Personal injury lawsuits in Illinois typically involve a person being physically or emotionally injured, or damage to a person's property. Illinois personal injury law allows people to be compensated for damage caused by intentional actions, negligence, negligence, or negligence of another person.
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Damages in Illinois personal injury cases may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and payment for other damages. There is no magic formula as to what is a matter and every case is different. In most cases, the money paid for settlement comes from the insurance company.
Over the past several years, the Illinois state legislature has passed several new laws that have a major impact on the rights and liabilities of both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury actions.
Medical Malpractice Recovery Caps
Perhaps the most significant change in Illinois' personal injury law over the past two years is the Illinois legislature's 2005 law, which seeks to recover as much damage as possible for "pain and suffering" in a medical malpractice case. Specifically, the law places a $ 500,000 limit on "pain and suffering" damages against Illinois doctors.
"Good Samaritan" defense
Effective in July 2006, the Illinois legislature recently added so-called "Good Samaritan" laws, which protect individuals who provide emergency care to injured individuals from subsequent lawsuits.
Medical abuse evidence
Although less important (and less controversial) than the damages caps described above, two other Illinois laws recently changed the type of evidence that is admissible in medical malpractice cases.
"Fast-food" lawsuit taboo
Unlike the above laws, which modified the rules in lawsuits in the field of personal injury, the law effectively eliminated a whole range of suits available to plaintiffs.