Belleville Personal Injury FAQ

After a serious injury, you’re not just hurt. You’re overwhelmed. An injury claim isn’t always simple, and that means you may already be lost and confused about what to expect from your claim. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about that alone.

Instead, get the answers you need from the attorneys at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC. We’re on your side. An injury claim may be complex, but we have the knowledge you need to succeed.

What damages can I file for?

When you’re injured, the damages you’ll receive may fall into two major groups: compensatory damages, which compensate you for your suffering, and punitive damages, which punish the person responsible for their actions.

Your compensatory damages will also be either economic or non-economic damages. Economic damages should cover the financial damages you’ve suffered, while non-economic damages address the physical, mental, and emotional damages you’ve suffered through.

Can I receive punitive damages?

While you should receive compensation for the suffering you’ve been put through, punitive damages are unique. These damages aren’t awarded often, so many injury victims won’t have a chance to receive these damages. However, if the responsible party acted with gross negligence, or if they intended to harm you, you should receive compensation for this suffering.

What if my child was injured in an accident?

Unfortunately, while we try to protect our children from any suffering possible, accidents and injuries can happen. Fortunately, you’ll be able to act as the child’s guardian and sue on their behalf. You’ll also have more time to file, since the time limits for children are extended to two years after they turn eighteen. While acting quickly can protect evidence, talk to your attorney about what’s best for your child’s claim.  

Are there any limits to my damages?

Generally, you shouldn’t have to worry about caps on your damages. The Illinois Supreme Court rules these caps unconstitutional, since they could inhibit your recovery. However, you may have some trouble with claims against the State. If you’re filing against the State, you may have your damages capped at $100,000.

Learn How a Belleville Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Unfortunately, a personal injury lawsuit can be complex and confusing. You’re injured and likely inexperienced with the laws involved. It’s already difficult to fight back, and your injuries only make it worse.

That’s why you need a personal injury lawyer on your side. While our Belleville personal injury FAQs can get you started, you’ll need help from the attorneys at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, to succeed. Get the support you need today, starting with a free case review.

Before we get started, we’ll discuss your claim and make sure you know we’re the right firm for you. If you’re ready to begin, simply reach out by calling 618-641-9189 or by filling out the online form below.