Illinois Laws Related to People Injured in Car Accidents
To ensure the highest probability of success when pursuing an injury claim following a car accident, it is important to understand all of the laws that apply to your case. The Chicago auto accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have decades of combined experience with personal injury law and have helped countless clients collect the maximum amount of compensation to which they were entitled and are happy to answer any questions you have about Illinois law and what you can expect from the legal process from start to end. Understanding the law can temper your expectations and prepare you for any surprises that may have derailed you otherwise.
You Really Do Need to Act Quickly to File an Illinois Auto Injury Claim
It may seem like attorneys are simply trying to create a sense of urgency when telling you to act now rather than later, but the truth of the matter is they are right. You only have two years in the state of Illinois to file a lawsuit after you’ve been injured in an accident. You need to consider that your lawyer also needs time to investigate the details of your claim, build your case and proceed through the necessary steps to get your case prepared for filing. This can take time and waiting to contact an attorney or retain representation can harm your case by limiting the amount of time your legal team will have to create a solid case on your behalf.
Lawsuits Against the Government Fall Under Different Rules
If you are seeking damages from the government due to the actions of a government employee or an accident that resulted from defective or poorly maintained roads, an entirely different set of rules will apply to your case. You may have an even tighter deadline to file your case and the government may be able to claim immunity. These cases must be tried by experienced attorneys who possess a deep understanding of tort law.
You May be Affected by Comparative Fault Laws
Our Chicago auto accident attorneys always advise our clients to temper their expectations when filing a lawsuit, especially if they are partially at fault for their accident. Comparative fault applies specifically to cases in which neither party can clearly be held fully accountable for an accident. For example, if you were speeding at the time that another driver failed to yield the right of way and jumped in front of you, the other driver is liable for his or her contribution to the accident, but you are as well. Therefore, if the value of your case is $50,000 for the total cost of your hospital stay, ongoing medical bills and lost wages and it was determined that by speeding, you were one quarter at fault for the accident, your judgment may be reduced from $50,000 to $37,500.
The defendant’s attorney will work as hard as possible to make the case for a higher percentage of liability in order to offset the amount of damage the defendant is liable for. It is highly likely that the defense will be hired by the defendant’s insurance company as well, as it is the insurance company that will ultimately pay out any damages rather than the defendant.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has extensive experience dealing with the complexities of auto accident cases and have also had success when negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of our clients. Our track record of success and ability to secure the maximum compensation possible for our clients has made us one of the most trusted and highly acclaimed personal injury firms in Chicago and we can put our expertise and experience to work to assist you in the recovery of the damages you need to pay your medical bills, the value of your time off work and pain and suffering and any other financial considerations related to your car accident.
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Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our award winning Chicago accident attorneys so that we can review the details of your case and answer any questions you have concerning your legal options and chance of success. In order to be able to provide our services to everyone regardless of financial health, we promise never to ask for payment upfront and will only collect a fee upon successful recovery of compensation on your behalf.