If you have been the victim of someone else's negligence, you shouldn't have to literally pay when you're already figuratively paying with pain and trauma. That's where a Joliet personal injury lawyer comes in, whether you're suing an insurance company or the responsible party, having someone fighting on your side, only for you, guarantees the best possible outcome for your personal injury claim.
At Chicago Car Accident Lawyers, our team has years of combined personal injury experience as personal injury attorneys in Illinois, fighting daily to help make sure the injured party gets the settlements they deserve.
What Kind of Personal Injuries Can I Sue For?
Anytime you have sustained an injury due to the negligence of another party or business, you can sue to cover the costs of your injuries. What this means is, for example, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident you can sue the insurance company of the at-fault driver, or the at-fault driver themselves. Personal injury lawsuits don't just come from car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents in stores or businesses, if something falls on you such as a sign or piece of art that was not properly hung, etc.
The only stipulation when it comes to personal injury lawsuits is that the injury must have been caused by negligence. This means that, for example, if a sign falls on you, you can normally sue. If the sign falls on your because you were pulling on it, however, this is due to your own actions and not negligent actions from another party and you cannot sue.
You can also sue over mental injuries. From depression to anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), any lasting mental effect of your accident that requires medication and/or therapy can add to your medical costs and, therefore, can be included in your personal injury claim.
While most people think only of motor vehicle collisions when it comes to personal injury claims, there are many types of accidents that can bring about personal injury lawsuits. The following list is just a few of the more common personal injury lawsuits:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Nursing Home Negligence
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
At the heart of it, personal injury lawyers spend all day fighting for clients in courts and in mediation rooms against insurance companies or at-fault parties. While you never need a lawyer, having legal representation on your side, fighting for you, is the best and easiest way to ensure that you receive the settlement you deserve. Insurance companies will often try to skirt responsibility onto other parties or avoid paying what you deserve, but with an attorney on your side it makes it a lot harder for insurance companies to throw you under the bus.
Personal injury attorneys can also help you sue at-fault parties directly. This can be handy if the at-fault party does not have insurance, or the insurance settlement was too small, or non-existent. Many people are unaware that even after an insurance settlement or lawsuit, you are still able to sue the at-fault party personally for financial compensation.
Injuries aren't the only thing that personal injury attorneys can help you with. If you were not injured, but your spouse, child, or parent were involved in an accident through no fault of their own, you can also sue insurance companies and at-fault parties for wrongful death, and sometimes loss of companionship.
If the court finds the negligence on the at-fault party's side to be reckless, such as a fatal accident caused by a distracted driver that was using a handheld device, you may even be awarded reparations. These are extra payments ordered by a judge if they feel as though the at-fault party was behaving recklessly. Attorneys can also help you sue for loss of income if your injury caused you to miss work, or in some extreme cases lose your job.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
Thankfully, personal injury attorneys cost nothing upfront. When you hire a personal injury attorney, they will work your case with no payment or attorney fees, up until a settlement is decided. At that point, they will be paid an agreed-upon amount of your settlement.
This pay system works well for two reasons: your attorney is guaranteed to work as hard as they can to win your case, since they do not get paid if you do not receive a settlement, and your attorney is guaranteed to fight as hard as they can to get you the maximum compensation. The larger your settlement, the more they get paid.
Contact Our Firm to Review Your Claim Options
When you're ready to find legal services, we're ready to provide them. From compensation claims to traumatic brain injuries, medical expenses, and medical treatment, CCAL is here to help. We handle the legal process for injury victims so they can focus on healing and moving on with their lives.
Call us today to set up a confidential consultation with our legal, where we can walk you through the possible outcomes and financial compensation for your case, and get started on building your case.