Personal Injury Lawyer | Chicago, IL
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When someone experiences a significant injury, it can greatly impact their life. The pain can stop them from enjoying their favorite activities or even living life comfortably, and it can lead to financial setbacks from missing work and seeking treatment. If your injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions, you can hold that person responsible and seek compensation for your suffering and losses.
At The Good Law Group, our personal injury lawyers can help you hold those responsible for your injury accountable and get compensation. We are ready to represent those who have been injured in the Chicagoland area to investigate and present their case in court to secure the compensation they deserve.
Personal Injury Lawyers in Illinois
People experience injuries every day that occur as a result of negligence, recklessness, or the intentional conduct of another party. Often, when these situations occur, the injured party will file a claim with the insurance provider of the responsible party for compensation, but the insurance company may offer a low settlement or deny the claim.
Our personal injury attorneys can help you hold the at-fault party responsible for your injury and challenge their insurance company. We can negotiate the payout from the insurance company, appeal the denial, or file a lawsuit to help you get the maximum compensation. You can trust our personal injury lawyers to work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve for damages including pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical costs, and lost income.
Personal Injury Statistics
Each day, there are thousands of people who suffer a personal injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the most common type of injury in the U.S. is accidental poisoning (including drug overdoses), followed by car accidents and falls.
In Illinois, 51 percent of personal injury cases that went to trial ended with the plaintiff receiving damages. The median award for personal injury cases in Illinois is $26,624, with the average car accident settlement falling between $3000 and $10,000 and the average slip and fall settlement falling between $15,000 and $45,000.
Our personal injury attorneys at The Good Law Group will help ensure that you get the appropriate compensation for the damages from your personal injury in the Chicagoland area.
What Types of Personal Injuries are Covered by The Good Law Group?
There are many ways that people can become injured and if the injury is caused by the negligent, careless, or wrongful actions of an individual, business, or entity, you are entitled to compensation.
At The Good Law Group, we can help those who have suffered the following types of personal injuries in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Birthing injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Work-related injuries
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- Sexual abuse and assault
- Slip and fall accidents
- Construction accidents
- Wrongful death
- Mass shootings
How Do I Prove Fault in a Personal Injury Case in Illinois?
In the state of Illinois, it is necessary to establish fault in a personal injury case. To establish fault, you must meet the burden of proof or “preponderance of the evidence” before the defendant is allowed to rebut the claims.
Proving the following elements will help establish fault for personal injuries:
- Duty: It was the duty or responsibility of the defendant to provide care or a safe environment.
- Breach: The defendant either failed in their duty or did not react reasonably.
- Injuries: Your injuries were directly caused by the actions or neglect of the defendant.
- Losses: Your injuries resulted in economic and/or non-economic losses.
Our personal injury attorneys will review the details of your case and use the facts to establish fault in court.
What if My Injury is Partially My Fault?
In Illinois, personal injury cases are subject to the “modified comparative negligence” rule to determine and assign faults or shared responsibility. If the court decides that you are more than 50 percent responsible for the action that resulted in your injury, then you are not entitled to any compensation for damages. If you are found to be less than 50 percent liable for your injury, the court will assign you a percentage of the blame and your compensation will be reduced in proportion to the percent of responsibility assigned to you.
If you think you may share some of the responsibility for your injury, do not admit fault. Before speaking or taking any action, talk to our personal injury attorneys. We can help determine if you do share part of the responsibility and then decide on the best course of legal action.
What is the Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Case in Illinois?
In Illinois, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim is two years. The two years are counted starting on the date of the accident, the day the injury is discovered, or the date on which the individual should have reasonably discovered the injury. In cases involving wrongful death, the two years starts on the date of the death.
For medical malpractice cases, a claim must be brought no later than four years from the date on which the malpractice occurred, even if it took more than four years for the victim to become aware of the malpractice. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice is longer for minors.
What are the exceptions to the Statute of Limitations in Illinois?
The following are the main exceptions to the Illinois statute of limitations for personal injuries:
- Victims of medical malpractice who are under 18 can file a case up to eight years from the date the malpractice occurred. However, the victim must file a lawsuit before their 22nd birthday.
- The statute of limitations is paused for individuals who had a legal disability at the time of their injury, and it is put back into effect when the person is no longer considered legally disabled. If an individual suffers a legal disability after their injury but before the statute of limitations is up, the statute will be paused and resumed when the personal is no longer legally disabled.
- Victims of medical malpractice have up to five years to file a claim if the health care provider attempted to hide or cover up their actions that led to their injury.
How Can Personal Injury Attorneys Help My Case?
Our personal injury attorneys will review the details of your case and present them in court to get the maximum compensation for your damages. We will prepare your legal argument by gathering evidence and working with expert witnesses to convince the jury or the insurance company that you deserve compensation.
What Compensation Am I Entitled to for a Personal Injury?
Under Illinois law, victims of personal injury are entitled to economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are monetary damages that compensate for actual financial losses that have resulted due to your injury. Non-economic damages are damages that are not measured by a specific dollar amount, like pain and suffering.
The following are economic damages:
- Any types of medical bills, including past and future bills
- The cost of mental health treatment
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Household services
- Loss of earning capacity
The following are non-economic damages:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Humiliation and reputation damage
- Disability and disfigurement
It is also possible for personal injury victims to seek punitive damages, which are damages awarded to punish the defendants whose actions or negligence caused the injury in addition to the damages described above that compensate the plaintiff.
Does Illinois Have a Cap on the Amount of Compensation Awarded?
Currently, there is no cap on the amount of damages that can be awarded by a court for a personal injury case. The decisions of what damages to award in personal injury cases is the purview of the judges and juries.
Personal Injury Attorneys – Chicago and Illinois
The personal injury attorneys of The Good Law Group are ready to help those who are the victims of personal injuries in Chicago, IL and the surrounding Chicagoland area. Our attorneys have experience with personal injury cases, and we will exhaust all legal actions available to us to secure maximum compensation for your injury.
Call The Good Law Group at (800) 419-7606 to schedule a free case evaluation for your personal injury case. You will not pay an out-of-pocket cost or fee unless we successfully secure compensation in your case.