Compassionate Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Fights for You
A respected law firm taking action on your behalf
After a personal injury, you may need to hold negligent parties responsible, especially if the incident in question has caused significant medical bills, lost time at work, and mental and physical pain and suffering. During this time, it’s critical to meet with a knowledgeable attorney at Michael T. Friedman & Associates in Chicago. As a full-service personal injury law firm, we have proudly served our community for more than two decades, building a reputation for providing sound representation and personal attention that keeps our clients protected throughout the process.
Serious accidents resulting in personal injuries
There are a variety of situations in which you or a loved one may experience a personal injury. The following are some of the most common scenarios we encounter while serving our clients:
- Motor vehicle accidents: After a truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, bicycle or car accident, we investigate the circumstances of the crash to determine the factors that caused it. Then, we take action against those responsible and their insurance companies. We also assist with uninsured/under insured motorist accident claims.
- Premises liability:When property owners fail to provide a safe environment for customers and guests, they may be liable for any injuries that occur. Common premises liability issues leading to slip and fall accidents include slippery surfaces, blocked walkways, falling objects and cracked sidewalks.
- Children’s injuries: If your child has suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may file a personal injury claim as that child’s guardian. Swimming pool accidents and dog bites are two common causes of injuries in children. We are one of the few firms in the area with extensive experience with lawsuits related to injured children.
- Workplace accidents: After an accident on the job, you may need to file a workers’ compensation claim. This process can become complicated, however, if your employer or its insurance company attempts to argue that your injury didn’t occur at work or that you had a pre-existing condition. We assert your rights when dealing with a denied claim.
- Medical malpractice: Doctors and healthcare professionals sometimes make key mistakes, leading to unnecessary pain and suffering for patients. Common medical malpractice issues include misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, surgical mistakes, birth injuries and prescription errors.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a personal injury, we have the skill and knowledge necessary to get you the compensation you need and deserve.
Taking action and proving negligence after an injury
There are several elements needed to determine and prove negligence after a personal injury. First, we must demonstrate the party had a duty of care to avoid the incident in question. Because laws generally do not dictate how individuals should act in these situations, we may need to argue that a reasonable person in the same circumstances would have taken the steps necessary to prevent your injuries or illness. We also need to demonstrate that the at-fault party breached this duty of care through careless or irresponsible actions.
Once we have established these two elements, it’s important to prove that the breach in duty of care actually caused your injuries. In some situations, the defendant’s legal counsel may argue that your injuries were pre-existing or the result of some other issue. And finally, the accident in question must have caused real damages, which may include physical injuries such as broken bones and disfigurement, emotional trauma, property damage and a loss of income.
In Illinois, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years, with certain shorter exceptions, which means you need to take action quickly if you plan on seeking compensation against the parties responsible for your injuries or illness. However, it’s also worth noting that occasionally this time period begins once you discover, or should have discovered, you injuries — not necessarily on the date the accident occurred. This is important in medical malpractice cases or workers’ compensation claims due to exposure to hazardous materials, for example, as health conditions may not appear for months or years after the exposure has taken place. You should also know that there are no caps on the compensation you could receive in an Illinois personal injury lawsuit. An experienced attorney can help you further understand what it takes to file a personal injury claim in Illinois.
Speak with a dedicated Chicago personal injury lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, turn to the skilled attorneys at Michael T. Friedman & Associates in Chicago. We’re located in The Loop, with convenient parking and ample access to public transportation. For a free initial consultation, call 312-339-8816 or contact us online. We take cases on a contingency basis, so you pay no attorney’s fees unless your claim is successful.