Understanding Injury Law in Illinois
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Personal injury law is an area of legal practice designed to protect individuals harmed through the negligence, recklessness, or willful inaction of another. Lawyers may sometimes refer to this area of practice as tort law.
Personal injury laws encompass a variety of types of legal claims that include the following:
- Wrongful death
- Auto accidents
- Medical malpractice involving human error or defective drugs
- Product liability
In all of these instances, the victim can file a lawsuit based on physical injury, emotional injury, and any related property damages. In some cases, involving extreme harm, normally those involving malpractice or wrongful death, the family of the injured or deceased individual can also bring a lawsuit through an injury attorney in Illinois.
Claims for Injury in Illinois
According to federal and state law, individuals filing personal injury claims, with or without the assistance of an attorney may be eligible to receive compensation and damages.
These are financial awards meant to alleviate:
- Loss of income
- Emotional distress
- Permanent disability
- Other negative results of the injury
It should be noted that retaining the services of a law firm greatly improves your chances of obtaining a fair settlement. Those found liable for the injury, according to the law, may be forced by the court to pay such compensatory damages to the injured party. Compensatory damages awarded in a settlement are, by definition of law, calculated in order to put the injured party or parties in the financial position they were before the injury.
In some cases, the law may also award punitive damages to the injured party, which are intended to punish the at-fault party and deter them from causing future harm.