Unintentional injuries land millions of people in the emergency room each year. However, you have legal rights if your injury is caused by another person or party’s negligence or recklessness.
Medical malpractice, auto accidents, workplace injuries – the list goes on. Unintentional injuries can impact your life in many ways. When someone else’s negligence causes this interruption, you deserve compensation.
Unfortunately, navigating the complex personal injury laws in Chicago alone can be overwhelming and frustrating. This is why you should contact our legal team for assistance. At Drake & Collopy, P.C., our Chicago personal injury attorneys will investigate your situation and build a strong case to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Here, you can learn about some of the most common personal injury lawsuits we take on in Chicago.
1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
The most common personal injury accident in Chicago, Illinois, and across the country is motor vehicle accidents (MVAs).
Contact our office immediately if you are involved in an auto accident you believe was caused by someone else’s negligence. Whether your accident involved reckless driving, speeding, or drunk driving, if you sustain an injury because of another driver’s negligence, you need evidence to prove it. Unfortunately, this is often more challenging to acquire than you may think.
Many MVAs turn into “he-said, she-said” situations. However, when you hire our experienced cat accident attorneys, you have someone with experience collecting evidence and proving negligence. We can utilize our resources, like accident reconstruction experts, to show that the other party caused the incident.
2. Medical Malpractice
When medical professionals are negligent, their actions (or failure to act) can lead to injuries and fatalities. Doctors, hospitals, nurses, and other medical workers are expected to exercise a certain standard of care. If they make mistakes or errors or are blatantly negligent, which results in an injury or harm, you can file a medical malpractice claim.
Common types of medical malpractice include the following:
- Birth injuries (mistakes or errors while a child is being born)
- Improper treatment
- Medication mistakes
- Failure to diagnose
- Pharmacy errors
Cases of medical malpractice are often complex and confusing. Because of this, it is important to have representation from an experienced medical malpractice attorney. We can evaluate your claim and help you pursue legal action. Our goal is to help you recover the full value of your injuries and losses.
3. Slip and Fall Accidents
Another common personal injury claim we see is from slip and fall accidents. These are particularly common with the elderly population in Chicago.
Millions of people are in emergency rooms yearly because of fall injuries. Unfortunately, many falls occur because of someone else’s negligence. From issues like broken railings to slippery floors, if you slipped and fell, sustained an injury, and experienced losses because of another person’s negligence, you deserve compensation.
4. Wrongful Death
Just as the term implies, “wrongful death” is a type of lawsuit that is filed if someone is killed because of another person’s or party’s negligence or carelessness. Usually, wrongful death cases arise from motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, dangerous or defective products, airplane accidents, or nursing home neglect.
If you file a wrongful death lawsuit, it is possible to recover the damages that are unique from the ones that someone who suffered non-fatal injuries would experience. Our legal team can help you better understand your legal rights in these situations and how to pursue a claim.
5. Product Liability
A product liability claim will occur if a product seller or manufacturer causes an injury to a buyer because of a design flaw or manufacturing defect.
Even though product liability claims are not as common as some of the other cases found here, they can result in significant payouts in terms of compensation. In fact, some of these cases even have thousands of victims.
If a product defect or malfunction injures you, contact our office. We can help you file a lawsuit to recover the compensation you deserve.
Not all personal injury cases are filed because of an accident. If you are assaulted, you may file a civil claim against the party who assaulted you for compensation.
While the at-fault party may try to intimidate you to prevent you from filing this lawsuit, we are here to help. We can handle the legal aspect of your situation and help you recover the compensation you should receive for your injuries and losses.
7. Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Those who live in nursing homes and other care facilities are some of the most vulnerable in our community. Unfortunately, they are also at risk of being injured because of neglect or abuse.
If you suspect your loved one is being abused, neglected, or harmed in any way, we can conduct a full investigation. Our team will work on your behalf to gather evidence and hold the negligent party liable. You nor your loved one have to suffer in silence.
Contact Our Legal Team for Help with Your Personal Injury Claim
If you are involved in an accident and suffer a personal injury, we are here to help. At Drake & Collopy, P.C., we represent injured clients in and around the Chicago area.
The first step is to call our office to schedule a free consultation. We can learn about your case and help you develop a plan to move forward and file a lawsuit.
The Basics of Personal Injury Law in Chicago