You can seek compensation for medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain/suffering and punitive damages following a bicycle accident.
What Costs can get Reimbursed in an Illinois Bicycle Accident Lawsuit?
It depends on the facts of your case, but you may be entitled to more than compensation for your medical bills. There are several types of damages, or costs that you may be able to get reimbursed for. Compensatory damages may be recoverable to compensate you for medical bills, property damages, or lost wages. If your property was damaged in the accident, including your bike, helmet, or clothing, make sure you keep replacement receipts.
Can I Seek Recovery for Intangible Injuries in an Illinois Bicycle Accident Lawsuit?
If you are involved in a bicycle accident in Illinois, you can seek recovery for the intangible injuries you sustain. This type of harm includes pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement and punitive damages. You can obtain punitive damages if the acts of the wrongdoer were intentional or particularly egregious. This is designed to penalize the defendant and discourage others from doing the same in the future. However, in order to recover punitive damages, you must first seek and obtain compensatory damages which are economic damages as outlined in the previous section.
Can I Seek Damages if my Loved on Died in a Bicycle Accident?
Yes, in wrongful death bicycle lawsuits, damages for surviving spouses may include loss of pecuniary damages, such as loss of economic support, damages for grief and sorrow, loss of services, and loss of society. 740 ILC5 180/1. If your case proceeds to trial, the jury or trier-of-fact determines the amount of damages. Schaffner v. Chicago & North Western Transp. Co., 161 Ill. App. 3d 742, 749 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 1987).
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