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Chicago personal injury lawyersA serious auto accident can leave a person with painful injuries and mounting debts. If you or a loved one were injured in a car crash, motorcycle accident, or truck accident, you know firsthand the financial devastation that an accident can bring to a person’s life. Fortunately, a personal injury lawsuit may allow you to recover financial compensation for the damages you suffered. Compensation for monetary losses as well as the non-monetary harm caused in the accident may be available. The amount of financial compensation that you could recover depends on several different factors.

The Severity of Your Injuries and Your Prognosis

Medical expenses and lost income from missed work are often two of the largest expenses a car accident victim suffers. Typically, the worse your injuries, the greater your medical costs. Injuries that lead to long-term or permanent impairment often lead to greater personal injury payouts. If your injuries reduce your ability to work, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm to your earning potential.

The amount of compensation you could receive for your pain and suffering is also directly linked to the severity of your injuries. In many personal injury cases, the compensation an injured person receives for non-economic damages is determined by multiplying financial damages by a factor of 1.5 to 5. For example, if your medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage totaled $30,000, you may recover $45,000 – 150,000 for non-economic damages like pain and suffering.

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Chicago personal injury attorneysOnce upon a time, an injured person’s lawsuit died with them. This might be shocking, but it meant that someone whose negligent or wrongful conduct ended up killing someone could not be held liable in civil court for that death. At Livas Law Group, a Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we are happy to report that the law has changed.

Now, Illinois recognizes wrongful death cases. Surviving family members can receive compensation when a loved one is killed by the wrongful conduct of another person. Doing so, however, generally requires the assistance of a skilled personal injury attorney.

What is a Wrongful Death?

The relevant statute is the Illinois Wrongful Death Act (740 ILCS 180). It states that a wrongful death is one caused by the default, neglect, or wrongful act of another person so that, if the person had lived, he or she could have brought a personal injury lawsuit.

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