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Springfield Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal injuries can happen in many different kinds of accidents in the Springfield area, and they often result from another party’s negligence or wrongdoing. When someone else’s careless or reckless behavior causes injuries, whether in a car crash or a slip and fall accident, it is important to seek advice from an attorney about filing a claim. Depending on the details of your case, you may be eligible to file an insurance claim or to move forward with a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. A lawyer can help you to determine liability and to get started on your claim. Contact our experienced Springfield personal injury lawyer today.

Types of Springfield Personal Injury Cases We Handle

At Patel Law, PC, we represent injured people in a wide range of personal injury cases, including but not limited to the following:

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Springfield, Illinois

Most types of personal injury cases in Springfield are brought under a theory of negligence. In other words, for most of the types of cases above, you will need to prove the elements of a negligence claim, which are:

  • Duty of care (the defendant owed you a duty of care);
  • Breach of the duty of care (defendant breached the duty of care they owed by behaving negligently);
  • Defendant’s negligence caused your injury; and
  • You suffered damages as a result.

Negligence, or a breach of the duty of care, generally means that the defendant failed to act as a reasonable person would have under the circumstances. The elements of a negligence claim can vary slightly depending on the specific type of personal injury case.

In some personal injury cases, such as product defect and dog bite cases, a defendant can be strictly liable for injuries. With strict liability, there is no need to prove negligence. The mere fact of the defendant’s connection to the case, and the resulting injuries, can be enough for liability.

Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Springfield

Personal injury lawsuits of all types have what is known as a “statute of limitations,” or a time window in which a lawsuit can be filed. For most personal injury lawsuits in Illinois, there is a two-year statute of limitations. The “clock” will start to tick on the date of the injury. A lawsuit only needs to be filed (not completed) before the clock runs out. If the clock does run out, the claim will typically become “time-barred” under Illinois law, and the injured person will not be eligible to obtain damages.

Contact Patel Law, PC Today

If you sustained an injury in any kind of accident or incident, it may be possible to seek compensation by filing a claim with help from an attorney. Contact our experienced Springfield personal injury lawyer today for assistance with an insurance claim or a civil lawsuit.

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