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Types of Cases Handled by Personal Injury Lawyers

A personal injury attorney can be the best thing to happen to you on one of the worst days of your life. A personal injury lawyer provides legal advice and representation to people who have suffered a physical or psychological injury, stemming from a wide array of causes. Personal injury law exists to protect us from these kinds of accidents by holding everyone accountable to a standard of reasonable care.

Personal injury attorneys, like those at Phillips Law Offices, most commonly handle cases related to car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death cases, defective products, slip and fall accidents, pedestrian accidents, aviation accidents, and bus accidents, amongst others.

If you have been injured in any way, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Choose a personal injury lawyer that has experience with the sort of damage you’ve suffered so that they can bring forth a strong case on your behalf.

Let us discuss the types of cases we handle with you! Please call Phillips Law Offices at (312) 346-4262 for a free consultation.

Car Accidents

In the United States, automobile accidents are the main source of personal injury claims for both the victim and their family. Typically, when an accident occurs, it’s because one driver failed to obey traffic regulations or wasn’t as focused on the road as they should have been.

Unscrupulous drivers can (generally) be held liable for the financial costs of the consequences of the accident as well as the injuries they cause. A few “no fault” jurisdictions do not require drivers to take their insurance in the case of “severe” harm, but these are the exceptions rather than the rule. Find out more about personal injury claims resulting from automobile collisions by calling Phillips Law Offices at (312) 346-4262.

Malpractice in the Medical Field

“Medical malpractice” cases address situations where a doctor or other health care provider deviates from the accepted standards of medical care, causing an injury or death. A medical malpractice claim requires proof that the doctor or health care provider was negligent, resulting in an injury, disability, or death.

Medical malpractice cases are some of the most difficult cases, requiring an experienced and well-practiced medical malpractice lawyer. Some common examples of medical malpractice cases include failure to diagnose, prescription drug errors, anesthesia errors, hospital negligence, and birth injuries, amongst others. Typically, the parties that can be sued for medical malpractice may include doctors, surgeons, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes, medical facilities, anesthesiologists, radiologists, and more. Learn more about what constitutes medical misconduct (and what does not) by giving Phillips Law Offices a call. Our consultations are free!

Dog Bites

Dog bites are a serious and increasingly common personal injury. Illinois is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites and other animal attacks. A dog bite victim does not need to prove that the dog owner was negligence; the victim need only prove that (1) he or she was harmed by the animal and (2) that the animal was not provoked. When a dog attacks someone, the pet owner is usually liable for the medical bills and lost wages.

Even if a dog has never demonstrated hostility or a tendency to bite in the past, the owner is still responsible for any damages caused by a dog bite. Dog owners in other states may only be held liable for personal injury claims if there’s reason to believe their dog’s aggression or propensity to bite warrants it.  An experienced attorney will take steps to hold the owner of the animal (and the owner’s insurance carrier) responsible for the reasonable value of the damages resulting from the attack. Such damages include medical expenses, pain, suffering, disfigurement, loss of a normal life, and in some cases, emotional injuries.


Another common personal injury claim is a slip and fall accident or premises liability case. These types of cases involve an injury that occurs on someone else’s property or due to a dangerous condition on the property. Such locations include private homeowners, businesses, venues,  and cities and transit companies that are held responsible for maintaining safe sidewalks and subway stations.  It is the legal responsibility of property owners (or, in certain cases, tenants of properties) to guarantee that their property is safe and free of hazards so that individuals who live there are not injured. Accidents that occur on the property, on the other hand, may put the owner at risk of responsibility. According to the exact scenario and the laws in the state where the incident occurred, the nature of the legal obligation of the property owner will vary.

A personal injury lawyer from Phillips Law Offices can help you with a variety of different injuries you’ve sustained resulting from someone else’s negligence. Make an appointment with Phillips Law Offices now to discuss your legal options.

Nursing Home Negligence

Nursing home neglect is an unfortunate but all too common issue in the United States. Nursing home abuse occurs when an elderly resident suffers from either physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse. Abuse is considered as a direct action taken by one person against another, typically with an intent to harm in some way or fashion.

Nursing home neglect can occur with both the patient’s physical needs and emotional security. In cases of neglect, nursing home staff may fail to care for wounds and bedsores, change a resident’s clothes or bedding, comply with safety standards when helping patients, give residents enough food or water, or keep the home clean and safe.

Through civil lawsuits, nursing homes can be held liable for harming residents. To file a nursing home lawsuit, you need to work with an attorney that knows the proper procedures and courses of action. Skilled lawyers, like those at Phillips Law Offices, can listen to the details of your case and help build a strong legal complaint.

If you or a loved one are a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, please call Phillips Law Offices for a free consultation.

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