Frequently Asked Questions About Chicago Personal Injury
Michael T. Friedman & Associates ensures clients are fully informed about their rights under Illinois injury law. The answers to the following questions provide a jumping-off point. Once you have read them, you should discuss your matter with a qualified Chicago personal injury lawyer like Michael T. Friedman.
QHow long will my case take?
It is impossible to know how long your case will take to settle. You should wait until you have reached maximum medical improvement to seek damages, which in itself could take months. From there, all evidence and documents to your case must be collected and reviewed, and the insurance adjuster for the other side will make an offer. If your case doesn’t go to trial, it could take months – or more than a year – to reach a settlement.
QShould I provide a statement to an insurance company without a lawyer’s help?
No – you should never provide a statement to an insurance company without consulting with your attorney first. An insurance adjuster is searching for ways to reduce the amount of money owed to you, and the smallest omission of fault could harm your claim.
QWill I have to go to trial to recover damages?
Whether or not you have to go to trial will depend upon many factors during your case. Most personal injury claims are resolved out of court; court is necessary when the plaintiff and the defense cannot reach a settlement that all parties agree on.
QWhat is considered “pain and suffering?”
Pain and suffering is a type of damage in a personal injury case, and can refer to both physical pain, and mental suffering and anguish. The former, physical pain and suffering, is common when a plaintiff has suffered physical injuries, and has experienced severe discomfort as a result. Pain and suffering for mental anguish is also common when the plaintiff has experienced shock, psychological injury, depression, fear, or loss of enjoyment as a result of their injuries.
QWhat determines the amount I might recover?
The amount of damages that you may recover is dependent on the extent of your losses. For example, if you suffered $100,000 in medical bills and $400,000 in lost wages and future lost wages, you can recover $500,000 in economic damages. Damages for pain and suffering are calculated in different ways; a multiplier may be assigned to your case – such as 1.5 – and then this is used to determine damages by multiplying the multiplier by your economic damages.
QWhat can a worker who has suffered an on-the-job injury recover through the workers’ compensation program?
A worker who is injured on the job cannot file a lawsuit against their employer, but may seek damages through the workers’ compensation insurance system. Workers’ compensation allows for workers to recover compensation for medical costs, disability (lost wages), funeral expenses, and death benefits for surviving loved ones.
QIs there a minimum or maximum amount that can be recovered in a personal injury settlement?
Usually, personal injury cases are only pursued if the claim is worth a substantial amount of money. There is no cap on the maximum amount of damages that can be recovered; you have the right to seek damages for the full extent of your losses.
QWhat is a typical settlement amount?
Each settlement award varies depending upon the extent of losses the plaintiff has suffered. Remember, you are able to seek compensation for all damages you have suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future losses. How much your noneconomic damages are worth will depend upon your level of suffering, your age, what the prognosis is for your injuries, permanent disability, and more.
QHow much is my case worth?
We cannot form an idea of how much your case may be worth without speaking to you first. The value of your case depends on a number of factors. For a free consultation, contact us today.
QWhat are the most common types of brain injury?
A brain injury can be traumatic or acquired. Brain injuries fall into a number of categories, including: concussions (one of the most common), contusions, coup-contrecoup, diffuse axonal, penetration, anoxia, and hypoxia. All brain injuries have the potential to be serious and life-changing.
QWhat causes a brain injury?
A brain injury can be caused by a traumatic event, such as a blow to the head, or an acquired condition, such as the deprivation of oxygen in a near-drowning accident.
QAre some injuries milder than others?
Yes – the severity of brain injury varies depending upon the type of accident, the level of force involved, and the health of the victim. Some brain injuries will likely heal completely with time, whereas others can cause permanent disability.
QAm I entitled to compensation for my brain injury or one suffered by a family member?
Yes. A brain injury can change your life, and certainly results in damages. If another party was responsible for the brain injury through an act of negligence, you may certainly seek compensation for losses.
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