Sometimes your accident could have been avoided.
Freeport is a municipality directly west of Rockford along the US-20 corridor. With just under 24,000 residents, Freeport has a number of state highways, including the US-20 highway that runs through its southernmost geographic area. If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured in a Freeport accident, the Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers can help. While our office is not located in Freeport, we’re a convenient distance away, and if you can’t get to us, we also offer home, work, nursing home, assisted living facility, Zoom visits, and telephone consultations.
Come to us or we can visit you.
If you’ve just been in a car accident refer to our Car Accident Checklist for Your Protection.
If your case involves a car crash, one of the most important pieces of information we need when investigating a potential case is a crash report. In the event you do not know what agency responded to your crash, there are usually two primary law enforcement agencies that could respond to a Freeport car wreck.
First is the Freeport City Police Department at 320 W. Exchange St. Freeport, IL 61032 or 815-235-8222 or the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office at 15 N. Galena Ave. Freeport, IL 61032 or 815-235-8252, respectively.
Based on local court statistics, there are right around 10,000 traffic violations in Stephenson County annually.
We can help in the following ways:
We help people who got hurt in accidents like car crashes. Common injuries are broken bones, fractures, ligament strains, and concussions. If you’re hurt in an auto-type accident, the most important thing is to get treatment for all your injuries. We can’t tell you how much your case is worth when you first come to us, but we can estimate it by looking at how much medical treatment you needed and how your injury affects your daily life.
For example, were you still able to play with your kids or go to work? Once we figure out what seems like a fair amount, we ask the insurance company of the person who caused your injury to pay it.
If the insurance company agrees to pay the amount we ask for, that’s called a “settlement.” But if they don’t offer enough money, we might have to file a lawsuit and take the case to trial.
This means a jury in Stephenson County will decide how much money is fair for your injury. Even after a lawsuit is filed, there are still chances to settle the case. However, the biggest threat to the insurance company is when the lawyer makes them look bad in front of a jury.
There’s no set rule for what’s a fair amount for a case. Fairness is what the client thinks is fair, and we look at previous cases in the same area to help determine what might be fair. Some people think the value of a case is three times the cost of medical bills, but that’s not always true.
Let’s say you got hurt and broke your sternum (a bone in your chest). If we think that you deserve compensation for your injury, we can look at similar cases in the area and see how much money a jury awarded those people. We can use that information to try and get a fair amount of money for you too. We might even ask for more money than the other cases because your situation is different. If we have to, we’ll take your case to trial in front of a jury. This usually gets our clients more money than if they didn’t have a lawyer, or if they had a lawyer who didn’t want to go to trial.
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 Freeport, Illinois personal injury case, feel free to call or text message us confidentially at (815) 964-8303. Remember, our service comes at absolutely no cost to you unless we earn a recovery on your behalf. Let the trusted pros 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.