Personal injury law addresses accidents in which someone else’s negligence causes the claimants to be harmed. Personal injury law is an important branch of the law, and if you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, it’s time to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Chicago.
Common Types of Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury claims come in wide-ranging varieties, but some of the most common include:
- Traffic accidents of every type, including car, rideshare, truck, motorcycle, bike, commercial train, and pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents (and other sources of premises liability claims)
- Accidents caused by dangerous products
Other claims that are quite similar to personal injury claims include workers’ compensation, nursing home neglect, and wrongful death claims.
The Elements of Your Personal Injury Claim
In order to bring a successful personal injury claim and obtain the compensation you need to regain your health and well-being to the best of your ability, all of the following elements must be present.
- Duty of Care – The at-fault driver must have owed you a duty of care to begin with, and this means that he or she had a responsibility to consider your safety. A prime example of this duty of care owed is the responsibility we all accept when we get behind the wheel. When you drive, you owe an immense duty of care to everyone else on the road.
- Breach of Duty – the second element of your personal injury claim that must be satisfied is that the at-fault party must have breached the duty of care owed to you. For example, when a driver engages in any form of driver negligence, he or she breaches the duty of care owed to others in his or her midst.
- Cause and Effect – It is not enough that the party whom you claim is at fault breached the duty of care owed to you; you must also be able to prove that this breach caused you to be injured. For example, if a driver’s distraction is the direct cause of a car accident that leaves you injured, his or her lapsed responsibility is the direct cause of your injuries.
- Damages – Finally, you must have suffered actual legal damages, which you may think of as losses and that are described above.
As such, if a driver’s negligence (for example) is the direct cause of an accident that leaves you injured and with verifiable legal damages, you have all the makings of a viable personal injury claim – or a personal injury case if the insurance company chooses not to negotiate fairly, and you file a lawsuit against it in response.
Don’t Delay Consulting with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Chicago
The personal injury lawyers at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd. – proudly serving the Chicago area – are well-positioned to help guide your personal injury claim toward a beneficial resolution that supports your most-complete recovery. To learn more about what we can do to help you, please don’t wait to contact us today.