Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries may have devastating consequences. If you or someone close to you has sustained this type of harm in an accident that was not your fault, we can help. The experienced Chicago spinal cord injury lawyers at Kurasch & Klein understand that each case is unique and will require a legal strategy that is tailored to your circumstances. You can trust us to thoroughly investigate the facts of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. Our firm also offers services in Polish and Spanish for the convenience of our clients.Pursuing Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury in Illinois
The Mayo Clinic estimates that about 11,000 Americans suffer traumatic spinal cord injuries each year. Traffic accidents and slip and falls are the leading causes of these devastating events. The spinal cord is a collection of nerves that run though the spinal column, connecting the brain to the rest of the body. Spinal cord injuries range from whiplash to serious nerve impairment. In the most severe cases, they may even lead to paraplegia, which is a complete paralysis of the lower limbs and typically the lower torso, or quadriplegia, which is a complete paralysis of all four limbs below the neck.
If your spinal cord injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your harm. Negligence is a failure to exercise reasonable care in one’s actions or omissions. Reasonable care refers to how a prudent person would act in the same or similar circumstances. For example, a driver using reasonable care would not run red lights or drive while intoxicated, understanding the risk of accidents and injuries associated with such behavior. A business owner like a grocery store or restaurant would take steps to inspect their premises for spills so that customers are not unnecessarily hurt.
In order to win on a negligence claim, a plaintiff is required to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care, the defendant breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff, and the plaintiff’s harm was proximately caused by the defendant’s breach. Proximate causation refers to any cause that in the natural or ordinary course of events resulted in the plaintiff’s injuries. It is essentially an inquiry into whether the accident was a foreseeable result of the defendant’s carelessness. If negligence is established, an injured person may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, property damage, lost income and benefits, pain and suffering, and more.Protect Your Rights by Retaining a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer in Chicago
If you or someone you know has sustained a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence, it is important to seek the help of a Chicago spinal cord injury attorney. While no amount of money can undo the harm that you have suffered, compensation may help ease the burden of medical expenses and other bills that may quickly pile up after an accident. Attorneys Kurasch & Klein also represent victims in Naperville, Wheaton, Schaumburg, and communities throughout Cook County. You can contact us online or call us at 312-372-7250 to set up a free consultation with a car accident lawyer or seek assistance with another personal injury claim.