Personal Injuries and Death
Recently verified statistics regarding automobile accidents during 2011 in the City of Chicago show that accidents and fatalities are occurring at an alarming rate. If you drive Chicago streets regularly, you will probably encounter a serious car accident eventually and hopefully it won’t involve you and your vehicle.
There are approximately 100 fatal car accidents annually in the Chicago area, involving about 161 vehicles and 240 people, approximately 109 of which passed away due to sustained injuries, and 42 of which were caused by impaired drivers.There were also 50 pedestrians killed by accidental injuries.
Personal injury lawsuits very often arise from accidents that are caused by the carelessness or intentional acts of others or because of defective products that cause injury in some way (product liability). Whenever a person (or entity) is found legally responsible for injuries to another person, they are liable for the injury and may be forced to pay compensatory and/or punitive damages related thereto.
Compensatory damages are awarded in an attempt to put the injured person back into the position they were in prior to the injury and punitive damages intend to punish wrongdoers by making an example of them and preventing them from harming anyone else in the future.
Car, truck and motorcycle accidents aren’t the only cause of personal injury and death in Chicago. Many personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits involve construction accidents, slip and falls, nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, injuries at birth, product liability and claims for injuries sustained while at work. Wrongful death lawsuits are filed when a fatality occurs due to the negligence or carelessness of another person.
The most common personal injuries sustained in accidents after which lawsuits are filed involve injuries to the back, neck, head, brain, legs, knees, feet, shoulders, amputation, disfigurement, paralysis of all or part of the body and physical and psychological injury that results in scarring and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
If you or a loved one has experienced personal injury due to the negligence of another person, your first concern will be getting your medical bills paid and preventing future financial suffering from lost wages, as well as making sure your insurance company covers the cost of any future medical or other treatment that you will need related to your injury.
Injuries sustained in any type of accident can be life altering and severe and a statute of limitations exists restricting the amount of time you have to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. For this and many other reasons, you will need the expertise of a qualified attorney.
The experienced attorneys at the law office of Michael J. Brennan have litigated hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits and are available to do the same for you. We will discuss your particular situation, cover the options available to you, and work with all other involved parties, including law enforcement, insurance companies, medical professionals and others to ensure that your rights are protected and that your needs are met after suffering accidental mental or physical injuries through no fault of your own.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation and you should immediately seek the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney to help you through the process and protect the rights of you and your family members.