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IL injury lawyerWhen the nerves contained with a person’s spinal column or backbone are damaged, the injury does not only affect the specific injury site. The damage may also interrupt the flow of nerve signals from the brain to the rest of the body. A spinal cord injury may lead to intense pain, loss of motor function, breathing problems, incontinence, loss of sexual function, and much more. After suffering a spinal injury, a person’s life may never again be the same. If you or someone you care about has suffered a spinal cord injury after being in an auto accident, slip and fall accident, workplace accident, or other incident, you may be curious about your legal options. In some cases, a personal injury claim may enable a spinal cord injury victim to recover compensation for the losses incurred by his or her injury.

Reimbursement for Your Medical Bills, Disability, Lost Income, and More

If another party’s reckless, negligent, or unlawful actions resulted in your spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You may be reimbursed for your:

  • Past Medical Expenses and Ongoing Medical Treatment: This may include the costs of your emergency room treatment, ambulance transportation, hospitalization, surgery, prescription medication, and more. You may also receive reimbursement for your ongoing rehabilitate care such as physical therapy. A major spinal cord injury does not only cause physical harm. It can also result in significant emotional and psychological trauma. The costs associated with any mental health treatment, counseling, or therapy may also be included in your personal injury award.
  • Lost Income and Lost Earning Capacity: You have likely missed a great deal of work due to your injuries. Your injuries may also prevent you from ever returning to your previous line of work. A personal injury claim may help you recover compensation for your lost wages as well as the loss of any associated benefits, commissions, and bonuses. You may also be compensated for the decrease in your ability to earn income.
  • Disability: As a result of your spine injury, you may be left with partial or full paralysis or other incapacities that dramatically affect your lifestyle. If so, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs associated with home modifications needed to make your home wheelchair accessible and for any medical assistance or nursing home care you require.
  • Pain and Suffering: You may receive compensation for your physical suffering and mental anguish. Non-economic damages such as these are often difficult to quantify, but your attorney will help gather evidence that shows the extent of your physical and psychological pain.

Contact a Waukegan Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

A spine injury can have life-altering consequences. If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. to learn about your legal options. Call our office at 847-662-3303 and schedule your free consultation with one of our accomplished Lake County injury lawyers today.

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IL injury lawyerWhen most people walk into a store, restaurant, hotel, apartment complex, house or another building, they do not worry about suffering an injury on the property. They simply trust that the individuals who designed and constructed the building ensured that the it was safe. In the majority of cases, this is true. However, when a building is constructed in violation of state and local building codes, the structure may have defects that can cause serious injury or even death. If you or a loved one were harmed in an accident and you suspect that the property was not up to code, you may have a valid premises liability claim.

Structural Defects Have the Potential to Cause Severe Bodily Injury

Property owners have a duty to ensure that their property is reasonably safe for the individuals lawfully visiting that property. Although not every injury can be avoided, the property should not contain preventable hazards or unreasonable dangers. If a visitor is harmed on an unsafe property, it is possible that the property owner or manager will be liable for the visitor's damages.

In order to ensure that properties are safe, state and local governments institute building codes. These rules regulate the types of materials and building practices used to construct and maintain buildings. Building code violations can be especially hazardous because they often affect the structural integrity of the building or building components. Some examples of building code violations that may lead to injury or death include:

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IL injury lawyerParking lots can be chaotic – especially when drivers are not following proper parking lot protocol. Drivers may cut across parking spaces, travel the wrong way, fail to yield to pedestrians and make other risky maneuvers. Although vehicles moving through parking lots are typically traveling at low speeds, there is still a potential for car accidents involving serious injuries or even fatalities. If you or a loved one were involved in a parking lot car accident, you may have questions about how liability is determined and whether you or your loved one are entitled to compensation.

Right of Way Rules in Parking Lots

Before you can recover compensation through a personal injury claim, you and your lawyer will need to determine the party or parties responsible for the accident. Liability for a parking lot accident is largely dependent on right of way rules. Drivers in “feeder lanes” or side lanes are expected to yield to drivers in the main thoroughfares. Drivers exiting a parking space must yield to all other vehicles. Every driver should be attentive to their surroundings and watchful for pedestrians. Children are especially vulnerable to injury in parking lots. Not only do children often run and dart between vehicles, they are also smaller and less visible to drivers.

Distracted Drivers and Unlawful Drivers

Despite countless public service announcements and programs designed to curb distracted driving, texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving continue to be a problem. If a driver was looking at his or her phone, GPS, or radio dial instead of looking at the road at the time of the accident, he or she may be considered negligent. If the other driver was intoxicated, he or she will almost certainly be considered at-fault for the accident. However, proving that a driver was distracted, inebriated, or otherwise not following the law is not always easy. Your lawyer may use police reports, surveillance footage, photographs of the accident, and other types of evidence to prove fault.

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IL injury attorneyWhile some surgeries are riskier than others, there are risks associated with every surgical procedure. Even a routine, minimally-invasive surgery may result in a patient’s serious injury or death. In some cases, a patient’s operating room death is unavoidable. He or she may have had an adverse reaction to anesthesia or suffered from an unknown medical problem that leads to a fatal complication during surgery. However, some deaths are directly linked to the negligent or misinformed actions of the surgeon or surgical staff. If your loved one passed away during surgery, you may question the true cause of your loved one’s death.

How Do I Know If The Death Was Caused by Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice claims are personal injury claims that are brought against negligent medical professionals or medical facilities. The standard that is typically used to determine if a medical professional’s conduct was negligent is the “medical standard of care.” The medical standard of care refers to the type of care that a reasonable medical professional with similar qualifications would have performed under similar circumstances. Examples of surgical errors that may cause or contribute to a patient’s wrongful death include:

  • Administering an inappropriate amount of anesthesia medication
  • Cutting or severing an artery or vein
  • Performing a surgical procedure that was unnecessary
  • Using surgical techniques or procedures that are unreasonably risky
  • Using incorrect surgical methods

How a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Can Benefit Surviving Loved Ones

If your loved one has passed away and you suspect that a surgical mistake contributed to his or her death, you may wonder how a lawsuit will benefit you and your family. Money cannot bring back your loved one, but it can provide important financial relief and hold the negligent party responsible for the mistake. Though a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation for your loved one’s medical bills, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and your own losses resulting from the untimely death. You may receive compensation for the loss of your loved one’s income and employment benefits as well as the loss of his or her companionship, guidance, or affection.

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IL injury lawyerThe brain is responsible for everything from problem-solving to motor functions. When the brain is damaged in an accident, the injured person may deal with significant cognitive, emotional, and physical symptoms. Concussions are the mildest form of traumatic brain injury, but a concussion can still cause considerable suffering. The symptoms associated with a concussion may be especially debilitating if the sufferer develops post-concussion syndrome.

How Do Concussions Occur?

Concussions can be caused by slip and fall accidents, car accidents, construction accidents, physical violence, and other situations in which the brain is damaged. Often, a concussion occurs when an individual’s brain strikes the inside of his or her skull because of a sudden acceleration or deceleration. Many people who suffer a concussion do not even realize it at the time of their accident. It is only after they begin developing symptoms that they realize something is seriously wrong. A concussion can cause symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurry vision

Cognitive symptoms such as memory loss, inability to concentrate, and even personality changes can also be caused by a concussion.

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