Just because you were hurt doesn't mean that you are entitled to money. You must prove that someone else was negligent or careless and that it was their negligence or carelessness that caused your injury. If you fail to do this, you lose. If you sue the wrong person, you lose. If you wait too long to sue, you lose. If you had an injury BEFORE the accident, then you are only entitled to be compensated to the extent it made your injury worse. In Illinois, if you in any way contributed to your injury, your award may be reduced to the extent you were at fault. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 but determines you were 25% at fault in causing your injury, the award will be reduced by 25%, or from $100,000 to $75,000.
The Law Is About People Mark D. Brynteson Attorney at Law 2969 Rolling Meadow Court Belvidere, Illinois 61008