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Common Injuries in Personal Injury Cases

Common Injuries in Personal Injury Cases | Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers: Marriett and Murati

Our office has experience in a wide variety of injuries that our clients have suffered. From bumps & bruises (soft tissue damage), to broken and fractured bones, whiplash, back/neck injuries, brain injuries, burns, slipped discs, nerve pain, dental injuries, crush injuries, and more. Below are some brief examples of selected types of injuries that frequently occur while handling personal injury related cases.

Remember: We are not treating medical providers. All medical conditions need thorough diagnosis and treatment from a competent provider. Often this is initiated upon presentment at an emergency room, urgent/prompt care clinic, or appointment with your general doctor after an injury has occurred. From there, medical imaging may be ordered to help treat the underlying injury. This can be x-ray’s, MRI, CT Scan, Etc., to help your doctor, help you. If you have specific questions about an injury not listed on this page, you can always confidentially, and securely reach out to The Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers: Marriett & Murati 24/7/365 about any injury law related matter at (815) 315-4967.


Soft Tissue Injury

Soft Tissue Injury

When two vehicles collide, they are made of replaceable parts, and are designed to act as giant shock absorbers for the human(s) inside of them. Still, in cases where broken bones, and other significant trauma are not present it does not mean that the occupant(s) of the vehicle are medically the same as they were prior to the crash. Soft tissue injuries can cause issues with headaches, bumps and bruises, and slow even the most able-bodied person down while they recover from being in a crash. While treatment for such pain may be relatively minor with over-the-counter medication, ice, and/or rest, it’s always best to be checked out to ensure that what you “think” is bumps and bruises is not actually something more serious such as whiplash, or a nerve impingement that would require more significant measures to identify and treat. 

While such injuries can be difficult to prove large amounts of damages to a jury, both of our lawyers Adrian Murati and Paul Marriett keep up to date through practice, seminars, and trainings on how to overcome juror bias, and outright hostility from potential jurors in injury cases. The running theme as an example is to humanize what it’s like to be hurt.


Bone/Fractured Bone Injury

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In many cases, both in auto accident and premises liability cases it is not uncommon for our client to suffer fractured or broken bones. This could be from an airbag deploying, an unexpected fall occurring, or any number of events that can hurt the human body. We’ve dealt with cases from broken sternums, broken femurs, skull fractures with brain bleeds, and innumerable other cases involving broken or fractured bones. These cases nearly always require significant imaging to ensure what part of a bone may have been injured and to ensure the proper treatment will be pursued. For instance, if a broken bone occurs to a minor child, if the fracture or bone is around a growth plate, such an injury can cause long term, permanent problems for that child for the rest of his or her life. Likewise, in some cases involving crushed bones, or bones with significant fractures the client may be left with long term, permanent disfigurement or disability. In some cases this can mean unequal appendage lengths (one leg significantly shorter or longer than the other), or impact someone’s confidence if their face is permanently changed from a facial fracture. We’ve worked with bone growth stimulation companies to treat our clients on a protected lien as well, one being Bioventus that helped ensure that our client’s broken bone was able to heal as close to normal as possible. 

When it comes time for trial, or for generating a demand to an insurance company, having lawyers that understand what your treatment consisted of, and that are able to articulate that to insurance adjusters can a.) Make your claim easier to resolve b.) Reduce the chances of an adjuster looking to reduce the amount of the demand, as well as c.) If your case does proceed to a trial, your lawyers will be able to have detailed and thorough conversations with an expert witness and treatment providers about your broken or fractured bone so that the experts can explain the injury, and any resulting treatment as easily as possible to a jury when we ask them questions on direct examination.


Whiplash/Neck Injuries

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Whiplash, neck injuries, and nerve pain are frequent injuries in all types of injury cases. Primarily though, we see these in motor vehicle accidents (MVA’s). You’re stopped at a red light, someone is texting and driving behind you, and BAM! All it takes is someone not paying attention to cause a significant injury.  Whiplash typically occurs when your head is forcefully and quickly thrown forward and then backward. This motion can injure bones in the spine, disks between the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and other tissues of the neck. 

The Mayo Clinic describes these signs and symptoms of Whiplash that may present themselves if you have been injured:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Worsening of pain with neck movement
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
  • Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back, or arms
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Memory problems
  • Depression

As you can see, any injury involving the neck, needs to be thoroughly evaluated by treatment professionals to rule out more serious conditions such as fractures, ligament tears, and slipped or impinged discs. We have extensive experience helpings client who have suffered from neck injuries from an accident.


Back Injuries

Major Back Injuries

Back injuries are another common type of injury in auto, premises liability, and in work-related accidents throughout Illinois. The nature of back injuries can range from repetitive strain type injuries where someone has consistently injured a muscle so badly that it now is causing significant pain, to being jarred around in a vehicle following a crash, or from a fall at a business. The signs of back pain are numerous but generally the Mayo Clinic describes it as:

  • A dull constant pain
  • A sharp stabbing pain
  • Pain that radiates down your leg (usually caused by a pinched nerve)
  • Pain that increases if you bend, lift, stand, walk, or sit down
  • Pain that improves when reclining

Generally in cases concerning back injuries, our clients undergo an initial exam whether at the ER, their primary care clinic, or from a work referral after a work place injury. From there, special scans may be ordered so that a treatment provider can understand what is causing the pain. We have handled cases where clients have undergone rounds of chiropractic care, outpatient operations, and invasive surgeries related to back injuries.

While these injuries can be some of the most debilitating any of our clients face, we have the experience to relay our client’s story to an insurance provider or a jury to recover for what a client has had to go through in order to get back to normal, or as close to normal as they can following an injury. 


Head and Brain Injuries

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We’ve likewise had injury cases concerning brain injuries or “TBI’s” (traumatic brain injury). The Mayo Clinic describes some of the symptoms as:

  • Being knocked unconscious 
  • A continued dazed, or disoriented state
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue or Drowsiness
  • Problems with speech
  • Difficulties sleeping 
  • Sleeping more than usual 
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Memory and mood changes
  • Blurred Vision, Changes in Smell, Ringing in the Ears, or a bad taste in the mouth can all indicate sensory problems associated with a brain injury

These are some of the most difficult cases to work on as we frequently meet our client’s for the first time after an accident has already occurred. Maybe their friend or family member that is with them when we meet may indicate that the injured person is, “off”, or “not the same” as they were prior to the crash. The only way to have a lawyer understand the client’s story is to spend time with the client, and the client’s family to learn what the client was like before the accident and if that persona and level of health is not reached after treatment with qualified professionals, such an injury can be compensated through an injury claim or lawsuit.

In such cases, we will frequently visit with the client, interview friends, family, co-workers, children, etc., to understand what our client was like prior to an accident, and then prepare those witnesses to testify to show how an injury has temporarily, or permanently changed our client’s life.


Burns

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Our office has experience in burn cases as well ranging from hot beverage spills, to work place related burn injuries. When someone has suffered a burn injury, it means that they have come into physical contact with some significant heat source such as fire, a chemical, or a hot piece of equipment such as machinery. This can cause mild pain, blisters, scabs, and some changes in the person’s skin around the burn area, but in significant cases they can cause permanent scarring, and even death.

We have spent the time to understand the medical literature on how a burn injury can affect a client, how it can impact their permanent functionality of their body, and in many cases expert witnesses can even look at photos and medical records of a burn and determine the exact temperature and duration of contact that caused an injury. Each case is different but burn injuries are unique and typically we will have more than just a treatment provider retained to help you recover maximum value for your claim or suit.

If you or a loved one is dealing with a burn injury, please contact us for more information to learn about legal rights after suffering a burn injury in Illinois. 


Nerve Pain

Nerve Pain

Nerve pain can linger on for days, weeks, months, and even years after an injury has occurred. From Sciatica with shooting pain from a back injury going down into someone’s legs, to weakness, numbness, and other unpleasant sensations related to an impinged or damaged nerve. We’ve dealt with nerve issues relating to facial, leg, arm, neck, and back injuries. While many cases involving nerve pain or nerve damage are treated with chiropractic care, hot/cold therapy, and physical therapy, other cases have involved surgical operations to try and relieve the pain and discomfort.

The primary issue with these cases is that with a nerve impingement it can bring day to day changes both in what someone can physically do, but also in their mood and general disposition. Chronic pain is something with long lasting impacts to both the physical and mental well being of a client. If you are someone that was physically active and had no prior health related issues and you are suddenly forced into feeling physically incapacitated from an injury it can have a significant impact on your life, and the longer that injury is causing you pain, the greater the changes are in your day-to-day living, and month-to-month activities.

If you are facing nerve pain from an injury you can always contact our office to discuss what options you have towards initiating a claim or lawsuit to have us fight for your recovery.


Dental Injuries

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We have a dedicated page to dental malpractice you can click on HERE, but generally we have assisted clients dealing with dental injuries from a range of cases. From premises liability cases where people have been attacked by employees of a business, car crash cases where airbags have or have not deployed causing injuries to someone’s teeth, work place related injuries to someone’s mouth, and even malpractice related issues where dental care resulted in an injury to a patient. 

These cases are complex, and just like a sore neck, or back it’s an injury that is above and beyond “nagging” since you are constantly aware of the pain of a chipped or broken tooth, and if it’s something even more serious the impact only gets worse. To discuss a dental related injury contact us at your convenience to discuss your potential case or claim.


Dog Bites

Common Injuries Dog Bites

We have a dedicated page for dog bite cases you can visit here. Generally, with dog bite cases this can cause short term issues like rabies and tetanus shots, stitches and wound care related treatment, and in more significant cases scarring, and even death in extreme cases. We have experience handling dog bite cases that have resulted in injuries to our clients where they have had to seek plastic surgery to repair damage from the wound, as well as to mask scars from bites. In Illinois we do not have the, “one free bite rule” where the owner of a dog can avoid liability if it’s the first bite their animal has given. Here, ANY bite is potentially a case where we can seek recovery from an insurance policy, or directly from the owner in some cases.

These cases are fact specific and there are potential defenses available such as taunting/teasing, or trespassing that can help a Defendant avoid liability. If you or a loved one is suffering from the after effects of a dog bite please contact us to discuss your specific case confidentially.


Knee Injuries

Knee Injuries

Knee injuries typically result from either contact with a part of a vehicle’s interior in an auto crash, a slip and fall at a store or business, or from a work related incident. With the knee being composed of so many ligaments and bones, we have dealt with a number of knee based injuries. From torn ACL/MCL based injuries to repetitive strain injuries from work related injuries, and knee fractures from unexpected falls. Often these cases are first treated with injections, or physical therapy but in more serious cases an orthopedic surgeon may have to take a more aggressive treatment approach and perform knee surgery.

Since there are so many possible ways of injuring such a joint if there is a specific knee based injury you are facing, feel free to contact us securely and confidentially to discuss your case 24/7/365.


Shoulder/Rotator Cuff Injuries

Shoulder and Rotator Cuff Injuries

Shoulder and Rotator Cuff based injuries can be severely debilitating. Our office has handled shoulder and rotator cuff injuries sustained in automobile accidents, as well as repetitive strains from work place injuries. Frequently, if an object is lifted awkwardly or if the muscle has been strained from previous repetitive use, it can fail causing an injury that can only be repaired through surgery. Since the shoulder is utilized in pretty much any movement of the arm, it can cause significant problems with anyone doing manual labor for a career. It’s always important to document an injury if you believe you have injured your shoulder or rotator cuff in an accident. The injury will likely require some diagnostic imaging to see what the extent of the injury is. If it’s a relatively minor shoulder injury, oftentimes a course of physical therapy can help with the pain and restore range of motion in the shoulder joint.

For more serious shoulder injuries, such as a rotator cuff tear, physical therapy alone may not be a strong enough approach and more advanced treatment may need to be utilized. Feel free to call, text, or e-mail us at your convenience to discuss your shoulder or rotator cuff based injury.


Slip and Fall Injury

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We have a dedicated page you can visit for more information on injuries from slip and falls in Illinois. Typically what we mean as a “slip and fall case” is that someone goes onto the property of another person or business and is hurt from slipping on a liquid on the floor. Each case is heavily different as these are so fact specific. For example if someone slips on freshly fallen snow outside of a grocery store, they likely do not have a case as the snow was not an “un-natural” accumulation. However if someone slips on a pile of melted snow that has been shoveled to one spot and is now causing a patch of ice to develop next to it, liability may exist since it’s an “un-natural” accumulation. Many of these little rules and nuances can impact a premises liability case to the point that this portion of “types of injuries” could go on for a few hundred pages based on the volume of case law on the subject in Illinois alone.

If you or a loved one has been hurt at a business, or on the premises of some other venue feel free to contact us securely and confidentially to discuss your case to find out what options you may have to earn a recovery.


Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive Strain Injuries frequently occur in work place related injury cases. This type of injury can affect a range of workers from manual laborers to office workers. For example, a manual laborer that has to constantly do the same activity (such as a bricklayer who has to constantly pick up bricks and stack them to form a wall) could sustain a repetitive strain injury. On the other hand, someone like an office worker who has to do a lot of typing as part of their job may find themselves suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome.  Many repetitive motions of the body can cause long term wear and tear on the person. From carpal tunnel syndrome, impinged discs in the back, muscle tears in the arms/shoulders, and any number of injuries that can befall someone in such a situation.

We have a dedicated workers compensation page that explains these types of cases in greater detail so if you have been injured at work or while on the job, take a look at that page and if you have further questions feel free to call, text, or e-mail us for an honest assessment of what we may be able to do to help you on your case.


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For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with The Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers: Marriett & Murati about your injury case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message The Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers: Marriett & Murati at (815) 315-4967. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.