Knowledgeable Brain Injury Lawyer in Peoria, IL
If you have suffered a brain or spinal cord injury, you could be entitled to significant compensation under Illinois law. Unfortunately, many plaintiffs do not pursue claims despite their injuries. They may find litigation confusing, uncertain and daunting. This is a miscarriage of justice that should be corrected.
Below, we will clarify some basic issues in these types of cases.
Impairments Caused by Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
The brain can be likened to the central processing unit (CPU) of the human body, much like a computer processor. Environmental information is taken in by the peripheral nervous system and travels through the spinal cord to the brain where it is processed. Decisions can then be sent back to the peripheral nervous system via the spinal cord where it leads to a specific output: speech, movement, etc.
Damage to the brain or spinal cord can have serious consequences, as it will undoubtedly influence this informational superhighway.
Brain and spinal cord injuries can be caused by a number of factors, from a physical impact to surgical errors or even an out-of-control infection. Regardless of the particular causal factors, however, the impairments tend to be severe and functionally impactful given the importance of the central nervous system.
- Paralysis (partial or full)
- Nerve innervation (leading to varieties of pain sensation, extreme sensitivity to touch, etc.)
- Motor problems (staccato movement, slow movement, inaccurate movement, etc.)
- Hallucinations (auditory, visual)
- Emotional changes
- Cognitive processing deficits
- Language and hearing problems
- Speech problems
Litigation Challenges and Opportunities
In any personal injury case where the damages are significant, the stakes are fundamentally higher. If a plaintiff has sustained serious brain and spinal cord injuries, this may lead to long-term impairments that are reflected in the total damages. For example, a spinal cord injury that renders you paralyzed from the waist down would ostensibly prevent you from continuing to work in the construction industry as a laborer. This impairment would be compensated (pursuant to a lawsuit) by virtue of damages for the loss of earning capacity and lost wages.
Tallied up over a lifetime of work, the damages are likely to be significant. If you do not recover your damages in full through settlement or litigation, you could be left with a financial burden that is insurmountable.
Given these stakes, it is critical that you thoroughly investigate and litigate your brain and spinal cord injury claims. Though a quick settlement may seem “ideal,” you do not want to leave potential compensation on the table, so to speak. This concern should be a priority, especially as you will likely have an easier path to recovery than a plaintiff with relatively minor injuries by comparison. In general, a jury would be much more likely to award you damages than to award compensation to an individual whose injuries lead to non-obvious impairments.
Contact Parker & Parker for a Free Initial Consultation
If you’ve sustained brain and/or spinal cord injuries in an accident in Peoria or anywhere else in Illinois, we may be able to help you secure damages as compensation to cover your losses.
Here at Parker & Parker, our attorneys have decades of experience representing injured plaintiffs in a variety of disputes, from auto accidents to challenging medical malpractice scenarios. In litigating such claims, we find that the best way to move forward is to engage the client as a collaborative partner and not simply as a “customer.” This approach allows us to learn the ins and outs of the client’s legal issue and thereby represent their interests in a way that is tailored to the unique issues of their case.