Personal Injury Law

Your Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Jacksonville, Illinois

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If you are the victim of an injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, contact your local personal injury lawyer in Jacksonville, Illinois. Michael A. Hankins Attorney at Law provides legal counsel for people who are dealing with injuries that were the fault of someone else throughout the Morgan County area. Being a locally-owned law firm, we know the importance of these cases, especially if the injury is severe and results in you being out of work or stuck with an incredibly high medical bill. With over 32 years of experience, we help our community recover financially from lost wages or extreme medical bills.

Typically, personal injury claims are triggered by life-altering injuries, whether that be permanent disabilities or an injury that can keep you out of work for a long period of time. How the injury occurred, and the severity of it will be the factor in determining if you qualify for compensation and how much you qualify for. Our attorneys are dedicated to advocating for the maximum compensation package.

Qualifying injuries are:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Back & Neck Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Quadriplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Amputations
  • Severe Burns

What Can Be Gained by Filing A Claim?

Being the victim of a personal injury claim doesn’t just refer to the physical injury that you suffered. In many cases, people suffering from extensive injuries also incur an expensive medical bill. Additionally, if they are unable to work, then they may be unable to pay other bills and groceries. Filing a claim holds the people accountable for your injuries. Michael A. Hankins Attorney at Law can advocate for financial compensation for:

  • Past Medical Expenses
  • Future Medical Expenses
  • Loss of Future Income
  • Pain & Suffering

Wrongful Death

If you have lost a loved one due to an unfortunate accident and now find yourself overwhelmed with medical expenses and funeral costs with no light at the end of the tunnel – Michael A. Hankins Attorney at Law is here to help. Wrongful death lawsuits happen when a loved one perishes as the result of the recklessness or negligence of someone else. During this traumatic time, our goal is to alleviate the financial worries of families suffering from an unexpected loss. The only way to collect on a wrongful death lawsuit is by proving the other party was responsible for the accident.

Who Can Collect?

Wrongful death claims are already tough situations to handle. What adds to this complex situation is when multiple people feel they have a right to a wrongful death claim. However, when it comes to filing a wrongful death lawsuit – there are only specific instances when it is allowed. The people who can file a lawsuit are:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Beneficiaries
  • Dependents
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Slip and Fall Accidents

Whether you are at your in-laws for the holiday festivities or shopping in the aisles of your favorite store, nobody should be exposed to conditions that could lead to an injury. It is the responsibility of all property owners to maintain their buildings to ensure the safety of customers, employees, tenants, friends, etc. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, contact Michael A. Hankins Attorney at Law to learn about your legal options and how you can pursue financial compensation.

What is Considered a Slip & Fall?

Slip and fall accidents are a result of property owners neglecting to maintain their property, leading to hazardous conditions. The result of these hazardous conditions leads to slip and fall accidents, which then lead to serious injuries and high medical bills. The legal name for slip and fall accidents is premises liability claims, and this can apply to virtually all property owners. However, don’t expect to be able to collect compensation just because you suffered an injury on someone else’s property. It must be proven that your injury was because of unsafe conditions.

Michael A. Hankins Attorney at Law has dealt with a number of slip and fall accidents including:

  • Falls at Restaurants
  • Defective Doors
  • Slick Surfaces (snow/ice)
  • Collapsing Decks/ Porches
  • Falls at Commercial Establishments
  • Defective Stairs/Walkways
  • Falls at Housing Complexes
  • Falls at Hospitals
  • Falls at Senior Living Facilities
  • Falls at Residences