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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.

Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,Statistics indicate that at least 1.7 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States each year. One of the most common causes of TBIs is car accidents. Some victims may suffer from severe long-term or permanent disability. Others may recover. Both are at risk for long-lasting sleep disturbances, a new study says. Why is this important, and what might it mean for your personal injury case? The following explains. TBI and Sleep Disturbance In what was said to be the longest and most comprehensive study on the possibility of sleep disturbances in TBI victims, researchers followed 31 first-time TBI sufferers for a total of 18 months. The study also included a control group of 42 healthy people who did not have a history of traumatic brain injury. Both groups were asked to report their sleep behaviors and sense of daytime sleepiness. Body movements were recorded for a total of two weeks using a wrist device, and each participant also spent a night in a video sleep lab. Here, doctors monitored individuals for muscle activity, body movements, and heart rhythm. When comparing the two groups, researchers found that only 19 percent of the control group had experienced daytime sleepiness. This was compared to a concerning 67 percent of all TBI sufferers. What makes this so interesting is that the TBI sufferers, on average, tended to sleep about an hour longer than those in the control group. Another interesting but concerning point was that TBI sufferers seemed to be less apt to notice sleep disturbances than non-sufferers. Why Sleep Disturbances Are a Concerning Issue While, hypothetically, a short-term disruption of sleep patterns may be fairly harmless there are situations that could potentially increase harm to sufferers. For example, many experienced sleep disturbances long after their injury, even when the injury was minor. Long-term sleep deprivation and daytime sleepiness could place the victims at risk for other issues, such as an increased risk for experiencing an automobile accident. Some may even be at risk of developing certain health conditions, including weight gain, hypertension, and diabetes. Fighting for Fair Compensation When negligence leads to the injury of another, the victim has the right to pursue full and fair compensation for any losses they experience. In the case of TBI sufferers, those losses can extend well beyond a simple bump on the head, and this must be taken into account when calculating the potential award. Unfortunately, insurance companies and claims adjusters typically attempt to reduce settlement amounts, sometimes by minimizing the pain and suffering experienced by the victim. Protect your rights with help from an experienced attorney.

At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C.,  we understand the challenges you face. We will fight to ensure your best interests are preserved, and that all factors are considered in the analysis of your case. Learn more about how our skilled Lake County personal injury lawyers can help with your situation. Call us at 847-662-3303 and schedule your personalized consultation today.



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