When her best friend, Miranda, flew in for a visit, Amy decided to show her the best Chicago has to offer. While driving home from Millennium Park one night, they were involved in a multi-car collision. Both Amy and Miranda were seriously injured, and Amy will have to buy another car. As medical bills piled up and they both missed several months of work, they decided to sue one of the other drivers. Amy contacted the attorney who drafted her Will, but who had no experience with personal injury law. Miranda started talking to lawyers in her home city of Dallas. Amy and Miranda each needed to hire an Illinois personal injury lawyer to handle their claims.
An Illinois Personal Lawyer Knows Illinois Personal Injury Law
Laws vary from state-to-state. An attorney in one state may know the basics of law in another state. However, it’s unlikely they have in-depth knowledge of states they don’t practice in on a regular basis.
Some laws apply specifically to personal injury cases. Statute of limitations laws set deadlines for filing a lawsuit. For example, you have to file a personal injury lawsuit within two years after the injury occurred in most Illinois personal injury cases.
Also, liability for an accident can be put 100% on one person or split between several people. Illinois uses comparative fault, which means that you may partially to blame for the accident but still receive money to cover your damages. However, your financial recovery may be reduced by your percentage of the blame.
Local attorneys also have an advantage because they know the courts, the court staff, and the personnel. They may even know other attorneys involved in the case, which might make negotiations a little easier.
Amy and Miranda filed their lawsuit before the statute of limitations, so their case was allowed to proceed. The jury awarded Amy $100,000, but that was reduced to $90,000 because she was found 10% at fault. Miranda’s case probably will be a little more complicated. She wasn’t driving and probably will not be found at fault. However, the jury may give Miranda an award of damages from Amy, depending on how she filed her lawsuit. This is definitely a case for an Illinois personal injury lawyer.
When Experience Matters
Whether you live here or were visiting from out of state, an Illinois personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you know has been injured in any kind of accident, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Osvaldo Rodriguez has more than 20 years’ experience helping people like you. Schedule a free initial consultation or ask a question by calling us at 708-716-3441 or by completing the Contact form on our website.
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.