Chicago Brain Injury Lawyer
Brain injuries can happen for a number of reasons. From car accidents to slipping down icy stairs, brain injuries take a major toll on those who sustain them. If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to another individual’s negligence, you are entitled to collect damages related to that injury.
The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Michael T. Friedman & Associates understand how serious brain injuries can be. They can prevent you from sustaining gainful employment, make it more difficult to concentrate and cause perpetual headaches that affect you for months, years, and sometimes for the rest of your life. When another individual is responsible for your injuries, you are entitled to collect damages, typically through an insurance policy that they hold. It is important to understand that you only get one chance to litigate this claim. You do not want to leave it to those lawyers who make a living settling as many cases as they can throughout the course of a week.
The personal injury attorneys at Michael T. Friedman & Associates have successfully litigated cases on behalf of our clients, securing them fair settlements that represent the total cost of their injuries. Give us a call at (312) 339-8816 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Filing a Lawsuit for Traumatic Brain Injury
Every state has rules governing personal injury lawsuits. In Illinois, an injured party has two years from the date of the accident in order to file a claim against an at-fault party. The injured party has the burden of proving (by a preponderance of the evidence) that the at-fault party’s negligence caused or created the conditions under which they were injured.
Negligence has a three-factor test for proof:
- The plaintiff must show that the defendant owed a duty of care;
- The plaintiff must show that the defendant breached that duty of care;
- The plaintiff must show that injuries resulted from that breach.
All negligence cases involve this three-factor test for proof. For instance, if injuries result from a traffic accident, an injured party needs to prove that the other party was more than 50% at-fault for the accident. An individual who is more responsible for their injuries than another party cannot sue in Illinois.
Types of Incidents that Result in Traumatic Brain Injuries
Laws concerning personal injury lawsuits do not consider the kind of injury that happens to the individual, but rather how it happened. For example, traumatic brain injury could be the result of a traffic accident, a slip and fall, or medical malpractice. In each case, there is a specific standard of proof and individual statutes that impact how these lawsuits are treated.
As an example, there is no doubt that a doctor owes a duty of care to their patient. However, what it means to breach that duty is different than a slip and fall case. Your Chicago personal injury attorney needs to have experience litigating a number of different suits in order to resolve the issue in your favor.
Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Today
You will only get one chance to resolve your lawsuit against an at-fault party. You need an attorney who will fight to get you fair compensation for your injuries. This often includes lifelong impairments. The attorneys at Michael T. Friedman & Associates have the experience you need to get fair compensation. Call us today.