Illinois Personal Injury Attorney Representing Plaintiffs in Sycamore
Suffering a serious injury in an accident in or around Sycamore, Illinois can be devastating. Whether you are injured in a motor vehicle crash or on a construction site at work, an experienced Sycamore personal injury lawyer at our firm can help you to seek the financial compensation you deserve.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Sycamore, IL
At Tuite Law, we assist injured parties and their families with many different types of personal injury lawsuits, including but not limited to the following:
- Car accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- DUI accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Workplace accidents;
- Accidents leading to traumatic brain injuries;
- Construction accidents;
- Medical malpractice lawsuits; and
- Wrongful death claims.
Statute of Limitations in a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Sycamore
If you want to file a personal injury lawsuit in Sycamore, Illinois, it is critical to understand how the statute of limitations could impact your case. Under Illinois law, most personal injury lawsuits must be brought within two years from the date that you sustained an injury. The “clock” on the statute of limitations will begin ticking the moment you get hurt, and from that point forward you will have two years to file your claim.
If you do not file a lawsuit within two years, your claim will become time-barred. Once a claim is time-barred, you cannot recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit. By working with a Sycamore personal injury attorney as soon as possible, you can be certain that your lawsuit will be filed on time.
How Contributory Fault Could Impact Your Sycamore Personal Injury Case
Illinois uses a modified contributory fault rule. What does this mean for your personal injury case? If the at-fault party alleges that you—the injured party—are also partially at fault for the accident or for the seriousness of your injuries, your damages award will be reduced. Unlike some states, Illinois allows plaintiffs to recover damages even if they are partially to blame, as long as the plaintiff is not 51 percent or more at fault.
Once a plaintiff is 51 percent or more at fault, that plaintiff is barred from recovery. However, as long as you are less than 51 percent at fault, you can receive compensation, but your total award will be reduced by your portion of fault. For example, a plaintiff who is 20 percent at fault would have her compensation reduced by 20 percent. Accordingly, if a jury awarded that plaintiff $100,000 and the plaintiff was 20 percent at fault, the award would be reduced by 20 percent (or $20,000), and the plaintiff would recover a total of $80,000.
A reduction in your damages award is not automatic just because a defendant raises this issue. Your Sycamore personal injury attorney can gather evidence to prove that you are entitled to 100 percent of your damages award because you bear no fault for the accident.
Contact a Sycamore Personal Injury Attorney
Were you injured in an accident or because of another party’s careless or reckless behavior? Our firm can help you to file a claim for financial compensation. Do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the Sycamore personal injury attorneys at our firm. Contact Tuite Law today to get started.