Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do after being involved in an accident?

•  Seek Medical Treatment.

•  Take pictures of your injuries, the scene and the parties involved.

•  Write down the names, addresses and contact information for witnesses.

•  If the accident took place at work, notify your employer.

•  Do not sign any paperwork.

•  Call a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney.

Do I have a good case?

There are many factors that determine whether or not you "have a case".  Merely an involvement in an accident doesn't automatically entitle you to damages and compensation.  First, you have to find a faulty party whose negligence caused the accident, and then prove this negligence.  This is not always easy.  In many instances, negligence can be defined by a lack of "ordinary care".  There are many factors that go into this determination, and in some instances a jury will decide what this means.  Also, just because someone has been found negligent, other parties, such as the victim, can be found negligent as well, reducing the verdict and the amount of compensation.  This is usually up to 50%, where if the victim is more than 50% liable they will receive no compensation, by law.  It is important that all of the facts of a case are disclosed fully in order to determine if a case is worth pursuing.

When should I get a lawyer?

For the most part general personal injury cases must be filed within 2 years and there are certain exceptions to this rule.  You should always seek out legal representation as soon as possible.  Many people forget key facts about an accident and it is important to document these.

How much will this cost?

All cases are taken on at a contingent fee basis.  This is the standard in the personal injury world.  This means that no legal fees are charged unless there is a recovery secured.  Barring other circumstances, the fee charged is 1/3 of the gross amount recovered.

How much is my case worth?

For the most part, the amount recovered depends substantially on the amount of pain and suffering and the level of disability.  This can seem like it is easy to quantify, but parties often disagree to the actual amount, and the amount may ultimately be up to a jury to decide.  Thus, making it very difficult to gauge how much a "case is worth".

Other Questions

If you have other questions please fill out the form to the right detailing the circumstances of your case and your contact information.  An attorney will call you shortly to discuss your case.  You can also contact us at 312-493-6912.