Why do I need an attorney?
To protect your rights you should speak with an experienced attorney promptly. There are numerous issues that have to be considered before you make a decision regarding your claim. For example, there are strict deadlines within which your claim must be brought and you may lose your rights thereafter. This is especially true in lawsuits against municipalities or public transportation companies. It also may be necessary to begin an immediate investigation in order to preserve evidence and obtain witness statements. It costs you nothing to call our office for a personal consultation with an experienced attorney. Remember the insurance company and their army of attorneys is already investigating the case.
What will it cost to speak with an experienced attorney?
There is no charge for consultation. If we accept your case, it will be handled on a “contingency fee” basis. This means that we are paid a percentage of the money that we recover on your behalf and only if we recover.
How long will my case take?
Each case is handled individually and in a manner most beneficial to you. There are numerous factors that determine how quickly a case will be settled or will go to trial. The facts of each case, witness availability, and required investigation all affect how soon a recovery may be had. Frequently, the opposing insurance company hires lawyers, directs the defense, and does everything possible to delay disposition of the case. This is done with the hope that you will drop your case out of frustration or will settle for an inadequate amount. We have dealt with, and do not tolerate, purposeful dilatory tactics and we make every effort to fairly resolve of your case by settlement or trial at the earliest possible time.
What if the other driver does not have insurance?
Illinois Law requires drivers to have insurance coverage. Frequently there are other means of recovery such as a claim under the uninsured or underinsured provisions of your own insurance policy, or under the Illinois Dram Shop Act. It is important to consult with an attorney in order to understand all your options.
I was hurt at work. What should I do?
It is in your best interest to consult with an attorney who concentrates in Workers’ Compensation Law. There is no cost to you until the case is concluded and attorney’s fees are based upon a 20% contingent fee. You need someone on your side to inform you of your right to medical treatment, disability payments, and lump sum awards for the nature and extent of your injury. You need to know that you have the right to be treated by a doctor of your choice and that all reasonably related medical bills, prescriptions, and necessary medical equipment are provided at no charge or deductible to you.
Just because the company’s doctor says you can return to work does not mean that your own physician’s opinion is not considered. You are entitled to benefits for as long as you are under your doctor’s care.
If you are injured at work do not rely on your company or their insurance adjusters to inform you of your rights. Contact our office to learn your rights from someone who represents only you and has your best interests at heart.
How can I determine if a death or injury was a result of medical negligence?
In order to determine if there is medical negligence a qualified medical professional must review all relevant medical records and render an opinion that the reasonable standard of care was not followed and this resulted in injury or death. We can arrange to have all relevant medical records reviewed by experienced specialists before filing any case against a hospital or doctor. We have a network of nationally recognized medical experts who review potential medical cases in order to ensure that only proper lawsuits will be brought.
What should I do if the insurance company adjuster contacts me?
It is never a good idea to speak with or make a statement to an insurance representative before speaking with an attorney. Many claims are adversely affected by statements that are confusing or misinterpreted. Remember, insurance representatives are working to save the insurance company money and they are trained and skilled in doing their job. You need an advocate to work on your behalf. Injured persons rarely benefit by giving a statement to the opposing investigator.