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The legal definition of personal injury is as any physical or emotional injury to a person's body, in contrast to damage or injury to a person's property, which is caused by another person's negligence. Personal injury can include accidents, injuries, illness and psychological trauma, or a combination of several of these. In order for a personal injury to be actionable, the attorney must be able to prove liability on the part of the defendant, stemming from negligence.

Negligence has been defined as the failure of an individual, group, company, agency or other entity to provide a reasonable standard of care.

There are two types of personal injury claims, including general damages personal injury claim and special damages and future loss personal injury claim. General damages cover those types of injuries that involve a demand for restitution for any emotional or physical pain and suffering that may be endured after the injury or accident has taken place.

Special damages refer to any monetary loss incurred as a result of the injury or accident. It also includes costs directly resulting from the injury as well as earnings that have been lost. Expenses typically associated with special damage claims include, damage to property, medical treatment expenses as well as loss of pay for any time spent in the hospital.

Personal injuries may consist of auto accidents, on-the-job injuries, exposure to toxic chemicals, medical malpractice or any other situation when negligence is the cause of an illness or injury. Even libel, slander, false imprisonment or false arrest can be considered types of personal injury under the law, since personal injury is not restricted to physical injury, but can also include psychological injury or trauma.

For each of these situations, there are many personal injury attorneys in Illinois who specialize in representing clients. You can easily find an experienced attorney to help you recoup the losses you have suffered.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, an on-the-job accident, or any other personal injury, your attorney can sue to recover medical costs, property damage and pain and suffering. No one should have to endure an injury or emotional trauma due to another person's negligence or breach of duty.

If your loved one has been killed as a result of negligence, whether on the job or elsewhere, you may also have a case. Contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in wrongful death cases, to see if you are eligible for compensation based on loss of income or loss of consortium.

You will not usually need to pay any money up front to hire a personal injury attorney. Most Illinois personal injury lawyers will take your case on contingency, meaning that you pay nothing unless and until they win your case. The attorney will pay for court costs and fees, as well as fees for experts to testify in the event that your case goes to trial. After he or she wins on your behalf, the attorney will then take a percentage of your award as payment for their services. If you do not win your case, you may still be responsible for some of the associated fees and costs. Before engaging a personal injury attorney, you should make sure that you understand the terms of payment.

An experienced personal injury attorney will not only be able to find expert witnesses in many different fields, but they can recommend a doctor who will wait for payment and who is comfortable testifying on your behalf. The attorney will also file any necessary court paperwork and communicate with insurance companies on your behalf. They can prepare you for depositions, handle settlement negotiations and represent you in court if necessary.

Once you have found an attorney you can request a free consultation to review your case. Even if you are still in the hospital, you can ask an attorney to come to you. Be sure to bring any documentation you can and lay out all the facts of the case. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better your chances of receiving a successful outcome.

There are many components that determine the length of a lawsuit. Severity of the injury, compensation and the willingness of the defense to settle for full compensation are some of the factors that can prolong a personal injury case. A personal injury case can take as long as several years before an agreement is made.


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