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Personal Injury Attorney Chicago, Illinois. Burger Law's Chicago personal injury attorneys demand justice when you have been harmed. Call (314) 500-HURT or send us a message right away when you or a loved one have been injured by another person's fault.

When your way of life is interrupted or completely derailed because another person's behavior left you injured, you deserve to be made whole again. You have a chance to recover compensation in an Illinois personal injury claim, but in most cases you need a skilled and reputable Chicago personal injury attorney on your case, fighting fiercely for you and your family and demanding maximum payment for your injuries and damages.

Burger Law's team of Chicago personal injury attorneys has more than 70 years of combined experience standing up for the injured and vulnerable and making insurance companies pay. We will do the same for you. With more than $170 million in compensation recovered for our deserving clients, we are the Chicago law firm you want on your side.

Common Personal Injury Cases in Chicago, Illinois

A personal injury case can arise from all kinds of situations. If you suffered injuries because of something another person did or did not do, you could have a personal injury claim in Illinois. Personal injury cases are cases of preventable injuries that are caused by negligence. If it was not for that person's inattention or recklessness, you would not be injured.

When you have been injured through no fault of your own, it is important to get prompt medical care and speak to an experienced personal injury attorney in Chicago as soon as possible. If you have been hurt, call (314) 500-HURT now. Some of the most common types of personal injury claims our Chicago attorneys handle and win are described below.

Personal Injury Claims Due to Chicago Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents involving one more more vehicle often lead to injuries. If someone else's behavior, such as another driver caused your accident and injured you, you may have an Illinois personal injury claim. This category of personal injury cases includes many different types of accidents and can involve cars, trucks, busses, motorcycles, pedestrians, bicycles and other modes of transportation.

Car crashes and other traffic accidents occur due to all kinds of factors and behaviors. Some of the most common causes of car accidents are speeding, distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and drowsiness. While many of us have seen figures that tie human error to something like 95% of car crashes, there are sometimes additional external factors at play such as poor weather, low visibility and other road conditions. Nevertheless, if another driver or other individual caused you to be injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may have a right to recover compensation in a personal injury claim. Burger Law's personal injury lawyers in Chicago have decades of experience in car accident cases and their resulting injuries. We will help you receive a great recovery in your Chicago car accident personal injury case.

Personal Injury Claims for Chicago, Illinois Construction Accidents

Construction accidents are a leading cause of unintentional injuries in Chicago, Illinois and the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 74,520 cases of injuries on the job that led to missed work in the construction industry alone. And of all workplace violations recorded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2021, half of the top ten most common violations were in the construction industry. While an individual can be hurt in any setting and injurious events happen in all kinds of workplaces, there is no denying that construction sites can be dangerous, and accidents in construction often lead to serious injuries.

Some of the most common types of injuries and fatalities on construction sites are falls, falling objects, being crushed or stuck between two objects and equipment failures. If you were injured on the job while working in construction, you will likely be able to file a Illinois workers' compensation claim with your employer's workers' compensation insurance.

For many who are injured on Illinois construction sites, the majority of their recovery will come from a personal injury claim. If you were on the job, you may have an additional third-party negligence claim against a negligent person involved in the cause of your accident, and if you were not working at the time, a personal injury claim will be your sole source of recovery. Your Burger Law personal injury lawyer in Chicago will help you make sense of your options and demand the highest possible compensation from all liable parties. After you are injured on a construction site, you must speak to a personal injury lawyer in Chicago with experience in construction accidents. Burger Law' s personal injury legal team will lead you in your recovery.

Personal Injury Claims for Falls in Chicago

Falls can happen anywhere and cause any number of injuries. Even the most coordinated among us will trip or stumble at some point. As far as personal injury claims go, most fall injuries are a result of a dangerous condition that the property owner or person in charge of the property did not properly address or provide adequate warning about. This could be a slip and fall accident — such as when the gas station worker fails to put up a "wet floor" sign while mopping or the landlord of a retail complex neglects to clear ice and snow from the parking lot and walkway after a storm — or a fall from a height — maybe a hole in the floor has no signage, covering or rope around it to caution visitors or a rotted piece of wood on an old deck or staircase gives way under a normal amount of weight.

Each year, there is an average of 8 million emergency room visits in the United States due to slip and fall accidents. While a slip and fall might sound like a minor, albeit embarrassing incident, that is unfortunately not always so. In fact, slip and fall accidents lead to more than half a million hospitalizations and 20 thousand deaths every year in the United States. While anyone can fall when a property is unsafe, older adults are most vulnerable and likely to be severely injured or killed in slip and fall accidents.

Slip and fall and other falling accidents can happen at home, on the job or at another locale such as a store, park or restaurant. When you are hurt because of a dangerous condition that someone else was responsible for, you have a premises liability personal injury claim in Illinois. The Chicago, Illinois personal injury lawyers of Burger Law have decades of experience helping slip and fall and other premises liability victims recover full compensation.

Dog Bite Personal Injury Claims in Chicago

If you are like all of us at Burger Law's Chicago personal injury law firm, you love dogs. In fact, some of our staff regularly foster pets who need good homes. However, we also know that dogs sometimes bite, and those bites can cause serious injuries. Data collected by the CDC shows that there are approximately 4.5 million dog bites in the U.S. annually. Many of them are minor and require no medical care; about 800,000 dog bites necessitate some kind of medical attention. If you are bitten by a dog without provoking them, and the bite causes you injuries that require medical care, you can collect a recovery with the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer in Chicago.

Dog bites can cause all kinds of injuries, which partially depend on where on your body the dog bit you. Wounds from dog bites range from negligible superficial scrapes to severe puncture wounds, broken bones and organ damage as well as scarring and disfigurement. However, whatever initial injuries they inflict, dog bites come with a high risk of complication due to infection. It is very important to care for your wounds properly and take steps to combat infections.

It can be hard to know what an animal like a dog is thinking or feeling, and a dog bite attack can be an extreme shock. Understanding dog behavior can help reduce the risk of dog bite injuries. Dogs bite when they are threatened; they could feel scared, startled, trapped, in pain, or could be protecting or guarding something they care about — including a human family member. An innocent action could be perceived as a threat and prompt the dog to go on the offense. This is especially true in dogs with trauma who come from abusive homes. We must all do our part to treat dogs with respect and avoid creating an environment where a dog could feel threatened, but that does not mean that all dog bites are warranted. If you were bitten and injured by a dog, you may have an Illinois personal injury claim. Burger Law's personal injury lawyers in Chicago have extensive experience in dog bite injury cases and will get you maximum compensation for your dog bite damages.

Personal Injury Claims after Medical Errors in Chicago

When you receive medical care from a professional, they must adhere to a certain standard of care. Health complications happen, but you should be able to trust that your physician is qualified to treat you and will treat you to the best of their ability. You should not have to worry about suffering a preventable injury or illness. When your medical care provider fails to give the care that "a reasonably prudent and careful health care provider would have under similar circumstances," and that failure leaves you injured or ill in a way that you would not have otherwise been, you have an Illinois medical malpractice case. Burger Law's Chicago medical malpractice lawyers have helped those in Chicago injured by their medical providers recover millions of dollars in compensation and will do the same for you.

Preventable injuries due to medical provider error can be expensive and, sometimes, lethal. In fact, current estimates attribute as many as 400,000 deaths per year, which makes medical errors the number three cause of death in the United States. When a doctor prescribes the wrong dosage or medication, fails to communicate something critical to another treating physician, makes a surgical error or misses a treatment or diagnosis that they should have realized, and you become sick or injured as a result, it is important to speak to a personal injury lawyer in Chicago with experience in cases of medical errors. Cases against medical professionals and institutions are very complex, and you need a Chicago lawyer with talent and experience leading the charge in your recovery.

Chicago Defective Product Personal Injury Claims

Some personal injury cases arise from the use of a product that should not have been on the market because it is dangerous to users. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is the U.S. agency responsible for enacting and enforcing laws and standards regulating consumer products in order to protect the public. When a product is found to violate these standards or causes undue risk of injury when used, the CPSC issues recalls. The legal process should not stop there. If you were injured because a product malfunctioned, you deserve to make a recovery in a personal injury claim in Chicago. When a manufacturer is negligent by introducing a dangerous product to the public, you have a product liability case in Chicago.

Any type of product could potentially be involved in a product liability case in Illinois and elsewhere in the U.S. If you used a children's toy, piece of clothing, cosmetic product, sports equipment, household item or any other consumer good and were injured by it, Burger Law's Chicago product liability personal injury lawyers will help you recover and hold the manufacturer accountable. You could even have a case if a part on an automobile fails and causes an accident or injures you on its own. Medical devices and pharmaceutical products, regulated by the Food and Drug Administration are also common culprits in product liability injuries. If a medication or another item has caused you harm, call Burger Law's personal injury lawyer immediately to discuss your case.

Chicago Personal Injury Attorney FAQs

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How Common are Personal Injury Cases?

While no exact data is available, the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated that in 2005 - the last year with available data - about 26,950 civil cases went to trial. Sixty percent, or 16,170, of those cases were personal injury claims. As only four to five percent of personal injury cases go to trial, there are likely over 400,000 personal injury claims in the United States annually.

Our Chicago-based Illinois personal injury attorney team has seen injuries caused by negligence can occur in a variety of accidents and know how to build your case and demand your full compensation. Call our Chicago personal injury team now at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case for free with an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney.

What Compensation Can I Get in a Chicago, Illinois Personal Injury Claim?

In personal injury claims, you are legally entitled to economic damages, noneconomic damages and, in some rare cases, punitive damages. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries, how they have impacted you financially, emotionally and physically and the skill of your personal injury attorney in Chicago.

Economic Damages

Economic damages have clear monetary value, and will typically be the sum total of all of the money you spent or lost because of your injuries. Examples of economic damages your Illinois personal injury attorney in Chicago will help you receive are:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost or Reduced earning potential
  • Medical expenses, such as:
    • Emergency room visits
    • Surgeries
    • Doctors appointments
    • Physical therapy
    • Medication
    • In-home care
    • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or household modifications
  • Property damage, such as damage to your car
  • Transportation fees

Noneconomic Damages

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, and are meant to compensate you for the physical and emotional pain you experience from your accident. According to 735 ILCS 5/ §2-1115.2, the state of Illinois states that noneconomic loss is, including but not limited to:

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages seek to punish the liable party for gross misconduct and to deter future misconduct. According to 735 ILCS 5/ §2-1115.5 stipulates that in order to receive punitive damages, your personal injury attorney must prove:

by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant's conduct was with evil motive or a reckless and outrageous indifference to a highly unreasonable risk of harm and with a conscious indifference to the rights and safety of others.

The burden of proof is much higher than the preponderance of the evidence standard used to award noneconomic and economic damages. In Illinois, punitive damages cannot be more than three times the economic damages you receive.

The Chicago-based Illinois personal injury attorney firm at Burger Law investigates every aspect of your case and insists that you recover the maximum compensation possible. Only you know the full scope of the consequences your injury has had on your life. If you have been playing piano since you were a child and now no longer have use of your hand, it is impossible to put a true dollar amount on how your injury has affected you. The Chicago and Illinois personal injury attorney team at Burger Law does everything possible in order to help make you as whole as possible. We know how to put Chicago and Illinois insurance agents, judges and juries in your shoes and ensure you receive the best possible financial recovery for your injuries.

Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, Illinois Now

You did not deserve to be injured by a negligent actor. It is not fair that you now have to deal with pain and disability, the hassle of ongoing medical care, the emotional trauma of the incident, and many other consequences ranging from inconveniences to major limitations and life changes. You have a chance to recover and be made whole, but you have only one shot, limited time and will need the help of an experienced professional. Burger Law's Chicago personal injury attorneys will fight for your recovery and demand justice in the form of maximum compensation for you.

Our Chicago personal injuries are committed to not only providing you the best available legal representation and advocacy from collecting evidence at the beginning of your case to securing full compensation by negotiating a great settlement to bring this matter to a close, but also to offering you the resources and education you need to feel confident and prepared as a plaintiff in your personal injury case. Check out our wealth of online resources from podcasts, a directory of resources in the state of Illinois.

Do not waste another moment; speak to a personal injury attorney in Chicago today. Call (314) 500-HURT or reach us online to speak to an experienced lawyer about your case today.

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