Imagine driving near Antioch Theater or the Great Lakes Antiques Boutique near Chicago when you are rear-ended at a traffic light. You are hurt and cannot work. How will you pay your medical bills and living expenses?
Unfortunately, this scenario plays out in Illinois every day. Hundreds of people in Illinois are in minor and major auto accidents every month. Many are unable to pay their bills while dealing with debilitating injuries. If you were in an accident because of someone’s negligence, you might wonder about the size of the settlement to expect. Learn about this important topic below. If you have questions about a potential settlement, please call our Antioch car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Robert T. Edens, P.C., today.
The idea behind limits or damage caps on personal injury claims and lawsuits is to reduce the compensation plaintiffs can receive. Every state handles damage caps according to its laws. However, Illinois no longer has caps or limits on personal injury damages. There was a cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice claims, but the Illinois Supreme Court struck it down in 2010.
Anyone hurt in a car accident caused by someone’s negligence can receive compensation in a claim or lawsuit. This means you could receive funds if you were a driver, passenger, pedestrian, or bicyclist who a negligent driver hurt. If you lose a loved one in an accident because of someone’s negligence, you also may receive compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Also, even if the other driver does not have insurance, you still could receive compensation. This is because Illinois requires every driver to have uninsured and underinsured coverage on their insurance policy.
If a driver hits you without insurance, your personal injury attorney can help you file a claim on your insurance policy. It is essential to have an attorney represent you in this type of claim. Even though it is your policy, the insurance company may attempt to limit your compensation.
While there are no limits on personal injury cases in Illinois, you have a limited time to take legal action. There is a statute of limitations of only two years for filing a personal injury lawsuit. This means you have only two years from the date of injury or the date you became aware of the injury. Therefore, you should immediately contact a personal injury attorney in Antioch.
Were you in a car accident that was someone else’s fault? You might be entitled to a car accident settlement to cover your medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more. Please contact one of our Antioch car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Robert T. Edens, P.C. today at (847) 395-2200. Our attorneys also serve the communities of Palatine, Antioch, Chicago, Waukegan, Libertyville, and Woodstock.