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If you’ve been in a car accident and walked away unharmed, consider yourself lucky. Our Chicago car accident injury lawyers know that many automobile crashes result in serious injuries. Dealing with the aftermath can be difficult. Accident-related injuries may result in ambulance and emergency room fees, medical bills and an inability to return to work. Your injuries may lead to long-term physical rehabilitation, future medical care and future lost wages.

If you’re worried and facing an uncertain future after an injury in a car accident, call us. We will listen to you and discuss your options, free of charge. Deratany & Kosner understands that determining the long-term cost of your accident can be difficult when facing serious injuries. You shouldn’t simply accept what the at-fault party’s insurance company tells you.

Car accident-related injuries can cover a wide range, and it’s not easy to determine the long-term financial impact of such injuries. It requires extensive investigation and consultation with experts in the medical field as well as other experts who can fully evaluate your claim. One thing is certain. A Chicago car wreck can turn your life upside-down, whether you have a serious concussion from a rear-end crash, broken bones from a broad-side collision, or your loved one suffered paralysis in a head-on accident.

Learn more about the following types of common car accident injuries below. For more information or a free case evaluation, contact Deratany & Kosner today at 800-529-7285.

Concussions and Other Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is not like any other injury sustained in a Chicago car accident. Sadly, because many of the symptoms of “mild” to “moderate” traumatic brain injury are subtle, and because the injury commonly avoids detection on our most sophisticated hospital imaging equipment, it is common for victims to go undiagnosed. This is especially so in the emergency room.

Due to the invisible nature of the injury, victims of traumatic brain injury only rarely receive prompt treatment for their physical and cognitive impairment. Not uncommonly, victims’ early medical charts are devoid of any mention of “head injury” or “cognitive impairment.” It is only later, if lucky, that a health care professional validates the victims’ injury, and treatment finally ensues.

As with most misunderstood injuries, society and “old school” health care practitioners, are apt to label the TBI victim a malingerer, or worse. Because victims of traumatic brain injury appear outwardly just as they did before the injury, it should come as no surprise that many victims describe their post-injury experience as including progressive social isolation together with alienation from even immediate family.

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Broken Bones and Fractures

Broken bones and fractures are among the most common injuries sustained in Chicago car wrecks. But when you’re trying to live your life with a broken arm, leg or fractured ribs, nothing feels “normal” about such injuries sustained in an Illinois rear-end, T-bone or intersection collision. That’s because a bone break or fracture can lead to serious long-term complications that may require physical therapy and multiple surgeries to correct. Insurance companies may try to argue the broken bone has little impact on your life, but our attorneys know how to gather evidence and present expert testimony to show the full extent of the injury.

Bone breaks and fractures can be categorized in the following ways:

  • Complete fracture: When the force of an accident causes a complete break in the continuity of a bone.
  • Incomplete fracture: When a bone buckles or ruptures, but does not completely break. Children are especially at risk of sustaining an incomplete fracture in an accident due to the softness of their bones.
  • Compound fracture: When the force and impact of an accident causes a broken bone to protrude through the skin. This type of fracture is oftentimes particularly difficult to treat by doctors.
  • Stress fracture: Also known as a hairline fracture, these small cracks in the bone may go unnoticed until weeks or months after an accident.

Because some bone breaks may be difficult to detect after an accident, it is critical for accident victims to seek medical attention immediately. We encourage people injured in accidents not to take their treatment lightly. Follow doctor’s orders. Keep notes about your pain and the impact the injury has on your life. Insurance companies may try to downplay the extent of your injuries after an accident. If you don’t take the injury seriously, you send a message to the insurance company that the injury is “no big deal.” You may get less compensation than you deserve.

Deratany & Kosner understands how insurance companies attempt to delay or deny claims after an accident. We’re driven by our passion for advocacy. We’re committed to serving the legal needs of our clients. We urge car accident victims to seek medical attention first, then contact an experienced attorney who can obtain medical records and other information necessary to prove your injuries to insurance companies.

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Injuries to the Spine, Back or Neck

Spinal cord damage that leads to function loss is called a spinal cord injury (SCI). Loss of mobility or feeling and other physiological complications, such as paralysis or quadriplegia, can accompany an SCI.

Traumatic impact from a motor vehicle crash is one of the leading causes of an SCI. Other common causes of spinal cord injuries include construction accidents, sporting accidents, fall accidents, and other traumatic accidents. The spinal cord doesn’t have to be severed for loss of mobility or other functions to occur. Many people with an SCI have a spinal cord that is intact but there has been damage to the spine or the vertebrae around it.

The most common types of spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are compression (a result of pressure on the spinal cord) and contusion (spinal cord bruising). Other kinds of injuries to the spinal cord include central cord syndrome-where specific damage occurs to the corticospinal tracts that are located in the spinal cord’s cervical region-and lacerations-involving the tearing or severing of nerve fibers, which can occur, for example, from a gunshot wound.

Loss of sensation and reflex function below the injury point (affecting bowel and bladder control or breathing) and paralysis (the loss of the ability to control the muscles and voluntary movement) can be caused by severe SCI. Muscle spasms, sensitivity or pain to stimuli, and sexual dysfunction can arise, and bedsores, bladder infections, lung infections, and other secondary medical problems may also result.

In representing spinal injury victims, our attorneys keep in mind that medical technologies and adaptive technologies are evolving. Supplies and equipment for those who have spinal cord impairment are improving, and any settlement or verdict must take into account a budget which permits or makes funds available in the future to cover the cost of technologically improved medical equipment.

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Internal Organ Damage

Some car accident injuries are not obvious immediately following an accident. You may not notice any visible signs of injury. You may feel minor pain in your abdomen, chest or back, but anticipate being able to “shake it off” within a few days without seeing a doctor.

Car accident victims who take a “tough it out” attitude may be making a grave mistake. They may be experiencing a serious and potentially fatal internal injury.

Internal organ injuries are among the most serious type of car accident injury cases handled by any Chicago car accident injury lawyer. In some instances, organ damage after an accident may be apparent, with accident victims going into shock shortly after the crash. Other times, internal bleeding may not become obvious until weeks or months later.

Our firm urges all accident victims to seek medical help immediately following a car crash. The following internal organs are at high risk of suffering trauma due to the force and impact of head-on collisions, T-bone accidents and other types of car accidents common on Illinois roads and highways:

  • Liver
  • Spleen
  • Stomach
  • Pancreas

An accident victim may go into shock – when the body begin to shut down as a result of blood loss or significant damage to the nervous system – after an accident. Common signs of shock include shallow breathing, weak or rapid pulse, paleness, confusion and clammy skin. Shock that leads to death may be the grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

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