Brain injuries can present a variety of symptoms and can impair victims in a number of ways. Obviously, there are people who suffer catastrophic brain injuries, which may cause the sufferer to experience massive cognitive impairments and delays. Many may never be able to work or care for themselves again. In addition to those injured people, however, there are those with less severe injuries, but those injuries can still have a major impact on the victim’s life. Because the brain is responsible for so many functions, even a mild or moderate injury can cause the sufferer to experience problems that get in the way of, or prevent, working or basic daily living. If you or a loved one has experienced such an injury, be sure you have a skilled Chicago injury attorney on your side to handle your case and ensure that you get every opportunity to obtain the compensation you deserve.
In a case recently reported upon by the Daily Herald, W.W. was driving his Honda motorcycle on a street in Oak Park when a woman allegedly turned her vehicle left and crashed into the motorcycle. The injuries the motorcyclist suffered were said to be major, including a torn knee ligament, broken ribs and a head injury. The head injury was possibly the worst, as it allegedly caused the motorcyclist to suffer a moderate and permanent brain injury, according to the report.
In W.W.’s case, his moderate brain injury had harmed the part of his brain that controlled concentration and control of emotions. Due to the crash, W.W. allegedly developed problems with anxiety, controlling his emotions and focusing. Clearly, when you have impairments like these, your employment prospects become substantially reduced.
In a case like this, there are several things that you need to prove to the court. You need to have proof that the defendant whom you’ve sued was negligent in causing the crash. A traffic citation can be very important evidence in this regard. In W.W.’s case, the other driver was cited for improperly failing to yield the right of way.
You also need proof of the damages you have suffered and will suffer. This may include proof of the medical expenses you have racked up, as well as medical expert opinion evidence about the extent of care you’ll need in the future. It may also include various forms of medical and economic proof to establish the extent of your inability to work (disability) and your lost wages and any damages that resulted from it.
In W.W.’s case, his proof was strong enough to persuade the other side to agree to a settlement in which he received $2.15 million, according to the Herald report.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an auto accident and suffered a brain injury, you need to be sure that you have everything you need to get all the compensation you deserve. The experienced Chicago injury attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck have a long track record of providing injured people with the skillful legal representation they need. To set up a free case evaluation, contact us at 800-444-1525 or through our website.
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