experienced hardships because of a negligent or reckless driver.
Car accidents can cause all sorts of debilitating injuries, affecting virtually every part of the body. In some cases these injuries can alter a victim’s quality of life for years, and in others, they are completely permanent. What follows is a list of some of the most common car accident injuries, and a brief description of why they are so debilitating for victims.
Traumatic Brain Injuries and Closed Head Injuries-Brain and head injuries represent some of the most common car accident injuries. These range from mild concussions to brain issues that will alter your ability to return to work or care for yourself during the course of your day-to-day life. The most dangerous aspect of these injuries is that there is often no discernable sign that the brain has been damaged, and internal bruising and other problems can take years to make their impact felt.
Neck, Spinal Cord and Back Injuries-These injuries range from minor cases of whiplash to very serious problems like cervical radiculopathy or disc injuries that can require rehabilitation and surgery before a victim can fully recover. Much like brain and head injuries, damage to your neck and back can take some time to show up after an accident has taken place.
Face and Jaw Injuries-In serious car accidents, injuries to the face and jaw can be caused by almost anything-including the steering wheel, dashboard, airbags, windshield, car seats or shattered glass. These injuries can require dental surgeries and other forms of cosmetic surgery to repair, costing victims thousands of dollars.
Psychological Injuries-The victims of car accidents don’t just experience serious physical injuries, they also suffer from severe psychological damage. This is especially true in cases involving accidents where a victim has lost a family member or close friend. The after affects of psychological damage can manifest themselves in short-term or long-term issues, such as emotional distress or even conditions closely resembling post traumatic stress disorder. (All About Car Accidents)
As if all these physical and psychological injuries aren’t burdensome enough, victims also have to navigate the long and stressful road to paying their mounting medical bills and rehabilitation expenses. Many clients that we represent have been left unable to work because of their injuries, and may even affect a second income in their household when loved ones must take time to care for them during their recovery.
Our attorneys believe that no one should be punished or made to suffer because of an accident that they could not have avoided. We will fight to resolve your case to give you the peace of mind you need and the quality of life you deserve, enabling you to focus on what really matters, your recovery.