At the Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers: Marriett & Murati, your case is not just a file on a desk. We meet with you personally, we answer your questions, we take your calls, and we put the time in to understand your case, and how it impacts you at a personal level so that we can tell your story and maximize the financial recovery you receive from your injury case. Both Paul Marriett and Adrian Murati are from Rockford, and will go the distance to make sure the insurance companies do not take advantage of you.
We pride ourselves in being responsive to your needs, aggressive in pursuing the maximum recovery for your case, and compassionate to your situation after suffering an injury. The harsh reality of these cases is that when anyone contacts our office, it’s one of the most stressful times in their lives. They may have been hurt in a car crash, hurt at work, or suffered an injury while visiting a business. We take these issues to heart and our goal is always to make the process go as smoothly as possible so that our clients can focus on their healing, while we pursue their financial recovery.
When someone comes to us for help, they usually fall into one of two categories: First, they’ve either recently been hurt or injured, and are being treated poorly by all of the insurance companies that are involved after an injury has occurred, and/or they just want assistance to make sure they aren’t taken advantage of by the insurance company or business responsible for their injury(s). Second, the injury occurred awhile ago and either the statute of limitations (SOL – is the length of time from the date of an injury until a lawsuit has to be filed before the time limit on filing suit runs out), is about to run out, or they’ve tried negotiating their case on their own and been unable to reach an agreement with the defendant’s insurance company.
Our tactics in handling these cases really depend on where you’re at when you come to us. We can assure you that you will have a much easier time throughout your entire case if you bring a lawyer on as soon after an injury as possible, primarily because some of the most important issues that take place in an injury case usually happen within the first 1-30 days after the injury has occurred. A common pitfall is that as soon as an injury happens the person or entity responsible for the injury will fill out an injury report for their insurance provider, and/or give a recorded statement, and help prepare their insurance company for the key issues that will impact the liability of the defendant in the case. This gives the Insurance company and Insurance Defense Attorney a tremendous advantage from the very beginning. This is compounded by the fact that many injured plaintiffs will voluntarily give recorded statements to the insurance company of the Defendant, or to their own insurance company, or to the insurance company for a business entity of a location where they were injured at. These companies are not advocates for the injured party, and work from the very beginning of these situations to devalue the claim. From challenging liability, to discounting medical treatment, to blaming pain and suffering on pre-existing conditions, they will do everything possible to hack at the potential recovery of a plaintiff because at the end of the year, the insurance adjuster gets a nice bonus for every dollar that they’ve saved the company from having to pay out.
You might wonder, how are Paul Marriett and Adrian Murati at the Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers going to solve all of these issues for me? The answer is really that we know all of the ways the insurance company will try to attack your case, so we work from the very beginning to strengthen and protect your claim. We visit the scene where your injury took place, we may take photos, we may interview witnesses, or other people familiar with the area or people involved with your case, we call or visit all identified witnesses to lock in their story as early as possible, and we usually will advise against a recorded statement to any insurance company for a variety of reasons that we’ll discuss on other pages on our website and blog. Additionally, in any injury case evidence preservation can be the difference between a questionable liability case, or a good liability case. How this plays out in practice can be best illustrated in the following way:
If we have a client that leaves a store and in the parking lot someone hits them as a pedestrian, the Defendant may say, “Plaintiff just jumped right out into the road!”. Plaintiff, if they are able to even tell their side of the story, may say, “the guy in the car ran the stop sign, and accelerated into me!”. Who wins? Well, if no one actively goes in to secure video footage from all of the available security cameras in the area, all the footage may be destroyed. At that point, it’s entirely up to a jury on apportioning fault or comparative negligence as it’s called in Illinois. If you’re injured but found to be more at fault than the Defendant (51% to 49%), even if your injuries are traumatic and severe, you cannot recover against the Defendant for your injury at trial. So in the scenario above, if a jury hears the case and is unable to make a decision on who is more at fault than the other, you may end up with an adverse verdict where you’re unable to recover anything for your injuries you suffered. The opposite side of this scenario is that if you hired Paul Marriett and Adrian Murati at the Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers, we’d have contacted the area businesses, sent spoliation demand letters to preserve footage, and immediately gathered all available evidence so that if your case did require a trial for you to earn a recovery, we would have all of the tools possible to show a jury how the Defendant was the one who caused your injury.
It is our sincere hope that you will use our website as a resource for any questions you may have about any Rockford Illinois Personal Injury case and/or claim. Even if you do not use us to help with your claim, the information contained on this website can still be incredibly useful if you attempt to negotiate a settlement on your own. In the past Paul Marriett and Adrian Murati have undoubtedly given free advice to numerous potential clients that had cases they were able to resolve without bringing on a lawyer simply by using our advice. While we cannot promise any set outcome to any client on how their case may turn out, exactly how much their case will be worth to a jury or what it will settle for when we first meet. We can promise every potential client that you will get a top notch review of your case, we’ll provide a thorough evaluation of available insurance coverage that may exist on your case, we’ll go through your treatment recommendations with you if you’ve already met with your doctor and been provided with certain medical decisions to make, we’ll go over how you’ll be able to obtain and pay for your required medical treatment, and if your case resulted in your vehicle being damaged we can help address your property damage claim as well. If you turn on the television, radio, do an internet search, or look at a billboard you will know there are MANY injury lawyers, but there are none like us.
We look forward to being able to serve you, if you or a loved one has a personal injury claim you can contact us directly 24/7/365 via call or text message to 815-315-4967, or reach us securely through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident in Rockford, Illinois, here’s how a Rockford Injury Lawyer can help with your case:
We offer guidance on what option(s) are ahead. This can mean directing a client to appropriate treatment providers, discussing verdict reports and other available date to see what previous awards for similar cases have been in preparation of sending a demand to settle, or preparing what to ask for at the conclusion of settlement negotiation or a trial.
We give recommendations on how to best achieve the client’s goals. Is it a case that can be resolved through settlement, or is the other party unwilling to pay what’s right and fair? If a favorable settlement cannot be reached, we can discuss the option of pursuing your case through an arbitration, mediation, or trial to fight for your rights in court.
We help manage the impact to the client and client’s family’s life after an injury. In many cases, our clients suffer an injury that requires time off work. Physical pain, physical therapy or surgeries, and the financial uncertainty can be devastating. We may be able to obtain social security or disability benefits or an advance loan during the recovery process.
Personal injury law involves civil lawsuits filed because of wrongful conduct or behavior. While laws recognize that accidents can happen, there is an assumption of personal responsibility. Would a reasonable person have acted differently in a similar situation? Having an experienced attorney on your side is critical.
If you have been hurt in a car, truck, semi-trailer, or motorcycle accident, your injury may have left you with significant medical bills, missed time at work, and significant pain and suffering. If your injuries were caused by another person, you may be entitled to recover financially from suffering an injury in such an accident.
Suffering a work-related injury can be a devastating event, especially if you have family members relying on your paycheck for their livelihood. You do not have to deal with this situation alone. We have helped numerous workers in Rockford and throughout northern Illinois with their workers’ compensation cases.