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Arm Injury Car Accident Settlement: How to Value Cases

Chicago Car Accident Arm Injury Settlement Value

When your car spins out of control or you are flung into an accident with another Chicago motorist, your arms, legs, and other parts of your body might go flying in all directions and interact with glass, dashboards, and other dangerous objects.

In that quick moment, serious personal injuries can happen. If you injure your arm in an Illinois automobile accident, it can completely change your life and require long-term medical treatment, job changes, and other lifestyle adjustments.

The car accident attorneys of our law firm, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, work with victims of auto collisions including those with arm damage. We help them see what relief and settlement amounts Illinois law allows and how they can effectively obtain them.

Schedule a free consultation with us today to see what you can recover from the at-fault party or insurance company.

The following sections discuss Chicago motor vehicle accidents and arm injuries at greater depth.

Arm Injuries in Illinois Automobile Accidents

Either intentionally or unintentionally, the arm is at the forefront of nearly every car crash in Chicago. Arms brace falls; blunt upcoming objects; shield from debris; and protect passengers, among other things. Consequently, it is often broken, scarred, dislocated, amputated, strained, and put in all other kinds of danger situations when Illinois motorists travel on the roads.

These are the most common parts of the arm Chicago car drivers damage in accidents: humerus; distal humerus; ulna; radius; and olecranon. If you injured your arm in an auto crash, you might sustain immediate or long-lasting damage. That could require medical care, time away from work, different hobbies, and other sacrifices.

Talk to a car accident attorney from our law firm about your arm injury. We can discuss possible settlement amount options and car accident claim strategies.

Treating Arm Damage after Car Crashes in Chicago

While it cannot be certain what medical treatment you will need on your arm until you have a complete medical examination, there are some common methods that we can reasonably expect your doctors to choose from.

It is important to note that while these are often successful in their healthcare objectives, they often cost a lot in the form of medical bills; time spent away from work; meds; and missed opportunities.

Here are some that you might decide on to correct your arm after a motor vehicle crash in Illinois:

  • Surgery to fix any underlying muscle, nerve, or tissue damage.
  • Casts/splints to reset the bone.
  • Skin grafts to lessen the effects of scarring or disfigurement.
  • Medication to alleviate the pain.
  • Physical therapy to repair functionality and motor skills.

Keep complete records of all of your medical evaluations and medical treatments for arm damage from a Chicago car accident. They will prove invaluable in a subsequent personal injury case for financial compensation.

Facts About Arm Injuries From Illinois Auto Collisions

  • This is one of the five most common car accident injuries.
  • Medical treatment for arm injuries (x-ray, consultation, etc.) can be a few thousand dollars but surgery might cost you as much as twenty thousand dollars.
  • Car accident settlement payouts average tens of thousands of dollars and this includes personal injury claims for arm injuries.
  • Typical recovery time for arm damage from car crashes can range from two to six weeks.
  • The largest areas of recovery for car accident victims with arm injuries includes medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and long-term pain and suffering.

Chicago Car Accident Arm Injuries with Highest Settlement

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Biggest Items that Impact Settlement for Arm Damage from Chicago Car Accident Lawsuits

Surely, most personal injury victims are concerned primarily about what their settlement amount will be. To estimate that, they often look to other cases and settlements: their facts, parties, outcomes, etc. However, not everything should be taken over wholesale.

Your arm injury case will turn on its own merits but these factors might impact settlement the most in car accident lawsuits so review them.

  • Substantial medical bills
  • Disability, pain, and suffering
  • Decreased earning potential
  • Damaged relationships

If any of these themes emerged from your auto wreck and later arm damage, talk to the car accident lawyers of our law firm. We can evaluate and discuss the factors that foretell the greatest chances at a successful and quick settlement.

Arm Injury Awards and Settlement Amounts from Chicago Car Accident Cases

Below are some jury verdicts and settlements related to arm injuries sustained in Illinois auto accidents. Should you have questions about your particular situation, we welcome you to contact our office for a free consultation.

$950,000 Settlement; Rockford, Illinois; 2014:

In this car accident case, the plaintiff, a man in his middle fifties, was travelling down the highway in northern Illinois when another motor vehicle veered over the median and brushed into his car.

The resulting collision sent him off the road and head-on into a pole. He broke several bones including ones in the arm and spine. Doctors performed spinal fusion surgery and reconstructive surgery for his arm.

He made a recovery but still owed more than a quarter million dollars in medical bills for the medical treatment. Plus, he experienced substantial pain right after the events and for some time later but not indefinitely.

He sued the other driver and after conversing with that party’s insurance carrier he obtained $950,000 in financial compensation for his economic damages and non-economic damages. Note, the defendant’s policy only contributed $50,000. The rest came from the plaintiff’s own insurance policy via an under-insured motorist claim.

$850,000 Settlement; Chicago, Illinois; 2014:

A cop in his early forties was driving down a road in suburban Cook County town at a reasonable speed when another motorist crossed over and hit him head on.

He injured his arm, spin, back, and neck. Doctors had to perform multiple surgeries-including spine and back surgery-which cost him more than $100,000. Though he eventually recovered adequately, the crash still took a lot from him in terms of time, energy, money, and strength.

To account for that, he brought this personal injury claim for his harms and losses. The insurance company for the at-fault driver made a settlement payout of $850,000.

$525,000 Settlement; Southern Illinois; 2002:

A man and a young boy (age 12) were driving on Interstate fifty-seven when they rapidly lost control of their rental passenger car. It went off the road, rolled over, and finally came to a screeching halt. The force of the automobile crash ejected the kid from the car.

He broke his radius, cut his quadriceps, and sliced his knee. The latter disfigurement proved to be permanent. Medical treatment cost the family more than $100,000.

He still experienced ongoing pain, suffering, reduced self-esteem, and quality of life. A car accident claim brought the rental company’s insurance fund recovered $525,000 in compensation for him and his family.

$100,000 Settlement; DuPage County, Illinois; 2002:

A man in his late twenties injured his arm and hand (ulna, flexor, etc.) when a motor vehicle entered his lane and forced him off the road. He smashed into a tree and suffered multiple personal injuries. Medical bills were roughly $13,000 and lost wages were about $6,000.

He entered a claim against State Farm Insurance and it paid out $100,000 for his damages including hospital bills, lost income, and suffering.

Qualified Chicago Car Accident Lawyers to Help You Succeed

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers works with many car accidents victims every year with a myriad of injuries including arm damage. If this has happened to you, please call our law firm, and schedule a free consultation. We can discuss what settlement options you may have in Illinois to make up for the economic and non-economic damage of the event.

Plus, we work on contingency. We do not charge anything unless we get you the award or settlement amount you want. Call us today and see what we can do for you!

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