Chicago Auto Accident Attorneys
Car accidents can result in a wide variety of injuries. Sometimes the injuries are apparent immediately, such as cuts and lacerations, fractured bones, and burns. Other injuries, such as neck injuries, back pain, and concussions, may not show symptoms until hours or days following the auto accident.
If you are in a car accident, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention for a full evaluation even if you do not appear to be injured. Certain injuries, such as concussions and neck injuries, can be exacerbated if they are not treated appropriately. Medical attention is also important in order to adequately maintain medical documentation in the event that you choose to proceed with a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver.
The skilled Chicago car accident attorneys at Ankin Law understand the importance of comprehensive documentation regarding the circumstances of the auto accident and any resulting injuries. We will conduct an independent investigation of the accident, and collect and review any available evidence, including police reports, photographs of the scene of the accident, documentation of the damages to your car, medical bills and medical records regarding injuries sustained in the accident, and statements of any accident witnesses.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Common auto accident injuries include:
- Back Injury. Back and spine injuries caused by auto accidents can include sprains and strains, herniated disks, and fractured vertebrae. Back injuries can make it difficult to work and perform other daily activities.
- Brain Injury. Traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 45 and approximately 5 million Americans currently suffer some form of disability caused by a traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries can result in serious, lifelong injuries, including severe personality changes, diminished cognitive and motor abilities, and other lifelong disabilities.
- Head Injury. A concussion is a common type of head injury that occurs when the head accelerates quickly and then suddenly stops or is rapidly rotated, and can occur even if the head does not come into contact with a hard surface. A concussion can result in confusion, blurred vision, memory loss, nausea and, in some severe cases, unconsciousness.
- Knee Injury. A knee injury from a car accident often occurs when the knee hits an interior part of the car upon impact. Oftentimes the impact between the knee and the car’s interior, such as the dashboard, door or window, is quick and violent. Knee injuries in car accidents can also be the result of hyperextension of the leg or extreme twisting of the leg.
- Whiplash. Neck injuries such as whiplash are caused when the head is violently thrust backward and forward, causing damage to the neck. Whiplash can cause injuries to intervertebral joints, discs and ligaments. Whiplash often occurs in rear-end collisions. An injured person may feel no pain following an auto accident, with the pain developing over the next several days. Other common neck injuries include a broken neck, crushed vertebrae and neck sprain.
If you have been injured in a Chicago area car accident, do not hesitate to contact us at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled Chicago, Illinois car accident attorneys so that we can begin working on your car accident case immediately.