Hurt Outside Illinois, Do I Still Have Illinois Case And Injury Lawyer?

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November 13  

Different Place, Different Case?

In this article, I will answer this issue, "If I am harmed outside of Illinois, do I have a case within Illinois?" I had a call yesterday from a man asking me about the same issue, and as I've recently dealt with a few situations similar to this, I decided I'd best explain.

The state where you are injured is nearly always where the lawsuit must be filed.

If you are damaged outside of Illinois, like this person who was hurt in a vehicle accident outside of Illinois. So, here's the deal: if you are hurt outside of Illinois like this guy was, the lawsuit must be filed there. If you were harmed in Tennessee, for instance, the accident occurs there, and the lawsuit must be filed there, it's always a good idea, so if you reside in Chicago but were injured in Tennessee, you might still want to call a Chicago injury lawyer since you are in Chicago.

A Chicago attorney will be familiar with the nearby medical professionals. Pre-suit and then your lawyer can find an attorney to co-counsel with if a lawsuit needs to be filed. A lot of people don't know this but a pretty low percentage of cases ever make it to suit or at least in my office, that's the case we settle right around 88 to a little bit more than 90 percent of our cases depending on the period you're looking at so we're very successful.

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Employed In Illinois But Injured In Another State

I'm a member of several networks of attorneys who concentrate on being trial lawyers and focus on trying cases and things of that nature, so I do know lawyers all over the country who are good, so if you need a lawyer for a car accident that occurred out of state, let me know. I do know there are lawyers out there who just file a lawsuit on every case, and in that case, you probably will need a Tennessee attorney. Workers' compensation is the lone exception to that. So in a workers’ compensation case, the location of the injury is typically the same, but Illinois is in the middle of the pack. I believe that some states have more lenient workers’ compensation laws than others, but Illinois has fairly good workers’ compensation laws.

So, if you are employed in Illinois and are injured in another state, you can find a file in an Illinois workers’ compensation case.

I hope that this knowledge will be helpful to you since while the solution may seem a little convoluted, it is not that difficult. I wrote this blog for all of you since I had a few clients that required that knowledge. If you have a question, you'd like me to answer, feel free to email it to me at service at If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and you have questions or think you might need to hire an attorney, please don't hesitate to call me at my 24-hour phone number, which is answered constantly throughout the day.

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