Types of Injuries

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If you were injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence or misconduct, you have the right to pursue full and fair money damages to compensate you for the cost of medical care, lost earnings, pain and other financial damages. If your accident or injury occurred in the Greater Chicago area, call Zayed Law Offices. We fight to protect the rights of people who have suffered injury and loss because of negligence. We offer a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your case and evaluate your options for pursuing compensation from the insurance company or the negligent party. We have an excellent record of recovering significant money damages in settlements and jury verdicts.

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We pay for the cost of investigating and preparing your case. When you retain us to represent you, we will explain our contingency fee service. You will pay no attorney’s fees for our services until you accept a settlement check or money handed down in a jury verdict. If you have been offered a settlement check, it makes sense to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer before accepting the money. It will cost you nothing to see us before you sign.

We have extensive experience representing victims of negligence in injury cases, involving:

Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury is a blow, jolt, or bump to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Research shows that falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries for all ages.

According to statistics, approximately 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries annually. The amount of people who experience life-long disability as the result of a traumatic brain injury is about 3.1 million, nearly double the annual rate. Roughly 52,000 people will die from a traumatic brain injury, which also accounts for a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States.

People who experience traumatic brain injuries may complain of constant headaches or neck pain. They will also have difficulty remembering, concentrating or making decisions. Brain injuries may affect a person’s cognitive abilities, including their learning and thinking skills.

Broken Bones

Broken bones can result from various situations such a car collision or even falling. Other causes can include direct blows to extremities or repetitive strain being place on a limb, such as those caused by running. Excessive force from running can cause stress fractures on one’s feet, ankles, tibia and even hips. A common symptom of a broken bone is when it is visibly out of place, swollen, bruised, or bleeding. One will also notice the limited mobility to move on the broken limb.

Burns

A burn is a scary injury that can have long lasting effects. There are four types of burns, ranging from least severe to most severe.

First Degree: First degree burns are minor burns that affect only the outer layer of the skin. These minor burns can cause redness and pain, with an estimated healing time of several days to a week. A prime example of a first degree burn is sunburn.

Second Degree: Second degree burns are also minor burns that affect the second layer of the skin. Similar to first degree burns, these burns can cause redness, pain, and swelling. Second degree burns can leave more severe (marks), such as blisters and scarring, that result in more severe pain.

Third Degree: Third degree burns are burns that reach the fat layer of the skin beneath the dermis. The skin can appear leathery, stiff, waxy, white or even tan. Third degree burns can destroy nerves, which also causes numbness throughout the body.

Fourth Degree: Fourth degree burns are the most severe form of burns that affect muscle tissues and bones. These burns are extremely noticeable since the skin will appear black or charred. Like third degree burns, these burns can result in severe nerve damage, which can cause the victim to feel no pain at all.

Paralysis

Paralysis is the inability to move one or more muscles, which can be associated with the loss of feeling and other bodily functions. Paralysis can be a result of severe injuries such as strokes, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even multiple sclerosis.

A major symptom of paralysis is the sudden loss of feeling which can occur during strokes or spinal cord injuries. These symptoms should signal a medical emergency and the victim (patient) should seek immediate medical attention.

There are four terms associated with paralysis: monoplegia, hemiplegia, paraplegia, and tetraplegia.

Monoplegia: Occurs when only one limb is paralyzed;

Hemiplegia: Occurs when the arm and leg on one side of the body is paralyzed;

Paraplegia: Occurs when both legs and some area of the lower body is paralyzed; and

Tetraplegia: Occurs when both arms and legs are paralyzed.

Whiplash

Whiplash is a common injury associated with car accidents. Whiplash occurs when your head is snapped forward and backward simultaneously, even while wearing a seatbelt. Whiplash can be caused by car accidents and even roller coasters.

Whiplash injuries do not always occur in high speed collisions. Surprisingly, most whiplash injuries occur at speeds lower than 12mph. The severity of whiplash is caused by the acceleration to the occupant’s head upon impact. For example, a 5mph crash typically produces about 10-12 g of acceleration to the occupant’s head, an equivalence of 25-30 g in 12mph crashes.

Pain and stiffness in your neck can arise as a result from a whiplash injury. Nearly half of all chronic neck pain in America is due to car crashes, mostly low speed rear impact collisions. In addition to neck pain you may also feel discomfort around your head, chest, shoulders and arms.

Adjusting your headrests to ensure they are properly positioned is an essential precaution to utilize. Headrests reduce the severity of neck pain experienced in car accidents.

Call an Experienced Chicago Injury Lawyer

From offices in Chicago and Joliet, Illinois, Zayed Law Offices represents clients in communities throughout the Greater Chicago area. Call us at 855.726.1616 or contact our office by e-mail to arrange a consultation to discuss your personal injury matter with no obligations. Your consultation is completely free of charge. When you work with our firm, you will not incur any attorney’s fees unless we obtain a financial settlement for your case.