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History of Joliet, Illinois

In 1673, Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette camped along the Des Plaines River in present-day Joliet. Development was relatively idle until 1833 when Charles Reed became the first town settler. A year later, James B. Campbell laid out plans for “Juliet,” and in 1836 it became the county seat of Will County. By the 1850s Joliet had a new name and became a major hub for business. Through the remainder of the century, Joliet flourished because of its abundance of limestone quarries and early steel mill developments. This brought in thousands of Irish and southeastern European immigrants.


Joliet’s mills and large labor force made it a hotbed of industry into the 20th century. Established businesses opened up downtown while the city saw growth in manufacturing industries including bridge builders, stove companies, machine manufacturers, and many more. Joliet also became home to the nation’s oldest public community college, Joliet Junior College. Joliet was hit hard by declines in American manufacturing through the 70s and 80s and had unemployment rates up to 26 percent. The city bounced back in the 90s and is now seeing rapid residential and commercial growth.

What’s There to Do in Joliet, Illinois?

Joliet offers world-class entertainment and is fast becoming a major Midwest destination for cultural and sporting activities.

Joliet is home to a long list of entertainment and cultural spaces including Rialto Square Theatre, the Joliet Historical Museum, the Route 66 Visitors Center, the Old Joliet Prison, and the scenic Billie LiMacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre. Sporting enthusiasts can catch a Joliet Slammers baseball game at Silver Cross Field or check out the races at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway.

To learn more about Joliet’s entertainment, sporting, dining, and other exciting opportunities, visit the City of Joliet Visitor’s Page.


Who is TorHoerman Law, Joliet Personal Injury Law Firm?

TorHoerman Law is a group of experienced personal injury attorneys serving Joliet, IL and the greater Chicago, IL area. With over $3 billion in successful verdicts and settlements, TorHoerman has earned a reputation for fighting for the rights of those injured through no fault of their own.

Visit our website at TorHoerman Law  to learn more about our law offices and legal services.

What is Personal Injury?

Personal injury, as defined by the Nolo Plain-English Law Dictionary, is: 

“An injury not to property, but to the body, mind, or emotions. For example, if you slip and fall on a banana peel in a grocery store, personal injury covers any actual physical harm (broken leg and bruises) you suffered in the fall as well as the humiliation of falling in public, but not the harm of shattering your watch.”

Personal injury covers a variety of legal cases. This includes injuries sustained from medical malpractice, someone else’s negligence (for example, a car accident), product liability, premise liability, and assault and battery. For a comprehensive list of potential personal injury cases, visit the TorHoerman Personal Injury Page.

How Common are Personal Injuries in Joliet?

Personal injury cases are common in Joliet, Will County, Kendall County, the Chicago area, and Illinois. 

  • Illinois had 914 fatal motor vehicle accidents on public roadways in 2015. These accidents caused 998 deaths.
  •  The number of Illinois vehicle accidents increased by 5.5 percent in 2015. Overall vehicle accident injuries increased 7.6 percent.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 163 fatal work injuries in Illinois in 2017.
  • The most common cases of medical malpractice lawsuits in the U.S. involve delayed diagnosis, failure to diagnose, and complications from surgeries or treatments.
  • In the United States, 9.2 million people were treated in 2016 for fall-related injuries in nursing homes.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 39.5 million physician office visits and 29.2 million emergency department visits due to unintentional injuries every year in the United States.

How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?

Finding an experienced personal injury lawyer can improve your financial, mental, and physical health. A successful personal injury lawyer will help ensure you receive full compensation for your injuries and damages. Damages can include:

Lost or reduced wages

  • Medical bills
  • Repair costs (for example, bills for damages from a car, truck, or motorcycle accident)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental and/or emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages


Who Should I Call After an Accident in Joliet, IL?

If you experience a personal injury, it’s crucial to contact the right emergency services department and to access quality medical treatment and care.

For steps on how to handle specific personal injury cases, visit our Personal Injury Page.

  • Joliet Emergency & Non-Emergency Services
  • All Joliet Emergencies & Ambulances — 911
  • Will County Sheriff — 815-727-8575
  • Kendall County Sheriff — 630-553-7500
  • Joliet Police Department (non-emergency) — 815-726-2491
  • Joliet Fire Department Fire (non-emergency) — 815-724-3500
  • IDOT Roadside Emergencies –*999
  • Joliet Personal Injury Lawyer —  1-888-508-6752
  • AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center  —  Joliet, Illinois, 60435 — 815-725-7133
  • Silver Cross Hospital  —  New Lenox, Illinois, 60451 — 815-300-1100 
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center  —  New Lenox, Illinois, 60451 — 312-227-3620
  • Presence Saint Joseph Medical Children’s Emergency Department  —  Joliet, Illinois, 60435— 815-725-7133
  • Silver Cross Urgent Care  —  Joliet, Illinois, 60435 — 815-300-2273


What to Expect When You File a Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you were injured due to no fault of your own, you could be eligible for a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury cases vary depending on specific circumstances, but you can expect the following: 

  • Seeking out an Attorney. Be mindful that Illinois’ Statute of Limitations gives a two-year window to file your personal injury claim before it expires. Find an experienced personal injury attorney who has a successful track record. You cannot expect every attorney to accept your case, so be sure to give yourself time for questions and research.
  • Litigation Discovery. After you have hired a personal injury attorney for your case, the litigation discovery process will begin. Your lawyer will help you assess damages and collect all relevant documents, evidence, and witness testimonies. These will be used to prove liability.
  • Resolving the Case. After gathering sufficient evidence and reviewing your case, your attorney will decide whether or not to process a lawsuit. Your lawyer will decide if there is settlement potential and if there are compensatory or punitive damages. Some cases can be solved outside of court if all parties agree on a settlement. If no settlement is agreed upon, the case could go to trial.

Visit our Civil Lawsuit Process Page for an in-depth explanation.

Experienced in All Types of Personal Injury Cases

TorHoerman Law is experienced in an extensive variety of personal injury cases.

Whether you were injured in an accident, on the job, due to negligence, or from a drug or medical device, TorHoerman will fight for you. We have years of experience in personal injury cases including car accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall, medical malpractice, and more.

Hiring a Joliet Personal Injury Lawyer

At TorHoerman Law, we understand that dealing with a personal injury can be stressful. Finding exceptional legal representation doesn’t have to be. If you suffered from an injury that was not your fault, you might be eligible for a personal injury lawsuit.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney at TorHoerman Law today for a zero-obligation, free consultation and to learn more about your personal injury options.



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