What You Should Know About Your Personal Injury Claim - Cook and Will County

When you have been injured in an automobile accident, a truck accident, a slip or trip and fall, through medical malpractice, or injured in any other way, or a loved one has been injured or killed, you are entitled to compensation from the person or company who caused your injuries or death. We have been representing injured persons and families of those killed by the acts of others for over three decades. We know that you have many questions about your right to recover damages for your injuries. We hope that the following answers some of your initial questions.

QUESTION: DOES THERE HAVE TO BE A CERTAIN TYPE OF INJURY FOR ME TO RECOVER?

Answer: No. All you need to have suffered is any kind of physical, psychological and/or emotional injury.

QUESTION: WHAT AM I ENTITLED TO RECOVER AS DAMAGES IN MY PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?

Answer: There are many types of damages that can be recovered in a personal injury claim. The most common damages are for medical bills; lost income or wages; pain and suffering; disability; and disfigurement. You are entitled to be compensated for these elements of damages that you have already experienced as well as damages for what you will experience in the future.

QUESTION: WHAT AM I RISKING IN HIRING AN ATTORNEY?

Answer: You risk nothing. We handle your case on a contingent-fee basis. We get paid only if you recovery money for your injuries. Additionally, we pay all of the expenses involved in representing you, even if a lawsuit has to be filed. It costs you nothing. When you recover money, you reimburse us for the expenses we have paid.

QUESTION: WHAT IF A LAWSUIT HAS TO BE FILED?

Answer: If the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement that is acceptable to you, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf. We are experienced trial attorneys and have obtained millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.

QUESTION: HOW MUCH CAN I RECOVER IN A SETTLEMENT OR LAWSUIT?

Answer: There is no minimum or maximum amount you can recover. Every person’s case is unique and therefore, the amount they can recover is unique to each case. Obviously, the more severe the injury, the more damages you are entitled to.

QUESTION: DO I NEED A LAWYER TO MAKE A CLAIM.

Answer: The law does not require you to have a lawyer, but you should be represented by an attorney when you are making a claim. It is difficult enough being injured without having to deal with insurance companies, claims adjusters, statements, telephone calls and everything else that will be involved in your claim. We are experienced in dealing with insurance companies and we can help you. Insurance companies care only about their bottom line, we care about our clients and we fight for them. We have proven results and decades of satisfied clients.

QUESTION: WHAT IF A FAMILY MEMBER HAS BEEN KILLED DUE TO THE ACTS OF ANOTHER PERSON OR COMPANY?

Answer: If a spouse, child, parent or other family member is tragically killed due to the acts of another person or company, you are entitled to damages not only for the pain and suffering of your loved one, but for the family’s loss of support, love, and companionship.

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10705 W 159th St.
Orland Park, Illinois 60467

(708) 633-6005