CHICAGO CATASTROPHIC INJURY ATTORNEYS
Nationally recognized attorneys with proven trial experience.
Catastrophic injuries are life changing events that can severely limit a person’s physical and mental abilities. Victims often face emotional trauma, lost wages and debilitating conditions that worsen with time — resulting in a lifetime of costly medical care. At Cavanagh Law Group, our attorneys are powerful advocates who hold negligent parties accountable through aggressive litigation. We seek justice for clients who are victims of defective products, medical malpractice, major collisions and workplace incidents. Trauma can include spinal cord injuries, amputation, severe burns, brain injuries, disfigurement, paralysis and the loss of vision or hearing.
Burn injuries require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Whether victims suffer first- or third-degree burns, people are left with physical scars and chronic pain that can lead to expensive medical bills and a diminished quality of life. At Cavanagh Law Group, our attorneys recover damages for people whose burns were the result of negligent or reckless behavior, policies or practices. Burn injuries are commonly linked to chemical spills, defective household appliances or products, motor vehicle fires, industrial accidents, obstructed exits, bonfire explosions, failure to adhere to safety standards, building or household fires and failed warning systems such as faulty smoke detectors.
Brain injuries can have lasting long-term and devastating effects on a person’s life, family and livelihood. Changes in brain function often require extensive therapy and ongoing medical care that create financial burdens for victims and caregivers alike. Traumatic brain injuries can be categorized as mild or severe. A severe injury occurs when a victim loses consciousness for more than 30 minutes or experiences memory loss for more than 24 hours after a catastrophic event. Lasting trauma can include impaired cognitive functions, limited limb function, abnormal speech, emotional problems and the loss of cognitive abilities. Mild traumatic brain injuries occur when a person experiences confusion, disorientation or a lack of consciousness for less than 30 minutes after an injury. Symptoms can include headaches, difficulty thinking or focusing, emotional swings and memory loss. Cavanagh Law Group attorneys retain the nation’s top neurologists and medical experts to prove fault in brain injury cases and obtain substantial damages for our clients.
SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Spinal cord injuries are among the most debilitating a person can face and often lead to an impaired quality of life and substantial loss of income. Since the spine controls much of a person’s motor and nerve function, spinal cord injuries can result in paraplegia, quadriplegia or the loss of digestive motor control. Whether injured by medical malpractice, a gunshot or a vehicle collision, victims can anticipate a lifetime of costly medical bills, treatment and care.
About Cavanagh Law Group
Cavanagh Law Group has obtained more than $650 million in verdicts and settlements in Illinois and across the United States. Our veteran trial attorneys are aggressive advocates who practice every facet of personal injury law and take on cases of all sizes. We operate on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay anything unless we win. At Cavanagh Law Group, we pride ourselves on attentive customer service and being there for families in their times of need. Our well respected, award-winning attorneys are available 24/7 for your questions and concerns. To schedule a free case evaluation, call 312-425-1900.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I was involved in a car accident?
Call the police immediately and file a police report. Even if the damage was minor, it is essential to document what happened with a law enforcement agency. Take photos at the scene.
Never admit fault. Your testimony could be used against you at a later date. While you are required to speak to police, there is no obligation to talk to another person’s attorney or insurance company. Avoid providing written or oral statements.
Report the accident to your own insurance company as soon as possible — but don’t admit fault. Many insurance companies have rules requiring policyholders to report crashes within a certain timeframe. Check your policy to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines.
Visit a doctor as soon as possible after the crash. Whether you’re filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, it is imperative that a medical professional documents your injuries.
Hire an attorney. Cavanagh Law Group’s team of veteran trial attorneys will help you obtain maximum benefits through meticulous research, proven strategy and expert testimony.
Can I still receive compensation if I was partially at fault?
Yes. Illinois has comparative negligence laws, which allow injured parties to have some degree of fault in an accident and still recover reduced damages. The amount of money recovered may be proportional to the degree to which a person is at fault. Insurance companies make determinations following interviews with witnesses and involved parties and a thorough review of the accident report.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
Under Illinois law, people have two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit in civil court. That timeframe drops to one year if the claim is against a municipal government, such as a city or county.