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Broken Bones Can Result in Thousands of Dollars in Losses

Broken Bones are a Common Result of Accidents

Accidents, like slip and fall incidents or a motor vehicle collision, often result in many different types of injuries; one of the most common injuries caused in an accident are broken bones. Although broken bones are relatively common, especially among daredevil youth, they can be a very serious injury. Serious fractures can end up costing accident victims thousands of dollars in treatment and lost wages and should not be dismissed as minor injuries.

Symptoms of a Broken Bone

Broken bones commonly occur in traffic accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Symptoms of a broken bone can include:

  • Severe pain
  • Deformity, such as the broken limb appearing to be out of place
  • Swelling, bruising, tenderness, numbness, or a tingling sensation around the injury, or
  • Difficulty or pain when moving a limb.

Broken bones can range from stress fractures, which are tiny cracks in the bone, to more serious fractures where the bone is actually cracked and moves apart during an accident or fall. The worst bone breaks are known as compound fractures, where the bone breaks into two or more pieces and one or more of the pieces punctures the skin and is exposed. This poses a risk of infection, and also presents serious issues for reconstruction and setting of the break so that the bone can mend as closely as possible to its original position.

Any fracture requires immediate medical care. X-rays will determine whether you have broken a bone and whether you need a cast or a splint to treat the fracture. It is also possible that surgery will be necessary, depending upon the location and severity of the break. Pins, screws, or other measures might be required to stabilize the fracture. As a result, compound and other complex fractures are the most difficult and expensive to treat.

Broken Bones Are Common in Accidents

Fractures are among the most common of orthopedic injuries, with roughly seven million people suffering bone fractures in the United States every year. The average adult in the United States suffers two bone fractures in their lifetime. Extremity fractures are the most common, usually suffered by men under 45 years old, or women over 45 years old. For women, this is due to osteoporosis, a reduction in bone density commonly found in older women.

How much will a broken bone cost me?

Even if you have health insurance, a relatively simple procedure involving a broken bone can get pretty pricey. Adding up charges for an emergency room visit, doctor’s fees, lab fees, x-rays, fees for follow-up care, braces, slings, bandages, splints, casts, clinic visits, CT scans, and other procedures—can quickly push the costs over $10,000. Physical therapy, if necessary, can also add significant costs. Treatments for any nerve damage or other complications, such as muscle damage, also will escalate the cost. Depending upon your insurance policy, there is no guarantee that all—or even most—of these costs will be covered.

With medical costs constantly on the rise, any injury in an accident may wind up costing far more than you expect. Broken bones are no exception. Even with health insurance, a broken bone can be very expensive. Without health insurance, the costs of a broken leg can reach into many thousands of dollars

  • If you don’t have health insurance, treatment for a broken leg generally can be as much as $2,500 or more just for a break that calls for a cast. That can include an average of more than $200 for an x-ray – although that can cost as much as $1,000 – about $225 for a cast, and as much as $1,000 for the doctor’s fee, in addition to up to $200 for an office visit fee. Fees can vary depending upon where you are and what prevailing health-care costs are in your region.
  • If you suffer a broken leg that requires surgical treatment and you do not have health insurance, surgical treatment of a broken leg typically costs $17,000 to $35,000 or more.
  • If you have health insurance, a broken leg generally would be covered, but you remain responsible for copayments and coinsurance. These can amount to thousands of dollars, especially if your deductibles or yearly out-of-pocket maximums are high, as is common with many plans purchased on the Healthcare Exchange.

The Cost of a Broken Arm

A broken arm from an accident is no less expensive, even though out of all broken bone injuries, a broken arm is relatively common. Here’s what a broken arm costs in the United States:

  • If you have no health insurance, the diagnosis and treatment for a broken arm that does not require surgery generally runs up to $2,500 or more.
  • If surgery is required, without health insurance a broken arm generally costs about $16,000 or more.
  • While a broken arm normally would be covered by health insurance, for someone on a health insurance policy through the Healthcare Exchange, deductibles could be more than $5,000, meaning you will wind up being responsible for the full costs yourself.

In addition, whether a broken bone is a compound fracture and protrudes through the skin is a major factor in how much it costs to treat a fracture. Compound fractures can be considerably more expensive to treat.

Arms and Legs aren’t the Only Broken Bones

Broken Bones Can Result in Thousands of Dollars in LossesWhen we speak of a broken bone after an accident, the first thing that comes to mind is probably something like a person with their arm in a cast. But other bones in the human body can break too. In fact, if it’s a bone, it can probably break or fracture during a serious accident, like a car accident.

For example, a person may break a rib during an accident; or they may have their foot crushed, causing multiple bones in their foot to break or fracture at once. Someone may also break a bone in their back or neck, which causes its own unique issues and treatments, but nonetheless, is a broken bone.

The point is, insurance companies don’t always take broken bones seriously, since a broken arm or leg can be quite common in daily life. But these types of injuries have the potential to be very serious, and should be treated as so.

Broken Bones are Serious, Contact an Experienced Chicago Injury Lawyer

If you suffer a broken bone in an accident involving another party, whether in a traffic accident or an accident on someone else’s property, the other party may be legally liable for your damages. Regardless of what your insurance does or does not cover, you might be able to recover damages from the other driver or property owner, or from that person’s insurance carrier.

It is important to explore your legal options to obtaining compensation for your injuries. There is no reason for you to bear all the expenses yourself if another party was responsible. In addition, the law imposes deadlines on the amount of time you have to bring a legal claim for compensation after an accident. Don’t delay—contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure you don’t lose important legal rights.

If You Have Been Injured in an Accident in the Chicago area, Contact the Attorneys of Abels & Annes

If you have been injured in an accident, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your rights. The attorneys of Abels & Annes are here to help you following an accident. You can reach us at (312) 924-7575 or through our website.

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Remember to Discuss Pool Safety with Your Children

With Memorial Day bringing the unofficial start of summer, pools will be opening across the Chicagoland area. Whether you visit a public pool, a country club, or have a pool right in your own backyard, you should always remember that with the fun and recreation of swimming also comes a risk of injury and drowning accidents. Now is a good time to review swimming pool safety tips with your children and to remind yourself how to recognize possible hazards in and around pools to help prevent accidents.

Never Swim Unattended

First and foremost, your children should know never to swim alone. They should always have the supervision of an adult or lifeguard. As they get older, they should always swim with another friend who can call for help if something happens.

Pool Safety Enclosures

Pool owners should also always meet safety requirements to ensure that small children cannot wander into the pool area on their own. This includes having a barrier around the pool area with no gaps or holes, as well as a gate with a locking mechanism that is too high for a small child to reach. If you have a pool in your backyard, make sure the enclosure also prevents children from accessing the pool from inside your own house, as this is a common cause of accidents. If a pool owner does not take the necessary precautions to prevent children from falling into the pool unattended, they may be held liable if an accident does occur.

Follow all Rules and Warnings

Your children should be aware that each swimming pool is different and may have different rules to follow and warnings to heed. Common rules and warnings to emphasize include:

  • No diving in certain areas
  • Shallow end and deep end markers
  • No running
  • No lifeguard on duty
  • No glass in pool area

The only way for patrons to know which rules and warnings apply to a certain pool area is for the property owner to post the necessary signs. Owners should post highly visible and easy-to-read signage around the pool area to make sure everyone knows the proper safety conduct and how to safely behave at that particular pool. Make sure to read all the applicable pool rules to children not old enough to read. Failing to post the proper warnings may be considered to be negligent if someone gets hurt because they didn’t know the safety rules.

Stay Away From Drains

If a pool owner complies with all safety requirements set out by federal law, they should have the proper covers on every pool and hot tub drain. If properly covered, a pool drain does not pose an inherent threat to swimmers. However, it is hard for the average swimmer to tell whether drain covers are in compliance and the cover may not be completely safe. For this reason, it can be wise to warn your children to steer clear of drains whenever possible.

Non-compliant drain covers have the potential to cause serious and often fatal injuries. If the cover is not safe, it can suction a person – especially a small child – to the drain. The person can then be stuck under water to the point of drowning and evisceration can even occur. Pool and hot tub drain accidents can be extremely traumatic as a result and every pool owner should ensure that their drains are safe and in full compliance with safety laws.

Alert an Adult if Something Is Wrong

There are many, many other hazards that a swimmer may encounter that could pose the risk of harm. Your child should know to inform a lifeguard or adult if they notice anything out of the ordinary while they are in the pool area so that a potential hazard can be addressed immediately. Common hazards to report include:

  • Sharp edges of the pool that may prevent someone from holding on
  • Sharpness on the bottom of the pool that may prevent a swimmer from putting their feet down
  • Objects or tools left on the pool deck that could cause someone to trip and fall into the pool
  • Broken ladders or diving boards that may cause someone to fall in

These are only a few examples of potentially harmful conditions that should be rectified as soon as possible, or the pool owner may be held liable for any injuries that result.

What if a Pool Accident Happens?

If a pool accident happens and you or your child suffer injuries, an attorney can help you determine whether the accident happened due to the negligence of the pool owner. If so, you may have the right to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other accident-related losses. You should always have a premises liability lawyer handle every aspect of your property insurance claim or your personal injury lawsuit, if litigation is necessary.

In the event of a tragic pool accident, you need a law firm that regularly handles wrongful death claims in Illinois. Wrongful death laws dictate who can file a claim and what damages may be obtained. Our attorneys understand how difficult it is to unexpectedly lose a loved one. We handle this type of claim with compassion and commitment so that you can focus on your own recovery.

Personal injury and wrongful death claims can provide important compensation for you and your family after a swimming pool accident. However, you do not have an infinite amount of time to file a claim and your rights to compensation do not persist indefinitely. Instead, Illinois has strict statutes of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death cases. You should not wait to have an attorney evaluate your situation to advise you of your legal rights and the best course of action in your case.

Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney for Help Today

At the law firm of Abels & Annes, PC, we hope everyone in Chicago has a safe and enjoyable summer. However, in the event of an accident or injury, we are here to help. Our personal injury lawyers handle a wide range of cases and can evaluate your situation and advise you of your legal options. Please feel free to contact our office online or call 312-924-7575 to schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our legal team.

6 Things NOT to Do after a Chicago Bicycle Accident

According to the U.S. Census Bureau,1 the percentage of people who bike to work in Chicago increased from .5 percent to 1.3 percent between 2000 and 2010. Getting to work is just one reason to ride a bike, however, and people throughout the area ride a bike for recreation and exercise as well. As a result, there are thousands of bicyclists riding throughout the area at any given moment.

While the health, financial, and environmental benefits of bicycling are undeniable, riding a bike also puts you at risk of involvement in accidents that can cause serious injuries, including TBIs,2 broken bones, and serious tendon and ligament strains and tears.

The things that you say and do after an accident can have an impact on your ability to recover compensation. Here are three things you should NOT do after involvement in a bicycle accident in the Chicago area.

Apologize

In life, it is often appropriate to apologize even if something is not your fault. For example, if someone bumps into you on the train or grocery store, it may be reflexive for you to say “I’m sorry” or “pardon me.” While this is certainly considered polite by many people, apologizing after an accident can be viewed as an admission of fault and should be avoided.

Police Report

Once in a while, we will hear about a driver trying to convince an injured biker to not file a police report. This is a bad idea. Contact the police and let them investigate and prepare a report. If a report is not made, it’s very easy for a defendant to later change his or her story or to even deny involvement in the accident.

Injury Lawyer

Don’t fail to contact an experienced bike accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. So many things can go wrong when trying to handle a claim on your own. It’s so easy to be taken advantage of, and often unrepresented accident victims unknowingly damage their own case. You certainly don’t have to use the services of an injury law firm, but you might as well call for a free consultation and learn how they can help. Click here to learn more.

Written or Recorded Statement

While the defendant’s insurance adjuster might sound very convincing, you are not required to give a written or recorded statement. Giving a statement is not recommended. These statements can later be used against an injured bicyclist. If the insurance carrier continues to demand a statement, contact an experienced injury lawyer for guidance. If you’ve filed a claim with your own insurance carrier, while they are entitled to a statement, it is not recommended that you do so without first obtaining the guidance of counsel.

Social Media

If you are active on social media, involvement in an accident may certainly seem like a post-worthy event. It is important to keep in mind, however, that insurance companies can use the things that you post on social media as evidence. For instance, if you post a picture of yourself out with friends shortly after the accident, it could be used as evidence that your injuries are not as serious you are claiming.

Accept a Settlement Offer Before Speaking to an Attorney

After an accident, you may be contacted by the at-fault party or his or her insurance with a settlement offer that seems reasonable. It is important to understand that once you accept a settlement, you will be unable to bring a claim to recover compensation later. For this reason, you should make sure that any settlement you accept is sufficient by discussing your situation with an attorney.

Call Abels & Annes, P.C. Today to Speak with a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident, it is highly advisable to speak to an attorney as soon as you can. In many cases, victims are able to recover compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. To discuss your case with a Chicago injury attorney, call our office today at 312-924-7575 or contact us online.

Avoid Being A Car Accident Victim

There are many challenges on the road today, and since you definitely want to avoid being a car accident victim, you need to be aware of all potential hazards. This post will look at articles that provide background on various types of auto accidents and what to expect on the road.

5 Recent Car Accident Victim Posts 10 Disturbing Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

Drunk driving is a major contributor to auto accidents in the U.S. This article provides drunk driving accident statistics that we all should be aware of. Here is a sample:

  1. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010.
  2. One in every 7 drivers killed in a drunk driving accident in 2008 was under the age of 21 (and thus not even old enough to drink).
  3. Drunk driving accidents cost the U.S. $132 billion a year and cost each adult in the U.S. almost $500 per year.
  4. 211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2010. Out of those deaths, well over half of these young car accident victims were riding with the drunk driver.
  5. Over 70% of drunken driving fatalities occurred at night

Lack of Turn Signal Use Poses Threat to Motorists

This post highlights a largely unnoticed threat to drivers and pedestrians. This threat is the national under-usage of vehicle turn signals, which could be causing as many as 2,000,000 car accidents annually. Prevention is pretty simple: All the motorist needs to do is flick on the turn signal! Awareness of this issue is one of the keys to avoiding more accidents. The article notes that it would be wise for motorists, law enforcement agencies, and car manufacturers alike to work together to improve this problem.

Distraction While Driving: A Major Cause of Road Accidents

Driving is a skill that requires our full attention to stay safe on the road. Texting, talking, eating, grooming, drinking, operating a navigation system, and many more distractions turn thousands of drivers into car accident victims every year. This post explores distraction and its role in road accidents in more depth.

Hit And Run Accidents: What To Do

Being a car accident victim is bad enough, but sometimes the driver will vanish from the scene, leaving an injured person to fend for themselves. This post discusses the tragic phenomena and what you should do if you are a victim of a hit-and-run accident.

Danger on the Road: Uninsured Drivers

Uninsured drivers are a wildcard that can set you back both physically and financially. An accident involving an uninsured driver can leave you without compensation for injuries, lost wages, and suffering. The threat is real: The percentage of uninsured drivers right now is 13.8%, which means that approximately 1 in 7 American drivers are currently uninsured! This post explores what makes them a threat and ways to maximize your protection.

Legal Assistance Can Help

Hiring a lawyer is a good idea in any of these instances. Auburn University cooperative extension notes that, “Basic car insurance policies, especially liability only ones, may not automatically cover any legal expenses you incur when filing a claim against another driver. It may also not give you automatic access to the insurance company’s attorneys. Subsequently, you may need to retain your own attorney in order to file a damages claim.”

If you are a recent car accident victim, contact Abels and Annes, P.C. and request a Free Case Consultation or call (312) 924-7575 to speak with a lawyer today.

Bounce Houses Equal Party Fun But Fail To Keep Kids Safe

Recent research has found that inflatable bounce houses, which are more popular than ever at children’s parties, fail to keep kids safe. According to NPR, 30 U.S. children a day are treated in emergency rooms for broken bones, sprains, cuts and concussions from bounce house accidents.

Bounce Houses Often Do Not Keep Kids Safe: Notable Findings

In a study published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and his colleagues found the following startling information on bounce houses and kid’s injuries:

  • The number of children aged 17 and younger who got emergency-room treatment for bounce house injuries has climbed along with the popularity of bounce houses: from fewer than 1,000 injuries in 1995 to nearly 11,000 in 2010. That’s a 15-fold increase, and a doubling just since 2008.
  • Most injuries involve children falling inside or out of the inflated playthings.
  • Many children get hurt when they collide with other bouncing kids.
  • Kids often crowd into bounce houses, and jumping up and down can send other children flying into the air.
  • More than one-third of the injuries were to children aged 5 and younger.
  • While the study didn’t include deaths, some accidents were fatal. Separate data from the product safety commission confirms four bounce house deaths from 2003 to 2007, all involving children striking their heads on a hard surface.

To lead author Dr. Gary Smith, these findings were unexpected: “I was surprised by the number, especially by the rapid increase in the number of injuries.” With the rise in popularity of any product that stimulates activity it makes sense that injuries would also increase somewhat, but these numbers should be alarming to any parent with a young child.

However, there are several things that can be done to keep kids safe at parties:

  • Bounce houses should probably be supervised by trained operators.
  • Bouncers should be prohibited from doing flips and purposefully colliding with others.
  • Since it is recommended that children younger than 6 avoid full-size trampolines, barring kids that young from bounce houses also makes sense.
  • Do not overload bounce houses with too many kids.
  • Do not allow young children to bounce with much older, heavier kids or adults.

Recent Settlements

If your child has been hurt while using an inflatable bounce house, you may be able to bring a claim or lawsuit on the child’s behalf. The attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. have won settlements in this area many times. Here are a few examples:

  • $275,000 Premises Liability Settlement. Settled case against a building owner after a minor child sustained severe eye injuries when she was pushed into a defectively designed lock box on an apartment door.
  • $220,000 Chicago Auto Accident Settlement. Reached an uninsured motorist claim settlement for two minor children who were fatally injured in a north suburban car accident. The at fault driver was DUI and crossed the center line.
  • $85,000 Premises Liability Settlement. A child incurred a facial laceration from a small nail protruding from a couch in a local coffee shop.

Your ability to keep kids safe can be prevented by products like these bounce houses. However, Abels & Annes, P.C. has represented many hurt minors and their families, and we understand the importance of recovering compensation for their injuries. Serious injuries can require lifelong medical care and treatment, which can be extremely expensive for parents or guardians. We look to recover present and future costs when representing an injured minor.

If your child has been injured, request a Free Case Consultation or call (312) 924-7575 to speak with a lawyer now.

Dealing With Injuries To Areas Of The Spinal Cord

Injuries to areas of the spinal cord are typically caused by a sudden and severe impact to the spine, and can lead to life altering disabilities. These injuries can come from many sources, such as auto accidents, workplace accidents, and even slip and fall accidents.

Types Of Damage To Areas Of The Spinal Cord

The spinal cord consists of nerves that run down the spinal column from the brain to your lower back, delivering information that enables you to move and feel. When an injury occurs to the spinal cord, this vital information may no longer reach below the site of the injury, and the closer the injury is to the brain, the more areas of the body may be affected.

One wrong move can cause a number of major ailments:

  • Paralysis- The loss of the ability to move in part or most of the body, typically as a result of an injury to the neck. Paralysis can affect your legs, chest and arms.
  • Paraplegia- This is paralysis of the legs and lower body, typically caused an injury to your mid back.
  • Quadriplegia- Paralysis of all four limbs. Typical causes of this damage are trauma from accidents, diseases such as polio, or congenital disorders such as multiple sclerosis.

Furthermore, a spinal cord injury is referred to as either complete or incomplete:

  • Complete Injury: There is no feeling below the location of the injury.
  • Incomplete Injury: There is still some feeling or movement.

Recent Research On Injuries To Areas Of The Spinal Cord

There are several ways to treat injuries to areas of the spinal cord, the most common being management, surgery, steroid treatment, and rehabilitation. Each of these offer varying degrees of success, depending on the severity of the injury and the quality of care.

However, research is moving forward on new techniques to treat spinal cord injuries, and recently a new procedure has shown some success. This technique uses precisely timed nerve stimulation through the use of magnets. For patients with spinal cord injuries, this procedure has been shown to temporarily improve their ability to use their hands, according to recent spinal cord injury research.

The research was able to produce the following success:

  • Increases in the amount of force patients could exert with a finger for up to 85 minutes
  • After stimulation, patients could also complete a dexterity task more quickly than before

According to lead researcher Monica Perez, PhD, “Human electrophysiology can be a powerful tool for developing therapies,” Perez commented. “We need to explore new targets to improve rehabilitation strategies by taking advantage of our knowledge in human physiology and their mechanisms.”

Legal Action Produces A Different Kind Of Success

In many cases, spinal cord injuries are the fault of another party, whether they are the driver of a car or motorcycle, the seller of a malfunctioning product, or a the owner of hazardous property. When such a situation exists, the victim of a spinal cord injury may have a legal claim.

As an example of the types of settlements that can be achieved, the following recent cases related to injuries to areas of the spinal cord show major success, according to the Buffalo News:

  • Erie County government paid $7 million to settle a claim from a 39-year-old woman who suffered brain damage after she nearly drowned in a county-guarded swimming pool in August 2009.
  • A Williamsville man collected an eight-figure settlement after the construction accident left him paralyzed from the chest down after a construction accident in 2004.

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, request a Free Case Consultation or call (312) 924-7575 to speak with a lawyer now.

Injured In An Accident: Significant Case Settlements

For people injured in an accident where another party’s negligence was involved, relief is often only found in resolution of the case. Part of this resolution comes in the form of case settlements, which can ease the pain, stress, and uncertainty about the future.

The attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C., handle many cases involving various types of personal injury claims, such as car accidents, work injuries, slip & fall, nursing home abuse, and wrongful death cases. Millions of dollars have been recovered for clients and their families. The following are a few of the most notable recent settlements made by our law firm.

$175,000 and $83,105 Settlements With The CTA For Workers Injured In An AccidentTwo significant workers compensation cases were recently settled by the attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. against the Chicago Transit Authority.

  1. In the first case, our client was working on CTA tracks when she tripped and fell onto the third rail, sustaining burns to her upper extremities, right leg, and back. In addition to the $175,000 settlement, the claimant received over $95,000 in disability pay while off work. Further, her medical bills have been paid for.
  2. In a second case, a bus driver was injured in an accident while on the job. She sustained bilateral leg and back injuries. In addition to her $83,105 settlement, she received over $55,000 in disability pay while missing work. Her medical bills have also been paid for.

Injury Lawyers Settle Auto Claim

Abels & Annes, P.C. works on car accident cases on a regular basis. Recently, we resolved a claim out of court in which the plaintiff was injured when an inattentive driver caused a multiple car collision.

Our client was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend. As they approached an intersection, they signaled to turn left and came to a stop, waiting for traffic to clear. The vehicle behind the plaintiff came to a stop as well.

The defendant was driving two cars behind our client. He failed to slow and/or stop his vehicle and struck a vehicle in front of him, which in turn caused a collision with our client’s vehicle. The force of the collision was significant.

The Berwyn Police Department responded to the scene of the collision. After speaking with all parties, the responding officer determined the defendant was at fault for failing to reduce his speed to avoid a crash. The responding officer issued a citation for driving too fast for the conditions.

Following the collision, our client had an immediate onset of neck and back pain and sought treatment at Westlake Hospital’s Emergency Department. Her x-rays revealed straightening of the normal cerical lordosis of her spine. Due to excruciating pain and tenderness in her abdomen, doctors ordered an emergency CT scan of her pelvis, which was negative. She was prescribed pain medication and was diagnosed with neck and back sprain and strain. She was instructed to seek follow up medical care and was discharged.

Unfortunately, her pain did not subside. She sought follow up treatment from a doctor a week after the accident to address the following symptoms:

  • Sharp pains in her neck and back
  • Headaches and pain between her shoulder blades
  • Significant pain, preventing sleep
  • Inability to sit or stand for more than a few minutes without pain and discomfort
  • Instances of entire back spasms, leading to serious pain

She was diagnosed with severe whiplash, muscle spasms, lumbar facet syndrome, and thoracic strain/sprain. Pain medication was prescribed and she was instructed to begin a course of therapy.

Pursuant to doctor’s instructions, she began a course of therapy to allow her to return to work with limited pain. She engaged in twenty (20) sessions and was discharged having reached maximum medical improvement.

The claim settled out of court for just over $18,500, saving our client the cost of litigation. Our office had also previously settled the claim of another passenger in the car for just over $7,200.

Injured In An Accident? Ask For A Free Work Injury Case Consultation

If you have suffered a work injury in Chicago, request a Free Work Injury Case Consultation or call (312) 924-7575 to speak with a work injury attorney now.

Metal Frontman Mitch Lucker Killed in Motorcycle Accident in O.C.

Mitch Lucker, frontman of the metal band ‘Suicide Silence’, died after a Halloween motorcycle accident in Orange County.

According to the LA Times, the 28 year old singer crashed around 8:55 p.m. Halloween evening while driving his black 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Lucker hit a light pole, flinging him from his bike, and his motorcycle kept going down the street, striking a Nissan pick-up truck. Lucker suffered fatal injuries from the crash, while nearby trick-or-treaters and those inside the vehicle avoided injury.

Mitch Lucker Motorcycle Accident in L.A.: A Common Tragedy

Riding a motorcycle can be as thrilling as it is dangerous. For so many riders, the two experiences are intertwined, and it seems that this was the case for Mitch Lucker. According to reporter Brittany Moseley, who recently spoke with Lucker for an upcoming piece about musicians who ride Harley-Davidsons, the singer had a fascination with the danger of motorcycle riding.

Lucker was asked what attracted him to motorcycles:

“The danger in it. Being a frontman in a band, you get addicted to adrenaline rushes. When you’re onstage, there’s not more of a rush. When I get home from touring, I need to find something to match that so I don’t get my adrenaline withdrawals. Being exposed to every element of danger while you’re sitting on a motor—that to me is freedom.”

The cause of the collision remains under investigation by Orange County Police, including whether alcohol was a factor.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycle accidents in America like the one suffered by Mitch Lucker happen all the time. While many precautions can be taken, anyone riding a motorcycle is exposing themselves to elevated levels of danger. One of the biggest dangers is other drivers. It can be impossible to avoid some accidents, but you can protect yourself and your physical and financial health after the fact in some ways.

For example, if the driver of an automobile negligently hits a motorcycle rider and an injury occurs, the at-fault driver is liable for the following:

  • Physical injuries
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of normal life
  • Property damage
  • Any other loss related to the collision

Seeking a personal injury lawyer is advisable in these situations. Our motorcycle accident injury lawyers often represent motorcycle riders who are injured in accidents caused by negligent drivers.

Motorcyclists have little protection and are sometimes traveling at high rates of speed, which can lead to a very serious accident. In 2008, motorcycle accidents accounted for only 1.2% of motor vehicle accidents in Illinois, but 13.4% of all the fatalities.

Injuries often include:

  • Damage to the neck & back
  • Death
  • Extreme bruising or road rash
  • Multiple broken bones
  • Traumatic head injuries

Even though Illinois is one of only three states that does not require helmets, it is highly recommend that you wear one while riding.

  • For example, the NHTSA estimated that in 2008, 1829 riders’ lives were saved by helmets.
  • While not wearing a helmet will not prevent recovery against a negligent party, it will often prevent serious head injury or death.
  • In 2009, 82% of the riders fatally injured in Illinois were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, request a Free Case Consultation or call (312) 924-7575 to speak with a lawyer now.

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How Long Does it Take to Settle a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

“How long does it take to settle a personal injury lawsuit?” This is a question almost every accident victim wants to know the answer to. Knowing how long your case may take is important, because most plaintiffs are undergoing challenging and costly treatments for the injuries they sustained during the traumatic accident. Therefore, along with putting the accident and legal matters behind them, receiving compensation to cover bills is foremost on the typical personal injury victim’s mind.

How Long Does It Take To Settle A Claim? There Are Many Variables.

The truth is that there are numerous variables that must be taken into account. Every case is unique and therefore it can be difficult to generalize a timetable.

For a much more accurate estimate, the best thing to do would be to contact a personal injury attorney and request a free personal injury consultation. This way you would have a much better idea about how your particular case would work.

Injuries and Medical Treatment is a major factor in a personal injury claim’s lifespan

  • The severity of the injury and the duration of time it would take to treat medically are major factors in determining the length of a personal injury case. It is important to allow plenty of time for a doctor to determine the extent of the patient’s injury and how permanent the injury is.
  • Furthermore, medical bills are not the only issue involved: Pain, suffering, lost income, and other issues are wrapped up in the package of damages for which a claimant seeks compensation. Before negotiating a settlement, it is critical that these factors have been assessed, which can take some time to determine.
  • This is an important point. Settling too soon can set you up for difficulties down the road. If you do so, you may be sacrificing money you’re entitled to in the future. A settlement is permanent, and once your case has settled, it cannot be opened again.

The Defendant’s Insurance Carrier can be significant. Some insurance carriers are better than others. Some can be reasonable, and some will remain unreasonable until the eve of trial.

The Insurance Adjuster assigned to your claim file can make a difference as well. Some adjusters move quickly, some are slow, some are fair, some are not.

Settling out of Court vs. Litigation. At some point the insurance company may make an offer to settle your case. When that occurs you will have to decide, with the assistance of counsel, whether to accept the offer or move forward with a lawsuit. I often tell my clients that I can only give them my best advice and make recommendations, but they are the boss. The plaintiff ultimately makes that decision as to whether to settle or move on to a courtroom setting. Going to court can often add significant value to your case, however litigation takes time and it can add years to your case.

There are so many factors involved in any personal injury case. If you are wondering how long it will it take to settle your case, you should contact an experienced Personal Injury attorney as soon as possible.

Free Personal Injury Lawyer Case Consultation

Hopefully this has shed some light on the question, “How long does it take to settle a personal injury case? While the answers clearly can vary, requesting a FREE Personal Injury Case Consultation or calling (312) 924-7575 can get you much more specific answers!