What Are the Punitive Damages for Negligence in Illinois?

Published on Apr 30, 2024 at 6:42 pm in Personal Injury.

When you’re involved in an accident, the person who caused it should be held responsible for the injuries and damage they’ve caused. In a personal injury case such as a car accident where a driver’s negligent actions caused your vehicle collision and resulting injuries, you could pursue legal action against the at-fault party.

Aside from the standard compensation seen in most civil cases, there may be an opportunity or valid reason to also pursue punitive damages from the individual who caused you harm.

The Art of Advocacy and Eating: More in Common than You Might Think

Published on Jan 24, 2024 at 7:01 pm in Personal Injury.

The Art of Advocacy and Eating

As 2024 begins, I have been giving a lot of thought to two of my passions in life: helping my clients put their lives back together after a tragic loss and smoking and eating food! After much thought, I realized that my passions have much more in common than one might think. Let me share a few of these common characteristics.

Preparation. Representing an injured person in a lawsuit and smoking meat both require careful preparation and a plan. You can’t just jump in and wing it. You need to think about what you are doing and understand why you are doing it. In my representation of an injured person, I must thoroughly investigate the case, gather evidence, perform legal research, and get to know my client. Just like a pitmaster, I must meticulously prepare our “case ingredients” to build a foundation for success.

Can Soft Tissue Damage Be Permanent?

Published on Dec 8, 2023 at 11:55 pm in Personal Injury.

Can Soft Tissue Damage Be Permanent
After a sprain, tear, or strain to a muscle or ligament, we all hope that we’ll be back on our feet again soon. But unfortunately, without the right care, we are in danger of suffering long-lasting damage. Even a minor slip and fall or motor vehicle accident can cause tissue damage that upsets our lives for weeks, months, years, or even permanently.

Can soft tissue damage be permanent? In some situations, yes. Most healthy people can recover from soft tissue injuries. However, some people sustain life-long complications. Without the proper care, the likelihood of permanent damage increases.

Let’s start by looking at what constitutes a soft tissue injury and symptoms to watch for. Then, we’ll examine how it should be treated and what can cause soft tissue damage to become permanent. We’ll also discuss steps you can take to minimize the chances of your injury affecting you for the rest of your life.

What Causes Most Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Published on Feb 10, 2023 at 9:45 pm in Personal Injury.

What Causes Most Traumatic Brain Injuries?

There are over 1.5 million people who suffer TBIs every year in the U.S.—and over 64,000 people lost their lives to traumatic head injuries in 2020 alone.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused when a forceful bump or blow strikes the head or when an object penetrates the skull and pierces the brain. A traumatic brain injury can be categorized as a mild TBI, a moderate TBI, or a severe TBI. There are multiple causes of TBIs, and many of them are completely preventable.

What Is a Letter of Protection?

Published on Nov 22, 2021 at 4:54 pm in Personal Injury.

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What is a letter of protection? A letter of protection is a document sent by you and your personal injury lawyer to a healthcare provider. The letter guarantees that all of your medical bills will be paid once your personal injury case has been settled. In this article, we’ll look more closely at how a letter of protection (LOP) works in a personal injury case, and how you and your attorney can best work together to determine if an LOP is right for your situation. If you have further question, please get in touch with Prince Law Firm to see how we may be able to help you.

Can You File a Lawsuit Against a Negligent Mechanic?

Published on Jun 25, 2021 at 7:37 pm in Personal Injury.

Can You File a Lawsuit Against a Negligent Mechanic

When your car breaks down or has something wrong with it, you trust that the mechanic you bring it to will fix it as you agreed. You’re relying on their skill and attention to fix the problem and get your car back to running normally. You’re also relying on their skills to keep you safe when you drive your vehicle again.

If they are negligent in any way while fixing your car, they could make a mistake and not fully repair what you need them to. This might seem like a small misstep, but even the smallest mistake in auto repair can lead to your car malfunctioning and cause an accident. When your mechanic is negligent and it leads to you getting into a collision, you’ll want to know if you can file a lawsuit against them. Let’s take a look at your options.

How is Bus Accident Liability Determined?

Published on Jun 16, 2021 at 9:01 pm in Personal Injury.

How is Bus Accident Liability Determined

Busses are efficient ways to get from one place to another. When you choose public transportation, you’re reducing your carbon footprint as well as saving money compared to owning your own vehicle and all the costs that come along with it. Busses are reliable, and you usually consider them to be safe because they’re so large.

But in some ways, busses can be very dangerous. When collisions happen, passengers can suffer from injuries because they likely aren’t wearing seatbelts and can slam into objects within the vessel. When busses hit other vehicles, they can cause devastating injuries to passengers of other cars or pedestrians because of their large size and weight.

Liability in these accidents can be tricky. Let’s look into how bus accident liability is determined.

What Should You Expect When Going to Trial?

Published on Apr 30, 2020 at 6:27 pm in Personal Injury.

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Going through the legal process can take month or even years. If you’ve attempted to reach a settlement with the other side, but you believe they aren’t offering a fair deal, you can take the dispute to the next step—trial. When you’re going to trial, you should be able to rely on your personal injury lawyer to be prepared and to help you prepare so your side presents your case as best as possible. Your Marion personal injury lawyer from Prince Law Firm will go over what to expect so you feel confident and ready when you have your day in court.

Tips for Feeling Confident in the Courtroom

Published on Feb 13, 2020 at 4:38 pm in Personal Injury.

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Many personal injury cases are often settled outside the courtroom. However, sometimes a case takes that extra step. While it can be nerve-wracking to go to court, there are some ways for you to feel more confidence when you’re there. Your personal injury lawyer will be with you every step of the way. The lawyers at Prince Law Firm understand how much stress this situation can cause, but we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you deal with the nerves and feel like you’re ready to face the courtroom.

The Importance of Expert Testimony During an Injury Trial

Published on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:53 pm in Personal Injury.

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The outcome of an injury trial can be linked to how well the facts and evidence were presented in a way that the case could be understood by the judge or jury. In order to successfully present a case, personal injury lawyers will often call upon expert witnesses. Expert testimony is incredibly valuable and can contribute to a successful outcome for a plaintiff.

Your attorney may call on an expert witness before or during your trial. Prior to a trial, expert testimony has the potential to persuade the opposing party to agree to a settlement. If the case does proceed to trial, the expert witness can offer insight, facts, and opinions to inform the judge and jury about issues that might not be common knowledge.

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