What is personal injury law?
Personal injury law constitutes civil cases that arise from any kind of injury be it emotional, mental or physical, caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct. When someone in our society breaks a law that is designed to protect others from harm, the law provides that the person who broke the law is responsible or “liable” to compensate the injured person or persons for the harm that was suffered.
What is a personal injury claim?
A “personal injury claim” is a request of a person, company, municipality or another organization that disregarded a law and caused injury pay the amount of money that is necessary to compensate, or make up for the past and future medical expenses, lost income and change in quality of life (“pain and suffering”) suffered by the injured person.
To learn more about what you need to file a personal injury claim read our blog post, “Checklist: Information and Documents to Collect for Your Personal Injury Lawyer after an Injury”
Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
In many cases you will need to hire an attorney in order to adequately protect your interests and fight for what you deserve. Please consider taking advantage of the free personal injury consultations offered by Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm. Even cases that seem simple can become complicated because of legal issues or disputed factual issues. The more serious the injuries are, the more compensation that is potentially at stake, and the higher the need to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to protect your interests and maximize your asset.
To learn more read our blog post, “5 Reasons Why You Should Not Wait To Hire a Warrior Personal Injury Lawyer!”
What are my rights if I’ve been injured?
As a general rule, if someone’s negligence caused your injury, you are entitled to compensation for those injuries. The specific legal rights and limitations that may apply to your case will vary depending on the facts. Don’t delay in contacting Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm.
If I suffer an injury at work do I have to report the injury to my employer?
Yes, any injury, even minor ones, should be reported as soon as they happen to your employer or supervisor. If the injury develops over time you should reported the injury as soon as you become aware of the injury.
I have been injured as a result of an accident. How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
Generally, an injured party in Illinois has two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Because there may be certain exceptions to this rule, you should consult with one of our warrior personal injury lawyers to make sure it is not too late for you to take action.
If you become injured, to receive compensation you will need to file your personal injury claim within two years. If you fail to file your claim within this period of time, known as a statute of limitation, you will forfeit your right to pursue compensation. It is important to note that this two year window begins the day you learn of your injury, not when you are actually injured. So, while some injuries will be obvious and diagnosed right away, such as a broken bone, this rule allows you to take action even if your injury was not immediately apparent or was sustained over a long period of time. For example, the cumulative effects of a construction worker lifting heavy objects without proper safety equipment may cause a serious back injury over time.
What should I do after a car accident?
When a motor vehicle accident occurs it is easy to become disoriented, shaken, and confused. The first and most important thing you can do is seek medical attention, if need. This should be followed by calling the police to file a report, which will be need if you would like to persure a personal injuey case. No less important, is promptly contacting Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm. One of our warrior personal injury lawyers will personally examine the details of your case and answer all questions you many have about your car accident case.
I had a slip and fall accident at a store’s parking lot and was injured. Do I have a case?
You may have a premises liability case. Generally, an owner of property can be held liable for one’s injuries if he had actual knowledge of a particular defect, or had constructive knowledge of the problem and did not correct the dangerous condition.
What is a “free consultation” and what should I except during one?
A “free consultation” means that one of our warrior personal injury lawyers will personally talk with you on the phone or meet with you in person to review all of the relevant information in your case and provide an honest, straightforward answer to each and every question you may have about your rights, the service our firm has to offer, the terms of representation, and the suggested strategy for achieving the best result possible in your case. You will get a thorough assessment of your case without charge whether you hire us to represent you or not.
I am an undocumented worker; can I still receive worker’s compensation?
Yes, in the state of Illinois if you are injured on the job you are eligible for Worker’s Compensation, regardless of your legal status. Talk to a top personal injury lawyer at Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm.
I’ve been hurt in an accident and I want to file a claim for my injuries. What’s the first thing I should do?
There are a number of things you can do in the first few days and weeks after an accident to protect your right to compensation should you want to file an injury claim. Except for filing a formal claim against a government entity, there’s no single step that you absolutely must take to obtain a fair settlement, and no set order in which you must proceed. However, the more of the following suggestions you can follow, the more smoothly your claim process is likely to flow.
-Write down as much as you can about the accident itself, your injuries, and any other losses you suffered as a result of the accident.
-Make notes of conversations that you have with people involved in the accident or the injury claim.
-Preserve evidence of who caused the accident and what damage was done by collecting physical evidence and taking photographs.
-Locate people who witnessed the accident and who might be able to help you prove your case, and
-Notify anyone you think might be responsible for the accident of your intention to file a claim for your injuries.
To learn more read our blog post, “How long will my personal injury case take?”
What will I be able to recover compensation for in a personal injury case?
The circumstances of every accident are different enough that it would be virtually impossible to say what kind of compensation you may be able to pursue without talking to you directly. While we would really need to examine your case to tell you more about the specifics of your situation, most personal injury claims do seek compensation for things like medical and rehabilitative care, loss of income during recovery, and any diminishment to the quality of the victim’s life. In any event, we can develop a course of legal action to help you pursue compensation for all of the pain and suffering you or someone you love has endured since the accident.
What kind of evidence for a personal injury claim?
Virtually any piece of evidence that independently corroborates your claim will be indispensable to your case. Bearing that in mind, we will need to collect as much as possible, from things like police reports, witness testimony, and photographs of the accident, to receipts for all the medical and rehabilitative care you have undergone, pay slips that show how much income you lost during recovery, and any other documentation of the financial damages associated with the accident. While all of this may feel somewhat overwhelming, we can help you understand just what you will need to present the strongest possible claim when the time comes to take action.
To learn more read our blog post, “5 mistakes that could sabotage your personal injury case.”