Accidents and injuries can happen anywhere and anytime – whether driving in your car or walking around the block or even working at your job. In some situations, accidents and injuries are the result of negligence or the intentional misconduct of another person and, when this is the case, that person can and should be held accountable for your injuries.
The Chicago personal injury lawyers at DuPage Attorneys focus on helping accident and injury victims obtain the financial recovery that they deserve. If you were injured as a result of someone’s negligent or intentional misconduct, contact our office at (630) 447-9019 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Illinois personal injury attorneys.
Proving Liability for Personal Injury Accidents
In order to establish liability in a personal injury lawsuit, you must show that the defendant was negligent by proving the following:
- The defendant had a legal obligation to exercise a certain standard of care;
- The defendant breached his or her duty of care; and
- You were injured by the defendant’s actions or inactions.
The specific standard of care varies depending on the person and the situation. For instance, medical professionals are held to a higher standard of care than the general public, and property owners are held to a higher standard of care with respect to customers than to trespassers.
In some situations, a personal injury claim will not involve negligence, but will instead involve intentional misconduct. For instance, defamation, slander and libel, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, battery, and fraud are all examples of intentional torts. Intentional torts often include criminal violations, but they are also civil causes of action through which the injured party may be entitled to compensation.
The knowledgeable personal injury lawyers at DuPage Attorneys will listen to your situation, determine the appropriate standard of care, and assess whether you may be entitled to money damages for your injuries. We are knowledgeable and experienced in handling several types of personal injury cases, including:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Intentional Torts
Helping Accident and Injury Victims Obtain Financial Compensation
If you are successful in proving liability, you may be able to recover financial compensation for the following compensatory damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
In some cases – such as when the defendant’s behavior is particularly egregious or intentional, you may also be able to recover punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, which compensate the victim, punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter future misconduct.
If you were injured in a personal injury accident, time is of the essence. Strict time limitations govern when you can bring a claim so it is important to act quickly to protect your rights. Contact DuPage Attorneys at (630) 447-9019 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Illinois personal injury attorneys.