Personal injury statistics for Illinois and nationwide litigation cover the frequency, outcome, and category of cases. Generally, most lawsuits involve some kind of vehicle crash and these also afford the highest win rate for plaintiffs. Other kinds of prominent and common suits for personal injuries include medical malpractice, products liability, and nursing homes.
What Are The Facts On Personal Injury Litigation?
Outside of criminal law, personal injury litigation might be the biggest domain of our courts. It dwarfs most other variants of civil lawsuits and is easily one of the most recognizable fields of our legal system. But what is it? Most laymen only have a casual understanding and suffice it to use hackneyed terms like “ambulance chasers.” However, a more meaningful understanding is necessary because personal injury litigation is so commonplace and consequential. That begins with knowing the facts and here are some of them:
- About half of all personal injury litigation involves automobile accidents.
- Nearly one in five personal injury cases involve medical malpractice.
- A little under 10% of all personal injury lawsuits involve products liability claims.
- In automobile accident cases, plaintiffs win well more half the time; in intentional injury cases, plaintiffs win approximately half the time; and in medical malpractice cases, plaintiffs win a little under 20% of the time.
- In terms of case length, personal injury cases can take anywhere from one to two years roughly; car accident cases themselves take on average between 19 and 20 months; medical malpractice cases can take as much as two and a half years; and intentional tort cases take nearly two years.
- Trials for most personal injury lawsuits can take significant time and have seen to go on for as much as a few weeks.
Illinois Personal Injury Litigation Quick Facts
- In terms of recovery, the median award is approximately $30,000 but that is nearly 20 times more for medical malpractice, products liability and other kinds of personal injury lawsuits. Even intentional tort and premises liability cases average around $100,000.
- The median award for personal injury cases in Illinois is roughly 20% greater than it is for other states around the country.
- The rate of personal injury cases in Illinois is higher than in other states around the country.
- The most popular counties for personal injury litigation in Illinois are Cook County, Lake County, Will County, and McHenry County.
- The average recovery for plaintiffs in Illinois personal injury cases is more than $1,000,000.
What Do I Do If I Have Been Injured?
If you have been injured because of the wrongdoing of another, whether it was intentional or accidental, then you need to speak with Illinois personal injury attorneys as soon as you can. They can help you conduct the investigation to gather the facts and evidence that will be needed to pursue your claim for relief. Furthermore, they can expeditiously file your case. Don’t forget that you only have two years from the date of the injury to sue the appropriate parties. This time can go by faster than you think so it is important to have expert counsel swiftly moving to make your case. Finally, they will be able to advise you of all of your rights as well as how to preserve them during the pendency of the suit so that they do not perish. This includes speaking with opposing counsel and any other relevant parties.
Still Have Questions About Your Personal Injury?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers walks many people through the legal process every year, in Illinois and other states. We can help you understand how these facts relate to your incident and what you need to do in order to obtain the recovery that you are entitled to. We staff our offices with capable and experienced attorneys and equip them with everything that they need so that when you call, we are ready to get to work. Plus, we work on a contingency basis with all of our clients so that we can guarantee that we won’t charge you for anything unless you are satisfied with the outcome of the case. To hear more about what we can do, and to start the process of recovery today, call the offices of the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers.