Not all of your injuries from a car accident can be treated quickly and healed within a matter of weeks. Many of your injuries caused by the crash create long-term medical issues. You may need multiple surgeries that require months of recovery time between them. You may have to undergo weeks of physical therapy. Worst of all, many types of injuries cause significant pain that require pain management and medication for years.
When you face lasting injuries following a car accident, you need to work with an auto accident attorney who understand the nuances of your case and how important it is to receive a significant settlement. The attorneys of Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. have experience handling collisions that result in persistent injuries and calculating future medical expenses. Call us today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free consultation.
The statute of limitations related to personal injury claims in Illinois is 2 years after the cause of action accrued. In most situations, the cause of action arises the day of the collision that caused your injuries occurred. However, in rare situations, your cause of action may arise when you learn that you are injured from the car accident. This matters if you found out that you suffered an injury due to the collision weeks or months after the actual accident. If there was a delay in learning of your injuries, the delay must have been reasonable in order to extend the statute of limitations. In general though, without any other factors affecting your case, you have a maximum of 2 years from the date of the accident to file suit.
You should discuss the best time to file a lawsuit with an experienced lawyer. There are many factors that could cause your lawyers to want to begin as soon as possible, while other circumstances may cause them to want to wait for more information or evidence before filing. Every situation is unique, which makes accurate and experienced legal advice regarding a personal injury suit crucial.
The statute of limitations is not affected by your medical treatment. You are not granted more time to file a lawsuit because you are still recovering and need more care, including surgeries, rehabilitation, or prostheses. You do not have to be finished with medical treatment or healed before you file a lawsuit. You can begin your personal injury case at any time before the statute of limitations runs out no matter where you are in your path to recovery.
However, when you have to file your personal injury suit before you have received all of your necessary treatments, you and your attorneys must keep in mind your anticipated future expenses. Your lawyers will file the suit understanding that you suffer lasting injuries and you will need to seek damages for future medical costs.
You can seek compensation not only for the medical expenses you have already incurred, but also for medical expenses you will have to pay in the future for additional doctor’s appointments, surgeries and other treatments, medications, physical and occupational rehabilitation, in-home care, prosthetic devices, and additional necessary care. Your lawyers may work with your insurance company, physicians, and other medical experts to calculate the potential costs for the care you will require.
Your lawyers will also consider the future pain and suffering you will endure due to your ongoing treatment and potential complications following necessary treatments. You may have to undergo painful surgeries and physical rehabilitation further down the road. Your long-term injuries may also evolve into a disfigurement or disability. If a complication, disfigurement, or a disability is possible, your attorneys can seek additional damages.
It is impossible to predict all of the treatment you may need and the pain you will experience in the future. However, your lawyers will work with medical professionals and reliable data to make as accurate of a projection as possible.
It is immensely difficult to adjust your life due to long-term injuries following a car accident, particularly when your injuries result in needing a great deal of medical care and keeping you out of work. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. understands the uphill battle you are facing, which is why we will work with experts and to calculate your future medical expenses and aggressively argue for your necessary settlement or jury award in court.
Our car accident attorneys serve clients throughout the Chicago area, including Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Joliet, Naperville, and Waukegan. Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 to learn how your personal injury case is affected by long-term injuries.