Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers
Getting injured complicates everything in your life. But there’s an uncomplicated solution: Hire a Chicago injury lawyer to help you pursue compensation.
On your way to work, in your workplace, at your neighbor’s home, in the grocery store, on a road trip, or in your own home, you could be injured because of someone else’s negligent actions. When that happens, you may need to file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for all the hardships you’re being forced to face.
However, filing a personal injury claim is only one step in a complicated process. Along the way, you’re bound to deal with negligent parties who try to dodge the blame, reluctant insurance companies, piles of paperwork, and a whole lot of stress—all while your injury is causing you pain.
Instead of dealing with all that yourself, you could enlist the help of a Chicago personal injury lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC. Our team of qualified attorneys has more than 130 years of combined experience with personal injury claims, and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you.
Serious Injury Types
Any injury that was someone else’s fault shouldn’t be your financial responsibility. But the need to recover compensation from the at-fault party becomes all the more urgent when serious or catastrophic injuries are involved.
That’s because these injuries have profound effects on your life and finances. They render you unable to work or, in some cases, even take care of yourself. It’s important to get started on your claim for compensation right away to prevent as much damage to your financial wellbeing as possible.
Below, we’ve outlined a few of the most common types of serious injuries cited in Chicago personal injury claims:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – Injuries to the brain can have long-lasting effects on your ability to care for yourself or go to work each day.
- Spine Injuries – Injuries that involve the back or spine can, in the worst cases, leave you paralyzed, which can forever alter your life.
- Broken Bones – Fractures and broken bones can cause debilitating pain and even sever arteries and veins, which can lead to life-threatening effects like internal bleeding.
- Severe Burns – Third-degree burns can permanently scar or disfigure you, causing unimaginable emotional trauma and destroying your self-image.
Common Chicago Personal Injury Claims
Claim types vary widely, but a handful tend to pop up frequently in Chicago because of factors like our heavy traffic, surplus of medical facilities, and various forms of public transportation.
The following are some common types of Chicago personal injury claims:
- Car Accidents – Auto wrecks are a common sight on Chicago area roads, and many of them are the result of negligent drivers. If you were injured because of another driver’s negligence, you can pursue compensation.
- Motorcycle Crashes – A common cause of serious injuries, motorcycle accidents in Chicago are often the result of drivers who simply don’t care enough to check their rearview mirrors for bikers.
- Commercial Truck Collisions – Truckers are often tired or distracted, and when they enter the crowded Chicago area, those kinds of negligent driving practices often don’t end well. Depending on the circumstances of your semi-truck or 18-wheeler accident, you might be able to name the trucker, trucking company, cargo loader, or truck manufacturer in your claim.
- Public Transit Accidents – We have plenty of public transportation in Chicago. And while this form of transportation is generally safe, accidents do happen. Whether your accident happened on a rail or on a bus, you might name the transit company or agency, the driver, or even a mechanic in your claim for compensation.
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Crashes – Bicycle crashes are all too common in our city, and that’s partly because motorists often forget that cyclists have the same right to the road that they have. When a pedestrian or cyclist is hit by a car, the damage is likely to be unimaginable. Luckily, victims can take legal action against the negligent driver.
- Premises Liability Claims – Chicago property owners are responsible for keeping visitors safe from hazards like wet floors, unrestrained dogs, and faulty construction. When they fail to do that, injuries often result. Fortunately, you can pursue compensation from the property owner if you were hurt because of his or her negligence.
- Defective Product Injuries – Defective medications, faulty brakes, fire-starting electronics, and tainted produce are some common examples of products that injure people in Chicago. Manufacturers are liable for any injuries they cause if they sell unsafe or defective products.
- Medical Malpractice – When healthcare professionals fail to maintain the standards of care tied to the medical profession, they can and should be held accountable for the injuries they cause. Examples of medical malpractice include improper prescriptions, unnecessary surgery, and missed or incorrect diagnoses.
- Workplace Injuries – In Chicago, the construction industry sees a disproportionate number of workplace injuries, but all industries pose hazards to employees. Workers compensation benefits kick in for most workplace injury victims, but, under the right circumstances, you might be able to pursue personal injury compensation. Filing an injury claim will usually lead to greater compensation than what workers comp will provide.
Accounting for the Impact of Your Injuries
The primary point of any personal injury claim is to win compensation for your injuries and other damages. That’s why most Chicago injury victims are first and foremost concerned with how much compensation they stand to receive if their claim is successful.
While your lawyer won’t be able to give you an accurate estimate until he or she has assessed all the evidence and details of your case, we can give you an idea of all the damages for which you could receive compensation:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Renovations to your home to accommodate your injuries
- Reduced quality of life
- Emotional trauma
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Wrongful death
Chicago Personal Injury FAQ
You’re bound to have questions about your claim, your compensation, and your rights. We have all the answers you need.
Have I missed the deadline to file a claim for compensation?
Every state sets a deadline for filing personal injury claims. In Illinois, this deadline, referred to as the statute of limitations, is two years from the date of your accident, in most cases. If your injuries occurred more than two years ago, your claim isn’t likely to get off the ground.
Can I still be compensated for my injury if I hold some of the blame?
Yes, as long as you aren’t more than 50 percent responsible for what happened. Thanks to a rule called comparative negligence, you can recover compensation for your injuries even if you hold some of the blame.
However, keep in mind that any percentage of blame you hold will ultimately be subtracted from the compensation you receive. If, for example, you’re deemed 30 percent responsible for your car accident, you’ll only receive 70 percent of the compensation awarded to you.
Will I have to go to court?
Not necessarily, but you might need to if the other side won’t make a fair settlement offer. The majority of Chicago personal injury claims settle before they ever see the inside of a courtroom, but when the other side won’t negotiate, your lawyer might need to take the at-fault parties to court to get you the compensation you’re owed.
Call a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney
Obtaining the compensation you’re owed is no easy feat. It takes a lot of time, resources, and legal knowledge. When you’re already dealing with the fallout of an injury, you probably don’t want to add all that to your plate.
To reduce your stress and boost your chance of winning the compensation you need to move forward with your life, work with Lane & Lane, LLC. To schedule a free, no-pressure consultation with a Chicago personal injury lawyer, call us at 312-332-1400 or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.