Being injured in an accident can be a life-changing event. When someone else’s negligent behavior causes an injury, it becomes even harder to understand. The consequences go beyond pain and physical healing. An injury can be devastating to your finances, your career and your family.
If you or a loved one was injured by another’s careless actions in the Mundelein area, you could be entitled to compensation for the damages and injuries incurred as a result. The personal injury lawyers of Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg fight for the rights of the injured. For more than 30 years, Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg’s motto of “we’re on your side” has always guided the way we do business and work for our clients.
We pride ourselves on offering our clients the personalized service they deserve. We understand that each of our cases is personal and treat them as such. When you have our team of dedicated injury advocates on your side, you can rest assured that you are in the best hands. Contact our offices today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
What Makes a Personal Injury Case?
A personal injury case refers to an accident that results in physical, mental and other harm caused by the negligent actions (or inactions) of another party. To have the basis of a personal injury lawsuit, the accident must meet three basic criteria:
• The negligent party owed the injured party a duty of care.
• That duty of care was breached.
• That breach caused or contributed to the injury.
Many types of personal injury cases exist, and countless injuries occur within each category. Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg represents clients in personal injury cases involving:
• Car Accidents
• Truck Accidents
• Motorcycle Accidents
• Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
• Wrongful Death Cases
• Medical Malpractice
• Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
• Slip-and-Fall Accidents
• Product Liability
• Unsafe Premises
• Workplace Accidents
Personal Injury Statistics
The National Center for Health Statistics, a subsidiary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states that around 31 million people are injured every year in the United States and require medical treatment. Of these, approximately 2 million are severe enough to require some form of hospitalization, and 162,000 are fatal.
Because accidents that cause injuries are so common, personal injury attorneys are everywhere. However, not all are created equal. You need an attorney who will treat your case as more than just a number. At Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg, we pride ourselves on giving each of our clients the personalized attention they need and deserve.
Potential Damages in Personal Injury Cases
The law allows for compensation in a personal injury case to cover the various damages sustained in the accident. These are classified as special damages and general damages.
Special damages include:
• Medical expenses
• Lost income
• Lost benefits
• Lost earning potential
• Property damage
General damages include:
• Pain and suffering
• Emotional distress
• Loss of consortium—the loss of companionship or intimacy shared by spouses or partners
• Quality of life
Special damages are straightforward and easy to calculate because they have a dollar value attached. General damages are not as clearly defined but no less critical to being fairly compensated. A personal injury attorney can accurately and thoroughly evaluate your case based on the details of your injury and find its potential worth.
Comparative Fault Laws in Illinois
Illinois follows a comparative fault rule in personal injury cases. This means that the injured person could share some liability for their own injury. This affects the amount of compensation received by the injured person in their lawsuit. Comparative fault is sometimes also used by insurance companies when determining the amount of money, a person should receive in a settlement.
For example, an individual is injured in a rear-end car accident at a red light. The driver of the vehicle that hit them from behind was not paying adequate attention when they ran into the first car, but the injured person might share some of the blame for the accident if it is found that their rear brake light was not working at the time. The plaintiff could be assigned 20 percent of the liability for the accident.
Therefore, because the plaintiff shares 20 percent of the liability, the amount of money they receive in a settlement or award will be reduced by 20 percent. Illinois law allows accident victims to pursue a personal injury lawsuit only when they share less than 50 percent of the liability.
Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases
There is only a certain amount of time allowed by Illinois law to file a personal injury claim. This is called the statute of limitations, and the courts strictly observe it. Failure to meet this deadline will usually result in the case being thrown out and a chance at compensation lost.
Illinois grants two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury claim in general. In cases where the harm was not discovered immediately, the statute of limitations begins upon the date of discovery of the injury. Claims against an Illinois city, county or state government agency must be filed within one year of the injury.
It is vital to act quickly after you have been hurt. Consult a Mundelein personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to avoid missing out on your chance to recover money for your damages. A claim must only be filed before the statute of limitations period expires.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Hiring a personal injury attorney is like recruiting someone to look out for you and your best interests. Many personal injury claims do not make it to trial and are settled out of court with an insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies are not well known for their generosity. They take advantage of the vulnerability of accident victims and use their inexperience with the law against them. An attorney will keep them from treating you this way.
Injured plaintiffs or victims who obtain a lawyer fare better than those who do not. Personal injury claims are easily derailed by small mistakes, such as missing a deadline or saying the wrong thing and having it be used against you to reduce your compensation. A personal injury lawyer protects you from making them. They also can accurately value your case, keeping you from being offered less money than you deserve.
The best part is that most personal injury attorneys, including those at Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg, work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will pay us only when we secure your settlement or award. There are no upfront fees, and if we do not win, you pay nothing at all. This lets you hire an attorney who can potentially increase your compensation with no financial risk at all.
The Briskman Guarantee
At Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg, we know you have a choice when it comes to selecting a personal injury or workers’ compensation attorney. That is why we have created the Briskman guarantee, which is a six-part promise that we make to each of our clients:
• You will receive a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
• Because we do not use call screeners, you will speak with an attorney when you call our office.
• You will never have to pay a fee unless we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
• We will always treat you with courtesy and respect.
• We will keep you advised of all significant developments in your case.
• We will promptly return your calls and emails.
The Briskman guarantee represents our firm’s commitment to our clients and their families. Other firms may claim to put their clients first, but our client testimonials and track record of success speak for themselves.
Mundelein Personal Injury Lawyers on Your Side
If you or a loved one has recently been injured or killed in an accident, the dedicated Illinois personal injury lawyers at Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg can help. With over 30 years of experience advocating on behalf of injury victims, we know what it takes to succeed on behalf of our clients. When you invite us to work on your case, we begin working diligently for you and will keep you informed every step of the way.
As a part of the Briskman Guarantee, your initial consultation is free. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay us when we successfully get compensation for you or your family. To learn more, call 1-877-595-4878 to schedule a free consultation today. Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg has locations in Joliet and Chicago to serve you better.