What is personal injury?
A personal injury is any injury occurring to your person (i.e. your body). Personal injuries can range from accidents to assaults to anything else involving bodily injury.
What is negligence?
Negligence is a legal term referring to carelessness or lack of duty on the part of a responsible party. For example, a property owner who fails to safely maintain their property may be found negligent when someone is injured on their property, or a doctor may be found negligent when he misprescribes a drug to his patient.
What is duty in a personal injury case?
Duty refers to a legal obligation on the part of a reasonable responsible party. A responsible party owes a duty of care to those who are on their property or under their supervision. Failure to do so may be negligent.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice refers to any activity by a medical professional that falls beneath the standard of care and causes harm. Underprescription, failure to prescribe, botched or unnecessary surgery, or misdiagnosis are all examples of potential medical malpractice.
What are damages?
The term “damages” refers to the monetary compensation sought by plaintiffs in a personal injury case. Punitive damages are made to punish the negligent party and deter future negligence on the part of others; compensatory damages are intended to compensate the victim for lost wages, costs of medical care, etc.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
It depends on the circumstances of your accident, the negligent party or parties, and the amount of evidence that can be collected by your personal injury attorney.
How much time do I have to make my personal injury claim?
Depending on where you live, your time may be limited by “statutes of limitation,” which provide for an expiration date on when you can file a case after an injury.
What should I look for in a personal injury lawyer?
Experience, track record, and resources.
How can I find the right personal injury lawyer?
Contact us today to speak directly with a Chicago accident lawyer.