Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers proudly serve Galena, Illinois, and the surrounding Jo Daviess County metro area. Galena is located along the historic US-20 highway and is a frequent destination for travelers from Iowa, and eastward from Chicago throughout the year. From fun summertime activities to winter recreation, there is no shortage of visitors. While most of the time, these trips are memorable, and everything goes as planned. Galena and Jo Daviess County at large are not immune to significant injury cases. Recently there was a four-vehicle fatal accident and the Freeport Journal-Standard found that there has been a 133% increase in fatal accidents stretching from Jo Daviess County to Winnebago County over the last year.
Our office is dedicated to providing a personal approach to personal injury cases. You’ll always work directly with your lawyers, and you won’t be kept at arm’s length by dealing with the office support staff at every development with your case. While our office is located in Winnebago County, we are frequently in court throughout the 15th Judicial Circuit, which includes Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, Carroll, and Lee Counties.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured in a motor vehicle accident, workplace injury, or at a bar, restaurant, or other business, our law firm can help. We regularly travel to Galena to help our clients.
If your case involves a car accident the most important piece of information you can gather is obtaining the crash report that likely was prepared by any law enforcement agency that showed up at the scene of your accident. In Galena, or in Jo Daviess County generally, these are the two agencies most likely to have responded to your crash.
The first of the two things that we typically look for when handling any kind of personal injury or car accident-related case in Galena is liability.
Liability is who caused an injury. In Illinois, we’re able to maintain recovery for a client if we can show that the wrongdoer/tortfeasor is at least 51% responsible for a client’s injury. The second step is what are the damages that the client experienced. This is where the role of the injury lawyer is at its most important. If someone is hurt they can face reduced work, loss of employment, loss of enjoyment of life, using up all of their vacation time to attend medical appointments, physical pain, the loss of spending quality time with their spouse, children, and other loved ones, a reduced capacity to enjoy hobbies and physical activities, and a competing wide range of challenges mentally and emotionally from being forced into a situation against their will that changes their quality of life. What we do is start working immediately to preserve our client’s cases, and protect their rights. From interviewing witnesses to ordering crash reports, and any available video footage from relevant sources, we work to secure a favorable outcome for every client so that they can work on their physical recovery, while we work to preserve their financial recovery. The claim process is generally straightforward and typically goes like this:
While such a list can appear daunting, we are in court every day during the workweek and are trial lawyers, not settlement lawyers. If your case needs to have a lawsuit filed to protect your rights, and preserve your interests in a strong recovery for your car crash or other personal injury-related case we can help.
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 Galena or Jo Daviess County, 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. Get the help you need for you or your loved one to navigate the legal side of your case and fight for your financial recovery.