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What Happens When a Car Accident Leads to Lasting Disability?

 Posted on August 19, 2022 in Car Accidents

IL injury lawywerA car accident caused by a careless driver can change the entire course of your life in an instant. One second, you are driving along, maybe headed home from work or to the grocery store. Suddenly, you feel a tremendous impact - someone has crashed into you, hard. From that moment on, your life may be completely different. Tragically, quite a few people do sustain life-altering physical injuries in car accidents. It is something that no one should have to deal with, ever. If this is the situation you are in, there is help available. Our attorneys can fight for you to receive a settlement or award that fully compensates you for everything you have lost. Although no amount of money can make up for a life-altering injury, you deserve to be in the same financial position you were in before the accident - and then some.

Types of Injuries That Cause Permanent Disability

Injuries that lead to permanent loss of function tend to fall into one of three categories:

  • Traumatic brain injury - People who have suffered a traumatic brain injury often spend months or years in a hospital or rehabilitation facility recovering. Many will never be restored to the condition they were in before the crash. Loss of cognitive function, emotional regulation, or any of the other changes that can occur with a brain injury may prevent a person from functioning independently for the rest of their life.
  • Neck or spinal cord injury - These injuries can result in paralysis or severe chronic pain. A person with these injuries may never be able to care for themself and will require lifelong assistance in daily living.
  • Limb injuries - Losing a limb, or losing the ability to move or use a limb, can affect a person’s ability to perform their job duties or other activities of daily living.

The costs associated with both short and long-term care from these injuries are compensable.

What Other Compensation Can I Receive?

You can be compensated for both your economic damages, like your medical bills and your lost wages, as well as for non-economic damages, like your emotional harm. You can also be compensated for:

  • Loss of enjoyment in life
  • Lost future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Future care costs
  • Emotional damages
  • Disfigurement


The harm done to you may be difficult to quantify. How do you put a price on never being able to enjoy the activities you used to do again? You really cannot. But pursuing compensation can help you lead the best life possible going forward.

Call a Lake County Car Accident Attorney

Salvi & Maher, LLP is skilled at recovering compensation for those who are facing lasting disability as a result of a car accident. Our experienced Waukegan car accident lawyers will fight for you to receive the highest possible amount of compensation. Call 847-662-3303 to receive a free consultation.





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