Rear-end collisions are extremely common and can lead to serious injuries and damages. If you are hit from behind by another vehicle, you have the right to hold the at-fault driver legally responsible for your injuries and other losses. However, retaining an experienced and effective personal injury attorney is critical for the success of your case and to ensure that you are fully compensated for your losses.
At Drake & Collopy, P.C., our legal team is dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you deserve after a car accident. The first step is to get in touch with us to discuss your situation.
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Serious Injuries Can Result from Rear-End Collisions
Rear-end collisions typically result in a sudden and violent impact to your body. Often there are multiple impacts if a chain reaction collision occurs. The injuries that result can be long lasting or permanent injuries and can lead to significant costs for medical treatment, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Some of the injuries that may occur in a rear-end collision include:
Neck and Back Injuries
Neck and back injuries are the most common injuries sustained in rear-end car accidents due to the head, neck, and back being forced quickly and violently backward and forward. Many people do not realize that these injuries can occur even at low speeds with or without a seat belt. Sometimes, the signs or symptoms of neck or back injuries are delayed not noticeable immediately after an accident. Neck and back injuries may include tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries, disc injuries including herniated or ruptured discs, and fractured vertebrae. Frequently, disc injuries cause compression on the nerves in the spine, which can result in radiating pain, numbness, and tingling down the arms or legs. Neck and back injuries often require physical therapy, injections, and sometimes surgery. The pain and disability caused by a serious neck or back injury can be life-long and very substantial.
Spinal Cord Injuries and/or Paralysis
The impact of a rear-end collision and the forces applied to your body can cause a spinal cord injury and can result in long-term disability. If your spinal cord is injured, it may cause partial or total paralysis under the level where the injury occurred.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
TBIs occur when the brain is damaged by a blow to the head. This may occur in a rear-end collision where the head is forced into an object like the steering wheel. TBIs can range from a concussion to serious brain injury resulting in long-term deficiencies.
Broken Bones and Fractures
Rear-end accident victims may sustain fractures to wrists, arms, knees, legs, ankles, ribs, and other areas. The severity of fractures can vary from a simple break (non-displaced) to more complex and compound fractures that may require surgery with implanted hardware.
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Reasons to Hire a Chicago Car Accident Attorney
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Studies have proven that car accident victims recover significantly more compensation when they are represented by an attorney than trying to manage their accident claim on their own. Our team of legal professionals can provide you with effective and aggressive representation designed to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation. Some of the functions we perform include:
- Thoroughly investigating your accident
- Consulting with experts from various fields including medical experts, engineers, accident reconstructionists, vocational and economic experts, and life care planners
- Ensuring that all documents are filed properly and on time with the appropriate entities
- Investigating all potential defendants, insurance policies, and avenues of recovery
- Corresponding and negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf
- Preparing and presenting a persuasive case in court, arbitration, or mediation
- Negotiating and resolving any health care or other liens related to your case
At Drake & Collopy, P.C., we believe an immediate and thorough investigation of every accident claim must be conducted. We will work to ensure that no important evidence is destroyed or lost during our investigation. We encourage you to get in touch right away to if you have been involved in a collision.
Contact Us Today for Help with Your Rear-End Accident Claim
At Drake & Collopy, P.C., we understand the enormous impact an accident and injury can have on your life. Our team is here to provide you with access to experienced attorneys who are dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. If you have been involved in a rear-end car accident, we encourage you to reach out to us today. Our team will review your case and get started on helping you recover compensation right away. We are your partner in recovery and will fight for your rights.
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