If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an accident that happened due to someone else’s negligence, you should not have to pay for your medical treatments and property damage.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2016, there were 243,039 fatalities and 72.6 million physician’s office visits that resulted from accidents. The two biggest reasons for fatalities due to accidents are poisoning and getting into a motor vehicle accident.
Not every accident is a personal injury case, but if you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you could hold the responsible party to account for your injuries. A Bartlett personal injury lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, might be able to help. Call a member of our team now to find out if you have a case at (800) 223-5115.
Examples of Personal Injury Cases
We work on many different types of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including but not limited to:
- Slip and fall accidents.
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents.
- Medical malpractice.
- Defective product claims.
- Workplace injuries and fatalities.
- Asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.
- Nursing home abuse and neglect.
- Dog bites.
- Boating and airplane accidents.
- Exposure to toxic substances.
If you suffered injuries in an accident, you might be able to recover compensation for the expenses related to your injuries.
Illinois Time Limits for Personal Injury Cases
Time can be of the essence in personal injury cases. Do not wait to seek legal advice and find out about your options for recovering compensation. Consider that Illinois’ statute of limitations, 735 Illinois Compiled Statutes § 5/13-202, generally sets a two-year time limit starting on the date of your accident.
Not filing a lawsuit within the two years could bar you from receiving any compensation through the courts. However, if your accident happened more than two years ago, you might, in some rare circumstances, be able to qualify for an exception. Consulting with a lawyer can provide clarity and help you find out whether you could file a lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation with a Personal Injury Lawyer serving Bartlett, call (800) 223-5115
Proving Your Case
In a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, you will need to prove the at-fault party’s negligence in order to recover any compensation. Typically, you will have to prove these elements in a claim:
- The at-fault party (defendant) had a duty of care.
- They breached their duty of care.
- This breach caused your accident and injuries.
- You have damages such as medical bills and property damage.
You would also have to provide evidence to prove any claims of negligence or fault. Evidence can include police reports of an accident, photographs, witness statements, and evidence of medical treatments, for example.
A Bartlett personal injury lawyer knows how to prove a case and can help you gather the evidence required for your claim. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for help.
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Compensation You Could Receive
An accident almost always results in a financial burden for the accident victim. If you suffered extensive and life-threatening injuries, you might have considerable medical bills and probably had to have extended time off work. However, if the accident happened due to someone else’s recklessness or carelessness, you should not have to carry the financial burden and deserve a fair settlement for your damages. A settlement should also include any future bills connected with the accident, for example, ongoing medical treatments or rehabilitative services.
You also have the option of consulting with a lawyer before accepting any settlements out-of-court. A lawyer can protect you from settling for compensation that may not cover all your costs now and in the future. A personal injury lawyer can also help to calculate your damages adequately, considering your medical needs and requirements for the future.
While every case is different, in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, you could potentially receive compensation for:
- Lost income and future lost income
- All medical bills in connection with the accident
- A home help and health aide
- Property damage
- Physical pain and anguish
- Emotional suffering
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of parental guidance for children
There may also be other compensation due to you, depending on your accident and injuries. If you would like to find out what you could receive, you can consult with a lawyer who will be able to provide more information relating to your specific case.
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A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
A personal injury lawyer will be able to help you with your claim in many different ways, potentially giving you more time to recover from the accident. The ways in which a lawyer can help you include:
A lawyer can help you collect the necessary paperwork, medical records, proof of expenses, and written reports needed to build your case and prove your financial losses.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
Many personal injury cases never go to court, provided the parties are able to reach a satisfactory settlement. However, insurance companies may try to get you to accept a lowball offer.
A lawyer can help negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf and prevent an insurance company from taking advantage of you. Accepting a settlement could prohibit you from filing a lawsuit later on, so your lawyer will try to protect you and aim to negotiate a settlement that covers all your losses adequately.
Representing You in Court
If your personal injury case goes to trial, a lawyer can represent you. While self-representation is certainly possible, having an attorney by your side might help. A lawyer knows the laws and technicalities in court cases and can fight for you.
These are just some of the ways your Bartlett personal injury lawyer can help you with your claim. Most importantly, having dedicated legal representation and assistance can give you peace of mind, lets you concentrate on healing from your injuries, and can help you put the accident behind you.
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today to find out how you could receive justice and compensation at (800) 223-5115.