When you get knocked down by an accident, we can help you back up.
Loves Park is a municipality directly north or northwest of Rockford. With just under 24,000 residents, Loves Park has a number of State Highways, and the I-90 interstate that runs through its easternmost geographic area. Including one of the most dangerous local intersections in Winnebago County at E. Riverside Boulevard and Perryville Road. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident in Loves Park, Illinois our injury and accident lawyers can help.
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 know what agency responded to your crash there usually are two primary law enforcement agencies that could respond to a Loves Park car accident.
First is the Loves Park Police Department which can be located at 540 Loves Park Drive, Loves Park, IL 61111 – 815-654-5015 or the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office which is located at 650 W. State St. Rockford, IL 61102 or 815-319-6000.
Some people wonder how long their personal injury case will take. Generally people that are hurt in a car crash really fall into two categories when they come in to see us. First, some people show up immediately after a crash. We’re able to obtain their crash report, order and preserve any video footage from the surrounding area businesses around a crash site, call witnesses, and really start preparing your case for a solid recovery from the moment we take the case on. Second are folks that may have tried handling their case alone and then when faced with an insultingly low offer from the at-fault party’s insurance provider, they hire a lawyer out of desperation.
In many cases, after we do our initial work on the case our office may essentially be on autopilot waiting for your treatment to finish. At the moment your treatment is finished we contact and obtain all of your medical records from every provider you were treated at. Then after tabulating your bills we’ll discuss with you what a target number is to demand of the other insurance company. The timeline from the accident happening, to the time we’re able to begin trying to recover compensation for you is 100% determined by how injured you or your loved one are, and how your physical recovery from the injury occurs.
The harsh reality of some situations is that a physical recovery may take greater than the two-year period of the statute of limitations which in “non-lawyer” speak means that we may have to file a Loves Park personal injury lawsuit before our client is even 100% back to normal. At some point medical expenses become future medical expenses, then it’s our job to educate the insurance company and if necessary a jury, about the full extent of your injuries and what a fair value is to resolve your case. While it’s always beneficial for any injury case, and the ultimate recovery in the case, for us to get started as soon as possible, we always do our best to maximize your recovery regardless of what phase of your case you bring us on. As you can see there’s really no hard and fast rule on how quickly a case may finish. If there are going to be future medical expenses, and we are looking at a catastrophic or severely injured client, we may also bring on certain qualified experts to help us prove your case to a jury, or to show the insurance company what your day to day life is like. This can range from ”day in the life” videos where we have a film crew videotape some portions of a client’s life including medical treatments, day to day activities, and try to capture the lifestyle they live with their injury relative to all the evidence we would gather about how their life was before their injury occurred. Or utilizing the services of a “life-care planner” that’s typically a specific doctor or medical forecaster that can project out the lifetime costs associated with certain injuries. As an example, if we have a client that has been significant injured that will likely require an extended period of time in an assisted living facility, or a nursing home a life care planner can estimate out how much that care will cost for 1, 5, 10, to 20 years or longer.
One of the negative aspects of how our personal injury recovery statutes operate in Illinois is that a recovery is much like an old fashioned piggy bank. Once we’re able to get an insurance company to agree to a settlement the client is happy with, OR get a specific amount of money awarded to our client from an arbitration panel, mediator, or jury, that’s the last time they are able to have any money paid to them about their case. Therefore it’s incredibly important to make as strong of a showing as possible when attempting to resolve these cases because if some important piece of your recovery is not mentioned, or is overlooked, it could cause significant financial problems for the client months to many years down the road.
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 Loves Park 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 us 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.