How and When to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Many people receive compensation because of injuries caused by another person. Not everyone who has been hurt, however, understands how and when to file a personal injury lawsuit. Have you or a loved one wondered if you can receive compensation? Read on to learn more about personal injury lawsuits.

What is a personal injury lawsuit?

The simple answer is that it’s a lawsuit in which the plaintiff claims an injury caused by another person.

Many personal injury claims arise because of car accidents. However, personal injury lawsuits may be filed because of accidents involving:

Boats, bicycles, buses, trucks, motorcycles, medical procedures, doctor’s mistakes, animal bites, workplace dangers, slip and falls, defective products, or services.

How does a personal injury lawsuit start?

It really starts with the incident that caused the injury. How the injuries occurred is an important factor that helps determine whether to file a lawsuit.

Sometimes an injured person receives compensation from an insurance company. However, when a settlement is not offered or is not enough, a lawsuit may be filed. The best way to know whether you should file a personal injury lawsuit or not is to talk to someone who understands personal injury law.

In other words, talk to a personal injury attorney if you feel you have a personal injury claim. Your attorney will review the facts of your case and help you decide how to get compensation. If a lawsuit is the way to go, your attorney may write and file paperwork to get your lawsuit started.

When will I know if I can file a personal injury lawsuit?

Attorneys usually discuss options with their clients, based on an analysis of their accident. Important questions include:

  • How did the injury occur?
  • How serious are your injuries?
  • Do you have medical proof of your injuries?
  • Who was at fault?
  • Were there any witnesses?

If another person has caused your injuries, you may have a personal injury claim. It’s also important to have your claim assessed as quickly as possible. In Illinois, you may only have two years to file your personal injury lawsuit.

Learn How and When to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit

With over 20 years’ experience, Osvaldo Rodriguez has the skills to handle your case from start to finish. To schedule your free initial consultation, or ask a question, call us at 708-716-3441 or fill out the form on the Contact Us page.

Mr. Rodriguez is fluent in both Spanish and English.

We represent clients throughout the state of Illinois, including Chicago, Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, and all of Cook County, Lake County, Kane County, DuPage County, and Will County.

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