There are all types of accidents that happen where a person may receive damages and compensation for losses incurred.

Personal Injuries Include Injuries Resulting From:
Catastrophic Injury: those injuries that are so severe they can affect a person’s life permanently. Catastrophic injuries can occur in any of the remaining categories as permanent loss of life and limb can be caused by Vehicle Accidents, Product Liability Mistakes, Premises Liability, Workplace Injuries, and the last largest category, Medical Malpractice.
Vehicle Accidents: serious injuries due to events such as a car crash, a pedestrian being hit by a car, an accident with a tractor trailer, a motorcyclist accident with the greatest risk of death and dismemberment for example.
Product Liability: Injuries experienced by defective products cause thousands of injuries every year, and cost victims millions of dollars in medical bills and lost wages. Examples of product liability injury could be causes by improper labeling on medication, house fixtures, or children’s toys.
Premises Liability: Accidents that happen on a property where someone else is responsible for the maintenance and safety of those buildings.  An example would be when a person falls over a broken step or slips in a puddle or sustains injuries from a pet that is roaming free.
Workplace Injuries: Include any type of injury sustained in the work environment during working hours.  Farming, factory work, and construction are prime examples of dangerous labor jobs in Mississippi. Must follow standard operating procedure in reporting workplace injury.
Medical Malpractice Injuries:  Probably the category with the broadest scope of actionable injuries.  While most health care professionals are competent in their fields, treatment errors can happen from severe acts such as operating on the wrong body part, to less serious acts where a prescription was ordered that did not consider an allergy that the patient had leaving them with a skin condition.

There are easy steps you might take for smooth processing of your legal claim for damages.

  1. Write down as much as you can about the accident itself, your injuries, any losses (such as wages) you’ve suffered because of the accident;
  2. Make notes of conversations that you have with people involved in the accident or the injury claim;
  3. Preserve evidence of who caused the accident and what damage was done by collecting physical evidence and taking photographs;
  4. Locate people who witnessed the accident and who might be able to help you prove your case;
  5. Notify anyone you think might be responsible for the accident of your intention to file a claim for your injuries.

Civil actions related to personal injuries/accidents have statutes of limitations, which are the periods of time a person must file a case against another party, for an injury or accident that they have suffered.  The statute of limitations formally begins at the point in the case when the cause of the injury is discovered.  In some cases, the statute of limitations may be paused for a period, if the plaintiff was a minor, or mentally incompetent at the time of the accident.
What Should I know About Illinois Law?
Legal actions initiated to seek damages for personal injury must work within the framework of Illinois Laws by adherence to:

  • Illinois has a statute of limitations (a designated time-period for filing a claim) of two years from the date of the accident for an injury, and five years from the date of the accident for injury or damage to your property
  • Illinois has a “Comparative Negligence Law” where the percentage of your fault will determine how much compensation you may be entitled to recover.
  • Illinois caps damages in personal injury cases. Illinois courts allow damages for partial fault of less than 50% and imposes a cap on compensatory damages when cases are filed for medical malpractice injury cases and no punitive damages are allowed.

Special Circumstances Arise for Claims Brought Against a City, County, or State Entity.
If your injury or accident was caused by the negligence of an Illinois city or state agency you have one year to file a case for compensation; the time limit to sue the state is two years but you must file a formal claim within one year to sue.
When you become a victim of an accidental injury, you must take all actions to protect your legal rights to continued health and financial stability based on the implications of your damages. Successful legal actions will yield (1) an agreed-upon, financial settlement between the parties; or (2) a money damage judgment awarded by a court of law. In Chicago Illinois you should immediately contact experienced, knowledgeable, dedicated personal injury attorneys such as the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd., who can assist you in your claim to seek compensation to maintain your livelihood as it was before an accident you sustained.  You will need legal advice to navigate your way through the process of seeking damages specific to any type of injury category.
 
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Sources:
https://dinizululawgroup.com/practice-areas/accidents/
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs.asp