Any time that someone is injured by someone else, there is a potential personal injury claim. But there’s a lot to prove in a personal injury case in Illinois or Missouri. As a general rule of thumb, you may not need a personal injury lawyer unless you suffered injuries that require medical attention beyond basic first aid. Likewise, it should be relatively clear that someone else caused the injury. Here are some key points to remember about personal injury cases.
TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY CASES WE HANDLE
This is just a brief list of the types of injury cases we generally accept. If you don’t see your specific injury, that’s okay. Give us a call and we will discuss whether it’s something we may be willing to help you resolve.
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Scooter, bicycle and pedestrian crashes
- Boating or recreational accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Wrongful death
DEADLINES FOR FILING A PERSONAL INJURY CASE
In Illinois and Missouri, most of the time you’ll have 2 years to bring your lawsuit against the negligent individual or company that hurt you. There are huge exceptions when government entities, children, or victims with cognitive deficits are involved. There are also nuances and exceptions that apply to medical malpractice in each state, as well as property damage and uninsured motorist claims. It’s always best to sit down with a lawyer for a no-cost consultation just to be certain of your options. That way there is no chance of losing your rights later.
PAYING A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
Personal injury cases carry a bit of risk, which is why our firm accepts and carries that risk for our clients. We advance litigation expenses and all of the costs of pursuing justice, so that our clients can remain focused on healing. If we can’t recover compensation, then we just write-off those expenses. We accept all injury cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning we only collect our fee from the settlement or jury award. This means, you will never have to come up with a check to pay our fees.
TYPES OF COMPENSATION AVAILABLE
Depending on the type and severity of the injury, compensation may include:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Future anticipated medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost future earnings
- Cost of adaptive equipment
- Out-of-pocket costs and expenses
In cases involving wrongful death, family members can also collect compensation for things like:
- Final medical costs
- Funeral bills
- Burial expenses
- Loss of love and affection
- Loss of financial and emotional support