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Know Your Personal Injury Rights

Most of us will, at some point in our lives, be involved in a personal injury accident - whether we are rear-ended by the driver behind us, we slip and fall on a wet floor at the grocery store, we do not receive the appropriate medical care, or we are bitten by the neighbor's dog.  Some personal injury accidents are relatively minor and the victim recoveries quickly and with minimal expense.  Other the other hand, some personal injury accidents can leave a victim seriously injured, unable to work, and facing mounting medical bills and loss of income.

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It is important that you understand your rights if you have been in a personal injury accident, such as an auto accident, trucking accident or medical malpractice.  The following explains what you should know if you are in a personal injury accident:

  • Get medical attention as soon as possible.  It is important to retain all copies of medical bills and receipts since they can be crucial to proving the extent and nature of your injuries, as well as the amount of damages to which you may be entitled.

  • Call the police, if necessary.  In some personal injury accidents, it will be necessary to call in the police.  In other situations, the police may not be necessary.  For instance, if you are in a car accident or you are bitten by an animal, the police should be called immediately.  On the other hand, if you are the victim of medical malpractice, you may not need to notify the police.

  • Whether the police are involved or not, you must document the accident and preserve evidence.  If the police are involved, make sure that the police report contains accurate and necessary information.  If the police are not involved, you should document the accident as soon as possible by writing down all pertinent information.  You may also want to take photos of the scene of the accident or any damages.  Make sure to save all medical bills and receipts, and retain copies of your medical records.

  • Hire an Attorney.  Personal injury lawsuits involve an area of law called "tort law," which includes complex legal issues such as negligence, strict liability, product liability, and premises liability.  Tort laws vary from state to state so it is important to hire an attorney that understands the laws of the state in which the lawsuit will be filed.  At Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish, we are well-versed in the various tort laws of Illinois and we have considerable experience representing clients in complex personal injury lawsuits, including those involving medical malpractice, brain injuries, nursing home abuse, wrongful death, serious automobile accidents and commercial trucking accidents.


Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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