As the capital of Illinois and the county seat of Sangamon County, Springfield is the sixth-most populous city in the state. Springfield’s central location has made it an appealing home to over 200,000 residents, and when they need a skilled attorney to help with a legal claim following a car accident, a workplace injury, or another condition that affects their ability to work, the Springfield personal injury lawyers at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca can provide skilled assistance. As we negotiate and litigate for clients in a wide variety of contexts, we appreciate the importance of helping clients understand their legal rights and obligations throughout the process of pursuing compensation.Personal Injury
Personal injury claims provide a means for people harmed by the reckless or careless acts of others to hold the at-fault party accountable and to secure damages for their resulting harm. For example, people hurt in a car accident in Springfield or elsewhere in Sangamon County have a right to file a claim for compensation, including the medical costs, lost income, and property damage resulting from the crash.
Filing a legal claim against a negligent driver requires that the victim demonstrate that the driver’s careless conduct directly led to the accident and injuries. Negligence is a failure to act reasonably, as others would act under similar circumstances. Not only does a personal injury attorney in Springfield need to set forth evidence that shows this failure, but also they must show that there were no other intervening causes.
When demonstrating a failure to act reasonably, accident victims typically show that the defendant driver breached their duty of care. This breach can be shown by evidence of texting behind the wheel or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, among numerous other examples.
In a personal injury claim for damages, after showing the legal fault of the other driver, the accident victim will calculate and set forth their monetary costs resulting from the crash. Economic and noneconomic damages are compensable, including pain and suffering and other relatively subjective types of harm. Injured individuals who show a decreased quality of life and emotional distress caused by the defendant’s negligent conduct may be able to secure these costs as well.Workers’ Compensation
Throughout Springfield and nearby communities, injured workers can pursue their right to compensation for a workplace injury or medical condition. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act is a statewide set of laws that offer benefits for employees who have been hurt in the course and scope of employment. Injuries can result from a workplace accident, or they can be endured over time from work-related tasks such as repetitive lifting.
Workers are also entitled to benefits for harm suffered because of workplace conditions that have aggravated a pre-existing disease or injury. It is important to prove the causal relationship between a workplace accident and a medical condition in order to recover benefits. Insurance companies may attempt to deny claims for compensation by arguing that the medical condition was not caused by work. Overcoming these challenges by setting forth strong medical documentation can be critical to a successful claim for workers’ compensation benefits.Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability benefits are available to people throughout the Springfield area who are unable to work due to a disability. It is essential that medical evidence support an application for Social Security benefits and that the documentation of a medical impairment that prevents the individual from performing substantial gainful activity be carefully set forth. People seeking benefits for a mental or physical impairment must have endured their disability, or expect their disability to last, for at least 12 months.Protect Your Rights by Enlisting a Skilled Springfield Personal Injury Attorney
At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, our experienced lawyers vigorously represent victims involved in a workplace accident, a car accident, or another incident that prevents them from working and enjoying the quality of life that they maintained before their injury. Relying on strong medical documentation to prove the full extent of harm, we have decades of experience maximizing compensation for our clients. Serving people in Springfield and beyond, our personal injury lawyers make it a priority to provide personal attention and efficient legal service. We can be reached by calling (800) 444-1525 or contacting us online.