From time to time, you might turn on the TV or come across an article in the newspaper that has a quote from an attorney regarding how much he or she is suing for in a particular lawsuit; however, depending on the type of case, those estimates are really more like “guesstimates” because there are a number of factors that go into the estimation of damages, particularly in personal injury cases. Realistically speaking, whenever a case is filed in the state of Illinois, the only time that a dollar amount is mentioned at the onset of that lawsuit is for the purpose of figuring out which court division the case should be heard in.
Municipal Court vs. the Law Division of the Circuit Court
If your attorney determines that your case has damages that are estimated to be less than $50,000, your case will be heard in Municipal Court. While it’s true that your damages will be limited in this court, an attorney will go ahead and make this claim in an effort to get your case to arbitration and/or trial much quicker.
In the alternative, if your attorney determines that your case has an estimated damages value that is more than $50,000, then the case will be heard in the Law Division of the Circuit Court. Just about all personal injury lawsuits filed in the state of Illinois are filed in the Law Division. Even though a lot of cases ask for damage amounts in excess of $50,000, a jury will ultimately make that determination. One thing is for sure—regardless of whether your case is worth $60,000 or $15 million, the lawsuit will be filed and heard in the Law Division.
Having Skilled Legal Representation is Key
Watching an attorney speak publicly on television might grab your attention for sure; however, it is extremely important that you have an attorney who knows the rules and will help you make the best decisions regarding your particular personal injury case. Whether your case is valued at $20,000 or $20 million, Decatur personal injury lawyer John Cannon will work hard to ensure that you get the just compensation you deserve. Call 1-800-373-6050 for a free consultation today.