What Happens When a Personal Injury Ruling is Appealed in Illinois?

Justice Scales and LawbookUnder Illinois law, either party has the right to appeal a judgment or verdict if they are not satisfied with the outcome. The party that filed the appeal, who is then known as the appellant (the person who appeals the verdict), can ask a higher court to reconsider and decide the issue.  A Chicago personal injury lawyer can help you understand and navigate the sometimes-confusing and lengthy court system during an appeal.

Reasons for Appeal

The appellant must have a valid reason for filing the appeal. When a personal injury case is appealed, it is generally because the appealing party claims that there was an error made in admitting or not admitting certain types of evidence. Another reason a party may appeal is if they claim the trial court did not follow the law properly. In either case, the appellant would file a brief and argue from the trial record that errors were made.

How Long Does an Appeal Take?

The litigation of an appeal in Illinois can take between one and two years, though some cases may require more or less time. Since appeals can take a long time, you should be certain that you have the financial resources necessary to pursue such an action.

How an Appellate Court Works

An appellate court works differently than a circuit court. A panel of judges will hear your arguments and make a decision. There are no juries in the appellate court. Most of the decision-making is done with paper evidence and short oral arguments from both sides. The court will send out its decision in writing.

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