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After an injury accident, many questions arise. Who will pay the hospital bills? Who will pay for my lost wages? Who will fix my car? When will my life get back to normal? Who can I trust? These are just a few of the questions that go through a person’s mind after they have suffered a major personal injury. We are here to help answer these questions.

Unfortunately, the answers to these questions change with every case. Every case is unique and presents its own challenges. However, one thing is certain. After an injury accident, you will be pitted against an insurance company. You will be contacted by a professional claims adjuster whose job is to save the insurance company money. Because of your injury, you may be vulnerable, frustrated, desperate for money, and scared.

Because a personal injury victim has no chance to be treated fairly by the insurance company’s claims adjustor, we feel it is vital that all personal injury victims have a lawyer on their side. Whether you hire us or another experienced firm, you must have a Chicago personal injury lawyer to protect your interests. The claims adjustor may be friendly, but their one job is to protect the interests of the insurance company. It is your attorney’s sole job to protect your interests.

We hope you find the information on our site useful. Thank you and if you have any questions, please feel free to call the lawyers at the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. at 312 384-1920.

Traumatic Brain injury

Spinal Cord Injury

Amputations

Catastrophic Injuries and Loss of Limbs

Amputations

Trauma-related Amputation

Your Legal Rights

Burn Injuries

If you suffer a blow or jolt to the head because of another person’s carelessness (“negligence”), such as in an accident you may suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is not necessary for your head to be struck by or against an object to suffer a TBI. If your head is violently jerked back and forth or side to side in a car accident, amusement ride or other cause, the brain will move back and forth and hit the inside of the skull, potentially causing bleeding in the brain. This is the same mechanism that causes brain damage to infants in “shaken baby syndrome.”

Traumatic brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate, and severe, depending on the amount of damage done. Some of the common signs and symptoms of TBI are:

  • Headaches or neck pain that will not go away
  • Persistent dizziness, loss of balance, or light-headedness
  • Difficulty remembering, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Slowness in thinking, speaking, acting, or reading
  • Mental, psychological, or physical fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting
  • Mood changes, such as feeling sad or depressed or angry for no reason

If you experience any of these symptoms, especially after a blow to the head or being violently shaken, you should go to the emergency room immediately. You may have bleeding in the brain that needs immediate medical attention to prevent more serious injury or even death. A CT Scan or MRI will show the bleeding.

If you or a loved one has suffered a blow to the head or have been violently shaken and suffer any of the above symptoms or other symptoms, it is imperative that you seek medical attention immediately. When another person or company caused the TBI, you should contact the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. immediately so we can start working on the case right away to obtain all the monetary compensation you are entitled to.

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury (the nerve bundle that goes from the base of the brain to the tailbone and is protected by the bony “vertebrae” of the spine), the extent of your injuries depends on at what level of the spinal cord you were injured. If you were injured in the “cervical” vertebrae—the 7 vertebrae at the top of the spinal cord—you could be paralyzed from the point of injury downward.

A person whose spinal cord is severed or compressed at the cervical level is known as a “quadriplegic.” If the break is at the third cervical vertebrae (C-3) or higher, the victim will usually require artificial means of breathing for the rest of his or her life. If the break is at the C-4 level or below, the person will be able to breathe on his or her own. If the break is at C-7 (the lowest of the cervical vertebrae), the injured victim is considered to be functionally independent, even though he or she cannot fully move his or her fingers.

Below the seven cervical vertebrae are the 12 “thoracic” vertebrae and five “lumbar” vertebrae. A spinal cord injury at a thoracic or lumbar vertebrae results in paralysis below the point of injury. A person who is paralyzed from the thoracic or lumbar vertebrae down is known as a paraplegic.

Spinal cord injury at any level of the spinal cord is a devastating injury having a major impact on the person’s physical abilities and enjoyment of life. The victim of a spinal cord injury must also face the increased risk of developing bedsores (decubitus ulcers) that can become infected and life threatening. Spinal cord injury victims—especially quadriplegics—are also at increased risk of developing pneumonia, which can be fatal.

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands the complexities of spinal cord injuries and their associated problems immediately so he or she can start working right away to obtain all the monetary compensation you are entitled to.

Amputation is the removal of an injured or deceased body part. Some amputations are due to medical conditions, such as diabetes. In personal injury cases, the severance of a body part is generally the result of a trauma – such as being severed in an automobile collision—hence the classification as a traumatic amputation. Traumatic amputations can also occur while using a defective product, being struck by a vehicle while crossing the street, or many other causes. Traumatic amputation of a human limb, either partial or total, creates the immediate danger of death from blood loss.

In personal injury cases, particularly those involving motor vehicles or other cases of traumatic amputation, the amputation may take place at certain locations on the body. For instance, the amputation may occur above or below the elbow, above or below the knee, above or below the wrist, etc. Where the amputation occurs dictates and the nature of the amputation dictate whether a prosthesis can be used and how effective it will be.

There have been great advances made in prosthetic limbs. In some cases of amputation, it is possible to reattach the severed body part if the severed part has been properly preserved and medical intervention occurs quickly. Still, even if the detached body part is able to be reattached, it will not function as well as the limb or other body part before it was amputated.

A person who has suffered an amputation due to the carelessness of another or a defective product will often suffer psychological injuries for years after the limb has been amputated. After a limb or other body part has been amputated, the person will suffer severe pain, which will take several months to dissipate. One phenomenon that may occur for years is the “phantom limb syndrome,” in which the person will feel pain and other unpleasant sensations in the amputated limb, even though the limb is no longer there.

Accidents causing amputation of a body part may not only cause physical and psychological injuries, it will often cause inability to enjoy activities the person engaged in prior to the amputation (“loss of enjoyment of life”) and prevent the injured victim from participating in many enjoyable activities he or she engaged in prior to the amputation.

A person who has suffered an amputation due to the carelessness of another or a defective product will often suffer psychological injuries for years after the limb has been amputated. After a limb or other body part has been amputated, the person will suffer severe pain, which will take several months to dissipate. One phenomenon that may occur for years is the “phantom limb syndrome,” in which the person will feel pain and other unpleasant sensations in the amputated limb, even though the limb is no longer there.

Accidents causing amputation of a body part may not only cause physical and psychological injuries, it will often cause inability to enjoy activities the person engaged in prior to the amputation (“loss of enjoyment of life”) and prevent the injured victim from participating in many enjoyable activities he or she engaged in prior to the amputation.

If you have suffered an amputation due to another person’s negligence, you should contact an the personal injury attorneys at the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. as soon as possible to represent you in your efforts to receive maximum monetary recovery from the careless (“negligent”) driver or manufacturer who caused the amputation. The attorneys at the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. are experienced in handling amputation injuries due to auto accidents and defective products and will aggressively pursue your case to ensure that you get maximum recover for you and your passengers’ injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages.

Severe burn injuries are one of the most devastating types of personal injury, and is the third-leading cause of unintentional death in the United States, behind only automobile accidents and falls. Serious burn injuries caused by another person’s carelessness (“negligence”) can cause severe pain and injury, loss of use of parts of the body, and major disfigurement.

If you have suffered a severe burn injury because of another person’s fault, you have the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that person. If he or she was working for a company at the time of the injury, you also have the right to sue his or her employer. Burn injuries constitute one of the most serious types of personal injury: Third degree burns involve the destruction of muscle, tendon, and ligament damage, and also cause severe disfigurement, which subjects the burn victim to feeling like a monster in public, when people see his or her disfigurement and quickly turn away to avoid looking at the person.

There are a number of types of burns, the most common of which are thermal burns, which are caused by fire. The person’s skin may be burned deeply, and there are also damages to the lung due to inhalation of heat or smoke inhalation. Other types of burns include friction burns, such as when a motorcyclist or bicyclist is hit by a car and is dragged a number of feet; electrical burns and electrocution; chemical burns caused by acid and other caustic substances; and radiation burns, which are caused by exposure to the sun and tanning booths, X-rays, radiation for treatment of cancer, and nuclear medicine.

In a lawsuit against another person or company for inflicting serious burn injuries on you, you have the right to be monetarily compensated for all of your medical expenses, including medical procedures such as reconstructive surgery you will have to undergo in the future, lost wages due to your inability to work, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Because of the damages—physical as well as psychological—from a severe burn, it you have suffered burn injuries or a loved one has died for burn injuries because of the carelessness of another person, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately so he or she can start working right away to obtain all the monetary compensation you are entitled to.

Call the experienced, compassionate and results oriented attorneys at the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. at 312 384-1920.

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