crossing signalThis is my third post in a series of articles on handling pedestrian accident cases in Peoria, Illinois. My last article discussed how to prove driver liability after a pedestrian injury. When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the injuries are usually serious and long-term. It is important to understand how damages are calculated by the jury to ensure a victim is properly compensated. To receive adequate compensation, one must understand the legal process and how to provide appropriate evidence to prove the nature of their injuries. It is important, therefore, that you retain an attorney experienced in these types of cases. In this article I will discuss the types of damages a Plaintiff can receive in these types of accident matters. If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact us today to speak with a lawyer.

An award of monetary damages may never fully make the victim whole and restore them to the way they were prior to the accident. The more serious and long-lasting the injuries are, the more they are entitled to a greater amount of monetary recovery. Damages a plaintiff is entitled to from the responsible party include direct expenses associated with the injuries including medical expenses and lost wages. If the victim’s injuries will continue to affect them in the future, the Plaintiff can receive compensation for anticipated damages such as loss of ability to earn a livelihood, future medical bills, or loss of enjoyment of life due to the injuries. The Plaintiff also can receive compensation for the pain and suffering they endured as a result of their injuries. Under some circumstances, the victim may be entitled to punitive damages due to the recklessness of the responsible party.

An accident victim will need to present evidence and testimony regarding the financial compensation they are seeking for their damages. The amount of damages owed to a Plaintiff is only one part of a civil action. It is also important to show that the victim was not responsible for their accident as comparative fault is used in Illinois civil cases. The principle of comparative fault means that a plaintiff’s award of damages may be reduced in proportion to the extent the plaintiff is found responsible. To accurately predict anticipated costs and assess the financial impact of damages to a plaintiff, an attorney will likely use expert witnesses to testify at trial. These witnesses will testify as to what the future earnings of the plaintiff would have been had they not been injured. Also, the expert witness may show what the anticipated costs would be for future surgeries or rehabilitation based on the specific injuries. If the victim has sustained a permanent injury that disables the plaintiff for life, the expert will present testimony as to how to calculate a monetary compensation for that type of injury.

If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of being hit by a car, it is important to retain an attorney experienced in presenting injured parties. Hiring a lawyer immediately will help ensure you act promptly to receive the recovery you deserve. I have extensive experience in such matters and am ready to assist you. If you need assistance, contact my office online or by telephone today to speak with a Peoria pedestrian accident lawyer. My office also serves the Illinois cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington.