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Can I get monetary compensation after an accident in Illinois?

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Depending on the accident, it is possible that you can recover monetary compensation for your injuries, property damage, lost pay, and pain and suffering from the responsible party or parties. Responsible parties, in this case, can be an individual or a company. 

In Illinois, injured people (or surviving loved ones in a wrongful death claim) are entitled to seek compensation after an accident. Injuries can include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Concussion or mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI)
  • Head trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Amputation
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Paralysis (quadriplegia, paraplegia, hemiplegia)
  • Burn injuries (chemical burns or fire damage)

The severity of the injury can dramatically alter an individual’s future. 

What types of accidents can lead to a personal injury?

Similar to injuries, there are numerous categories of accidents. While it is true that an individual can be hurt doing nearly anything, several types of accidents can generally be traced back to the negligence of another party or parties. For example, categories of personal injury accidents can include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents: These accidents can include collisions involving almost any type of vehicle. Most commonly, they can include cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and boats. Additionally, other vehicles like trains, taxis and construction vehicles can be involved in a crash.
  • Nursing home abuse: Elderly loved ones are susceptible to nursing home negligence and abuse in the form of medication errors, physical abuse, sexual abuse, dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores, falls, improper restraints, transportation injuries and elopement.
  • Premises liability: Dangerous property injuries can result from numerous situations including slippery floors, poor maintenance or negligent security. Whether these injuries occur in a grocery store, parking lot, parking garage, apartment complex or shopping center, individuals are wise to seek legal guidance.
  • Medical malpractice: From birth injuries to surgical negligence, doctors, nurses and the facility itself should be held accountable for the injuries they have caused.
  • Workers’ compensation: It is not uncommon for workers to get hurt on the job. Scenarios typically fall into one of three categories — single accident, repetitive stress or toxic exposure. From broken bones to mesothelioma, workers should explore legal action against a company responsible for their injury. 

What if I have lost a loved one in an accident?

In Illinois, surviving loved ones can pursue a wrongful death claim after a fatal accident. The loss of a loved one can bring both emotional and financial devastation and the legal process exists to protect an individual’s financial future. Serious, fatal accidents can run the gamut from work accidents to motor vehicle accidents. It is important to work with an attorney to learn more about your rights for monetary compensation. 

Personal injuries can be serious and, depending on the type of accident, there might be a strict time-period in which you can seek compensation. It is critical that you seek the legal guidance and representation of an experienced lawyer at the earliest stage possible.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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