Around 400,000 personal injury claims being made every year in the United States. These cases represent everything from car accidents to workplace injuries to medical malpractice. Whenever someone is harmed by the negligent actions of another party, they have the right to pursue compensation to cover the damages sustained.
It is extremely difficult to recover after an injury. Not only is there physical pain and disability, but it can be tough to overcome the financial damage caused by the accident. This is why personal injury lawsuits and attorneys exist — to help accident victims get the compensation they deserve.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by the careless behavior of another person, company or party in North Chicago, you need the personal injury attorneys of Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg. Our motto is “we’re on your side,” and this mantra has guided the way we do business and work for our clients for over 30 years. Let us fight for you too.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
According to the American Bar Association, a personal injury occurs when someone is injured as a result of the negligence, carelessness or wrongful conduct of another person. More than half of all personal injury cases (52 percent) result from motor vehicle accidents. Fifteen percent stem from medical malpractice, five percent from faulty products and the rest from other types of accidents.
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
Possible Damages in Personal Injury Cases
The law allows injured people to pursue compensation from the negligent party in a personal injury case. There are two types of damages available 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
Calculating the value of special damages is straightforward because they have a dollar value attached. General damages are not as clearly defined and are hard to evaluate. A personal injury attorney can accurately and fully assess your case based on the details of your injuries and find its potential worth.
What Is Comparative Fault?
Illinois follows a comparative fault rule in personal injury cases, which means that the injured person could share some liability for their injury depending on what happened. 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, Carolyn is struck by another driver who ran a stop sign at an intersection. She was going ten miles per hour over the speed limit at the time of the accident, so it is determined that she shares 20 percent of the fault for the accident, while the driver who hit her bears 80 percent.
Because of this, whatever amount of money Carolyn receives in a settlement or award will be reduced by 20 percent. Illinois law does not permit accident victims who bear more than 50 percent of the liability for their injuries to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
How Long Do I Have to Act on My Personal Injury Case?
The amount of time allowed to file a personal injury claim is known as the statute of limitations. A claim only needs to be filed within the statute of limitations, not fully resolved, but 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 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 crucial to act quickly. Consult a North Chicago personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to avoid missing your chance to recover money for your injury. The prep work involved with filing a personal injury claim takes time to do well and make a strong case in your favor.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Injury victims who get a lawyer fare better than those who do not. First, knowing the full worth of your personal injury claim keeps you from taking less than you deserve. Second, personal injury claims are easily derailed by small mistakes, such as missing a deadline or saying the wrong thing. Insurance companies love using these mistakes against you to reduce the amount of compensation they pay. With the help of a personal injury lawyer on your side, you can rest easy knowing we are fighting for your right to compensation.
The attorneys at Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg work on a contingency fee basis. You will pay us only when we secure your settlement or award, and we can begin working on your case with no upfront costs. If we do not win your case, you pay nothing at all.
Protect Yourself from Predatory Insurance Companies
Personal injury claims rarely make it to trial. Ninety-six percent of all injury claims are settled out of court, usually with an insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies are notorious for their difficulty and unwillingness to pay accident victims fairly.
Insurance companies use the vulnerability of accident victims against them. They hope that you are not familiar with your rights under the law. These huge companies have many employees trained to act in the company’s favor.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer to work for you will keep them from treating you this way. It levels the playing field and shows that you are taking your claim seriously.
The Briskman Guarantee
At Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg, we know you have a choice when 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:
1. You will receive a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
2. Because we do not use call screeners, you will speak with an attorney when you call our office.
3. You will never have to pay a fee unless we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
4. We will always treat you with courtesy and respect.
5. We will keep you advised of all significant developments in your case.
6. 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.
North Chicago 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 are successful in getting 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 better serve you.