November 13th, 2019
Personal injury laws exist to allow anyone to claim compensation and damages for any incident resulting in injury that wasn’t their fault. There are many situations that can lead to a personal injury claim and ahead, we have 5 of the most common types of claims Chicago personal injury lawyers handle.
In the U.S. alone, there are almost 40,000 fatal car accidents per year, and more than 90 Americans die in car accidents each day. If you’ve sustained an injury as a result of a motor accident caused by someone else’s negligence, whether it was as a driver, a passenger, or even as a pedestrian, any injuries or financial loss as a result of the accident will be eligible for compensation.
Wrongful death refers to a type of lawsuit that can be brought when someone else’s carelessness results in someone losing his or her life. The majority of wrongful death lawsuits come from vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, aviation accidents, nursing home neglect, the use of defective or dangerous products or construction accidents.
Wrongful death lawsuits grant the recovery of damages that are different and unique to those that someone who has suffered non-fatal injuries can recover.
Speaking generally, if someone becomes seriously injured or killed in a workplace accident, a personal injury lawsuit will not be allowed to be brought against their employer. In the state of Illinois, the injured employee, or a representative of the deceased, will instead need to institute a claim under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. This will require employers to provide their workers with various benefits, such as the following:
- Medical treatment
- “Temporary total disability” (which includes wages)
- A lump-sum payment (referred to as a “permanent partial disability”)
These worker’s compensation benefits are designed to compensate any injured workers for their injuries.
It’s not at all uncommon for serious injuries to be sustained from negligent doctors, nurses, hospitals, or other medical professionals. Medical malpractice comes in many forms, including improper treatment, surgical errors, or misdiagnosis, pharmacy errors, errors committed during child birth, medication mistakes, or even a failure to properly diagnose cancers and other serious health conditions.
Medical malpractice cases can be incredibly complex, and will need the expert assistance of a medical malpractice attorney. Many have even lost loved ones due to medical malpractice, so in this case hiring a medical malpractice attorney who can aggressively pursue legal action is imperative.
When a dog attacks or bites someone, the financial responsibility for the bites or other injuries comes down to the dog owner. Dog owner responsibility laws differ between states, with some being stricter than others. In some cases, owners will be granted the “one bite” rule, which means that only dog owners whose dogs have shown aggressive tendencies in the past will be liable for any damages. In others, owners will be held liable on a first offense, even if no previous aggressive behavior has been witnessed.
If you have been seriously hurt or you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, contact the Chicago personal injury lawyers at Malman Law today for a free consultation.