Legal Memorandum: Damages in a Personal Injury Action in IL

Issue: Under Illinois law, what kinds of damages may be recoverable in a personal injury action?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure, Personal Injury & Negligence
Keywords: Personal injury action; Damages
Jurisdiction: Illinois
Cited Cases: 757 N.E.2d 533
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 09/01/2015

At a minimum, the following items of damages are available in a personal injury case in Illinois:  disability; disfigurement; pain and suffering; future pain and suffering; lost wages; future lost wages; medical expenses; and future medical expenses.  Additionally, punitive damages are available if the circumstances warrant.  Barton v. Chicago & N. W. Transp. Co., 325 Ill. App. 3d 1005, 1024, 757 N.E.2d 533, 549 (2001).


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