When someone else hurts you, it is only natural to want them to reimburse you for your expenses. People may also ask for compensation for things like losing the ability to work and for pain and suffering. But the term “personal injury” can be confusing. If you are not sure whether you may have a claim for personal injuries, consider the following common personal injury claims.
#1. Vehicle Accidents
Unfortunately, car collisions are frequent. In fact, there were over 300,000 vehicle accidents in Illinois in 2018 alone.
Some accidents are so mild that the people involved are not seriously injured. However, auto accidents can cause injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to traumatic brain and spine injuries. People may seek compensation for the following damages after an accident:
- Current and future medical expenses,
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity, and
- Pain and suffering.
This is just a shortlist of potential damages. Your Illinois personal injury lawyer can discuss your case in more detail.
#2. Slip-and-Fall Accidents
You may have heard jokes about this type of injury, but it’s no joking matter. Over 1 million people visit the emergency room every year because of wounds received in a slip-and-fall accident.
Personal injury claims arise when someone else’s negligence causes an injury. For example, you visit your local grocery store. Store management knows that freezer units have been leaking water and oil onto the linoleum, creating a hazardous situation for shoppers. Because they failed to warn people about this danger, the store could be held responsible when people slip on the wet floor.
#3. Dog Bites
Insurance companies pay out millions of dollars every year to people who suffered dog bite injuries. A fairly new Illinois law may make it easier for you to recover financially. Under this law, the owner of a dog or other animal that injures someone “without provocation” is civilly liable for the full amount of the injury. In other words, if you rack up $10,000 in medical bills because your neighbor’s dog attacked (and you were not doing anything that encouraged the attack, your neighbor should pay the entire $10,000.
If an animal has hurt you, contact an attorney as soon as possible to explore your options.
Sometimes it is difficult to prove the elements required for a defamation claim. However, that does not mean you should not try to recover compensation for your damages.
The term ‘defamation’ generally means statements that injure another person’s reputation. Libel is written statements that defame another person, while slander is a spoken statement.
Your lawyer can explain how the Illinois Slander and Libel Act might apply to you if someone has made false statements about you.
#5. Defective Products
Many people every year are injured because of products that just do not work right. The makers and sometimes the sellers of these defective items can be held responsible for the damages they caused.
Some of the largest defective product cases involve automobile parts, medical devices, and building materials that contain asbestos. For example, maybe you are driving your brand new Hyundai Sonata down West North Avenue. The car suddenly stops running, causing a multi-car pile-up. You soon learn that your vehicle has a defective ignition switch. You might be entitled to compensation from the car manufacturer and others.
#6. Medical Errors
Some studies have found that more than 250,000 people die from medical mistakes every year. Others put the number even higher.
The mistakes that doctors or other healthcare providers make can be life-altering. Victims may be left needing medical treatment for years. Some patients die, leaving behind grieving families who just want to know why this happened to their loved one.
People injured by their healthcare providers may be able to file medical malpractice claims. While you may not be able to turn back time, the compensation you receive can help.
You May Have One of These Common Personal Injury Claims.
If so, don’t wait to discuss your case with an Illinois personal injury attorney.
For assistance, talk with Osvaldo Rodriguez, an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer, for an honest assessment of your case. Schedule a free consultation by calling us today at 708-716-3441 or by completing the form on our Contact Us page.
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