If you have been hurt in an accident that was caused by someone else, you may be able to recover compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against any at-fault party. If you are looking for vigorous legal representation in the Chicago area, the personal injury lawyers at Kurasch & Klein can tenaciously advocate for you at every step of the legal process. Our attorneys are AV-rated and have also been consistently recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers, which means that they were selected by fellow lawyers as among the top 5 percent of all Illinois personal injury attorneys. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial difficulties that you may be facing in the aftermath of a devastating accident, and we can develop a strategy to fight for your rights to the fullest extent of the law. Our firm also offers services in Polish and Spanish for your convenience.
We handle all types of personal injury cases, such as those arising from car crashes, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, slip and falls, nursing home neglect and abuse, and construction accidents. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys also can advocate for families who are bringing a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one, and we can guide you through the workers’ compensation process after an accident on the job.Taking Legal Action Following an Accident
Most often, personal injury claims are based on the theory of negligence. This applies when a defendant failed to exercise the level of care that should have been used in a particular situation. To succeed in a negligence case, a victim or plaintiff must establish that the defendant had a certain duty of care, the defendant breached the duty of care with a careless action or by failing to take certain precautions, the defendant’s breach caused the accident, and the plaintiff suffered quantifiable damages as a result.
Under the modified comparative negligence rules used in Illinois, fault may be divided among each party when multiple parties share the responsibility for an accident. For example, if you are found to be 10 percent responsible for the accident and your resulting injuries, your total recovery would consist of 90 percent of the damages that you incurred. However, if you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault for causing the accident, you will not be able to recover damages.
The stark differences between these possible outcomes makes it critical to consult an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you fight back against allegations that you contributed to the accident.
In Illinois personal injury cases, plaintiffs may be able to seek a broad range of damages. The amount and types of damages will depend on the details of the case, but generally a plaintiff will be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, any future costs of treatment, lost wages and lost earning capacity, property damage, pain and suffering, and lost enjoyment of life. In the tragic event that you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s careless conduct, you may be able to seek other types of damages through a wrongful death claim, such as funeral and burial costs and loss of companionship.
In certain cases in which the defendant’s conduct is egregious, such as some drunk driving accidents or incidents in which the defendant acted intentionally or with extreme recklessness, a plaintiff may be awarded punitive damages. The idea behind punitive damages is to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from engaging in similarly dangerous behavior.
Like every other state, Illinois imposes a certain time period during which a personal injury claim must be filed, known as the statute of limitations. Typically, a plaintiff has two years from the date of an accident to bring a lawsuit. This means that you need to act quickly to preserve your rights if you think that you may have a claim.Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in the Chicago Area
People who are dealing with the harm resulting from someone else’s negligence deserve trustworthy legal advocacy and comprehensive representation. At Kurasch & Klein, our Chicago personal injury lawyers seek to obtain fair settlements for each of our clients, but we are ready to fight for your rights in the courtroom as well. We represent injured individuals in Naperville, Wheaton, Schaumburg, and communities throughout Cook County. To consult a car accident attorney or seek representation in another type of personal injury claim, you can contact us online or call 312-372-7250 to set up a free consultation.
$7,500,000.00 settlement on behalf of badly injured infant whose mother crossed over centerline into oncoming traffic. Two law firms turned down the case before the family came to our firm. We developed a unique legal theory against mother’s employer. After three years in the courts, defendants caved in just before trial and the case settled.
$117,516.91 verdict on behalf of an injured cable worker who suffered a back injury in a fall during an installation. The employer claimed that the injured worker was not an employee, and made no offer. We won, they appealed, and in the end, they paid with interest.
$4,800,000.00 settlement on behalf of two visiting Japanese businessmen. One was killed and the other seriously injured when the car they were passengers in collided with a bus on the highway. Case was litigated for two years before the responsible insurance company agreed to settle.
$115,000.00 settlement on behalf of a driver for a well-known international delivery company. The man suffered arm fractures in a traffic accident. The company claimed the driver was an independent contractor, and denied compensation. We proved he was an employee under the law, and we made them pay.
$2,400,000.00 medical malpractice settlement with a Chicago hospital and emergency room physician for their failure to recognize a sub-arachnoid hemorrhage. The victim, a homeless mother of eight children, died 4 days later. After three years of hotly contested litigation, the doctor and hospital agreed to pay.