Catastrophic injuries often require life-long medical care. This creates financial strain on not only the victim, but also the victim’s family. The loss of a family member means the loss of that person’s income or services. This financial strain can be devastating and permanent. If your catastrophic injury or death of a family member was due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation.

The attorneys at David A. Axelrod & Associates can help. We will look at the cause of your catastrophic injury or family member’s death to determine whether you are entitled to compensation. We will also help you determine how much compensation you may be entitled to by analyzing your current medical expenses, projected future medical expenses, total loss of income and services, physical pain, and psychological trauma.

While no amount of money can put you in a pre-injury position, David A. Axelrod & Associates will fight to get the compensation that you and your family deserve.

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Won a $900,000 jury verdict in Lake County, Illinois, in a rear-end motor vehicle collision case, which resulted in the plaintiff suffering a cervical disc herniation that required surgical placement of an artificial disc and a fusion.

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Catastrophic Injuries Results

Won a $900,000 jury verdict in Lake County, Illinois, in a rear-end motor vehicle collision case, which resulted in the plaintiff suffering a cervical disc herniation that required surgical placement of an artificial disc and a fusion.

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Damages in Catastrophic Injury Cases

It is difficult, if not impossible, to calculate the damage done by a catastrophic injury. The basic principle, however, is that victims are to be compensated for their damages. These damages can be both economic and non-economic in nature. Further, they are not just based on the past damages already sustained, but also on the expected future damages.

Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of a normal life, and a shortened life expectancy. While they are largely dependent on the unique facts of each case, these damages are calculated not just on what the injured person has already experienced in these areas, but also on what they will experience in the future.

Economic damages include medical expenses and lost income – again, not just those already paid for, but looking forward into the future, for the rest of the injured party’s life, as well.

In certain limited scenarios, damages may also be awarded. Punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant for willful or grossly negligent conduct and serve to deter the wrongdoer.  Punitive damages are only recoverable if:

  1. a statute authorizes them
  2. if the plaintiff can demonstrate that the wrong act was intentional or willful and reckless

For example, for catastrophic injuries in dangerous drug cases (where a pharmaceutical company put a drug on the market and it knew or should have known the drug was harmful), the court may impose punitive damages.

Contact a Catastrophic Injury Attorney Today

David A. Axelrod & Associates has the experience and breadth of knowledge to evaluate the strength of
your catastrophic injury case. Call us today at 312-782-4600 for your free consultation.

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