Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer
Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer
You’ll face a barrage of challenges after you’ve been injured, but the most difficult struggle may be winning the compensation you deserve. To make it easier, leave that undertaking in the hands of a Rockford injury lawyer.
Pain, emotional trauma, exhaustion, stress, and financial trouble usually come after injuries. For many injury victims, these struggles feel insurmountable—and that’s without the added difficulty of building, filing, and fighting for a personal injury claim.
Unfortunately, you’re likely going to need to file a successful personal injury claim to receive compensation that accounts for all the damages you’ve suffered. After all, the negligent party and insurance company aren’t going to hand over your compensation just because you ask for it.
During this difficult process, you may need a Rockford personal injury lawyer to back you up. The attorneys at Mahoney & Mahoney, LLC are ready to lend you their experience and knowledge as you pursue the compensation you’re owed. We’re more than prepared to take on—and win—your claim.
Documenting Your Injuries
In most cases, a good starting point for your Rockford personal injury claim will be identifying and documenting all of your physical injuries and how they have affected and will continue to affect your life.
In an effort to build you a comprehensive claim for compensation, your lawyer will ask you all about your injuries and speak with experts and your doctors to determine how long you’ll need to recover.
The following are some of the more common types of serious injuries we see in Rockford:
- Spine and back injuries, which may include paralysis
- Head and brain trauma, such as concussions
- Severe burns
- Fractured, broken, and crushed bones
- Neck injuries like whiplash
- Lost limbs
- Damage to internal organs
When you discuss your injuries with your lawyer, don’t leave anything out. Even if that pain in your wrist seems like nothing, tell your attorney about it and have your doctor take a look. You deserve compensation for every injury you have suffered at someone else’s hands—no matter how small it seems.
Who’s Responsible for Your Pain?
Your injuries might have occurred at Rock Cut State Park, near the Anderson Japanese Gardens, on the highway heading back into town, or inside your own home. The truth is that it doesn’t really matter where in Rockford your injuries struck you.
What does matter is how your injuries happened. That knowledge will help your attorney identify everyone who should be held financially accountable. The following are some common accident types, as well as some possible responsible parties:
- Vehicle Crashes – Motor vehicle accidents are some of the most common injury-causing events in Rockford, and various parties could hold the blame when they occur. In car accidents and motorcycle crashes, other drivers, parts manufacturers, and government agencies responsible for road safety could be held responsible. Accidents involving commercial trucks may implicate truckers, trucking companies, or those who loaded the truck’s cargo.
- Workplace Injuries – On average, the construction industry is one of the most dangerous work sectors in Illinois. Workers compensation covers the majority of workplace accident victims, but certain circumstances could call for additional compensation through a Rockford personal injury claim against your employer or a third party.
- Premises Liability Incidents – This category encompasses a wide variety of accidents on other people’s property. If you slip on slick floor at a Rockford grocery store, you might name the store owner in your claim. If you’re bitten by a dog, you might name the dog owner in your claim.
- Defective Product Accidents – Malfunctioning brakes, exploding home appliances, tainted medications, and toxic foods are all examples of defective products. If you’re hurt by any product when using it correctly, you might be eligible for compensation from the product’s manufacturer.
- Nursing Home Abuse – Those who abuse or neglect the elderly should be held accountable in both criminal and civil court. If your elderly loved one has suffered nursing home abuse in Rockford, you might be able to file a claim against the assisted living facility, an individual caregiver, or a third party operating in the facility.
Helping You Recover Compensation
After we have documented your injuries and identified who should be named in your claim, we’ll get to the part that probably matters most to you: your compensation. Your Rockford injury attorney will help you calculate the monetary value of all of your damages and list it in your claim.
We will make sure the past, current, and future expenses related to your accident are accounted for in your claim. We’ll even help you place a value on your non-financial damages—the ones that affect your life and your mental health but not necessarily your bank account.
The following are some damages for which we might be able to pursue compensation:
- Current and anticipated medical expenses
- Lost wages during your recovery
- Inability to return to work
- Damage to your property, including your vehicle
- Costs tied to retrofitting your home to accommodate your disability or injuries
- Emotional trauma
- Reduced quality of life
- Scarring or disfigurement
Rockford Personal Injury FAQ
If you’re like many of our clients, you have questions about how to pursue personal injury compensation after you’ve been injured in Rockford. We’re happy to give you answers.
Below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions we receive from new clients. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Each state sets its own deadline for how long injury victims have to file personal injury claims. This deadline is called the statute of limitations.
In Illinois, personal injury victims have two years from the date of their injuries to file their claim for compensation. While this may sound like plenty of time, the process of gathering evidence, filling out paperwork, and strengthening your claim can take a long time. That’s why many victims choose to expedite the process by working with an experienced Rockford injury attorney.
What if I’m partially to blame for my injuries?
Sometimes, accidents aren’t entirely the fault of one party. The state of Illinois accounts for this by allowing multiple parties to share the blame for injury-causing accidents. This policy is called comparative negligence.
Here’s the good news: You can still recover compensation if you hold some of the blame—as long as the accident that injured you wasn’t more than 50 percent your fault. The bad news is this: Whatever percentage of fault you hold will reduce your compensation award by a proportionate amount.
For example, if you exceeded the speed limit by a few miles per hour just as a drunk driver rammed the side of your car, you might be found to hold 10 percent of the blame. Then, if you were awarded $100,000, you would receive 10 percent less—$90,000.
Will I have to go to court for my personal injury claim?
You don’t necessarily have to go to court for a personal injury claim, but you may find yourself needing to if the other side won’t negotiate an appropriate settlement offer. Although the majority of injury claims settle before going to trial, sometimes it’s necessary to go to court.
Contact a Rockford Personal Injury Attorney
We have the resources, experience, and knowledge necessary to win you the compensation you deserve. To team up with a legal ally who won’t back down, contact Mahoney & Mahoney, LLC.
Give our firm a call at 815-656-4600 or fill out the contact form below to schedule a free consultation with a Rockford personal injury lawyer.