Champaign Personal Injury Lawyers
Accidents can disrupt every part of your life. They can endanger your health and well-being with serious injuries, long-term disabilities, and psychological consequences. They can drain your finances with sky-high medical bills and time lost from work. They can even put a strain on your personal relationships as your family and friends struggle to help you through such a difficult time. On each of these fronts, the road to true recovery from your accident can seem like an uphill battle.
Spiros Law, P.C. wants you to know that you do not have to face these trying times alone. If your accident was caused by another person’s negligence or malicious intent, you have legal options. Our Champaign personal injury attorneys can help you hold the person who was responsible for your injury financially accountable. We will handle your case with compassion and care, and we will work tirelessly to increase your chances of winning the compensation you deserve.
Cases We Handle
Our legal team has experience with a variety of personal injury cases. Each type of case presents unique factors and challenges. Our personal injury practice includes services for:
- Animal bites: Whether you were bitten by a domestic pet, a farm animal, or something more exotic, a bite can be a very serious injury, especially if it becomes infected or the creature was venomous in the first place. If the owner of the animal failed to take reasonable steps to keep it from causing you harm, you may be entitled to damages.
- Dog bites: Dogs can be friendly companions, but when their owners fail to take reasonable precautions, they can also pose a serious danger to humans. If you were bitten by a dog, we can help hold the owner accountable for any negligence on their part that may have put you in harm’s way.
- Brain injuries: The brain is one of the most important organs in the human body. Brain injuries can have devastating consequences, from short-term cognitive issues to lifelong loss of functionality, even if the injury is not apparent from the outside. Whether you’ve suffered a concussion, a contusion, or any other type of brain injury, we can help you hold the person who caused it accountable.
- Broken bones and scarring: Broken bones can put you out of commission for months. Scars can last a lifetime. Suits for either of these can reach beyond immediate medical expenses and seek damages for the long-term pain, suffering, and inconvenience they cause you.
- Burn injuries: Whether caused by fire, hot surfaces, or chemicals, burns can cause immense pain, infection, and severe scarring. If your burns were the consequence of another party’s actions, we can help you fight them for damages for the immediate and long-term consequences.
- Car Accidents: With 296,049 vehicle accidents in Illinois in 2014 alone, a car accident is one of the most common ways to be injured by another person. There are many different factors in determining who caused an accident, and our attorneys can help you find those responsible.
- Nursing Home Abuse: It takes a lot of trust to leave your loved ones in the care of a nursing home and when you find out that your elderly relative has been abused, it’s more than heartbreaking—it’s infuriating. Our attorneys have no tolerance for the kind of injuries that are caused by the negligence or outright malicious intent of nursing home staff members.
Any of these types of injuries can take a serious toll on your health and finances. Whatever type of injury you have experienced, you can trust Spiros Law, P.C. to help you through the process and represent you with care and professionalism.
What You Can Sue For
Personal injury suits often cover more than the immediate medical costs of an accident. The Champaign personal injury lawyers with Spiros Law, P.C. will fight to make the responsible party pay for every type of harm they’ve caused you. If you file a personal injury suit, you may be able to recover damages for:
- Medical costs: An accident can cause you to incur serious medical costs, both in the short-term and in the long-term. You can sue to recover damages for the immediate medical care you received after the accident and any ongoing treatment you require because of it.
- The cost of lost property: If your accident caused serious damage to a valuable piece of property, such as your car, you can sue for the cost of replacing that property.
- Lost wages: Recovering from an injury can require time off work. If you had to forego wages you would have earned during the time following your injury, you can sue for the value of those wages.
- Future lost income: Serious injuries can sometimes result in long-term disabilities. If you are unable to return to work after your injury due to a disability, you can sue to hold the responsible party accountable for your inability to work.
- Other recovery-related costs: Recovery can impose costs on you and your family beyond medical bills. For instance, if you had to travel out of town to receive the medical care you needed, you can add the travel expenses to your suit.
- Emotional pain and suffering: Sometimes the pain of an injury reaches beyond the physical and into the emotional. You can sue to recover damages for emotional pain you suffered as a result of your accident, from the personal stress of the process to strain on relationships with family and friends.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident and the nature of your injury, you may be entitled so some or all of these damages. We will carefully review your case to decide which damages we can seek in a personal injury suit.
What is pain and suffering?
To recover any damages from the other party, you will have to prove that they were at fault for the accident. In most personal injury cases, proving fault means proving negligence. The basic idea behind negligence is that the party caused the injury by failing to do something that could be reasonably expected of them. Proving negligence requires you to establish four things:
- The party had a duty to do something.
- They committed a breach of that duty.
- The breach caused the accident to occur.
- The accident caused some form of damage to you.
Take a dog bite case for example. Dog owners have a responsibility, or duty, to keep their pets under control. If an owner lets an aggressive dog loose around you and fails to warn you, they have breached this duty. You were unaware of the dog, and it would not have been able to bite you had it been restrained, so letting it loose caused the accident. If the dog proceeds to bite you, the breach caused you harm. In such a case, you could prove the owner acted negligently and was therefore at fault for your injury. The specifics look different in each type of case but proving some form of negligence will likely be an important part of your case.
Another way to prove fault is to prove that the other party intended to cause you harm. These kinds of cases are called intentional torts, of which there are several categories. For instance, if another person intentionally hit you, you could sue for assault and battery. Intentional torts are not the most common personal injury cases, but if you believe another party may have intentionally caused you harm, we may pursue that option in our lawsuit.
The Statute of Limitations
Under Illinois law, the statute of limitations on personal injury suits is two years, which means that you must file a lawsuit within two years of the accident occurring. After a certain point, you will never be able to file. When considering this statute, keep in mind that some time will pass between your first contact with a lawyer and filing your lawsuit. Additionally, certain elements of your case may be easier to prove shortly after the accident occurred, when you have readier access to evidence and witnesses. If you have been injured by another party and want to take legal action, you should start the process as soon as possible. Do not hesitate to call Spiros Law, P.C..
Why Choose Spiros?
Spiros Law, P.C. has earned its reputation as one of the toughest and most effective personal injury firms in Champaign and across Central Illinois. Here are just a few of the reasons you can trust us to handle your personal injury case:
- Real results: We have recovered millions of dollars in damages for personal injury victims across Central Illinois, including the largest settlement ever reported in Ford County and the second-largest verdict in the history of Vermilion County.
- The client relationship: We develop close, personal relationships with each of our clients through in-person meetings and electronic communication in between.
- Other lawyers refer to us: We have built such a reputation for smart, aggressive advocacy that many of our cases are referred to us by lawyers outside our firm.
If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer in the Champaign area, Spiros Law, P.C. should be at the top of your list. We will handle your case with care and fight the party who injured you for every cent you deserve.
Dealing with the consequences of an accident can be a trying time for you and for your family. From medical ordeals to financial troubles, the road to recovery can be bumpy, and it may feel as if there is no end in sight. Spiros Law, P.C. wants to help you through this process. Our experience with personal injury cases in the Champaign area, as well as in Kankakee and Danville, has prepared us to navigate the twists and turns of personal injury suits and to aggressively advocate for our clients. We will give your case the attention it needs and deserves, work closely with you throughout the process, and increase your chances of success in court or through a settlement. If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident, call the Champaign personal injury lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. today at (217) 328-2828.