Chicago Personal Injury
Chicago’s personal injury lawsuits are commenced by people who are injured by the carelessness of other people (accidental or intentional) or by using a defective product that caused personal injury in some way. When an individual or entity is determined to be legally responsible for injuries to another person, that person/entity is liable for those personal injuries and may be required to pay compensatory and/or punitive damages as part of a Chicago personal injury lawsuit.
Compensatory damages are awarded in an effort to return the injured person to the state they were in prior to sustaining injuries with an amount of money that is sufficient enough to replace whatever the injured party lost, including medical costs.
Punitive damages (also known as exemplary damages) can be awarded in addition to actual damages that compensate a person for a loss suffered due to an injury caused by a plaintiff. Punitive damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer in the interest of protecting society from future damages by such wrongdoing. Many businesses and insurance companies object to and consider punitive damages to lie in legal limbo somewhere between civil and criminal law, inasmuch as they resemble a “criminal fine” since they are not compensatory in nature and increase the potential costs of running a business.
There are a lot of situations from which a personal injury lawsuit could arise and they include the following:
- Car/truck accidents
- Bike/motorcycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- Medical malpractice
- Injuries sustained at birth
- Product liability for use of defective items
- Wrongful death
Personal injuries are very often severe enough to be life threatening and the emotionally draining nature of accidental injuries are life-altering since they impact future activities, including your ability to work, which can result in lost wages on top of the trauma of the accident itself.
If you or a loved one has suffered personal injuries because of the negligence or carelessness of another, it is imperative that you contact a qualified personal injury attorney to evaluate your case and discuss available options. A personal injury lawyer will be aware of the statute of limitations, which limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit, and work with law enforcement, defense attorneys and insurance companies to protect your legal rights after having suffered an injury.