An injury suffered because of another person’s (or company’s) carelessness is the basis of a personal injury claim. In legal terms, their negligence caused your injury. Some acts of negligence can seem relatively harmless while others can cause permanent changes to the quality of life of you and your loved ones.
The elements that must be present in a personal injury claim include:
- You suffered an injury.
- Someone else’s negligence resulted in your injury.
- Your injury has caused you damages.
An injury alone is not enough to qualify for a personal injury lawsuit. You must have suffered some sort of loss or harm from your injuries. This extra caveat is meant to keep “frivolous” lawsuits out of the court system. The compensation awarded for these losses is called “damages.”
Typical damages in a personal injury lawsuit can include:
- Lost income
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish or distress
- Loss of quality of life
If you have been injured by the negligence of someone else, then your next step should be to contact our Chicago personal injury lawyers to schedule a consultation.
During your consultation, we will listen to the details of your case and determine whether you should move forward with a personal injury claim. You don’t pay unless we win.
Don’t wait. Call today. We can help.