How do I know if I have a Personal Injury Claim?
If you have been hurt in an accident at work, on the road or in a medical setting, and you have incurred medical bills and missed time from work, you might be entitled to money for those damages. Personal injury claims most typically arise out of motor vehicle collisions, but people can just as easily suffer injuries in many other ways such as:
- Construction Sites Injuries
- Slip and Falls
- Work Place Injuries
- Animal Bites
- Dangerous or Defective Products
- Dangerous Conditions on Premises
- Medical Malpractice
- Defective Medical Devices
- Nursing Home Negligence or Abuse
- Pharmacist Errors
- Birth Injuries
- Burn Injuries
If you or a family member has been injured by another person we encourage you to contact one of our experienced attorneys as soon as possible to discuss the specific facts and circumstances involved in your case and determine if you are entitled to money damages. Consultations are always free.
When should I contact a personal injury attorney?
The sooner you contact an attorney the better. If you have been injured be assured that the at-fault persons insurance company is going to try and contact you and ask for a statement as soon as possible. They do this in hopes of getting to you before you have talked to an attorney. They do this because they are looking out for their own interests not yours, no matter what they tell you. So the sooner you get a lawyer the better so that you can protect your rights or the rights of an injured family member.
How to select a personal injury attorney?
You need an attorney who dedicates their entire practice to personal injury litigation. You want an attorney who is familiar with your injuries and has experience with claims similar to yours. Most importantly you want an attorney that you are comfortable with and that you trust. You need a lawyer that is looking out for your best interest not their own.
How much do you charge?
We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if we succeed in getting you a recovery. Our fee is generally 1/3 of the gross settlement of verdict plus reimbursement of costs incurred. Our consultations are always FREE and you will never write us a check.
Why do I need a Lawyer to represent me?
You need a lawyer to protect your rights and maximize your recovery. A lawyer will make sure your rights are protected when dealing with insurance companies, make sure your case is filled on time and against all the appropriate parties, makes sure all pleadings and documents are completed appropriately, and will fight to make sure that you receive all of the benefits and compensation you deserve for your injuries. A personal injury attorney understands and knows how to procure the evidence that is necessary for you to be fully compensated. A personal injury attorney knows how to file suit, get service on all necessary parties and conduct the investigation and evidence gathering known as discovery. Only a personal injury attorney knows how to present your case to an insurance company, arbitrator or jury in the best possible fashion so that you receive full compensation for your injuries.
What are my rights?
You have the right to make an injury claim or file a lawsuit against the person, persons or entity that caused your injury. In Illinois, under most circumstances, a lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date of the injury. If the suit is filed after this deadline you will not be able to recover. In order to prevailyou have to prove that the defendant was negligent, and that the negligence was a cause of you being injured. If you prove these necessary elements you have the right to recover money damages such as reimbursement of economic damages such as medical expenses or lost income and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
What is my case worth?
As an injury victim you are entitled to full and fair compensation. Full and fair compensation means that you are entitled to a recovery that will “make you whole”. To make one whole means to return you to the way you were before you were injured. Since no injury victims will ever be the same after their injury as they were before the concept of full and fair compensation can be difficult to determine. No two cases or injuries are the same. A personal injury attorney will help to consider all of the elements of a case and determine value. There are many factors that go into determining value such as: Economic Damages: You are entitled to be fully reimbursed for economic damages that you have incurred. These damages are often objective hard numbers: Lost Income: if your injury causes you to miss work you should be reimbursed in full for the income lost while unable to work. If your injury prevents you form being able to work in the future you should be compensated for the present value of your income you will lose in the future. Medical bills and costs: if you incur medical expenses or additional expenses due to your injuries you should be compensated in full for these expenses. If you require medical care in the future or special assistance then you should be compensated for all future medical care. Noneconomic Damages: You are entitled to be fully and fairly compensated for damages that cannot be fixed simply by reimbursement of income or medical bills. These damages are subjective and not easily ascertainable. Noneconomic damages include your pain and suffering, your emotional distress, the loss of being able to engage in activities that bring you joy and pleasure. Comparative Fault: Injury victims don’t often consider their own involvement in causing their own injuries, but be sure that juries and insurance companies will consider your fault when determining what your case is worth. If you are partially at fault for causing your injuries then that will reduce the value of your case. Insurance Limits: In most personal injury claims the amount of available insurance typically sets the limit for the amount you are able to recover. An insurance company will only pay the limit maximum limit of the policy and nothing more. To collect beyond the available insurance is often a fruitless endeavor because most people don’t have enough money to pay a judgment. Therefore most cases typically settle within the limits of the policy. Our attorneys have handled tens of thousands of personal injury claims and are skilled and experienced in gathering the necessary evidence and retaining the right experts to maximize the strengths of your case and thereby maximize the value of your case. We encourage you to contact one of our experienced attorneys as soon as possible to discuss the specific facts and circumstances. Consultations are always free.