The standard statute of limitations is two years, however, this can vary. For example, a suit against the government may fall under the Tort Immunity Act, which reduces the statute of limitations to one year.
Any information regarding your insurance terms, vehicle pictures, including the damage, and any medical records that prove that you went to the Emergency Room or hospital after your accident. Additionally, you should bring all other records regarding the incident, for example, the accident report or police report.
Immediately following an accident, the most important thing is to get the car moved to the side of the road. Then, if someone needs medical attention, is trapped, or the vehicles cannot be moved off the road, call 911. Finally, ensure that you have traded information, including driver’s licenses, addresses, and insurance from the other drivers involved.
It is advisable to go to either the emergency room or an urgent care clinic to be checked out, even if you don’t believe you have any severe injuries. Also, be sure to have a follow-up visit with your primary care doctor. Seeking medical attention can help you win your lawsuit quicker if there is one. Finally, be sure to contact the Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys of Trent Law Firm to assist you in navigating your personal injury claim.
The first thing you should do is contact your auto insurance company. They will determine if your vehicle is repairable or if it should be junked. You should seek any additional medical attention you may need. Then contact the attorneys at Trent Law Firm to discuss the viability of your case. If the case is viable, we’ll take it from there.
That decision ultimately falls to you. When you contact us, we will advise you on the viability of your case based on immediate medical injuries, vehicle damages, and the possibility of long-term medical treatment that may be needed. We work with excellent medical professionals, including orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and pain management doctors. They analyze and provide advice on any injuries received in the accident.
Yes! This is why we recommend that you seek medical attention, whether or not you believe you have injuries. Frequently, you may not feel any pain at first, but injuries may reveal themselves later. Your doctor may want to perform x-rays, an MRI, or another scan to see if there are any injuries caused by the accident that may appear later.
You shouldn’t talk with or provide an insurance adjuster with any information. Tell them they need to talk to your attorney and get their contact information. Give them Trent Law Firm’s office contact information or the contact information of your Chicago Personal Injury Attorney, then hang up and call the office immediately. We will take it from there.
Usually, the most important item is your initial medical bills, especially those that exceed your insurance policy. We add any costs for evaluations and then determine a cost for pain and suffering. Damages for the vehicle are maximized. If the other party doesn’t have insurance, we file suit against the client’s insurance policy. Our goal is to not leave any money on the table and maximize the funds collected from the insurance company.
There are two things we can’t tell you. One, how much money we are going to get you. Two, we can’t tell you how long it will take. Every case is different. We know the medical bills and the long-term prognosis. We can use that information to calculate an estimate, but settlements vary from case to case. We can guarantee that we are very good at maximizing the settlement. We never leave any money on the table.
The insurance company will consider any pre-existing conditions. It will attempt to use those as a reason to reduce their payment. we had one client who had had previous back surgery. Her back was re-injured in an accident, and she required another surgery. We were able to get her a settlement of $95,000 out of the $100,000 requested, which was a phenomenal result. She didn’t get the total amount because of her previous surgery. So, there is room for receiving some payment despite having a pre-existing condition.
First, the client should not be the one to determine who was at fault for an accident. Leave that to the police. If the client bears some responsibility, we produce a case value by looking at the damages.
A release is a legal document in which a person gives up some legal right, in this case, to end the lawsuit. After we settle on an acceptable amount, the other attorney will send a release for you to sign. Basically, it means that you accept their offer and will no longer pursue damages against them.
After the release is signed, it typically takes a few weeks to receive the fund. The payment schedule may be set by the court. The check is deposited in an attorney trust account. We must wait for the check to clear before making any withdrawals. The next step is to deal with any liens for doctor’s fees or other specialists. The entire process takes several weeks to finalize.
That’s an excellent question. Our Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys work with many doctors who treat patients who know that there is a personal injury case and that they may not be paid until settlement. These doctors do not send bills to the client. Therefore we tell you to contact us immediately after an accident. We can advise you as to which doctors will work off of a lien. If you seek medical treatment on your own, you may be required to make payment immediately.
Lost wages will be included in the damages sought in the suit, but that doesn’t help you get by while waiting for your suit to be finalized. One option is to take out a loan from a third party. We don’t recommend this due to the high-interest rates involved, which can quickly eat up any remaining settlement balance you may have accrued.
Well, then it’s not a personal injury case; it’s a workers’ compensation case. We do handle those cases, and they require a different approach. If you are injured at work, you are eligible for TTD, which is two-thirds of the lost wages when the doctor indicates that you cannot work.
It is not advisable to bring a personal injury case without an attorney. An attorney can help you get a higher settlement. So no, you don’t have to have a lawyer, but you should most definitely have an experienced Chicago Personal Injury Attorney from Trent Law Firm.
There is no fee until we settle the case. The personal injury attorneys at Trent Law Firm work off of contingency fees, or percentage payouts of the total settlement. The typical contingency fee rate is 33 and ⅓ %. If you don’t win, we don’t win.
You will receive the settlement of funds from the insurance company. If we go to trial, you will receive the funds determined by the verdict.