Personal injury cases arise when someone’s action or inaction leads to the injury of another. Proving a personal injury claim can be complicated, and Illinois has specific rules to regulate the process.
The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file your lawsuit after your injury. In Illinois, that time limit is two years, or one year if suing a government agency.
The most common damages awarded in personal injury cases are compensatory. As the name suggests, these compensate you for your injury. They may be actual losses, also called economic losses, such as medical bills and lost wages, or they may be general non-economic losses, such as for pain and suffering.
In some cases you may be eligible for punitive damages. These are awarded solely to punish the defendant and are usually only appropriate in cases where the defendant intentionally hurt you.
It is important to hire an attorney as soon as possible because witnesses and evidence may be lost.
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