Personal injury is a term used to describe any case in which individuals have suffered physical injuries due to the wrongful conduct of others. Personal injury lawsuits arise from motor vehicle accidents (i.e. car accidents, bus accidents, semi-truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, etc.), construction accidents, medical malpractice, police misconduct and a myriad of other situations. Fault in personal injury lawsuits may consists of intentional wrongdoing, wanton and willful misconduct or negligence.
In a typical personal injury lawsuit, the injured party must prove that the defendant was at fault and that the fault was a proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury. For example, in an automobile accident case, a personal injury lawyer has to prove that the defendant did something negligent such as running a red light or speeding, that there was a collision, and that the plaintiff’s injuries were caused by the collision.
Typically, the defendant and his insurance company will claim that the defendant was not at fault, that the plaintiff was at fault, that the plaintiff’s injuries were not so bad and that, in any event, the plaintiff’s injuries weren’t caused by the accident. Having an experienced personal injury attorney in Chicago, Illinois can greatly increase your chances of receiving the money that you deserve.
In medical negligence (medical malpractice) cases, the plaintiff’s burden of proof is more difficult because we have to establish through expert testimony that the defendant doctor or nurse departed from accepted medical standards. Causation is often more difficult, too, because the plaintiff usually was sick or injured to begin with. For these reasons, our personal injury attorneys understand that recruiting quality expert witnesses is critical to a successful personal injury settlement or verdict in medical malpractice cases.
Personal injury also includes injuries caused by defective products. Product liability cases focus on the unreasonably dangerous condition of the product rather than the fault of the defendant. A case can involve both negligence and product liability such as where a car accident is caused by a driver’s negligence and then the air bags fail to deploy because of a product defect.
Damages in personal injury settlements consist of compensation for medical expenses, wage loss, disability, disfigurement, and pain and suffering. Where personal injury results in death, the decedent’s claim survives the death. In addition, immediate family members can bring their own claim for wrongful death. Their damages include loss of financial support and compensation for the loss of the relationship each family member had with their loved one.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact the personal injury lawyers at Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. Our personal injury attorneys in Chicago, Illinois are highly selective about the cases we take so that we can remain personally involved in each case. Handling your personal injury lawsuit with the utmost care and diligence is the chief concern at Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd., where we have achieved record-breaking personal injury settlements and verdicts for our clients.
When you need help after being injured in a serious accident, contact our personal injury attorneys. We’ll provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation where we discuss the viability of your case and talk about the legal options available in your case.