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The ABCs of your personal injury case

Accidents can happen any time, anywhere. Sometimes they are due to our own negligence, such as tripping over a shoe you left lying on the bedroom floor. Other times, they happen because someone else was negligent. For example, imagine driving to work when a driver runs a red light and T-bones you in the middle of an intersection. You did nothing wrong. The light turned green and you started to accelerate. The other driver was either speeding and could not stop or was not paying attention and did not see the red light. Either way, you are now injured due to someone else's reckless behavior.

After an accident like the one in the above example, you might have a personal injury case. In order to determine if you have a case, speak with an accident attorney in the Chicago area. An experienced lawyer can help you take the first steps on your road to recovery.

Personal injury case defined

When an individual suffers an injury due to another person's recklessness, the injured person might have the right to file a legal action for compensation. Usually, people handle personal injuries cases either by filing a lawsuit and going to court or by settling out of court. In most cases, the people involved never go to trial and instead agree on a settlement to the claim.

If you choose to file a lawsuit, you will have to file a formal complaint with the court and then possibly enter into trial proceedings. In an informal settlement situation, your attorney will negotiate on your behalf to secure a monetary amount that covers your medical expenses, lost wages, and any other financial compensation you should receive for your injuries.

Personal injury laws

In criminal cases, there are a certain set of laws in place that dictate punishments, such as fines and jail time. Personal injury cases, on the other hand, are ruled by civil court decisions. Judges often base their decision on established precedent. This means that they consider other cases that are similar in nature to yours to determine an appropriate treatment.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to someone else's negligence, you might be entitled to receive compensation. You should not have to pay high medical bills or miss pay because of another person's reckless behavior. Get the help you need for the justice you deserve.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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