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What damages are recoverable in Illinois car accidents?

One of the most common questions car accident victims considering personal injury lawsuits ask is: What can I recover? While there is no one, all-inclusive answer to the question, it is possible to get a general idea of what you can do in a personal injury suit. According to the website for Dorothy Brown, Clerk of Circuit Court in Illinois, personal injury falls under the civil and law divisions.

The court clerk's website offers a variety of information for plaintiffs, including links for self-help and links to Illinois Legal Aid, which goes into great detail about personal injury lawsuits in Illinois. Most topics covered in this resource revolve around how to file the suit.

As far as the damages one can recover due to a car accident, it largely rests on the type and severity of the damages. While speaking with an attorney is likely the best way to discover how much your lawsuit could be worth, it's also helpful to know about the types of compensation a plaintiff might receive in a personal injury lawsuit.

Here are a few common compensation types:

Pain and Suffering: To award compensation for pain and suffering, juries consider elements such as the nature and severity of the injury, the certainty of having pain in the future and the length of time the pain might be present.Lost Wages: This award would recover wages the plaintiff missed while recuperating from the accident; it covers the length of time between the injury and the date of judgment.Medical Expenses: For medical bills compensation including ER visits, nursing services and ambulance feels, plaintiffs must prove the bills are related to the injury received in the car accident.Less Common Compensation: Among the less common types are loss of society and companionship, loss of consortium, household services and many others.

Again, there are no set amounts of compensation one might recover in Illinois, but that does not mean you should not pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Anytime injuries due to car accidents interfere with the capacity for Illinois residents to live a normal life, getting a compensation award could be a reality.

Source: FindLaw, "Economic Recovery for Accidents and Injuries" Aug. 21, 2014

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