If you were injured in a personal injury accident, you are probably confused about what to do next. You may be wondering whether you are able to recover compensation for your injuries. You may be wondering whether you should file a lawsuit or take other legal action. And you may be wondering what to do next. Many times, when people are unsure about what to do or whether they should pursue legal action, they chose the path of inaction. Unfortunately, this is often the wrong course of action and a mistake that could cost you the right to recover compensation of any kind. It is very important that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following a personal injury accident, such as a car accident, trucking accident, or medical error, for a number of reasons. First, there are strict time limitations on when a lawsuit can be filed and if you do not file a claim within the applicable statute of limitations, you will lose your right to seek compensation in a court of law. The applicable statute of limitations varies depending on the jurisdiction, the defendant, and the cause of action. In Illinois, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the accident or, in the case of medical malpractice, two years from the date that the patient became aware of, or should have become aware of, the medical error. If a personal injury accident or medical error results in death, however, the wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the decedent’s death. Second, it is important to act quickly following a personal injury accident in order to collect necessary evidence and conduct a thorough factual investigation. Depending on the cause of action, a significant amount of evidence may need to be gathered, some of which may run the risk of spoliation if it is not collected quickly. For instance, if you were injured in a car accident, police reports, photos of the accident, medical receipts, property damage receipts, and medical records will all need to be preserved and if this information is not preserved in a timely manner, it may not be available when you need it.
Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer
The prospects of pursuing a lawsuit following a personal injury accident may seem daunting, but it is important that you not let the confusion prevent you from taking prompt action to protect your legal rights and obtain the compensation that you deserve. You should consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following the accident or injury. The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish focus on helping accident and injury victims obtain maximum compensation following a personal injury accident or medical error. We will guide you through the entire process and advocate on your behalf for full financial recovery. If you were injured in a personal injury accident, contact Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish at (312) 782-1386 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about a possible personal injury lawsuit. Steinberg Goodman & Kalish (www.sgklawyers.com) 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 (888) 325-7299 or (312) 445-9084.