You can recover for a variety of things in a broken bone claim including
- Costs and expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of normal life
What Can I Get From An Illinois Broken Bone Lawsuit?
Broken bone claims are generally suits for personal injuries. Accordingly, you can most likely recover the following damages:
- MEDICAL BILLS: You can collect for all medical costs associated with the accident including any surgeries, doctors visits, medications or rehabilitative care that you needed for your broken bones.
- LOST WAGES: If you could not work because of your broken bones, then you should fight for the lost wages that you suffered while recovering because the defendant owes them to you.
- SUFFERING: You can recover if your broken bones cause you long-term pain, emotional suffering, disability, disfigurement or other quality of life losses. Just because these injuries are intangible or invisible does not mean they are not real and does not mean defendants do not have to compensate you for them.
- PROPERTY DAMAGE: If the accident that broke one of your bones also damaged some of your property, then you can sue the defendant and recover for these losses as well.
How Will I Know If My Case Will Settle Rather Than Go To Trial?
The choice to settle a case rather than go to trial can have significant consequences on your recovery for broken bone claims. So how can you tell if your case will settle? First, is the culpability or responsibility for the incident clear and beyond debate or is murky? If it is clear, you might be able to settle rather than have to prove it in court. Second, what are the nature and extent of your injuries? If they are extensive and intangible, you might prefer to take your case to a sympathetic jury instead of except the offer from the defendant in settlement. Third, how do the defendant and plaintiff value the case? The side that values the case more typically prefers to see the suit go to trial. Finally, where did the incident take place? The location of the broken bone incident can in certain circumstances affect if the case settles or goes to court. Other considerations might determine whether your Illinois broken bone claims go to trial or settlement but these are some of the most formative ones.
Is There Any Way To Calcualte How Much I Could Get In Court?
Typically, there are a few things you can do to predict what range of compensation your case might achieve. Of course, nothing is 100% certain because juries and the facts can be fickle but you can estimate. To start, lineup all your expenses and costs from the event that led to your fractured bones. Then, multiply that number by 2 or three depending upon how significant your intangible injuries were (think pain and suffering, scars, changes in your standard of living, etc.). This should provide you with a good guide to what litigation might be worth to you. Of course, you can really only know for sure until you have met and consulted with an experienced attorney but this is a good place to begin.
Still Wondering About The Worth Of A Broken Bone Claim?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you translate your broken bone injuries into recovery. We will put all of our time and capacity to work to make sure you get the most compensation possible under Illinois law. Wondering how much that might be? Then give us a call and someone from the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will walk you through what might be possible.
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