Personal Injury in Illinois

Contacting a lawyer after any type of personal injury in Illinois is a very important step. The sooner you talk to a lawyer the sooner you will begin getting advice on how to handle any possible claim for damages that you might have. A good lawyer will be able to put your mind at ease while helping you get the compensation you deserve. On the other hand, a bad lawyer could ruin your personal injury claim and destroy any hope you might have for being compensated for your injury.

Illinois Personal Injury Law at a Glance

Illinois Personal Injury Laws

Statute of Limitations

2 Years
Damages Recoverable Medical expenses, lost wages, future earning ability, cost of household help, property damage, pain and suffering
Strict Liability Product manufacturer may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product
Joint Liability Each defendant liable for sum total amount of damages, but each defendant may seek payment from any other party responsible for plaintiff's injury.
Contributory Negligence Damages may not be awarded if plaintiff is found to be more than 51% responsible for injury.

Lawyers with No Track Record

It is true that everyone has to get started somewhere but even relatively new lawyers have public background information of some sort available. Many lawyers have worked for other firms, have settled other cases, or at least attended verifiable schools. If you find a lawyer that can provide no background information, has no customer references or testimonial, and has to your knowledge never successfully settled a claim for a client move on to someone more experienced.

Lawyers that Handle "All Claims"

Personal injuries come in many different forms. Some personal injuries involve back or spine problems, others are hand injuries. Many personal injuries take place during car accidents while others happen at work or while visiting a professional establishment. While these injuries can all be valid personal injury claims they are often handled in unique manners.

If you find a lawyer that claims to handle all types of claims inquire about the types of claims they have handled in the past. Make sure that they have handled a claim that is similar to yours and be wary if they have not. A lawyer that is accustomed to dealing with personal back injuries caused in car accidents might not be able to handle a workers compensation related injury that caused a hand injury.

Lawyers that Use Too Much Technical Language

In order to form a good working relationship with a lawyer you should be able to communicate easily with them. Easy communication of any kind can be impossible if the lawyer insists on using nothing but extremely legal language. This will frustrate you and leave you not sure of what is going on with the case. Instead of a lawyer that wants to impress you with their level of education instead choose an experienced lawyer who will talk to you using simple phrases and easy to follow language which will help you to remain informed.

For more information about your specific case, contact an Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer.

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