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Lake County Personal Injury Attorney

Experienced Lawyer in Lake County Helping Accident Victims

Accidents happen, and when they do, they can impact our lives forever. Whether the accident is a car crash, slip and fall, medical malpractice, or delivery driver accident (Amazon, UPS, or FedEx), lives can be changed in a blink of an eye. Often, these accidents leave an innocent person permanently hurt or even dead through no fault of their own. This is unfair and tragic, but sometimes, there is a way to seek justice.

Personal injury law is an area of Illinois law that exists to help people who are hurt because someone else failed to take proper care. In addition to the types of accidents listed above, there are many reasons why someone might file a personal injury claim against an insurance company, a business, or a person. If a claim is successful, the person who was injured may receive large sums of money to compensate them for their suffering and losses. At Salvi Law, Inc., we believe that what we do not only helps victims who need it, but makes the world a safer place by holding people accountable when they act recklessly.

What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do? 

Personal injury attorneys exist to help people who have been hurt navigate the law and seek justice against the person or entity responsible for their injuries and losses. These attorneys handle cases from start to finish, including:

  • Gathering facts
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Getting access to camera footage
  • Subpoenaing records 
  • Managing emails, phone calls, and other communication on behalf of clients
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Arguing a case in court 

How Do Personal Injury Lawsuits Work? 

Although the details of each personal injury case are different, the principles are basically the same. A personal injury lawsuit arises when someone does something they should not have - or does not do something they should have - and somebody else gets hurt. Personal injury cases are usually handled one of two ways: By filing a claim with the company that insures the person or company responsible; or, by a lawsuit against the person or company responsible.

Of course, a case needs more than just someone's word that something happened; evidence must be presented and an argument must be made. For a case to be successful, four main things must be true:

  • The defendant owed the injured person a duty of care
  • The defendant breached this duty of care
  • The injured person was, in fact, injured
  • The injuries were caused as a direct result of the breach of care

What is a Duty of Care? 

The legal concept of a "duty of care" is the idea that someone is responsible for doing (or not doing) something to someone else. The exact duty of care depends on the circumstance. Some examples include:

  • Drivers - All drivers on the road owe a duty of care to other drivers to follow the law and drive safely
  • Doctors - Doctors owe their patients a duty of care to provide standard medical care
  • Toy stores - Businesses that sell toys owe their customers a duty of care to ensure the toys are safe, labeled for the right age, and contain clear instructions when necessary 
  • Property owners - Business owners and private homeowners owe visitors a duty of care to keep the property free of hazards

What Damages May Be Available to Me?

The money in personal injury claims is called "damages" or "compensation." Damages provide financial compensation for both economic and non-economic losses. Damages may be used for hospital and doctor bills, lost wages from not being able to work, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Contact a Cook County, IL Personal Injury Lawyer

At Salvi Law, Inc., our Illinois personal injury lawyers have the skills and resources to ensure that you have the best chance at obtaining compensation. Proudly serving Lake Zurich, Cook County, and Lake County, we are available by 847-721-2499 for a free consultation. Contact us today.

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