There are two different types of injuries that people can suffer in auto accidents in Illinois. The most common kind are those which cause symptoms immediately and can be treated right away by medical personnel. But the other category consists of injuries which don’t become apparent until hours or even days later – and they can be just as debilitating and painful as acute injuries.
This is important to keep in mind as we look at an incident which took place this week in the Chicago suburb of Calumet Park. On a November afternoon around 4:30pm, an elderly individual was driving a car that crashed through the front window of a check-cashing business on West 127th Street less than half a mile west of I-57. Police say that the car came to rest almost entirely inside the store. Two people in the store were hurt and had to be taken to a nearby hospital, though they were listed in good-to-fair condition. The driver of the car was not injured.
Even though the injuries sustained by the victims weren’t life-threatening or even serious, it is possible that additional injuries could emerge in the days to come. Neck, back, and even internal injuries sometimes take some time to manifest themselves, and the victims would have to receive medical treatment for them even if they had already been discharged from the hospital.
This is relevant because if the victims were to file personal injury lawsuits against the driver of the car, they would be entitled to demand reimbursement for medical expenses related not only to the acute injuries they suffered shortly after the auto accident, but also those which appeared later on. In addition, jurors could also award damages for pain and suffering and/or lost wages due to work absenteeism as a part of these lawsuits.