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Damages in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Posted in Personal Injury on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Accidental injuries happen unexpectedly and for a variety of reasons. You might have been injured in a car accident, as the result of a slip, trip, or fall, or due to a defective product. However your accident occurred, you are now left with serious, perhaps even permanent, injuries that can impact your future health and well-being as well as your ability to provide for your loved ones. For individuals who have been hurt as the result of an accident or someone’s reckless or negligent conduct, help is available to deal with the medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses you suffered as the result of your accident. Personal injury lawsuits seek compensation for injured victims and this compensation can go a long way toward ensuring you make a full recovery from your injury.

Types of Compensation in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Personal injury accidents can result in a variety of serious injuries which can require treatment and rehabilitation long after your accident’s occurrence. Accidental injuries such as concussion, fractures, muscle or tendon strains and sprains, and bruised or ruptured disks can all have lingering effects that could impact your ability to work as well as your ability to participate in hobbies and activities you once enjoyed. Under Section 735 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, people who have been injured are entitled to compensation for those injuries, depending on the type of accident in which they were involved and who was responsible for it. The types of compensation you may be entitled to receive under Illinois law include:

  • Previous, ongoing, and future medical expenses associated with your injury;
  • Costs associated with physical and vocational rehabilitation from your injuries;
  • The cost of repairing or replacing any damaged property;
  • Lost wages and compensation for future impacts on your income caused by your injury;
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish;
  • Scarring and permanent disability;
  • Loss of enjoyment of life; and
  • Loss of intimacy and companionship suffered by your spouse as the result of your injury.

Punishing Careless and Reckless Behavior

In certain cases, the actions of another party which led to your injury may have been particularly reckless or negligent, such as a driver who hit you while driving at a high speed or while under the influence of alcohol, or a product manufacturer who knowingly sold a product that was a danger to consumers. In these cases, you may be entitled to additional compensation for the damages you have suffered. Under the Illinois Compiled Statutes, punitive damage awards are meant to punish the party responsible for your injury and deter others from engaging in similar types of conduct. These damages are in addition to any other compensation you are awarded and are likely to be as much as two or three times the amount of your total personal injury claim.

Contact Our Experienced Will County Personal Injury Attorneys Today

If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of an accident or someone’s reckless or negligent conduct, contact Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino, and Pollack, P.C. today. Our experienced Will county personal injury attorneys may be able to help you hold responsible parties accountable for the damages they caused and assist you in getting the compensation you need to comfortably recover from your injuries. With offices throughout Will County and the surrounding area, call Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino, and Pollack, P.C. today at (815) 730-8860 for an initial consultation.

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