Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries, which generally occur without warning, have a tremendous impact on the lives of the injured. They’re difficult to manage and often require intensive, long-term medical attention. Many of the injured lose their earning capacity and some never fully recover, especially if they receive improper or delayed medical attention.

If a catastrophic injury is caused by deliberate or negligent behavior on the part of another person, a personal injury claim can be made. Given the huge financial impact of a catastrophic injury, damages from a claim can be an essential part of recovery.

An attorney with experience in catastrophic injury claims can help victims receive fair compensation, protecting them against financial hardship.

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A These are injuries that are more serious than a little soreness. They may involve brain or spine injuries, severe burns, amputations, paralysis, significant scarring, and/or constant pain. They impact your ability to hold a job or go to school. They have a serious impact on your loved ones who often have to help you. When those injuries happen because of someone else’s negligence, you need an attorney who has successfully handled those cases before and knows how to deal with all of the issues that may come up.
A We have handled many cases involving severe injuries that will require lifetime medical care. When appropriate, we will work with professionals to create life care plans to address your future needs, and we will fight to get full value for your case.
A Each case depends on its own facts. Anyone who hears a little bit about your case and tells you what it’s worth doesn’t know what they’re talking about. The value of each case depends on many things – liability (whose fault was it), the severity of the injury, the amount of monetary damages (medical bills, lost wages, etc), the permanency of the injury, and many other things. With personal injury and medical malpractice cases, it can be difficult to predict what a jury would do. When we accept a case, we will let you know once the case is ready for potential settlement what we think a reasonable verdict range is, and then we will help you decide whether to settle the case or take it to trial.
A Each case is different. Some cases come into our office and are resolved in a few weeks – some take several years. Again, this depends on the nature of the case and severity of the injuries. In many cases we want to wait until you heal up before we try to get the case resolved. In other cases, that simply isn’t possible. We pursue all of our cases diligently – we want to get them done for you quickly and efficiently – but we don’t sacrifice quality to get them done fast.
A In most cases, we don’t charge money up front. We typically work on a contingent fee – meaning that we get a percentage of whatever we get you. When we do that, we don’t charge you if we lose the case. We also don’t make you pay for case costs along the way. If we win or settle, those costs come out of your settlement. If we lose, you don’t owe us anything for costs. In some cases, we charge an hourly rate – usually because the case hopefully won’t take a lot of time and it would be unfair for us to charge a percentage of a relatively easily recovery. Either way, we discuss all fee issues with you up front before you sign up with us.
A We will talk to you about your case on the phone to see if we can help you. We won’t give you legal advice or tell you what to do when you first call us because we frankly won’t know enough about the case to give you the type of advice you deserve. If you come in to meet with us, you don’t owe us anything for the initial visit.
A In any serious case, it’s usually a good idea to have an attorney. Of course, we turn down cases nearly every day where we can’t help the person. Why do we do that? Because if we took those cases, the client wouldn’t be happy and we wouldn’t be happy (and frankly probably wouldn’t make any money). Call us, and we will do our best to tell you if you need an attorney. As for why you should pick us? We believe our bios and our success record speak for themselves.
A No. While there are some great lawyers in Chicago, there are great lawyers right here in the Quad Cities. Look at our resumes and speak with us before you call someone from out of the area. We think you’ll find that we have the experience, skills, and personal touch you are looking for.

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