If you were recently hurt in an Illinois accident you could have head trauma, broken bones, cuts and scrapes, and other serious injuries. You could be unable to work and have trouble walking without pain. You should hire SJ Illinois injury attorneys to represent you when you are seriously hurt after an accident caused by someone’s negligence. In this article, learn how a skilled Illinois injury attorney is a valuable investment. If you have legal questions, our SJ Injury Law attorneys can answer them today.
The most important reason to hire a top injury attorney in Illinois is if you have serious injuries from an accident. Severe injuries could require tens or hundreds of thousands in medical care, months or years of lost work time, and tremendous pain and suffering. Few people have the financial resources to shoulder a long injury recovery. Nor do they have the medical or legal experience to understand the economic and health road ahead.
Your personal injury attorney has access to medical and economic experts who can ensure you get the money and care you need for a full recovery. Getting an experienced injury attorney is essential to getting your life back on track.
After an accident, you will probably be confused, shaken, and uncertain about where to turn. Assuming another party caused your accident, speaking to their insurance company might seem natural. After all, if they caused the car accident or other type of incident, it seems logical their insurance company will cover your bills.
However, always remember that the defendant’s insurance company is looking out for themselves and their shareholders. After an accident, they will look for ways to pay you as little as possible or to deny coverage, if possible. All insurance companies have teams of aggressive attorneys who will try to shortchange you.
To fight against ruthless insurance companies, you should retain an experienced injury attorney to level the playing field. Our SJ Injury attorneys will represent your rights and interests and counter the effects of the insurance company attorneys, so you get the most money possible and the money that you deserve.
For example, a common way insurance companies will try to lowball you is pain and suffering for a soft tissue injury, such as whiplash. Whiplash injuries do not typically show up on X-rays, so to insurance adjusters, there is a chance that the injured party is exaggerating their pain. However, it is well known that whiplash can be extremely painful, making it difficult to work or enjoy life. Our attorneys know how to persuasively argue for a plaintiff with soft tissue injuries so you can get more for your claim.
Suppose you were crossing the street in a crosswalk in Chicago, and a car hits you at 5 MPH, knocking you to the ground. You get up, brush yourself off, and do not think you are injured. You jot down the name and contact details of the driver but do not go to the hospital.
The next day, your back causes you severe pain, and it is hard to get out of bed. It is common for injuries to feel worse the next day after the adrenaline rush from the accident fades.
When you have serious injuries that could cost you a lot in medical bills and lost work time, having a personal injury attorney is strongly recommended. They have the skills, experience, and legal know-how to get you more money in a settlement. Your injuries could last longer than you think and take longer to heal, and your attorney will know this and ask for more money.
Illinois is a modified comparative negligence state, meaning you can obtain compensation when you are partially to blame for the accident. However, you must be less at fault than the defendant and cannot be more than 50% responsible. You cannot recover compensation if you are more than 50% at fault. If you can receive compensation under this rule, your payout will be reduced according to your percentage of fault.
Illinois’s modified comparative negligence law makes it even more important to have a top Illinois injury attorney representing you. It can be assumed that the insurance company for the at-fault party will try to blame you at least partially for the accident. Your SJ Injury attorney will ensure that the blame for the incident goes where it belongs.
Being severely injured in an accident can throw anyone off balance for weeks or months. This can be one of the most traumatizing events of anyone’s life, so it helps to have a personal injury attorney who is objective and on your side. Your attorney can deal with other attorneys, insurance adjusters, law enforcement, and other stakeholders, so you can recover the money you deserve.
Because of the state’s comparative negligence rule, more than one party could be at fault for the accident. With both sides often fighting over who was more to blame, proving liability can be harder than you think. In a situation with contested liability, it is best to have an injury attorney who knows the finer details of Illinois personal injury laws.
Successfully navigating the Illinois personal injury lawsuit process can be confusing even for an experienced person. But when you combine not knowing the law with being injured, you could make mistakes in the legal process that damage your claim. All it takes is one missed legal deadline to throw your case into doubt. Your attorney knows the system and will ensure everything with your case is in order. Also, your attorney probably knows the area’s courts, which can help to expedite the claim process.
If you want to motivate someone to work hard, ensure they only get paid if they get the desired result. Most personal injury attorneys are paid by contingency agreement, meaning they are paid a percentage of what you get in a settlement or judgment. If you do not get paid, neither do your attorneys.
Because of this financial arrangement, you can assume that your attorney will work tirelessly to get you the largest financial settlement or award possible. After all, the attorney’s law firm gets paid more if you get more. However, ensure you understand your attorney’s fee structure before signing up with them.
When you are hurt because of someone’s negligence, it is critical to seek prompt medical attention. With severe injuries after an accident, you could need to see a variety of medical specialists. Your injury attorney has an extensive network of medical professionals and can help you get the doctor you need. You will get an accurate diagnosis and receive the best treatment to ensure the quickest recovery.
Many personal injury cases end with a settlement because both sides want to avoid the expense and uncertainty of a trial. However, some insurance companies may want to pay less than you request. In that case, the case will go to trial and your attorney’s trial experience could be critical. You always have the best chance in a personal injury lawsuit if a trial lawyer is representing you.
Injured parties are not usually capable of getting the best case outcome because they do not know the value of their case. Nor are they trained negotiators. But injured parties who retain legal help for their case usually get bigger settlements. One study by the Insurance Research Council says that personal injury settlements are 40% larger when the claimant has an attorney.
Sometimes. There are occasions where you may not need an injury attorney. For example, if you are in a low-speed fender bender with no injuries or minor injuries, there may not be enough money at stake to hire an attorney. In this case, filing an insurance claim with your insurer or the other party may be all needed to resolve the matter.
You can also handle the case yourself if you are an experienced negotiator. You will need to negotiate effectively with an insurance adjuster who will try to pay you as little as possible. But most people who are not trained negotiators will wind up with less money than they could have if they hired a lawyer. Remember that most personal injury lawyers offer a complimentary consultation, so you can have the case reviewed to determine if legal representation is necessary.
After an accident caused by another party, you will probably be confused, stressed, and uncertain about what to do. It is easy to make a mistake in the days after the accident without legal representation. That is when you should retain an Illinois personal injury attorney. Our SJ Law Injury attorneys will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you need to recover, so please call (847) 434-3555.
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