The human body is an amazing mechanism but it was never meant to absorb the energy resulting from impact with an interstate truck. Accidents with big-rig trucks injure thousands of drivers and riders every year. Chances of head, neck, and spinal injuries from a trucking-related traffic accident are high. The violent impact of the massive size, weight, and momentum of a commercial truck make these accidents almost always catastrophic and life-changing.
As an attorney who represents clients in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois, every day I fight for accident victims to gain the compensation they and their family deserve.
Survivor Spinal Injuries.
Those who survive a catastrophic truck accident frequently suffer more than broken bones, cuts, and bruises. They often suffer horrific head trauma and spinal injuries. These injuries can have a profound impact for the rest of their life, frequently requiring years or decades of treatment, therapy, and care.
Since the back is critical to everything we do, these injuries often prevent victims from returning to work and doing normal, daily activities – preventing you from enjoying a normal life.
There are many types of back-related injuries. Compression fractures, spinal disc injuries, and spinal cord damage are the most common.
Damage to the spine progresses quickly following an accident. Displaced bone fragments and other disc material can tear into the spinal cord tissue itself. These injuries can be devastating, cause extreme pain, and even lead to paralysis.
Herniation of the spinal discs (the small, spongy structures that separate an individual’s vertebrae) can result in severe pain for the victim. Even compressive fractures (the tiny crack formed in one or more vertebra) can evolve to long-term pain, numbness in the arms or legs, and even muscle weakness.
Depending on the extent of the victim’s injuries, the potential for serious long-term consequences exists. Extreme cases of a compressive spine fracture have been known to cause deformation or collapse of the vertebrae, thus affecting the ability of the victim’s spine to properly support the rest of his or her body.
In addition to the pain, suffering, and loss of physical functionality, there is an enormous emotional impact on the victim and their family.
Interpretation and Pursuit.
Negligence must be proven to determine liability. Victims of these serious injuries need an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure their rights are protected and they receive appropriate compensation for their injuries, damages, and the associated loss of their ability to work and live a normal life.
The responsible parties may include the truck driver, cargo loaders, the trucking company, equipment manufacturers, other negligent drivers, and even government entities. Additionally, Federal and local laws may be involved. It is a very complex process.
Victims need a skilled attorney to properly navigate through and protect their rights. Experience counts.
Chicago Truck Accident Attorneys. We Help Victims.
I and the attorneys at Friend, Levinson, and Turner apply a proven, disciplined process to identify and pursue those responsible and liable for a big-rig truck accident. We initiate and conduct a thorough investigation to gain a comprehensive perspective on the facts, issues, the suffering experienced by victim, and the impact the accident has had on their family. We are knowledgeable and expert in the complex nature of these accidents. We know your rights and the applicable laws. We are your advocates.
Big corporations and insurance companies rely on professional adjusters to negotiate. In order to deal with these professionals, you need a highly-trained, skilled attorney to protect your rights. We are experts at negotiating with powerful insurance companies. Fifty years of experience counts.
If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident, please call my office or email.