Make It Better
Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer
We welcome the privilege of representing those injured and in need of advocacy and legal representation, whether that be due to injury from a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice, premises injury, work-related injury or other incident. Our clients’ needs become our needs and we strive and are dedicated to bringing justice to those who entrust us with the opportunity to fight for them and their rights, protect their interests and make their situation better.
We strive to fully appreciate and understand the impact your loss has on your life: physically, financially and emotionally, so you can receive the full compensation and justice you deserve.
We strive to foster and develop close personal relationships with our clients. We understand the stress, confusion, fear and devastation inflicted upon you after being injured and that it all can be overwhelming. It becomes our obligation to maintain meaningful communication and responsive service in a way that answers your questions and addresses your needs and concerns.
Our greatest satisfaction is helping our clients to make their situation better and helping them receive the justice and compensation they deserve.
The majority of our clients are referred to us by other clients and attorneys; a testament to the way we represent our clients and the outcome we receive for them. Your matter will be given the attention it deserves, ensuring the best result possible.
We invite you to call us to speak about your situation and give us the opportunity to “make it better.”
We cannot predict an accident. By definition, an “accident,” is something that happens suddenly or by chance, and is unanticipated, causing injury. Accidents catch us off guard and unprepared. This makes them even more difficult to deal with. Life is stressful enough without an unexpected injury; life can be difficult enough, even when we know what to plan for and what to expect. An unanticipated event, like an injury-causing accident can completely disrupt our lives, causing turmoil and confusion as to what to do.
In such circumstances, we can help you. We have represented thousands of injured people since we started our legal practice in 1986. For most people, the process of pursuing their legal rights, that begins immediately following an injury, whether that injury is due to a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice, premises injury or work-related injury, is intimidating, confusing and unfamiliar. We are here to pursue the rights of those individuals and navigate for them the complexities of the law, allowing one to receive the full compensation they deserve, while they focus upon their health and healing.
Although people generally have many questions when it comes to injury, and the law that applies to receiving compensation after an injury, six basic questions are the most common:
What Is Personal Injury?
Simply, a personal injury is the physical or emotional injury caused by someone else.
What Is a Work-Related Injury?
A work-related injury is an injury suffered by an employee while in the scope employment.
What Is Negligence?
A person who was negligent—intentionally or unintentionally—is held responsible for your injuries. Negligence is simply another word for carelessness. If it can be proved the other party involved in the accident did not use reasonable care or did not act as a reasonable person should have, then that person is liable for your injuries because they acted negligently.
What Does Liability Mean?
Liability is having legal responsibility for something. Someone who is liable is responsible for compensating you for your injury.
What Is Financial Compensation?
Financial compensation is the money that is paid by the liable party to the injured party to compensate the injured party for injuries or losses caused by the responsible or liable party.
How Do I Know What My Case Is Worth?
The main factors that determine how much your case is worth are the extent and nature of your physical injury.
If you are the victim of negligent behavior or another wrongdoing, that caused you injury, then you would file a claim against that person. Claims can be filed against individuals, companies, cities, hospitals, schools, and other entities that caused you injury. Filing a claim simply means you are notifying the responsible party of an injury and you are asserting your rights to seek compensation for that injury. Most personal injury claims can be resolved or settled out of court. However, if the claim cannot be resolved out of court, then the claim must be pursued in court, where it would become a lawsuit.
Motor Vehicle Accidents and Other Types of Accidents
The majority of the injuries we see are caused from accidents occurring on the roadways. Whether you are a passenger, a driver or a pedestrian, the road can be an incredibly dangerous place and this is where some of the most tragic, life-altering accidents take place. If you have been injured in an automobile collision, where someone or something else is either partially or fully to blame, it is imperative you seek professional legal help right away. We have represented victims of all types of motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian and bicycle accidents; we can help you recover and secure the financial compensation to which you are entitled.
Automobile accidents are the most common accidents in which we represent clients but there are many other types of accidents for which you may have a personal injury claim. As a personal injury law firm, we have also represented many people who have been hurt due to unsafe premises or in what is commonly referred to as “slip and fall” incidents. Property owners have a legal responsibility to properly maintain their property and when they fail to do so, they may be responsible for any injury caused to a person who is injured on their property.
Another area that is prone to accidents is the workplace. When an employee suffers an accident while on the job and is injured, the employee may be entitled to compensation for that work-related injury in what is known as “workers’ compensation” claim or case.
If you have been injured from another type of accident or incident, not mentioned here, call us or request a free consultation to discuss your specific situation and find out if we can help you.
Tips: Take Notes, Take Pictures, Don’t Talk
Immediately following an accident, if possible, write down as much as you can about the incident. The more you have on record, the better. A helpful process is to go through your senses: what did you see, hear, feel, and smell? Once you are safe and have a moment to think clearly, try to remember as many details as possible. How did the accident happen? Write down what took place leading up to the accident. Who were you with? Where were you going and why were you going there? What time of day was it? What was the weather like? Is there a witness? Write down the name, address and number of any witness. What did you hear others say at the scene of the accident?
If you can, take pictures of as many details as possible of the scene of the accident. Take pictures of yourself also. All of this gathering of information will help you to receive the full amount of financial compensation to which you are entitled.
In the days following your accident, document any changes you notice, such as sleepless nights, anxiety, discomfort or new pains you may experience. Take note of any opportunities, social or work-related, that you have to miss due to your injury. If you cannot work or miss any other commitments, make sure you also document such time lost from work or lost commitments.
And finally, don’t talk. The less you say the better. Anything you say can be used against you later. Accidents are highly emotional incidents and it is very easy to say something you don’t mean or that may be misunderstood, misinterpreted or taken out of context, all to be used to your disadvantage and to lessen the value of your claim. If you are contacted by the other party’s insurance company, understand the insurance representative does not work for you and does not represent you. They are not motivated by your best interest. It is best to have them call your attorney. If you don’t have an attorney working for you and representing your interests, tell the insurance company representative you will hire an attorney and your attorney will then contact them.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, call us to find out how we can help you. Even if you think you might be partially to blame or at fault, you still might be entitled to financial compensation. We will listen to you.
We will give you an honest assessment of your situation. We will discuss with you your rights and whether we believe we can help you.