Personal Injury Lawyer Edwardsville Illinois
Personal injury lawyers are different from attorneys who practice in other areas, such as family law or criminal law. When someone has been injured due to the neglect of another person or company, they may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party. There are many different types of personal injury cases, which we will explain further.
Why Someone Might Need A Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury attorneys handle cases when neglect or criminal intent leads to injury, harm. or even wrongful death of another. From pharmacy negligence and truck accidents, personal injury law spans the many ways people can get hurt. Personal injury attorneys can specialize in particular fields of personal injury, such as truck accident law or slip and fall liability.
Statistics and Related Data
The Illinois Department of Transportation reported a 1.1% increase in traffic-related deaths between 2016 and 2017. And a May 2019 report, the Department noted a 3.9% decrease in the total number of crashes. However, there was a 0.4% increase in the number of injuries. This is an indication that although the roads may be marginally safer, there are still many people being injured behind the wheel. The Department has also provided the following crash data:
- There were 311,679 car accidents in Illinois in 2017
- 66,889, or 21.5% of these involve crashes resulted in injuries
- 998 accidents resulted in fatal crashes, which is less than 1% of the total crashed but amounted to 1,090 lives loss
- Crashes were more likely to occur on Fridays and Wednesdays in both rural and urban areas
- Crashes were more likely to occur during the hours of noon and 8 p.m.
Personal Injury Types
There are different types of personal injury law in addition to car accidents. Before hiring an attorney, you want to be sure that they provide the types of legal services you are looking for.
When another driver has made a decision behind the wheel that led to your injuries — whether it was drinking too much before driving, or even putting on makeup while operating their vehicle — then they are liable for your damages. When drivers are issued a license in any state within the U.S., they agree to obey all traffic laws, and to be alert and focused when driving. A caring but aggressive attorney will fight for every penny that you need to pay for your medical bills, time lost from work, and to replace your vehicle if it can no longer be driven.
While you should never pet a dog that you are unfamiliar with, over 4 million people are bitten a year by dogs due to a pet owner’s negligence, such as a neighbor or dog walker. If you were bitten by a dog, then you may be entitled to financial compensation to cover the medical bills for your treatment.
If you are injured in a car accident due to a defective part, the liable party is the manufacturer. If you purchase a product, use it correctly and an injury results from your use, then a personal injury lawyer can help you retrieve damages from the manufacturer. When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, it’s important to contact an attorney to determine who is at fault. If the cause of your accident was faulty brakes, rather than a driver’s negligence or inebriation, then the company that manufactured the faulty part will be liable for the accident rather than the driver. This is a key distinction in how your car accident case will be handled.
If you trip and fall at work or suffer any other injury that was caused by a hazardous work environment then you may be entitled to compensation for damages. Supervisors know that hazardous work environments can lead to a suit being filed by an employee who was hurt by their carelessness. When they willfully disobey laws or other safety regulations, then they may be liable for the injuries that employees suffer.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have been injured and are seeking treatment, then you may have questions.
How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
You don’t know, which is exactly why you need to contact an attorney and set up a consultation in order to go over your circumstances. Before your consultation, it is important to write down as many details as you remember so you can present to your attorney precisely what happened in a clear and coherent way. They will be able to tell you whether or not you can sue based on the laws in your state and on the facts of your case.
How long could it take to settle my claim?
Not very many personal injury cases end up going to trial because personal injury attorneys try to reach settlements with the defendants before it gets to that point. It is very stressful to put a client through a trial, which is why it’s important to try to settle outside of court. But if there is serious debate over the facts of the case, then those arguments will need to be heard in court and decided by a judge. Generally, a claim will take longer if there is a significant amount of money trying to be recovered because the insurance company or the defendant will fight hard to avoid paying it.
Why Choose Hipskind & McAninch, LLC
If you believe that you have been injured due to someone else’s actions or negligence, then call us today. Our 98% success rate is only one of the reasons why people choose Hipskind & McAninch, LLC. With awards such as being named a Top Ten Attorney in Personal Injury by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA) and being selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers® Rising StarsSM list 2016-2018, our firm has been recognized for providing compassionate and successful counsel to our clients.