Accidents happen. But the impact on someone’s life can be devastating. Overwhelming medical expenses and missing work can result in somebody’s life being turned upside down. Insurance companies undoubtedly fail to account for the full extent of the costs involved in recovering from a severe injury. If you or a loved one have been injured, you need a good lawyer to fight for you.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases generally fall into one of the following categories:
- Auto Accidents
- Wrongful death
- Product liability (due to, for example, contamination).
- Assault and Battery
- Premises liability, usually slips, trips, and falls
- Property liability
- Swimming pool accidents
- Dog and animal bites
- Construction accidents
In all of these cases, a good lawyer can get you the compensation you need for you and your family to recover and regain economic stability. You generally have a case if the harm was caused by somebody else’s negligence, carelessness, or intentional act.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases in Illinois?
The statute of limitations is generally two years, but each and every case has variables that impact the time you have to file a lawsuit. This is why it is very important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after suffering the loss.
This principle apples to the evidence in the case as well. An experienced attorney needs to know how to obtain evidence that may only be available for a couple of days following the loss. Surveillance footage, for example, is often destroyed within a few days or weeks if you fail to properly preserve and request the evidence that could be key in your case.
What Else Do You Need to Know?
Illinois is a comparative fault state, which means that the court can assign percentages of blame. This means that the other party will no doubt claim you were at least partly at fault for your own injuries. Damages will be reduced by the percentage the court considered you at fault. For example, if you trip and fall while distracted, fault may be split between you and the property owner.
If you have been injured because of somebody else’s negligence or fault, you need a good lawyer to fight to make you whole again. Call 262-719-4442 or fill out the easy form below for a free case evaluation.