Common Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
A personal injury case is a serious matter where one’s financial stability might be at stake. Not only that, but individuals seeking justice through restitution could be hindered by a lack of experience or preparation. Many types of personal injury cases require knowledge of specific laws and having the resources to thoroughly investigate cases has tremendous strategic benefits.
Langdon & Emison is prepared to assert your legal rights and help you navigate the often-complex litigation process. Whether you are seeking a reasonable insurance settlement or are prepared to step your case up to a lawsuit, your goals and personal interests are our highest priority.
Our Chicago, IL personal injury lawyers can assist with a wide range of personal injury case types. Some of the most common cases we handle in Chicago include:
- Auto Defects
- Consumer Product Defects
- Trucking Accidents
- Auto Accidents
- Roadway Defects & Signage Hazards
- Railroad Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Dangerous Drugs
- Defective Medical Devices
- Spinal Cord & Brain Injuries
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about your legal options and opportunities for pursuing compensation when you call (312) 855-0700 or contact us online today.
Langdon & Emison has won a series of landmark cases against big auto and parts manufacturers in courts throughout the country. Some of the defendants who have lost against us include names like Ford, Toyota, General Motors, and vehicle seat manufacturer Johnson Controls, Inc.
In cases where a vehicle defect contributed to an accident or worsened an injury through unacceptable standards, we vigorously pursue compensation on behalf of our clients. Clients benefit from our experience litigating cases involving specificities of manufacturing standards and defending against common tactics used by big businesses with extensive legal resources.
Consumer Product Defects
Defective consumer products lead to tens of thousands of injuries and many deaths each year. Consumers assume that there would be minimal risk from bringing home goods sold to the general public. However, the truth is that countless dangerous products harm individuals before a single recall can be issued.
When litigating defective product cases, it is vital for the legal team to understand the types of defects applicable, the standing the injury victim has to sue in specific jurisdictions, and the types of remedies available. These are often dependent on whether the plaintiff decides to join a class action lawsuit or multi-district litigation (MDL).
Trucking accidents present unique circumstances, largely owing to the capacity for large vehicles to inflict serious injuries as well as the tendency for such cases to involve large business interests.
One major component of many truck accident cases in Chicago is determining whether the driver involved was a contractor or employee, and which parties ultimately contributed negligence to the accident circumstances. Pursuing as many parties as possible and anticipating common defense tactics, including countersuits, are tactics that can maximize the injury victim’s chances of success.
Auto accidents are among the most common Chicago personal injury scenarios. IDOT data shows that there are nearly 100,000 car accidents every year in Chicago’s Cook County alone.
When an auto accident occurs, injured individuals may be misinformed as to their rights and the forms of compensation available. Insurance companies may get individuals to settle for less than their total damages, and they may even try to pressure claimants into admitting pre-existing conditions or partial fault. Having experienced car accident lawyers in Chicago as your legal representatives allows you to anticipate these strategies while documenting all of your damages. These strategies increase the chances that you can obtain the maximum compensation available.
Roadway Defects & Signage Hazards
Whether installed by contractors working on behalf of local/state governments or private property owners, roadways and signage must meet acceptable standards to reduce the risk of causing an accident to the extent reasonably possible. Yet, many defective roadways and bridges cause accidents, either directly or indirectly.
Signage defects can also cause accidents that would have otherwise been avoided, especially in situations where the signage fails to meet standards enforced by federal and state regulators.
Litigating these cases can be extremely challenging. Lawsuits against government entities have different requirements, and the plaintiff may be able to seek partial or total immunity from liability associated with the case.
Nevertheless, Langdon & Emison is prepared to seek all available remedies based on existing laws and prior case rulings relevant to the legal matters at hand.
Railroads and crossings are maintained by a mixture of private companies, contractors, and entities operating on behalf of state and federal agencies. When someone is injured as a result of a collision with a rail vehicle or as a passenger on a train, they have the right to seek all available remedies and attempt to recover their losses.
At Langdon & Emison, we vigorously research every case and explore all legal options. We are willing to pursue any potentially liable parties, whether they be a private company, a public entity, or a mixture of the two.
When an individual enters a property and is injured, there’s always the question of whether the property owner is responsible for their losses. Property owners have a duty of care to reasonably maintain their properties, address any foreseeable hazards, and warn visitors of hazards that cannot be reasonably removed.
Langdon & Emison is prepared to litigate your premises injury case, including slip and falls, electrocutions, noncompliance with fire codes, and other hazards. Our main focus is to answer the question of whether the property owner was negligent and if their negligence led to an injury that could have otherwise been avoided.
Nursing Home Abuse
People entrust their loved ones to nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities when they cannot take care of them alone. These individuals expect that their loved one will be safe and well cared for by attentive staff. Yet, nursing home abuse happens at an alarming rate. This can refer to negligent care of the residents, leading to conditions like bedsores. It can also involve direct physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
Too often, these cases come down to a lack of care on the part of facility owners to appropriately hire, train, and monitor qualified staff. When any form of negligence harms your loved one, we are here to assist you and pursue all available damages while discouraging further harm.
Dangerous drugs can lead to serious medical events as well as permanent side effects or even fatalities. Litigating these cases can be difficult, as they often hinge on obscure and specific aspects of regulatory law.
Our Chicago dangerous drug lawyers are prepared to investigate the circumstances of the drug’s manufacture, distribution, advertising, and prescribing practices to determine whether failure could have been avoided through adherence to federal and state law.
Defective Medical Devices
Hundreds of defective medical devices are released every year through loopholes or lax regulatory oversight. When these devices cause harm, it often leads to losses for the patient with the device and can cause their family to suffer.
Langdon & Emison vigorously pursues injury claims related to dangerous medical devices, including implants, assistive devices, and prostheses. Manufacturers often attempt to hide behind protections or by claiming ignorance of the risks. Our attorneys are prepared to assert your legal rights to compensation.
Spinal Cord & Brain Injuries
Spinal cord and brain injuries almost always require long-term care and rehabilitation. Many individuals never fully recover from these injuries. Their loss of quality of life and loss of earning capacity become a major component of the case’s damages. Combined with the expensive costs of caring for such injuries, those seeking restitution for a spinal cord or brain injury will face defendants with a strong financial motive to avoid the full consequences of negligence.
Langdon & Emison is fully prepared to litigate your case and seek the full extent of all applicable damages. These cases often hinge on a combination of thorough documentation and collaboration with medical professionals who can provide insight into how the injury occurred and the full extent of needed future care.
Work With Experienced, Trusted, and Proven Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers
Because every case is unique, the types of personal injury cases only share some commonalities. Some are won through skilled negotiation with defending parties, while others hinge on knowledge of prior case rulings involving highly specific questions of the law.
No matter what strategies are needed, you can count on the attorneys at Langdon & Emison to pursue your case using every viable strategy available. Our staff and network of professional associates are prepared to do whatever it takes to seek reasonable compensation for all of your injury losses.
Speak to a knowledgeable, experienced personal injury lawyer in Chicago during a free, no-risk case review when you call (312) 855-0700 or contact us online now.