If you suffered injuries in an accident, you have a right to seek compensation for medical bills, loss of work, and more. Personal injury cases are worth pursuing when they make your recovery from the accident less of a burden. You already have the burden of pain, suffering, and emotional damage, so you should not need to suffer financially, too.
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is waiting to handle your personal injury case. Personal injury cases do not always go to court, but we will defend your rights in court if we cannot reach a settlement. We want to represent you and fight for a fair financial award and justice on your behalf.
To begin working on your case with a free consultation, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today: (800) 794-0444.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
There is no limit to the number of ways you can get into an accident that leads to serious physical, emotional, and financial damages. Understanding the range of personal injury claims can help you understand the type and extent of damages that you will want to seek:
- Car Accidents: Getting into a collision with another vehicle can lead to serious damages, regardless of if you were driving. Serious automobile accidents can also happen with trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and more. While the range of costs incurred from the results of a car accident will vary for each case, Illinois law requires all drivers to oblige care and consideration for others on the road.
- Slip and Fall: Property owners, public and private, have a duty to reasonably protect all invitees, according to Illinois law. Slip and fall cases can be incredibly dangerous to people 60 and older, resulting in serious injuries and extensive medical bills.
- Defective Products: If you are hurt after using a product, you may be eligible for compensation that the defendant who caused your harm should pay for.
This is a non-exhaustive list of personal injury claim types. In all these claim types, you could have excessive medical bills from getting treatment for your injuries, face an inability to work or recover from a loss of work, and more. The financial settlements you seek through a personal injury claim may benefit from a thorough evaluation by a Chicago personal injury lawyer.
When you speak with a member of the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we can determine your best legal recourse to get back to normal.
Determining Fault in a Personal Injury Case
In Illinois, comparative fault laws account for the possibility that all involved parties had some responsibility in causing the accident and your injuries. This is especially important to remember in car accidents, where you will be held accountable for the relative amount of damage you caused in the accident.
Mandatory Insurance in Illinois
All drivers in Illinois are required to carry some form of mandatory insurance to protect themselves and other drivers in the event of an accident where someone is injured or killed. This is not the same thing as personal injury protection insurance, which would cover your own injuries after an accident.
Since Illinois is a “fault” state, the liable party that caused the accident will be responsible for reimbursing expenses related to the accident. Because of this, drivers in Illinois are wise to carry additional insurance that covers themselves and others in the event of an accident. Business owners, property owners, and medical professionals will also presumably hold some kind of insurance that protects them from paying out of pocket in an industry-specific accident.
Evidence of Fault in a Personal Injury Case
In a personal injury case, you have the burden of proving that someone else’s negligent behavior caused your accident. As the nature of personal injury cases varies, so will the evidence you will present in court. Every personal injury case will be different, but examples of negligence may include any of the following:
- History of Negligent Behavior: The individual you got into an accident with may be someone who has a history of car collisions or a history of negligent property ownership.
- Failure to Provide Reasonable Care: In most day-to-day scenarios, civil law gives people a legal obligation to care for each other to a reasonable extent. Failing to abide by that concept of reasonable care is carelessness or negligence towards others.
- Breach of Contract: Although the laws on breach of contract may vary from case to case, a breach of contract is a simple act of negligence that could have seriously damaging effects.
Remember that not all negligence is intentional, but this does not remove the financial, emotional, or physical burden of the injuries that negligence can cause. In some extreme cases, someone’s negligent behavior can even cause death.
Of course, each personal injury case will be unique, so do not consider this list of ways to prove liability an extensive one. You can discuss your best legal options when you speak with one of our team members who will take time to understand your perspective, the costs you incurred from the accident, and what life will be like for you in the future. Personal injury cases can impact you for an extended amount of time. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers want to hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence. You should not have to suffer further damage from this situation.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Chicago, call (800) 794-0444
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to Represent Your Rights
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you conquer a personal injury case that seems overwhelming. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to pay us until you get a well-deserved settlement.
Work with a dedicated team of Chicago personal injury lawyers to get back to the lifestyle you know and love. When you are ready to begin working on your case, our team will be waiting by the phone for your free consultation: (800) 794-0444.