With so many moving parts, personal injury cases and other torts can get complicated. It’s important to hire a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney to advocate for your rights. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Contact Ankin Law Office at (312) 346-8780 or (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with one of our Chicago personal injury lawyers.
Females in this age group exhibit somewhat lower collision and fatality rates than males but still register well above the median for drivers of all ages. Also within this group, the highest collision incidence rate occurs within the first year of licensed driving. For this reason, many US states have enacted a zero-tolerance policy wherein receiving a moving violation within the first six months to one year of obtaining a license results in automatic license suspension. No US state allows fourteen year-olds to obtain drivers’ licenses any longer.
However, a personal injury lawyer deals with these cases on a routine basis and can help identify a more accurate estimate of the real and long-term effect of injuries, such as a loss in earning capacity if the accident left the victim disabled. A personal injury lawyer may also ask an economist or actuary for help in assessing the lifetime impact of an accident.
Criminal prosecution: More severe driving misconduct, including impaired driving, may result in criminal charges against the driver. In the event of a fatality, a charge of vehicular homicide is occasionally prosecuted, especially in cases involving alcohol.[96] Convictions for alcohol offenses may result in the revocation or long term suspension of the driver's license, and sometimes jail time, mandatory drug or alcohol rehabilitation, or both.[97]
Some auto accident injuries can take days or even weeks to fully manifest, so we encourage anyone who has been involved in an accident to seek qualified medical attention as soon as possible — even if they don’t feel like they are injured. And, of course, quality auto accident treatment starts with the correct diagnosis. The doctors and other medical practitioners at Accident Care and Treatment Center, Inc. offer complete diagnostic capabilities right on-site, including everything from your initial exam, to on-site advanced diagnostic imaging like x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs.
Sometimes your case is not over even if a jury gave a verdict in your favor. The defense could appeal the case and ask a higher (appellate) court to reconsider the verdict. If an appeal is not brought, it can still take some time to distribute the monetary award. Before you get paid, your lawyer is required to first pay any companies that have a legal claim to some of the money, known as a lien, out of a special escrow account. After that, your attorney simply writes you a check and the money is yours to keep. Your personal injury lawsuit is now over.
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The victim merges his vehicle into traffic, after having been motioned by the seemingly helpful criminal. As the innocent driver begins to merge, the criminal speeds up and causes a collision. When questioned, the criminal denies motioning the victim to merge. Another variation on this scheme involves motioning an innocent motorist to complete a left turn into a strip mall or other parking structure. The criminal quickly drives up and causes a collision, but the innocent motorist will be held at fault because the driver making a left turn must yield to oncoming traffic.
The Colorado Premises Liability Act makes landowners and those who exercise sufficient control of the property such as business tenants responsible for activities and conditions on the property. The duty that the property owner or business tenant owes depends on the status of the person injured. The duty that a landowner owes to a customer visiting a business or a social guest invited to a home is generally higher than the duty owed to a trespasser. The relation of the injured person to the property owner or manager is determined on a case-by-case basis. If the accident victim is a child, that fact must be taken into account because children may be too young to comprehend a property hazard or unsafe condition. For instance, a young child who cannot swim may be attracted to an unsecured swimming pool and not recognize the danger of getting in the pool.
Unlike other areas of the law that find their rules in statutes (such as penal codes in criminal cases), the development of personal injury law has taken place mostly through court decisions, and in treatises written by legal scholars. Many states have taken steps to summarize the development of personal injury law in written statutes, but for practical purposes court decisions remain the main source of the law in any legal case arising from an accident or injury.
Complaint and Answer Phase. The Complaint is the document detailing your allegations regarding how you were injured and the extent of your damages. It is usually filed in the county where your injury occurred or where the party who injured you (defendant) resides. After filing, the Complaint is personally served on (delivered to) the defendant(s). The defendant must “answer” the Complaint in a set period of time, usually 30 days. The Answer is the document in which the defendant admits to or denies the allegations of the Complaint.

Motor Vehicle Accidents Accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and other vehicles are among the most common type in the United States. Often, these personal injury claims stem from another motorist’s negligence. Whatever the cause or whomever was negligent, these accidents can have lifelong impacts. Even crashes that might at the time feel as if they’re not that bad could require long-term medical care.


Our personal injury and car accident lawyers have won numerous prestigious awards, affiliations and memberships. We are part of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, where membership is limited only to lawyers who have won multi-million dollar settlements. In the United States, less than one percent of attorneys are members of this exclusive group. In addition, many of our lawyers are members of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America, Wisconsin Super Lawyers®, Top 100 Best Trial Lawyers in America, National Trial Lawyers Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers and Top 25 Brain Injury Lawyers, and many more.

Some crashes are intended; staged crashes, for example, involve at least one party who hopes to crash a vehicle in order to submit lucrative claims to an insurance company.[26] In the USA, in the 1990s, criminals recruited Latin immigrants to deliberately crash cars, usually by cutting in front of another car and slamming on the brakes. It was an illegal and risky job, and they were typically paid only $100. Jose Luis Lopez Perez, a staged crash driver, died after one such maneuver, leading to an investigation that uncovered the increasing frequency of this type of crash.[27]
It can be difficult to tell what caused an auto accident. Far too many individuals automatically assume that the crash was their fault simply because they do not have the full range of facts necessary to understand the accident. People often contact an attorney if they can tell that another driver involved in the crash was drunk or was driving recklessly. However, many other factors that you cannot easily see could have contributed to the incident.
Arbitration may be required if the victim's own insurance company is involved. This involves presenting a case in front of a neutral arbitrator who makes a binding decision. Mediation consists of the victim and the person responsible for the injury working together to reach a solution out of court with the help of a third-party neutral. (See more on mediation and arbitration.)
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Accidents rarely come with any forewarning, leaving most victims unprepared and unsure of how to proceed. When you or someone you know is injured, you will have a lot of uncertainty and need to make a lot of decisions very quickly. You should always seek immediate medical attention for any injuries and also seek the assistance of qualified, experienced legal representation. But, how do you know who the best attorney is for your case?
(1) You may get additional compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Insurance companies are limited by the amount of coverage that the insurance policy provides, but in a personal injury damages award is not necessarily limited to the limits of the insurance policy and you may be able to recover additional sums from the negligent driver, especially if he or she has significant assets.
A surprising number of people suffer broken bones, head injuries, neck injuries and other serious from slip and fall accidents on slick floors, stairs, uneven sidewalks and icy parking lots. Some of the injuries can be life-altering, forcing the injured person to adapt to a new life. A slip and fall injury may occur at a personal residence, at a store or business, or on a public sidewalk or in a parking lot.
In larger personal injury cases (and sometimes in smaller cases), the lawyers and their clients will usually attend mediation. Most courts nowadays require the parties to attend mediation to try to get the case settled. Mediation can be done with either a private mediator or a judge who is not assigned to that case. The mediator meets with all sides in the beginning, and then meets separately with the plaintiff and the defendant to see if he/she can get the parties’ numbers closer together. Mediation can go on for hours or even days. Mediation does not always work, but it has a very good track record in getting cases settled.
Arbitration is an alternative to the trial process. Arbitration is similar to a trial, but is conducted before an arbitrator or a panel of arbitrators. In binding arbitration the decision of the arbitrator or panel is as final as the trial court’s verdict. Parties to a lawsuit can agree to enter arbitration and are required to submit to arbitration in some contracts. For example, if you sign a contract with a health care provider that has an arbitration clause, if that person injures you, you may be bound by the agreement to use arbitration. Arbitration is usually less expensive than litigation and may be quicker.
My law practice is made up of unique individuals with great skill sets. Every one of them is conscientious and skilled employees who truly care about our clients. My staff and I have a long-term relationship with each other, as many of us have worked together for over 20 years. We are like a family here and we'd like to welcome you and your family to work with ours.
Slip & Fall Accidents/Premises Liability Slip & fall lawsuits are a bigger deal than some think. After all, you didn’t just fall for seemingly no reason. This isn’t just a matter of you being a clutz. Those who slip and fall on someone’s property may find themselves with an injury that could have been avoided had the property owner not neglected to repair their broken facilities. Sometimes a grocery store or restaurant fails to clean up spilled food, drink, or cleaning solution. A railing could be loose. Steps could be loose and in poor condition. The list goes on.
For personal injury cases, The Sawaya Law Firm does not charge clients upfront to get started working on their claims. We will handle your claim on a contingency fee basis, meaning our legal fees will come as a percentage of the compensation you receive at the conclusion of your case. If we do not win compensation for you, we do not charge any fees.
Arizona awards compensation for personal injury and property damage cases based on the rule of “comparative negligence.” Under comparative negligence, a jury will determine the level of fault both parties played in causing the accident. If you have filed a claim for $1,000 and it has been determined that you were 20 percent responsible for causing the accident, you would be awarded $800.

Either party can appeal if there was a significant legal error in the trial. To appeal means you take the case to a higher court to review any legal errors you think may have been made by the judge or jury. For example, a plaintiff might appeal if he thinks he lost his suit unfairly or would have gotten more in damages if the judge had not refused to admit something into evidence. A defendant might appeal if, for example, she thinks there is a valid legal basis to argue that the award for damages given to the plaintiff was too large.
The Pre-lawsuit settlement demand is sent to the insurance company and/or defendant once the injured client has reached Maximum Medical Improvement or ‘MMI’. This is the stage where the client and doctors agree that they are either 100% healed or have healed as much as possible for the foreseeable future. This is very important because once a case settles the case is closed. If injuries arise after settlement the case cannot be reopened.
Traffic citations: drivers who are involved in a collision may receive one or more traffic citations for improper driving conduct such as speeding, failure to obey a traffic control device, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.[93] Convictions for traffic violations are usually penalized with fines, and for more severe offenses, the suspension or revocation of driving privileges.[94]
The insurance company will enter a settlement agreement only if it’s the company’s best interests to do so. However, on the whole, the insurance company knows that settling a claim is in its best interests. Litigation is expensive, and the insurance company knows it is more efficient and less expensive to pay fair compensation to you for your loss rather than pay attorney fees to lawyers to fight against you, especially when the outcome of a trial would be unpredictable.
Cases that initially appear favorable to the plaintiff are often derailed once the plaintiff's own conduct is analyzed. Defendants in slip and fall cases are sure to raise the issue of comparative fault. Also called contributory negligence, the basic idea is that the victim was careless in not avoiding the danger, and shares some or all of the blame. To avoid such a defense, slip and fall victims should retain an attorney before speaking with anyone about the incident.
You would file a personal injury lawsuit in this instance to pursue compensation for immediate medical bills that stem from the crash and future medical expenses, such as rehabilitation. There are also damages available for lost wages, because of an inability to work and the lost ability to work in the future, along with compensation for the physical and emotional suffering you’ve endured.

Formal Lawsuit - Unlike criminal cases, which are initiated by the government, a formal personal injury case typically starts when a private individual (the "plaintiff") files a civil complaint against another person, business, corporation, or government agency (the "defendant"), alleging that they acted carelessly or irresponsibly in connection with an accident or injury that caused harm. This action is known as "filing a lawsuit". Our discussion on negligence and proof is especially helpful.
My law practice is made up of unique individuals with great skill sets. Every one of them is conscientious and skilled employees who truly care about our clients. My staff and I have a long-term relationship with each other, as many of us have worked together for over 20 years. We are like a family here and we'd like to welcome you and your family to work with ours.

Arbitration may be required if the victim's own insurance company is involved. This involves presenting a case in front of a neutral arbitrator who makes a binding decision. Mediation consists of the victim and the person responsible for the injury working together to reach a solution out of court with the help of a third-party neutral. (See more on mediation and arbitration.)
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