Personal Injury Lawyer Collinsville IL
Personal injury law encompasses the different types of tort lawsuits filed by people who have suffered physical or emotional injury. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you do not have to suffer alone, and you do not have to pay for your medical treatment if someone else was responsible for your injury. A personal injury attorney with years of experience in Collinsville, IL can provide you the legal counsel you need to get compensation for your injuries.
Why Someone Might Need A Personal Injury Attorney
An individual seeks out a personal injury attorney when they have been involved in an accident or have sustained a serious injury and have been left with medical bills, permanent or temporary disability, and other accident-related problems. Personal injury law varies by state, so you will want to hire an attorney in the state where you were injured.
Statistics and Related Data
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in the year 2017, there were a total of 311,679 car accidents in the state. Additionally, they have provided the following facts:
- 66,889 of these crashes involved injuries or 21.5%
- 998 of these crashes involve fatalities, which resulted in 1,090 deaths
- Rear-end collisions were the number one cause of car accidents with injuries in the year 2017, with a total of 92,885 crashes
- Crashes involving fix objects was the top reason for fatal crashes, which was 30.3% of all fatal crashes that year
- There are a total of 5,423 work zone crashes
- Cook County had the most crashes out of all the counties in Illinois, followed by DuPage County
Personal Injury Types
There are a variety of types of personal injury law. Be sure to check that your attorney offers the services you need depending on the type of injury you suffered.
Motor Vehicle Accident
If you have been injured in a car, truck, bus, pedestrian, motorcycle, or bicycle accident or were struck by a drunk driver, or if a loved one was killed in a car accident, then a personal injury attorney can help you receive damages. Your attorney will help you to find out who the liable party is for your accident, such as in the case of being struck by a drunk driver, or a truck driver who has not taken the required amount of rest before getting back on the road. From minor injuries, such as whiplash, to loss of life, a personal injury attorney compassionately works with you and aggressively fights for you so you aren’t stuck with exorbitant medical bills, and without compensation for lost time at work.
If you read the instructions on a product and used it the way it was intended but were still harmed, then you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer for the product for the defect. While car accidents can happen due to defective parts in a car, those kinds of car accidents are not handled the same way as the example above. That is because a manufacturer is usually responsible for the accident, not another driver. If a truck hits your vehicle due to faulty brakes, for example, then the company that makes them will be liable for your injuries. This is why it’s important to speak to an attorney about your specific case since they will be able to determine these key distinctions.
Over 4 million people are attacked and bitten by dogs every year. While it’s important to never approach an animal that you are unfamiliar with and to teach children from a young age not to pet dogs or other animals that they don’t know, a person can still get bitten by a dog even when taking precautions.
Your employer should carry workers’ compensation insurance unless they are legally exempt. This covers accidents even if they’re your fault. On the other hand, a trip and fall that occurs at the workplace or any other injury that is directly related to your hazardous work environment can lead to legal action. If you’ve been injured on the job due to an unsafe work environment or due to the negligence of your managers, then you may be entitled to compensation for damages.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few commonly asked questions by people who have sought legal advice for their injuries.
How long will it take to settle my claim?
Most personal injury attorneys try to reach a settlement with the defendant or the insurance company before going to trial. However, if there are serious debates about the facts of the accident, then the case could go to trial. Generally, if a claim involves serious injuries or a significant amount of money, then it will take longer to settle because the insurance company will do their best to not pay out that amount.
How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
You won’t know until you contact an attorney and set up a consultation to go over your situation in detail. Every state has different laws on personal injury, so if you are new to the Collinsville area or were involved in a personal injury case in another state, then it may be completely different here. The outcome will also depend on the facts of your case. Once you set up an appointment with an attorney, it is important to gather as much information as you have and to write down all the details you can remember. This way you can present them to your attorney in a clear and coherent way so they can fully understand your circumstances.
Why Choose Hipskind & McAninch
There are a number of reasons why people choose Hipskind & McAninch. In addition to notable accolades such as being named a Top Ten Attorney in Personal Injury by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA), the firm boasts millions in recoveries for clients who have been injured or harmed. Call today to schedule your consultation.