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Can I Get Compensation for a Permanent Disability Caused by an Accident?

Posted on in Personal Injury Lawsuits

IL injury lawyerPersonal injury claims are used to pursue financial compensation for losses caused by an injury. Nearly any type of injury may be the basis of a personal injury claim, but severe injuries typically result in higher settlements and awards. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury that resulted in a permanent disability, you may be able to seek monetary damages through a personal injury claim.

Understanding When a Successful Personal Injury Claim is Possible

A personal injury claim is a civil claim that may be based on either “negligence” or recklessness or intentional wrongdoing. There are four main components in any personal injury claim based on negligence:

  • Duty – The defendant, meaning the person or entity from whom you are seeking compensation, owed a duty of care. This could be a driver’s duty to drive cautiously, a manufacturing company’s duty to prevent dangerous product defects, a property owner’s duty to maintain a safe property, or another type of duty.
  • Breach of duty – The defendant breached the duty by failing to act as a reasonably cautious person would act.
  • Injuries – The plaintiff suffered injuries because of the plaintiff’s actions.
  • Damages – The plaintiff suffered damages. Damages include the direct financial consequences of the action such as lost wages and medical expenses as well as non-economic damages like pain and suffering.

A personal injury lawyer can help you determine if each of these elements is present in your case.

Types of Compensation You May Be Entitled To

If you suffered an amputation, loss of hearing or vision, spinal cord injury, or another injury that has left you permanently impaired, this will have a dramatic impact on your life. Money cannot make up for your impairment, but it may help ease the financial burden you are facing. You could be entitled to financial recovery for:

  • Medical expenses including hospital bills and rehabilitative care
  • Medical equipment or assistive devices such as a wheelchair
  • Home access modifications such as a stairlift or wheelchair ramp
  • Lost income from missed work
  • The harm your disability has caused to your income-earning ability
  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Contact a Waukegan Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one are physically impaired because of an accident caused by another party’s carelessness, you may have a valid personal injury claim. You may be entitled to reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and other damages. The skilled Lake County personal injury attorneys at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., have more than 85 years of shared experience. Our team can help you understand your rights and seek compensation for damages on your behalf. Call 847-662-3303 for a free initial consultation.




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