As seen in various vehicle accidents that have occurred in Will County and throughout Illinois, fatalities that result from injuries suffered in these crashes can occur either immediately (i.e. dead at the accident scene) or after some time period. These time periods range from hours after the accident to years after the accident.
A recent death resulting from accident injuries suffered in an August 28, 2016 Joliet crash is discussed in the October 17, 2017 Joliet Patch article titled “Bolingbrook WeatherTech Worker Died From 2016 Crash Injuries In Joliet.” As discussed in the article, the driver (Miguel Cruz) of a car involved in a loss of control crash on Jefferson Street recently died, and according to the Will County Coroner’s Office his death was from accident injuries suffered during that crash. According to the article, his injuries included head trauma (bleeding on his brain) and significant spinal cord injuries, which led to paralysis.
Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.
For those accidents in which prolonged periods of hospitalization and/or other medical treatment (such as rehabilitation) is required, medical costs can be very substantial. Compensation for medical expenses is one of the primary reasons as to why people who have been injured during vehicle accidents choose to file a personal injury lawsuit if another person was at fault for the accident. There are many types of accident compensation, including the following:
- Medical costs, including those incurred in the past, current and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of function
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Other economic damages
For those accidents which result in a fatality, the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate.
A personal injury trial lawyer at the Elman Law Group can further explain the steps needed to file a lawsuit, as well as answer any questions you may have regarding the legal process. Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Law Group, can be called at any time for a free consultation. His phone number is (773) 392-8182.