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What Is A Personal Injury Claim?

Suffering an injury through no fault of your own can throw your life into chaos. In addition to dealing with the pain caused by your injury, you may find yourself facing mounting medical bills and expenses while, at the same time, being unable to work. It can put you and your family members under a tremendous amount of stress.

The Chicago personal injury lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. want to help you. Our attorneys focus exclusively on assisting injured victims and their families in Chicago, IL and throughout Illinois.

A personal injury claim arises when you or a loved one is harmed due to the intentional, reckless or negligent wrongdoing of another person, company or government agency. Under Illinois law, you have the right to seek full and fair compensation for your losses.

Contact us today to discuss your rights, your options and what you can expect when you work with our law firm.

You will see that we give every one of our clients the personalized attention they deserve. We believe they should be treated with care, compassion and professionalism by a lawyer who truly understands the importance of their case.

We take the time to get to know our clients and learn about their objectives. We promptly answer their questions, and we make sure to keep them regularly informed through every stage of their case.

How Can Our Experienced Lawyers Help You?

If our law firm takes on your personal injury case, we will handle all aspects, including:

  • Conducting a thorough investigation of your case to determine how your injury occurred and who should be held legally accountable for the harm you have suffered.
  • Consulting with highly qualified experts from a variety of fields, including accident reconstruction experts and medical professionals. For instance, our law firm’s staff features a legal nurse consultant.
  • Analyzing your medical records and other data to fully calculate your losses and the amount that should be sought in your case.
  • Carefully reviewing all relevant insurance policies in your case and dealing with the insurance companies on your behalf.
  • Timely filing all documents, including claims with insurance companies and documents in the court where your case will be litigated.
  • Negotiating with insurance companies for a fair and timely settlement of your claim and structuring a settlement so that it will provide financial security for you and your family well into the future.
  • If necessary, skillfully litigating your case in a state or federal court within Illinois and handling all post-trial legal matters that may arise.
  • Resolving all liens that may be attached to your recovery, including health care or workers’ compensation liens.

Our law firm can allow you to concentrate on your recovery and your family while we pursue just compensation for your losses.

Our Recent Successes

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. has obtained more than $1 billion in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. Our record includes 215 cases with results of $1 million or more, including:

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$33.2 million drunk driving accident verdict for a man who was paralyzed when the driver of his car – alleged to be intoxicated at the time – crashed into a utility box.
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$10.8 million pedestrian accident settlement on behalf of a man who suffered severe spine damage after being hit by a car while walking across the street.
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$9 million defective product settlement in a case in which laboratory workers died due to alleged carbon monoxide poisoning that was caused by a defectively designed and manufactured air handling system.
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$6 million bicycle accident settlement on behalf of a woman who suffered a brain injury when she struck a warning sign placed and maintained by a utility service provider.
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$3.75 million truck accident settlement for the family of man killed in a crash with a tractor-trailer in Champaign County.
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$2.065 million bicycle accident verdict on behalf of a 19-year-old Lake County woman who was seriously injured when she was hit by a pizza delivery driver while riding her bicycle.

Please note that our firm’s past results do not guarantee that a similar outcome will be reached in your case. It will be important to carefully review the unique facts and legal issues that are involved in your situation.

If you believe that you have suffered harm due to the fault of another, contact us today by phone or through our online form. We will provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney from our firm.


What Type Of Injury Cases Do Our Lawyers Handle?

Because our law firm concentrates on representing injured victims and their families, we have developed experience in a broad range of cases, including:

What Can You Recover in an Illinois Personal Injury Claim?

You can count on our law firm to aggressively pursue a maximum financial recovery for you. The damages that we can seek on your behalf may include:

  • Medical expenses – All reasonable and necessary medical care, treatment and services you have received and will need to receive in the future to address the harm caused by another.
  • Lost income – A recovery of all lost past and future earnings and profits, taking into account any fringe benefits, bonuses, commissions and other income you would have received if you had not been injured.
  • Pain and suffering – Compensation for the pain and discomfort that you have experienced and are likely to face in the future due to a permanent disability.
  • Loss of a normal life – A recovery that focuses on the impact that a disability will have on your ability to participate in normal daily activities.
  • Emotional distress – Damages that help you to address the depression, anxiety and other mental health issues related to your injuries.
  • Punitive damages – Damages that are aimed at punishing and deterring especially egregious misconduct.

A separate but related claim may also seek compensation for loss of consortium. These damages typically are sought by a spouse who has lost the intimacy, companionship and services of a loved one due to the wrongful conduct of another.

Please see our section on wrongful death to learn more about the specific types of damages that may be sought in those cases.

What Should You Know About Illinois Legal System?

Generally speaking, in order to recover compensation in an Illinois personal injury claim through either a settlement or verdict, you must establish that another party was at fault. In other words, you must prove that a party acted or failed to act as an ordinary, reasonable person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances. This is called negligence.

A negligence claim in Illinois generally requires establishing:

  • The other party owed a duty of care to you;
  • The party breached that duty of care;
  • The party caused you to suffer reasonably foreseeable harm due to that breach; and
  • In fact, you suffered actual damages.

Your own negligence may be a factor. Under Illinois law, you could be barred from recovering anything if the other party shows that you were more than 50 percent at fault for your injury.

Otherwise, your damages would be reduced by an amount that reflects the percentage of fault assigned to you. For example, if you are found to be 25 percent at fault, your damages award would be reduced by 25 percent.

Additionally, you should be aware that your personally injury lawsuit in Illinois generally must be filed within two years from the date of your injury. Certain rules may apply to your case that reduce or lengthen the amount of time in which you have to file a claim.

In order to ensure your claim is timely field, it will be important to consult with an attorney as early as possible after you have suffered an injury due to the wrongful conduct of another.

Our Attorneys Serve Chicago and Illinois

Contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. if you believe that you or a loved one has been harmed by the wrongful conduct of another. You can call us or simply submit our online form.  You will speak with an experienced, professional and compassionate attorney who will listen to you, review your case and help you to understand your legal rights and options as you move forward.

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