A personal injury is a physical, mental, or emotional injury and lawsuits usually result when the injury is the result of negligence on the behalf of another individual, business or other entity. Personal injury claims should be made as soon as possible since most states have a statute of limitations that limits the amount of time you have to file a claim.
Accidents happen. And someone has to pay for the damages when they do. If you were hurt or suffered a loss in an accident in or near Waukegan, Illinois, our personal injury lawyers at Costa Ivone, LLC are ready to put their years of experience to work for you. We understand that accidents that were not your fault will add stress to your injuries. They can be stressful physically, emotionally, and financially.
Has the accident caused you pain and suffering? Accidents can bring trauma to both your physical and mental state and wreak havoc on your financial well-being. You have likely lost time at work and are now dealing with an awful situation that you didn’t cause.
There are a wide range of accidents that are eligible for a personal injury claim. The three most common type of accidents are auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, and defective products (also known as product liability). Our attorneys know your pain and struggle. Let us deliver justice for you.
In 2016 alone, our clients benefited from over 6.5 million dollars that we recovered for them. You may be owed thousands of dollars too.
Injury Lawyers Here For You
Many innocent people fall victim to the negligent actions of others every day. Personal injury accident victims frequently require the assistance of a professional legal team to obtain the damages they are owed from the accident. Here is what we can do for you:
- Get to the bottom of the situation by listening to you.
- Take your case to trial if an honorable settlement is not reached.
- Ensure your medical expenses are paid for.
- Secure the wages you lost from being injured.
- Take action to obtain the compensation for your pain and suffering that your injury caused.
Unfortunately, sometimes employers withhold money that injured parties need. We will negotiate your claim and work toward a solution. The evasive tactics of the insurance company are useless when we get involved. If you’re injured in an accident that was not your fault, we will work for you and keep you informed every step of the way.
We can negotiate for you:
- Medical Costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Punitive Damages
- Modified Comparative Negligence
- Loss of Consortium to your Family
Our law team has expertise in:
- Trucking Accidents
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Semi-Truck Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Bus & Train Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Auto Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Workers’ Compensation for workplace injuries: including repetitive strain injuries, traumas
- Occupational Diseases
- Workplace Deaths
- Medication Errors
- Malnutrition & Dehydration
- Medical Malpractice
- Premises Liability (Break-Ins…)
- Animal Attacks
- Dangerous/Defective Products
- Dram shop
In addition to the legal aspects of your case, we are going to:
- Take care of getting the detailed report of your injuries, the medical plan for your recovery and treatment, and detailed list of injuries to the insurance company that is responsible for paying.
- Gather the needed reports from your doctor(s) about your condition, your medications, and the ongoing treatment you will require.
One of the biggest setbacks of an injury can be lost income. Many families can be devastated if even one paycheck is missed. This is part of our plan for recovering all you have lost due to your injury.
Pain and Suffering
- Loss of mobility
- Worsening of a pre-existing condition
- The inability to participate in activities you previously enjoyed.
These are all ways an accident can cause suffering in addition to the physical pain. Often, the pain is indescribable.
It is hard to measure this loss. Our attorneys at Costa Ivone, LLC are able to look at all of the above factors to calculate a financial value for pain and suffering.
When needed and appropriate, we calculate the loss in wages by using a multiplier method. We find the total amount of lost wages and multiply it by a chosen number. So if a client has $60,000 in lost income and the number is 6, the non-economic damages for pain and suffering the client would receive is $360,000.
Cost of Medical Treatment
The cost of your medical treatment will be negotiated among the insurance company responsible for the cost of the claim, the facility providing treatment, and the attorneys you put on your side. We will ensure that the insurance company has a full report of the details of your injuries, the patient cost, and the treatment. We won’t settle for anything less than coverage of all medications and ongoing treatment. We also make sure that a doctor’s report of your condition and time needed for recovery are covered.
We know that almost all families rely on their expected pay. When you are injured, you might miss a couple days or you might miss and extensive amount of work, such as a few months. No matter the amount of time lost, your financial well-being will be affected, and quite possibly destroyed. This is why we work as quickly as possible to present your claim, while accounting for all aspects of how the loss of wages has impacted your life and livelihood.
Deliberate negligence means we stop calling it an accident. Someone hurt you on purpose. You may be entitled to punitive damages in a settlement when this happens.
Modified Comparative Negligence
Modified comparative negligence in Illinois means that if the plaintiff is found more than 50% responsible for the injury, they won’t receive a settlement for damages. Don’t let this happen to you. Hire an aggressive firm that works tirelessly to ensure the victim of an injury is not unfairly penalized by this ruling. Insurance companies will try for this ruling in order to excuse or reduce the payment, but we step in to make sure none of our clients have unsubstantiated evidence used against them. Any required proof to win a just settlement for our clients will be found. We have the experience you need for success. With our help you can regain your life back after the suffering you have endured.
Following an accident, personal injury laws are there to protect those involved. It determines who is liable for any injuries and how compensation is paid. Tort law covers all of the different types of injuries to both property and people when the case doesn’t involve criminal activity.
The most important part of personal injury law is finding the degree of fault by the person who allegedly caused the injury. There are three main degrees of fault, which are:
- Intentional Fault
- Strict Liability
So, what is negligence? The key elements that go into any negligence claim are duty of care, and the “breach” of that duty. This means people must avoid causing harm to others. Negligence doesn’t indicate intentional injury. It means that someone failed to take reasonable care to prevent the injury.
In a personal injury claim or lawsuit, the first step in proving that another person was negligent is to establish that he or she had a duty of care in the situation that caused the injury. The injured person will then need to show exactly how the other party failed to meet that duty — in other words, how the defendant’s conduct “breached” the duty of care. Once this breach is established, the last step in proving negligence is to show that the plaintiff suffered real injuries that were caused by that breach.
What are intentional torts?
Fraud, misrepresentation, slander, libel, and false imprisonment are all usually considered intentional torts. So, too are assault and battery, and sometimes a wrongful death claim can arise from an intentional tort.
What is strict liability?
Strict liability tort laws apply when a defendant places another person in danger, simply by possessing a dangerous product, animal, or weapon. The plaintiff, in this case, is not required to prove negligence. If you’ve been hurt in an automobile accident, chances are that not just your car was damaged. You may have an auto accident case and therefore entitled to compensation.
To recover damages, Illinois uses modified comparative negligence. This law states that an injured person may be able to recover damages if he or she is less than 50 percent at fault. The amount recovered can be reduced in proportion to the amount of fault of each party in the car accident.
For example, a judge may find one person in the automobile accident 75% at fault, and the driver who is 25% at fault would be able to collect damages, as their portion of blame is less than 50%. However, he or she may only be awarded 75% of the cost of damages and medical costs by the other driver’s insurance company.
How can you help me with a work injury?
If you’ve been injured in the workplace, you’ve probably been told that the only compensation you can receive will come from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. This is the general rule, but there are many exceptions — situations in which you may be able to sue for damages caused by your injuries. For example:
- A defective product may allow you to sue the manufacturer.
- A toxic substance can bring a toxic tort lawsuit against the manufacturer.
- An injury when your employer’s actions were intentional may call for a personal injury lawsuit.
- When your employer fails to obtain worker’s compensation insurance, you may sue them in a civil court. Sometimes there is a state fund.
- Violence in the workplace
- Slips and falls on unseen hazards
- Repetitive motions
- Unsafe working conditions
When work injuries happen, the first step is informing your employer in writing. If going through the proper channels doesn’t work for you, retain an experience attorney to work for you. The attorneys at Costa Ivone, LLC in Waukegan, Illinois will work tirelessly for clients who are owed workers’ compensation.
What constitutes a work injury?
When injuries happen, contact the attorneys at Costa Ivone, LLC, a personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm that works ethically and diligently on behalf of injured clients throughout Illinois.
The insurance company will often offer a minimum amount based on a fraction of the amount at which they are to blame. You need an informed attorney to be sure all factors are considered and negotiated, so you get the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies prefer to negotiate with you on your own, but this is not recommended. Then, if no agreement is reached, your case will end up in court and you will need representation.
What are the most common work injuries that receive compensation?
- Multiple Fracture Injuries
- Serious Burns
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Industrial Blindness
- Emotional Disturbance
If you believe you’re the victim of one of the above work injuries, please contact Costa Ivone, LLC in Waukegan, Illinois. It will bring you peace of mind to have years of experience on your side.
How does comparative negligence get resolved?
Who do you think works to make sure companies don’t have to pay for damages from an accident? It’s their attorneys!
Protect yourself by having the attorneys at Costa Ivone, LLC on your side. Personal injury claims and workers’ compensation lawsuits are what we tirelessly fight for, to help our injured clients throughout Waukegan to get fair settlements.
To what am I entitled by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act?
- Medical Expenses
- Temporary Total Disability – Allowing you to recover at home
- Permanent Partial Disability – The loss of the use of an arm, for example
- Permanent Total Disability – If you can’t find work due to your injury
- Lost Wages – Because you can no longer complete all your job’s tasks
- Vocational Training – in a new job skill
- Benefits to Dependents – if you lose your life at work caused by the job
Filing a personal injury lawsuit can be complicated, so it is best to consult with a personal injury lawyer or personal injury law firm before pursuing a claim. A personal injury attorney will evaluate your injury claim and walk you through every step of the claim process.
The lawyers at Costa Ivone, LLC have proven themselves in the courtroom. They know how to treat their clients ethically and conscientiously, and surround themselves with quality team members. Put a proven firm on your side.
If you deserve workers’ compensation: Talk to an Attorney!
Remember, injuries at work require you to file a report. If your employer ignores you, or doesn’t have the necessary insurance, give Costa Ivone, LLC a call to make sure your expenses are paid.