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Our Illinois Personal Injury Lawyers Take the Pain Out of Accident Claims
If you were injured because of the negligence of someone else, you may be eligible to receive substantial compensation. The personal injury lawyers at Strom Yen Injury Attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of victims throughout the state. We have been helping people in Chicago recover money to pay for their lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering since 1977. Our injury attorneys take the pain out of filing accident claims. We can help you navigate the complicated web of insurance companies and the legal process, so you can focus on recovering.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer with Strom Yen Injury Attorneys?
Injured Chicagoans turn to Strom Yen Injury Attorneys after serious accidents for a wide range of reasons.
Understanding the Basics of Personal Injury Law
Under personal injury law, commonly referred to as “tort law”, victims who are physically or emotionally harmed because of someone else’s act, or failure to act, have the right to file a civil lawsuit and receive compensation from the party who caused the injury.
In most personal injury cases, accident lawyers help victims file claims against the wrongdoer’s auto, business, or homeowner insurance policy. The personal injury attorney will investigate the incident that caused the injury, gather evidence, and negotiate a fair settlement. If the insurance company refuses to offer an appropriate settlement amount, the injury lawyer files a lawsuit in civil court.
It is a common misconception that personal injury claims lead to lawsuits and lengthy trials. Approximately 95% of cases, however, are settled out of court.
Recoverable Damages in a Personal Injury Case
Frequently referred to as “special damages”, economic damages refer to the monetary losses suffered by the victims because of the incident. Examples include lost wages, medical bills, and other costs associated with the injury.
Also known as “general damages”, non-economic damages are designed to compensate an injured victim for non-monetary losses suffered because of the accident. This includes things like pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Punitive damages may be awarded in a personal injury claim if the wrongdoer’s acts were particularly outrageous or intentional. Unlike compensatory damages, which are designed to make the victim “whole”, punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant and deter similar acts in the future.
Collecting Damages in a Personal Injury Claim
An injured victim becomes entitled to damages when a settlement agreement is reached outside of court, or after a jury awards the damages in a courtroom verdict. In some cases, damages are paid out right away in lump sums or through payments over time. When defendants are unwilling or allegedly unable to pay damages, the plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer may be able to help by garnishing wages, placing liens on personal property, or identifying undisclosed assets.
Elements of a Personal Injury Lawsuit
- Duty to Exercise Reasonable Care
- Duty of Care Was Breached
- Breach of Duty Caused the Injury
- Victim Suffered Harm
Common Cases Our Personal Injury Lawyers See
Personal injury attorneys in Chicago frequently handle accident claims that involve:
- Car accidents caused by another motorist.
- Truck accidents that happen because of negligent truckers.
- Injuries caused by defective or dangerous products.
- Premises liability cases like slip and fall accidents in malls and supermarkets.
- Dog bites and other types of animal attacks.
- Swimming pool accidents.
- Wrongful death
Recovering Compensation When Multiple Parties Are Liable
In many cases, accidents and injuries are caused by a variety of factors. Injured victims may be able to receive compensation from more than one liable party. Examples where injury claims or lawsuits may be filed against multiple parties include, but are not limited to:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Product Liability
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Toxic substances
- Dangerously-designed equipment
- Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
- Workers’ Compensation accidents
- Construction Accidents
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FAQ About Personal Injury Claims in Illinois
How much is my personal claim worth?
No personal injury lawyer can guarantee how much you will receive in a personal injury settlement. An experienced accident attorney, however, can evaluate your medical bills and future medical treatments needed, lost wages, and the extent of your pain and suffering to provide you with an accurate estimate of how much your claim is worth.
How long do I have to take legal action after a personal injury in Illinois?
Although exceptions may apply, victims generally have just two years to file a lawsuit for a personal injury in Illinois.
Can I still recover damages if I was partially at-fault for the accident?
It depends. In Illinois, you can file a personal injury lawsuit and recover compensation for your losses as long as you were less than 51% at-fault for the accident.