Aurora, also known as the “City of Lights,” is the second-largest city in Illinois. Approximately 200,000 people make their home in the city, residing on the West Side, on the East Side, or closer to the Far East/Fox Valley area. When individuals or families find themselves facing the tragic consequences of a car accident, a work-related injury, or a disabling condition that prevents them from engaging in work, the Aurora injury lawyers at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca can help. We negotiate and litigate on behalf of clients seeking full compensation for their harm. Our team is equipped to handle a wide range of legal matters. We bring decades of experience to people throughout Kane County who are seeking comprehensive and cost-effective legal representation.Seek Compensation After an Accident
Thousands of Aurora residents commute to Chicago daily, and many more travel by vehicle within the city. Interstate 88 runs through the city, as do U.S. Highways 30 and 34, placing many drivers on busy roads. If you or someone close to you suffered harm in a motor vehicle accident, you may pursue compensation for your injuries and property damage. Understanding your legal rights following an accident is the first step to asserting a successful claim for recovery.
Accident victims may pursue a legal claim against an at-fault driver who has exhibited careless conduct that directly caused their harm. Many legal claims following motor vehicle accidents center upon allegations of negligence. This refers to a failure to act as a reasonable person would act under similar circumstances. All drivers owe others a duty to drive carefully, and when a driver has breached this duty and directly caused an accident and injuries, the victim will likely have a strong negligence claim.
Negligent conduct while operating a vehicle takes many forms, including speeding, aggressive driving, and driving while distracted by a cell phone. A victim would seek to set forth evidence that the defendant driver breached their duty of care by engaging in this conduct, and they must also demonstrate that this conduct directly caused the crash and the resulting harm. If liability has been determined, an accident victim generally will be able to recover their damages. Demonstrating damages requires showing both the economic and the non-economic impact of the accident. Medical costs, missed work wages, and emotional distress are some types of compensation that may be recovered by a successful plaintiff.Pursuing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Injured workers in Aurora and the surrounding areas may assert their right to compensation following a job-related accident. Illinois requires employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance as a form of protection for employees who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses. Through the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, the state has set forth a system of laws that provides benefits and medical expenses to employees hurt at work. In some cases, there may be a major accident that leads to injuries. In other situations, employees may be exposed to workplace conditions that cause ongoing illnesses. Additionally, employees may be eligible for benefits for workplace conditions that accelerate or aggravate a pre-existing injury or disease.
Pursuing a claim for workers’ compensation requires showing that an injury or condition was caused in the course and scope of employment. The relationship between an accident and a medical condition or injury is critical, and medical opinions must support a claim for benefits. While insurance companies may attempt to deny claims for compensation, by relying on strong medical documentation and abiding by the notice requirements, an injured worker likely can set forth a strong claim.Social Security Disability Benefits
When an individual is unable to work because of a disability, they may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Determining whether a person is disabled requires medical evidence and other documentation of their impairment and inability to perform substantial gainful work. To qualify for Social Security Disability, an Aurora resident must show that they have a mental or physical impairment that has resulted in limitations preventing them from working. This disability must have lasted or be expected to last for at least 12 months.Consult a Skilled Injury Lawyer in Aurora
At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, we provide local knowledge for accident victims, employees hurt at work, and individuals suffering from a disabling condition, as well as other clients. Our firm focuses on advancing claims for compensation when an individual or entity has engaged in careless or reckless behavior. If you or someone close to you needs legal guidance, our Aurora injury attorneys can help. We offer a free initial consultation and are proud to help people throughout Kane County. Call us at (800) 444-1525 or complete our online form to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer or workers’ compensation attorney today.