Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer
People get injured in a multitude of ways each day. Sometimes, these injuries are serious, and they occur through someone else’s negligence. When this happens, Chicago personal injury lawyers can help the victims to claim compensation from the at-fault party. Some injuries are even permanent, and victims have to adapt to a very different way of living.
Not only do their lives change considerably but they end up with high medical bills and other losses. These situations can be alleviated when victims recover their losses from the at-fault party. If you have suffered an injury because of someone else’s actions, you should seek legal representation. Getting compensation on your own can be very difficult.
Personal Injury Cases Our Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers Handle
Everything from violence to medical malpractice can lead to a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Some of the cases our attorneys handle stem from:
Slip & Fall Accidents
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slips and falls account for over a million emergency room visits each year. These accidents often occur on the premises of businesses, but they can happen anywhere. They can be due to spilled liquids, slippery floors, loose carpets, and other hazards. Property owners or managers can often be held responsible for injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents.
Car crashes are one of the leading reasons why people hire Chicago personal injury lawyers. Victims often suffer soft tissue injuries, burns, broken bones, head injuries, and spinal cord damage. Car crashes can be due to drunk driving, distracted driving, failure to yield and speeding. As of June 15, 2020, Illinois had recorded 341 fatal crashes that resulted in 373 fatalities. These were six fewer fatalities than those recorded over the same period in the previous year.
Motorcyclists can be very vulnerable when they traverse Chicago’s streets. Even though there’s a certain element of freedom that comes with riding a bike, there’s also some danger. Since motorcycles are small, sometimes drivers don’t see them. Drivers may also misjudge how fast motorcyclists are traveling or how close they are. When drivers are intoxicated or fatigued, they pose an even greater risk.
Product Liability Accidents
We use dozens of products every day and we assume that they are safe. However, thousands of people suffer injuries or illnesses because of defective or dangerous products. If you were injured by a product even though you used it as intended, it may have a design, manufacturing or marketing defect. Chicago personal injury lawyers can potentially hold any entity in the supply chain responsible.
Walking the streets of Chicago or going for a jog in the morning may sound like pleasurable activities. However, they can also be dangerous. Often, carelessness or negligence on the part of drivers results in a pedestrian being struck. From 2014 to 2018, an average of 41 pedestrians were killed in Chicago each year.
Sometimes victims die as a result of the accidents they become involved in. When this happens, their survivors can file a wrongful death claim. Families may be able to get compensation for emotional, physical, and financial losses resulting from the individual’s death. In Illinois, only the personal representative of the victim’s estate is allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If this individual is not named in the victim’s will, the court will appoint someone, usually a spouse, adult child or parent.
What Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers Advise Clients to Do After an Accident
What you do immediately after you get injured makes a big difference. If you make certain mistakes, they could prevent you from claiming compensation later. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better it will be for you. They will advise you on what you should and should not do. However, there are steps you should take even before calling a lawyer.
For example, you should ensure that your injury is reported to the relevant party. If you were involved in a traffic accident, you should call the police. If you slipped and fell at a business place, you must speak to the property owner or manager.
You should also seek prompt medical attention even if you don’t think your injuries are serious. Some injuries don’t present significant symptoms until hours or days later. However, if you wait until your symptoms are severe to go to the doctor, you’ll miss the opportunity to link your injuries to the accident. You can be sure that the insurance company will use this against you. The insurance adjuster may question the severity of your injuries or how you got them.
After you report the injury and get medical attention, you need to contact a local personal injury attorney. They will advise you on whether you really have a legal case and help you to prepare a claim if you do.
Damages You Can Claim with Help from Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers
Many accident victims don’t know about all the damages they could be entitled to. Insurance companies usually take advantage of this and make really low settlement offers. They may offer to cover only past medical bills, knowing that the victim won’t fight back. If you have an attorney, they will ensure that file a claim for all the damages you deserve.
The value of your claim will be made up of both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that are financial in nature while non-economic damages are those that are intangible.
Depending on the specifics of your case, you be able to get compensation for:
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
A number of variables will affect the amount you’re able to claim including:
- Your age. Younger people are likely to get higher settlements if their lives have been drastically altered.
- Your role in the accident. If you were partly responsible for your injuries, your damages will be reduced in proportion.
- The amount of insurance coverage available. You won’t be able to claim more than the maximum of the at-fault party’s insurance policy.
Contact TorkLaw Today for a Free Case Review!
You don’t have to suffer alone if you’ve been injured. At TorkLaw, we know how injuries can change one’s life. We also know how complex personal injury cases can be. That’s why we’ll handle all the legal and insurance-related issues while you focus on getting better. All sole aim is to get you fair compensation. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.