What Are the Steps of a Personal Injury Claim in Illinois?

On Behalf of The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C.

April 23, 2024

You may have suffered a horrific injury that’s changed your life, requiring you to adapt to a new routine or lifestyle. In addition to physical pain, you may feel distraught and hopeless, trying to remember what your pre-injury life was like. You may suspect you have a personal injury claim but want to know more about it. An attorney can explain the steps of personal injury claims. It’s essential to remember that you’re not alone, and help is available. 

Understanding Personal Injury Claims in Illinois

Personal injury claims seek relief for an injury caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. Personal injury claims stem from various accident types, including: 

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Defective products
  • Premises liability accidents
  • Medical malpractice

Starting a personal injury claim begins with collecting documentation to support your case. Regardless of your accident type and how it happened, you’ll want to gather all possible information about your injury, including: 

  • Accident reports
  • Incident forms
  • Medical records
  • Photos or videos of the accident scene and injuries
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Receipts for injury-related purchases and repairs

The Steps of Personal Injury Claim 

You should meet with a skilled personal injury attorney who can help you with the elements of your claim. The steps of a personal injury claim typically include: 

  • Case Assessment – Your lawyer will review your case, listen to how your injury has impacted your life, and evaluate your case’s merits and viability, and point out any weaknesses. 
  • Determining Liability – Your attorney can investigate your injury’s circumstances and determine which parties are liable, which is critical for pursuing compensation. 
  • Loss Evaluation – Your attorney will assess the fair value of your losses, including medical expenses, lost wages or loss of potential earning capacity, and intangible losses like pain and suffering. 
  • Filing Your Claim – Claim denials due to inadequate documentation or other procedural errors happen, and filing your claim with a lawyer’s assistance can avoid these pitfalls. 
  • Negotiations – Insurance companies are businesses whose priorities are to maximize their profits. The at-fault party’s insurer will look for any reason to deny your claim. When a knowledgeable lawyer represents you, they’ll counter the insurance company’s tactics and pursue an appropriate settlement. 
  • Trial Representation – If settlement negotiations don’t work, your attorney can take your claim to court, present your case to a jury, and argue for compensation to cover your losses. 

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury in Illinois?

The statute of limitations is the law that dictates how long a person has to file a lawsuit for a personal injury claim. For most personal injury claims in Illinois, the injured party has two years from the date of accident to file their lawsuit. Still, certain case-specific factors, such as wrongful death or medical malpractice claims, can affect this deadline. 

Contact an Illinois Personal Injury Attorney Today

It can be overwhelming to deal with a personal injury claim. The personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Goldfine and Bowles, P.C. can help. With over sixty years of legal experience serving Peoria, Bloomington, Galesburg, and the surrounding counties, we know what it takes to argue for your best possible outcome. Let us handle it. Call us today for your free consultation.