Catastrophic Injuries

The phrase “catastrophic injury” has come under increased scrutiny in recent years as courts in Illinois have offered different interpretations of a definition under 820 Illinois Compiled Statute 320/10(a) in the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act. Federal law provides that a catastrophic injury is “an injury, the direct and proximate consequences of which permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work,” under 42 U.S. Code § 3796b.

Catastrophic injuries typically cause victims to develop permanent disabilities. Not only do such injuries involve victims being unable to maintain regular employment, but they also face several years of very expensive rehabilitation and medical treatment.

Lawyer for Catastrophic Injuries in Chicago, IL

Did you or your loved one suffer any kind of catastrophic injury in Cook County as the result of another party’s negligence? Do not attempt to enter any settlement negotiations without legal counsel. Contact Susan E. Loggans & Associates today for help protecting all of your rights.

Chicago personal injury attorney Susan E. Loggans represents clients in Chicago, Elgin, Evanston, Des Plaines, Berwyn, and many surrounding areas of the greater Chicagoland area. Call (302) 201-8600 to have our lawyer provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free, no-obligation consultation. Susan E. Loggans & Associates represents individuals on a contingency fee basis, meaning fees are only charged when people receive monetary awards.


Overview of Catastrophic Injuries in Cook County


Back to top

Types of Catastrophic Injuries in Illinois

Catastrophic injuries often involve serious and permanent harm to a critical area of a person’s body, usually the skull, spine, or brain. Some of the most common kinds of catastrophic injury cases that handles include, but are not limited to:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs);
  • Amputations;
  • Internal Organ Damage;
  • Neck Injuries; and
  • Disfigurement.

Back to top

Damages for Catastrophic Injuries in Chicago

When a person is injured because of another party’s negligence, the victim can be entitled to seek civil damages from the negligent party. Defendants in such cases can be liable for compensatory damages, and such damages in cases involving catastrophic injuries include many different kinds of economic and noneconomic damages.

The difference between these two types of damages is as follows:

  • Economic damages refers to compensation for objectively verifiable monetary losses. In catastrophic injury cases, economic damages usually include past and future medical bills, past and future loss of earnings, and loss of employment or business opportunities.
  • Noneconomic damages refers to compensation for non-monetary losses that are far more subjective. Common kinds of noneconomic damages that may be awarded include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium.

While lawmakers in Illinois have twice attempted to cap (limit) noneconomic damages in personal injury cases, the Supreme Court of Illinois declared both measures unconstitutional. In addition to economic and noneconomic damages that are intended to compensate victims for losses, juries may also award punitive damages—damages that are awarded solely to punish defendants for actions involving malice or particularly reckless conduct. Despite similar attempts to cap punitive damages, there remains no limit on these damages in Illinois.


Back to top

Catastrophic Injury Resources in Cook County

City of Chicago | Disability Resources — The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) “works to make Chicago the most accessible city in the nation on behalf of residents and visitors with disabilities.” Visit this website to learn more about services provided by the MOPD's Disability Resource Unit, including individualized needs assessment, in-home assistive devices, and home accessibility modification. You can also read recent news and find more information about the department.

Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
121 N. LaSalle Street
Room 104
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-7050

Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) | Rehabilitation Services — DHS's Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. On this website, you can use the online Rehabilitation Services Web Referral to refer yourself or someone else for services. You can also use the DHS Office Locator and search for Rehabilitation Services to find the nearest local office. DHS has multiple office locations in Chicago, including:

North Pulaski DRS Office
Rehabilitation Services
743 N. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 638-3070

Wood Street DRS Office
Rehabilitation Services
1151 S. Wood St.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 633-3570


Back to top

Susan E. Loggans & Associates | Chicago Catastrophic Injuries Attorney

If you or your loved one sustained a catastrophic injury because of another party’s negligence anywhere in northern Illinois, it will be in your best interest to avoid making any kind of statement about the incident until you have legal representation. Susan E. Loggans & Associates helps people in communities all over the greater Cook County area, such as Oak Forest, Elmhurst, Park Ridge, Calumet City, Burbank, and many others.

Susan E. Loggans is a skilled personal injury lawyer in Chicago who will investigate all of the circumstances surrounding your incident and work tirelessly to hold all negligent parties accountable. You can have our attorney review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call (302) 201-8600 or submit an online contact form to take advantage of a free initial consultation.


Back to top