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Getting The Full Story After A Life-Changing Injury Or Devastating Loss Affects Your Family

We know that your whole life takes a turn when a loved one is seriously injured or dead. Nothing can undo what has been done. What can help is understanding what happened. We can help you get the full story.

At Zane D. Smith & Associates, Ltd., in Chicago, we are dedicated to getting to the facts and then using these facts to get you and your family the treatments, ongoing medical care or financial compensation you need to move forward. Call us at 312-245-0031. Your phone call and any meetings with our team are always free of charge.

What Is A Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is one that is utterly debilitating. It is a serious injury that not only forever changes the life of the injured person, but also affects every member of their family. Catastrophic injuries typically affect the spinal cord, brain or internal organs. They affect cognition and mobility and therefore need ongoing or lifelong care, an extensive series of treatments and rehabilitation, surgery or surgeries. These injuries commonly result in permanent disfigurement or disability.

We are trial attorneys who have over 50 years of combined legal experience. As attorneys with decades of personal injury experience, we are prepared for even the most complex case. We are often the firm clients turn to when they have been turned away from other attorneys.

Types Of Catastrophic Injuries

There are many ways a person can suffer a debilitating and catastrophic injury. If you are unsure, it is best to call and have your case reviewed by our personal injury law team. Semi truck and motorcycle accidents can leave the driver or passenger with severe injuries.

In general, catastrophic injuries are:

  • Severe injuries to the head that affect cognition, vision or hearing
  • Spinal cord injuries that affects the ability to move the arms and leg
  • Amputations or significant injury to the arms or legs
  • Burns that cover a large area of the body
  • Internal injuries that affect digestion and daily functioning
  • Loss of oxygen to the brain that affects thinking

These types of injuries cause intense and prolonged suffering. They also require expensive ongoing and often lifelong care. As attorneys who handle a significant number of personal injury law cases, we have the broad base of knowledge needed.

What Is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is when a family member or loved one dies in an event that was preventable. Usually, a person or a company was reckless or careless and this caused the death. In some cases, if the action was intentional, this can also be pursued as a wrongful death claim. In Illinois, only certain people can bring about a wrongful death claim. These people are the spouse, the child or the court-appointed personal representative of the person who died. Every case is different. If you lost a loved one, call our injury law team and speak with us about what happened. Your meeting with us to find out if you have a case is free.

Why Hiring An Attorney Makes A Difference

You want the facts of what happened. As a team with the necessary resources, we are able to thoroughly investigate the incident. We will also look into the real costs of the necessary care and treatment. We will use experts to determine what the actual loss in wages, employment or opportunities are. We will negotiate for a fair settlement. In the event that the other party will not commit to an acceptable number, we will move forward to trial. In many cases, over 95% of cases by most estimates, the other party will seek to negotiate instead of having what happened go public in a court case.

We Want To Hear Your Story

It is normal to have questions about what to do after a serious injury or loss of a loved one in an accident. We are here to help you move forward. Our team at Zane D. Smith & Associates, Ltd., is ready to listen to what happened, and let you know your options and how we can help. Call and set up a time to meet with us at 312-245-0031. We can also help you in Spanish and Russian. Not able to call but have a quick question or want to schedule a meeting? Use our online contact form. We are located just steps from the courthouse. Your injury case consultation with us is always 100% free. Serving the entire Chicago area and surrounding communities.