Damages You Claim Impact Your Injury SettlementIllinois law allows an injured person to claim the following damages in their Illinois injury claim:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future wage loss
- Current and future pain and suffering
- Disability (“loss of normal life”)
- Emotional distress
While the first two are fairly easy to calculate since they have tangible dollar values, the other damages are not so black-and-white. It takes careful documentation and evidence to prove how much you and your family have suffered from your injury. A Chicago personal injury lawyer can help you properly explain and prove the impact your injury has had on your life.
Things to Know About Injury Settlement
Not all Illinois injury claims go to trial. Many injury claims are settled out of court, and some are dismissed entirely because of lack of evidence, pre-existing conditions, or a high degree of fault.
There is no time frame for when an insurance company must make a settlement offer
. Some Illinois injury claims can take months or even years before a settlement is offered, even if the claim goes to trial.
There’s no “standard” for an injury settlement
. You cannot look at similar cases to determine your settlement, either. With all the factors involved, even if your injury took place at the same place and time, there will still be critical differences between your accident and someone else’s.
Bad publicity isn’t always a threat
. Some people think that when suing a high-profile person or company for an injury settlement that they’ll settle quickly and high to avoid bad press. This isn’t always true and you shouldn’t rely on it for a large settlement.
Hiring a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer
You should never trust a Chicago personal injury lawyer that guarantees a settlement amount. There’s no way they can predict how the insurance companies will think, and this tactic is only good for getting you in their door with false hopes.
When you have the help of a trusted Chicago personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. you’ll get experienced advice with a realistic look at your Illinois injury claim. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – (312) 263-1080