Chicago, the Windy City is known for its skyscrapers, bustling city life, and sports fans. Due to the size and busy nature of this city, it’s not surprising that there is an overwhelming amount of accidents and injuries in Chicago.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety Statistics, in 2016, there were 120,892 motor vehicle accidents in Chicago. 17,638 of these accidents involved injury, and another 164 were fatal. These statistics only cover motor vehicle accidents.
Whether it’s an injury that resulted from a car accident, slip-and-fall, or even a dog bite, you deserve justice and compensation for your suffering.If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s actions, you need a lawyer immediately.
A qualified, experienced personal injury attorney is here to help with any injury you might have. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today for immediate assistance.
Evidence for a Personal Injury Claim in Chicago
To win a personal injury claim, you must prove:
- That the defendant owed you a duty of care;
- The defendant failed to meet the duty of care owed to you;
- You received injury to your person; and
- The defendant’s action were the cause of your injuries.
To prove these elements, it is important to gather different types of evidence about the accident and your injuries. Different types of evidence that may be necessary to prove your case include the following:
After being in an accident, contact law enforcement immediately. The police officer called to the scene of the accident will document every detail of the accident including who was involved, damages, cause of the accident, and importantly, who was at fault for the accident. Make sure to get a copy of your police report as evidence for your claim.
A reliable eyewitness’ testimony provides information about fault, cause, and damages. Make sure to collect contact information for all drivers, passengers, and bystanders who may have witnessed all or any part of the accident.
Document every piece of medical evidence. This includes doctor’s notes, test reports, medical bills, your doctor’s statement, appointment reminder cards, receipts for prescription and over the counter medications, and any other medical documents that you have that prove your injury.
Collect these documents and keep them in a safe place.
Photos and Videos
Document your accident by taking pictures and videos of the scene, damage to vehicles or other property, and your injuries. Consider where the accident happened.
There may be security or traffic camera video that captured all or a part of the accident. This type of information may show how the accident happened, who was involved, and other information about the accident and your injuries.
Sometimes having an expert’s opinion is valuable when proving elements of your claim. This could include opinions and statements from financial experts, accident reconstructionists, medical care experts, forensic experts, and others.
Know what information may be important and available to support your case can be daunting and a bigger task than the average person can manage. A lawyer can gather this evidence for you. Contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer today for help with your case.
Types of Compensation Under Illinois Law
After being injured in an accident, speak to a Chicago personal injury lawyer right away to file your claim on time.
In Illinois, you can receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Rehabilitation and recovery expenses
- Permanent scarring and/or disability
- Loss or damage of personal property
- Pain and suffering
- And possibly other areas of loss
Keep all bills and receipts that are results of your injuries. If you don’t, you won’t be able to get compensation. Make copies of everything, and keep them in a safe place.
Illinois’ Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
Illinois’ statute of limitations for personal injury cases gives the victim two years from the date of the injury to file a claim (735 Illinois Compiled Statutes section 5/13-202).
If you fail to file within this time period, your case will be dismissed and you will not be able to receive compensation. Be aware that in some cases that may involve a governmental entity, your time limit may be as short as one year.
What Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Do for You?
Personal injury lawyers help their clients in many ways. An experienced attorney manages the claims process so you can focus on recovery.
At VanDerGinst Law, our lawyers are prepared to:
- Present your claim to insurance adjusters and negotiate for your maximum recovery;
- File complaints in court, argue cases, prepare legal documents and offer experienced and professional legal advice;
- Conduct research and gather evidence to build a strong case; and
- Get you the maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.
At VanDerGinst Law, our attorneys are reliable and strong advocates for injured victims, no matter the circumstances. If you were hurt in an accident caused by someone else, we want to help.
Our lawyers have experience in a wide variety of practice areas, including but not limited to:
- Animal/dog bites
- Car accidents
- Drugs and narcotics
- Defective medical devices
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse/neglect
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workers’ compensation
- Wrongful death
Get Reliable and Strong Legal Representation
When someone injured you because of their negligence, you deserve compensation for your losses.
At VanDerGinst Law, our Chicago attorneys will fight for your rights and recover your losses.