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10 Most Common Personal Injury Cases in Illinois

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Millions of people are injured every year due to preventable accidents. Many of these accidents are due to the negligence or wrongful acts of others. Such accidental injuries make up the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Injuries can come from a variety of situations. How an injury arose forms the basis of each personal injury claim. Our Rockford personal injury lawyers explain the ten most common types of personal injury cases.

Car Accidents

One of the most common types of personal injury cases is car accidents. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there have been over 1,000 fatal crashes in the last four years. When a person is injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, they are entitled to file a personal injury claim to seek financial compensation for their loss. Some car accident injuries can be catastrophic, resulting in hefty medical bills and lost wages. Common causes of car accidents include, distracted driving, drinking and driving, drowsy driving, and more.

Motorcycle Accidents

Another common type of personal injury claim is motorcycle accidents. Since motorcycles are smaller and more vulnerable in an accident, they often result in serious injuries. Common injuries include Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), road rashes, and broken bones. When a motorcyclist is injured by another negligent driver, they are entitled to seek compensation for their injuries.

Medical Malpractice

Personal injury claims often include medical malpractice. Common forms of medical malpractice include birth injuries, surgical injuries, failure to diagnose, and more. When a doctor or medical professional has a duty to the patient, fails their duty, and as a result hurts the patient, they can be held liable.

Slip & Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents is another common type of personal injury claim. Most slip and fall accidents occurs under premises liability. This means that the owner of a building has a responsibility to keep the building safe. They need to add railings to stairs, put warning signs on wet floors, and ensure that there aren’t any other hazards on their premises. When a building owner is negligent and fails to take those precautions, they can be held liable.

Wrongful Deaths

Wrongful death claims involve the preventable death of a person caused because of negligence. For example, the family members of a person who died in a car accident caused by a drunk driver can file a personal injury claim.

Trucking Collisions

Truck accident survivors can also file a personal injury claim. If the truck driver or a passenger vehicle sustained injuries and property damage during a car accident, they can seek compensation. Truck accidents are complex personal injury cases because they often involve multiple liable parties, unlike a typical car accident. A truck accident can be caused by the trucking company, truck manufacture, or the truck driver.

Product Liability

When a person is injured while using a defective product, they may be entitled to seek compensation for their injuries. For example, if you purchased a beauty product that severely damaged your skin, or caused you to develop an illness, you can hold the company liable for their negligence.

Dog Bites

A person who suffers injuries in a dog attack can file a claim against their owners if the dog involved is an established pet. Since dog bites can result in severe and even catastrophic injuries, people can seek monetary compensation to cover past and future expenses related to the accident.

Assault & Battery

Victims of assault and battery cases can often pursue both criminal and civil cases against the perpetrator. The state often pursues criminal charges, but the victim can file a civil suit to recover compensation for their injuries.

Workplace Accidents

Employers have a responsibility to maintain a safe work environment and provide adequate training for their employees. When an employer fails to do so, they can be held liable if their negligence resulted in a workplace accident. Common types of workplace accidents that lead to a personal injury claim is machinery accidents, falls from heights, electrocution, and more.

If you were injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. Contact our Rockford personal injury lawyers today at (779) 235-9115 to schedule a consultation!

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