Potential Recoverable Damages After an Illinois Car Accident

When someone else’s negligence has turned your life upside down, it’s important to take the proper steps in order to get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. If you can prove that the other party’s negligence caused your injuries, Illinois law allows you to recover compensation for your injuries and losses. It’s not that simple, however.

Retaining an experienced and effective personal injury attorney is critical for the success of your case and to ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses. At Drake & Collopy, P.C., our legal team is dedicated to helping you through this difficult time period and to building a strong case from day one.

Our attorneys will help you navigate the many challenges that personal injury victims face while giving you the peace of mind that your legal case is in good hands. As a client, you will have a team of experienced injury attorneys working diligently and aggressively on your behalf. Our ultimate goal is to secure the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries and your future. The first step is to get in touch with us to discuss your situation.

Potential Damages You Could Receive for an Illinois Car Accident

The specific amount you can recover from your Chicago car accident claim depends on the facts of your case, legal issues, and insurance coverage. Some of the types of damages we can help you recover include:

Compensation for Medical Bills

All related past and future medical costs that you incur due to treatment required for your injury, including emergency care, hospitalization, surgery, assistive devices, rehabilitation, and medication are included.

Compensation for Pain and Suffering

Compensation for all mental and physical suffering you experience because of your car accident can be recovered.

Compensation for Lost Income

All the past and future wages that you lose due to your injuries will keep you from being able to work and earn money to pay your expenses, and care for your family can be recovered. The compensation can include income, benefits, commissions, and bonuses.

Punitive Damages 

Punitive damages are designed to punish someone for egregious misconduct in addition to the normal damages. It is often awarded in drunk driving cases and cases involving other reckless behavior.

Damages for Wrongful Death

If you have a family member who passes away because of a car accident, it may be possible to recover for all related medical costs, pain and suffering by the decedent, as well as:

  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of companionship or consortium
  • Funeral and burial costs

Vehicle Repair or Replacement

We can offer guidance with respect to receiving proper compensation for repairs to your vehicle, diminution in value, or the fair market value of your vehicle and additional expenses incurred if it is considered a “total loss.”

How Much Will I Receive in Damages?

The total amount of compensation you’ll get for your case depends on a number of things. Because no two accident situations are the same, the amount of compensation you’ll receive varies depending on the details of your case.

The best way to get an idea about how much money you may actually be entitled to is to consult with an experienced Chicago accident attorney. Consultations are offered without charge and are useful in determining the best course of action in your accident case. If it is decided that you have a case, the lawyer won’t get paid unless he succeeds in your case.

If you are partially to blame for the car accident you are involved in, it still may be possible for you to recover compensation. Your percentage of fault typically reduces the amount you can recover for the accident.

For situations where you are found to be 51% at fault or more, you will not be able to recover any compensation. The exception to this is if the other party engaged in some type of reckless behavior or action, like drunk driving.

Car Accident Attorneys You Can Trust

It’s important to be aware of your legal rights if you’ve been injured in a car accident. There is no question that suffering a serious personal injury can be one of the most traumatic and stressful situations in your life. While dealing with the pain and suffering of the injury itself, you may also be unable to work and/or unable to perform your activities of daily living.

At the same time, you may be required to seek medical care from multiple doctors and other medical providers, you may have substantial medical bills accumulating, and you may also be dealing with the headaches of car repairs or replacement. The last thing that you need at this time is to take on the substantial burden of trying to handle your own legal case without the knowledge or expertise to do so.

To arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable car accident attorneys, contact us online or by phone at your earliest opportunity.

What do you think of our list of damages that one can recover after an Illinois car accident? Tell us your thoughts in the comments, and don’t forget to get in touch with the car accident attorneys at Drake & Collopy, P.C. if you were recently injured in a vehicle collision in Illinois. We’re here to help!

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