f you have been hurt in a Rockford car, truck or motorcycle injury, your personal injury may have left you with significant medical bills. If your injuries were caused by another person — including accidents not involving vehicles, such medical malpractice or dram shop (liquor establishment) liabilities — you may be entitled to recoverable money.
Personal injury law involves civil lawsuits filed because of wrongful conduct or behavior. A claim in a personal injury lawsuit is filed by party who was injured — either physically or emotionally — due to the behavior of another party. Some of the most common types of personal injury claims are:
While personal injury laws recognize that accidents can happen, there is an assumption of personal responsibility by the party responsible for the physical or emotional damage. Would a reasonable person have acted differently in a situation? That is at the heart of most personal injury cases.
Monetory damages can be awarded if someone is found to be legally responsible for injuring person. Those monetory damages are called compensatory damages. The purpose of compensatory damages is to attempt to put the injured person in the position he or she would have been had the injury not occurred. These damages may include medical expenses (past and future), pain and suffering (past and future), lost wages (past and future), loss of a normal life, and loss of society.
In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to punish the defendant if his or her conduct was not just negligent but reckless or intentional.
If you have been the victim of a personal injury in Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park or anywhere in Winnebago County, Illinois, there are several things you can do to help yourself. First of all, make sure that you seek proper medical attention and that you follow the advice of medical professionals. You should also follow up with the proper authorities and your own insurance company. If you believe your injury was caused by the carelessness or intentional act of another, you may want to contact an attorney to discuss this. You should call as soon as it is convenient to do so and avoid discussing the matter with strangers and insurance representatives who are not from your own insurance company. You should be cooperative with the police, your own treating physicians, and your own insurance company.
A personal injury can be severe and life-altering. You may have a long and difficult recovery period. At a time when you should be focused on your recovery, many issues may suddenly demand your attention, including:
A qualified personal injury attorney can help to guide you through this difficult time and alleviate some of the stress.
Marriett Legal strives to settle personal injury cases with favorable terms. Contact attorney Marriett Legal's office at (815) 391-0089 to schedule your free consultation about your personal injury case in Rockford, or use the contact form above or to the right to receive a prompt response within 24 hours.