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Lake County personal injury attorneysA serious slip and fall accident, car crash, assault, or other frightening incident can leave emotional scars that last years if not a lifetime. Trauma can have profound short-term and long-term effects on a person’s mind and body. Events that are particularly shocking or disturbing are hard for our brains to process and understand so the negative emotions of the traumatic event can linger long after the actual danger has passed.

Many people who have been through a traumatic event develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other psychological conditions. These mental health conditions can make it hard if not impossible to work and live a normal life. In some cases, a personal injury lawsuit may allow a person suffering from the effects of trauma to receive financial compensation for their mental injuries.

When is a Personal Injury Lawsuit Possible?

A personal injury claim is a civil action used to pursue compensation when an individual has been harmed by the negligent or wrongful actions of another party. The other party may be a person, or it may be an entity such as an organization or business. Negligence is typically defined as the failure to exercise the level of care that a reasonably cautious person would exercise in a similar situation.

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Lake County personal injury attorneysSevere burn injuries are some of the most painful and debilitating injuries a person can possibly experience. Burns can leave a person with horrible scars—both physically and mentally. A major burn injury can also leave a person unable to enjoy the activities they once could, work in their chosen profession, and keep their independence. When a person is severely burned due to the negligence of another party, they deserve justice. Through a personal injury lawsuit, a burn victim may be able to recover compensation for the damages the negligence caused them and their family.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

There are a variety of ways that a person can sustain a severe burn injury. In some serious auto accidents, a vehicle’s gasoline ignites and causes the car to burst into flames. This can result in severe burns as well as severe psychological trauma. Burn injuries can also be the result of gas explosions, electrocutions, chemical accidents, and fires at worksites. Apartment and hotel fires can be especially disastrous. When a person is trapped inside of a large building during a fire, they may not be able to get out in time to avoid severe burns and smoke inhalation damage. Defective products such as items with faulty wiring, defective appliances, malfunctioning batteries, and defective fuel tanks can also cause burn injuries.  

Addressing Myths About Burn Injuries

One of the most complicated parts of a personal injury lawsuit involving a burn injury is that burns can vary significantly in severity. Most people have experienced a first-degree burn from getting sunburned. First-degree burns heal quickly and almost never cause long-lasting damage. Second-degree burns can cause blisters and significant pain. Third degree burns can cause catastrophic damage including permanent disability or disfigurement and even death.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,When you are calculating the cost of a car accident, it involves more than just the damage to the car, existing infrastructure, even health incidents — pain and suffering clauses in lawsuits involving car accidents frequently result in large swaths of payouts for car accident victims.

When a person experiences a debilitating car accident for which he or she was not at fault, he or she will often have severe medical bills, physical therapy costs, and check-up financial responsibilities. These, like physical damage done to the vehicle itself, are fairly black and white costs. Hospitals will submit proof of payment or treatment to insurance companies, and doctors can provide written explanations of how long treatments are expected to last with projected cost analysis. But there are costs associated with car accidents that are much more a shade of grey as well.

This is what is known as “pain and suffering.” Pain and suffering compensation can include compensation for emotional distress incurred as a result of the accident. The amount that a person requests for a pain and suffering clause will be determined based on the specifics of the accident, and the individual’s attorney. According to several sources, there are three main ways that pain and suffering gets calculated:

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, TBI, Illinois car accident lawyer,Traumatic brain injures are one of the most severe and common injuries sustained after serious car accidents. According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association, there are two main types of traumatic brain injury (TBI): closed and open. An open TBI would be something such as a gunshot wound that literally opens the flesh. A closed TBI would be something such as a serious blow sustained when, for example, a person’s head hits the dashboard in a severe accident.

Subsequent damage can either be experienced primarily, or much later. Blood clots are an example of a primary injury resulting from TBI; secondary brain damage is considered brain swelling or increased pressure in the skull that can occur much later after the accident occurs.

To prove you have been the victim of TBI, the most important thing to do is to immediately seek medical attention and be sure to keep it all very well documented. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a large percentage of TBIs in the United States are the result of car accidents. Of the approximately 2 million TBIs experienced in the U.S. every year, roughly 286,000 are caused by car crashes. The trick is that after a car accident, secondary injuries are very common; this means that sometimes not all TBIs resulting from car accidents are reported as such.

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