Personal injury claims occur when an individual is injured due to the carelessness, negligence, or intentional conduct of another person or business. It can be difficult and even overwhelming for an injured person to investigate their case, gather evidence, prove liability, determine the value of their claim, negotiate a fair settlement, and deal with their medical bills and liens without help from a knowledgeable attorney.
A Clinton personal injury lawyer could analyze your situation, advise you of your options, and assist you by handling the insurance company on your behalf. We strive to make the process of dealing with a claim as easy as possible, so you can focus on what matters most, recovering from your injuries, spending time with family, and getting back to your normal life.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Our firm handles many types of injury cases for our clients. Common types of personal injury claims include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Truck collisions
- Dog bites
- Wrongful death cases
- Boating accidents
- ATV and 4-wheeler crashes
- Medical malpractice cases
- Slip and fall and premises liability claims
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Construction accidents
- Workers compensation
- Farm injuries
Proving Negligence in Injury Cases
Our Clinton injury attorneys have experience investigating and developing cases to help claimants establish negligence and prove their case. Put simply, negligence means the failure to use the appropriate amount of care to prevent harm to others. When the action or inaction of a person falls is below the standard of care a reasonable person would exercise, that person may be negligent.
Generally, to prove a personal injury claim for negligence, one must establish four elements:
- The defendant owed the injured person a duty of care
- The defendant breached the duty of care
- The defendant’s conduct must cause damages to the injured person
- The injured person must be able to prove they suffered damages as a result of their injures.
Time Limits to File an Illinois Injury Claim
Personal injury claims in Illinois are subject to a deadline or a statute of limitations, and if an injured person has not filed a lawsuit before the deadline expires, they could be permanently barred from doing so and unable to recover for their injuries.
In Illinois, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims provides an injured party two years from the date of their injury to file a lawsuit. (735 Illinois Compiled Statutes §5/13-202). However, different limitation periods may apply depending on the circumstances of the case and whether the injured party, or plaintiff, is a minor.
The best way to determine what statute of limitations applies to a case is to schedule a free consultation with a skilled injury attorney in Clinton, who could review the case and advise a plaintiff of what deadlines apply.
Call a Clinton Personal Injury Attorney for Help Today
Dealing with the aftermath of a personal injury can be overwhelming. Facing medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, all while dealing with insurance companies can be daunting for anyone, especially if you are unaware of your legal rights or how to appropriately value your claim.
Getting help from an experienced and compassionate lawyer can make things a lot easier. A Clinton personal injury lawyer could help maximize your recovery, minimize your medical bills, and make the process much easier for you, so you can focus on your recovery, your family, and getting back to your normal life. To learn more and discuss your case, contact us today for a free consultation.