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If you’ve been hurt or feel like you’re not getting a fair shake after an accident – please call us. We work with personal injury cases and car accidents throughout Illinois. Our lawyers commonly work with people in Dixon or throughout Lee County.
Accidents can be a very confusing time. Even if you’re not physically injured at the time of the accident, issues can arise after. If you’ve made a statement or signed any documents that you’re uninjured, but after a few days you find you’re hurt – it will be harder to file a claim for your injuries. It doesn’t matter if your accident was a car accident or slip and fall, dog bit, etc. Be cautious making statements to anyone other than the police or your own attorney.
Our law office focuses on personal injury and car accidents throughout the state of Illinois. While our office is located in the Rockford area we routinely practice in Dixon, and the surrounding Lee County metro area.
Doesn’t matter if you were in a car accident or slip and fall. Here are some steps to take to protect yourself.
Accidents Happen, We Help Protect Your Rights
If your injury occurred due to a car crash, one of the first things that happens after a crash is that someone generally will call 9-1-1 and a law enforcement officer from a responding agency will arrive at the scene of your crash for a variety of reasons. First, they’ll assess if anyone needs medical attention and order an ambulance if necessary, second they’ll interview witnesses including the drivers and passengers at the scene, arrange for transport of any immobilized vehicles, prepare a crash report based on Illinois Statutes, and then issue any citations to at-fault drivers.
If you’ve been in such a crash you’ll want to get your accident report from the authorities. If you’re in Lee County your report will be processed by either Dixon Police or Lee County Sheriff’s Department. Find their contact info below:
Once you obtain a crash report from the above listed agency this gives us a number of important pieces of information. First it tells us what the officer’s initial observations were after arrival and after investigating the scene of your crash. It lists of all relevant witnesses, brief statements, a diagram of what looks to have happened, and the insurance information of every vehicle involved in your crash. Once we have this information we can initiate a claim for property damage to try and have your vehicle fixed or replaced, as well as initiate a bodily injury claim so that you can focus on your physical recovery and getting back to normal while we fight the insurance company(s) for your financial recovery.
From there we can assist you and your family in the following ways:
Common injuries we handle in personal injury cases are broken bones, fractures, ligament strains, and concussions. If you have any injuries stemming from an auto accident the most important thing you can do is to seek treatment for all injuries. While we can never tell a client when they come in how much a case is worth, one way that we’re able to appraise the value of a case is how much medical treatment someone had to endure, and then discuss with the client how the injury impacted their day-to-day life. Were they able to play with their children, attend work, take a shower, pick up items to perform household chores, drive to medical appointments, etc. Once we discuss with you what a reasonable number might be, we submit that demand to the responsible insurance company that was covering the Defendant/Tortfeasor (person who caused your injury).
If they agree to pay the specified amount this is called a “Settlement”. If they refuse to pay what’s fair, or offer an amount lower than you wish to take this is when we would prepare a lawsuit, file it with our county circuit clerk’s office, have the defendant/tortfeasor served, and set the case ultimately for a trial so that a Lee County jury can determine what a fair recovery is for your personal injury case. There are key areas after a lawsuit is filed that may allow a settlement to occur even after a lawsuit is filed but the biggest threat an injured person has, is that their lawyer will drag the insurance company through the mud in front of a jury. Also, there are no hard and fast rules on what a fair amount might be for any case generally. Fair is ultimately what the client thinks is fair, and then adjusted to what previous cases may have been assigned at trial in their respective area. You may have heard that the value of a case is 3 times the total of medical bills. While that sometimes can be a standard metric on some cases, often times it falls critically short. For example if the injured party had a large income that was curtailed or reduced based on the permanence of the injury sustained, or if it’s a lifetime debilitating injury, a simple calculation of medical bills being multiplied doesn’t compare to the amount of financial loss a victim would suffer if that was the bench mark that was applied to appraising their claim.
As an example if your case involved a fractured sternum with a typical recovery, and a normal amount of medical appointments, we can typically find a similar case within the surrounding area and see how much a jury awarded in that real case. We can then provide that case information to the insurance company and say this is what we’re likely to get at trial, and we’re going to ask for even more because our case is distinguishable in these other ways, etc. Simply being prepared, and being willing to take cases to trial is one sure fire way to get a better recovery for all clients than what will happen if someone brings on a lawyer that does not file lawsuits or tries to handle their case on their own.
Illinois sets a time limit of two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. In most cases, this two-year time limit, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run on the date of the accident. Sometimes, however, a statute of limitations might run from the date that you discovered you were injured, rather than the date of the event that injured you. This later date is known as a “discovery date.”
For injury claims against a city or county, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The time limit to sue the state is generally two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year in order to sue.
For an honest, free, and compassionate consultation about your Dixon or Lee County, Illinois personal injury case, feel free to call or text message us confidentially at 815-315-4967. Remember, our service comes at absolutely no cost to you unless we earn a recovery on your behalf. Let our law firm help you or your loved one navigate the legal side of your case and fight for your financial recovery, while you focus on your physical recovery.