Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers
Serious accidents happen every day in Chicago. Although there are many situations in which those involved walk away without injury, there are also a lot of accidents that leave one or more people seriously injured. Personal injuries may happen due to a wide range of causes from vehicle crashes to workplace accidents to slips and falls while out shopping. Or they may be the result of medical malpractice errors and result in childbirth injuries or surgical mistakes. In addition to the pain and suffering that result from personal injuries, such an injury often has other serious consequences as well. Losing income due to missed work, losing a job, losing property, increased medical bills and other life-affecting consequences are also real and impactful to those injured.
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury due to any kind of accident or error, you deserve to have someone fight to protect your rights. Don’t try to deal with insurance companies, negligent businesses, or doctors on your own, as have their own lawyers to represent their interests. You deserve to have someone in your corner, helping you through the legal system after a serious injury. Call us today at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC at (800) 996-4824 to discuss your case free of charge and talk about your options.
Do I Have a Strong Personal Injury Case?
Although we would need to go over the specific details of your situation to give you an accurate assessment of your potential case, there are a few general considerations to know before attempting to file any kind of personal injury lawsuit. The two most important elements in any case are negligence and liability. Negligence means that someone else acted, or failed to act, in a way that a reasonable person should have acted. For example, most reasonable people would not go through a red light while driving above the speed limit – doing so would typically be an act of negligence. Liability means that another person's negligence directly or indirectly caused your injury in some way. For example, if you swerve while driving and strike a tree, then no one else is probably liable for your injuries and damages. On the other hand, if you swerve because someone else goes through a red light, then their negligent behavior may make them liable.
What are Damages and How Much Can I Recover?
Damages refer to financial (money) compensation that you can receive due to an accident or other event that caused you property loss or personal injury. For example, if you are injured and require medical treatment, then you may be able to receive damages in the form of payments that may offset or entirely pay for your medical expenses. Just how much you can receive, and the types of damages available to you, all depends upon the specific nature of your case. There are however, a few general types of damages you may be able to receive, including compensation for:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Medical bills
- General expenses
- Future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
What is Medical Malpractice?
Simply put, medical malpractice is a particular type of negligence that involves a doctor or other medical professional who failed to properly perform medical tasks, and which then resulted in some type of injury to the patient. It can cover a wide range of accidents and injuries, and it almost always requires a skilled attorney to prove. Birth injuries in particular, are not only tragic but their cause is sometimes very difficult to determine. To prove medical malpractice, your lawyer will work in conjunction with medical experts to analyze the medical records. Then the medical expert will need to swear in a written affidavit that the doctor, nurse or hospital did something that was incorrect and negligent. This is not something you should try to do on your own without a knowledgeable malpractice lawyer to represent you.
Do I Need a Lawyer to File for Workers' Compensation?
It’s always advisable that you hire a lawyer to file a claim, because you must submit paperwork by a certain deadline (called a statute of limitation). If these papers are not filed on time, you’ll lose your right to file a worker’s compensation claim and you’ll be completely out of luck - forever. These papers don’t get filed with your employer though and your employer will never file them for you. They get filed with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and your attorney will make sure that this work is done for you. Most people mistakenly believe that workers’ comp is an easy, straightforward procedure that’s easily accomplished directly with your employer. Although this is sometimes true, more times than not, there are other hidden sources of money available to an injured employee. An experienced Chicago workers’ comp lawyer can help you uncover and collect everything that is rightfully due to you as well as lessen your personal burden.
Why Should I Hire a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney?
Severe accidents that result in life-altering injury or permanent loss are incredibly traumatic events. They leave deep wounds, both physically and emotionally. If you, or a loved one, have suffered such an injury or accident, you may be pre-occupied with other pressing matters. In all likelihood, the thought of pursuing a personal injury claim at this point may not seem like a priority in your life. Know that these feelings are quite common and perfectly understandable given the circumstances. But do keep in mind that certain time limitations apply to every case and some evidence may disappear with the passage of time. So if you don’t call today, please call soon.
It’s all-too-easy to sign away your rights or agree to less compensation than you deserve if you don’t have an experienced, knowledgeable lawyer to represent you. So don’t sign anything provided to you by an insurance company or another party (this includes your own insurance company) without having a lawyer read it over and make sure that you are protected. After all, insurance companies (even your own) are in the business of paying out as little money as possible. An experienced personal injury can make the difference between compensation that merely covers your expenses and a settlement that ensures your future and puts your mind at ease.
Honest, Caring Counsel in Chicago, Illinois
At Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC, we know what a personal injury can do to all affected. We know that an injury can be devastating to you and your family. It's our wish to help you work past these unfortunate circumstances. So don't go through the legal system alone. Get the experienced Chicago personal injury attorneys at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC on your side. We most certainly can help.
Initial consultations are 100% free. We'll review the facts of your case and explain your legal options to you at no charge. We handle personal injury, medical malpractice and workers’ compensation cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there are never legal fees unless we win your case.
To schedule a confidential consultation with a member of our personal injury team, contact us today at (800) 996-4824.