Yes. Illinois law allows an injured pedestrian to recover compensation for both past and future medical care.
The variety and extent of financial compensation available to injured pedestrians in Illinois might surprise some people. If injured through the negligent actions of another party, you can sue them for all out-of-pocket expenses related to your injury, including not only medical bills but lost wages, travel costs to receive medical care and therapy, and more. You can also recover for your intangible losses such as pain, suffering, diminished quality of life, disability, and even scarring.
The overriding concern of our clients who have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, however, is medical bills. Leg fractures are among the most complicated and debilitating of injuries a person can suffer, often involving a long and painful recuperation. You can recover for past, current, and anticipated future medical costs, so it is important to carefully document the surgeries and treatments you have already undergone and accurately estimate the care you will need in the future in order to claim damages for them. It is a bit trickier to forecast the medical costs you will incur in the future than it is to track your past expenses, but it’s important to try to get it right so you don’t have to bring a second lawsuit later on. One of the benefits of retaining legal counsel experienced in litigating pedestrian accidents is that we can help you do this more efficiently because we have done it for other clients in circumstances like yours.
How do I Recover for my Medical Bills After a Pedestrian Accident in Illinois?
You need to sue the party who caused the accident that injured you in order to recover your medical bills and other costs. Even if the motorist who hit you is insured, state-mandated minimum insurance coverage rarely covers the full costs associated with a serious injury. You would most likely have to bring a lawsuit for negligence. You must file your complaint within two years of the accident so your claims won’t be barred by the Illinois statute of limitations. Your complaint must set out the factual circumstances of the accident, including how the defendant’s conduct was the cause of your injuries. Then you must prepare for trial, which can take up to several years depending on the circumstances.
How do you cope with mounting medical bills in the interim? Sometimes your health insurance coverage will pay your medical claims, but usually the insurance company will demand to be reimbursed out of whatever financial settlement or award you receive at the conclusion of your legal case. Other times, medical creditors are willing to wait for the outcome of your case but will place a medical lien on your award, which means that they must be paid for the services they provided to you directly before any funds are disbursed to you. Your legal counsel can communicate with medical creditors and insurers on your behalf.
In any event, a skilled personal injury attorney can explain the entire litigation process to you in greater detail. To learn more about how you can recover for your medical bills after a pedestrian accident, contact the pedestrian injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC.
How are Pedestrians Typically Injured?
Pedestrians in Illinois, as in most other places, encounter a wide variety of situations that can cause them serious injury. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, Illinois ranked ninth among states in 2018 for the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents. Pedestrians in traffic-congested urban areas like Chicago are at the greatest risk of being struck by a vehicle.
Accidents that harm pedestrians can happen in all sorts of ways. While being struck by a motor vehicle while attempting to cross a road is the most common—and deadly—cause of serious injury, persons traveling on foot are also frequently hurt by falling material at construction sites, other falling objects such as tree limbs or ice from a building, as well as run-of-the-mill slip & fall accidents where people lose their footing due to such conditions as icy pavements or wet floors.
Regardless of the cause or nature of your pedestrian injuries, Illinois allows you to recover your damages from the party whose negligence injured you.
Want to Know What Else Your Claim Might Cover?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers helps victims of pedestrian accidents in Illinois recover the greatest compensation possible under the law for their medical needs and other costs. Want to know if your injuries are covered by state personal injury law? Contact the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today for a free, no-obligation review of your claim.