Accidents happen, we can provide guidance and fight for your rights
Our personal injury and accident lawyers stand up for the rights of injured victims throughout Illinois. Our lawyers have fought for clients in over 30 of Illinois’ 102 counties. Whiteside County is no exception. With numerous state highways and I-88 bisecting the county, we are not strangers to Whiteside County personal injury cases. In fact, we recently recovered $100,000 for an innocent victim of a car crash in Whiteside County. While our office handles more than just car accident cases, generally those cases occur more frequently.
Generally, if there has been a car crash the responding law enforcement agency will dispatch an officer or deputy to the area so that they can radio for emergency services, interview witnesses, have vehicles towed, and issue citations if necessary to at-fault drivers. If your case involves a car crash you likely have one of the two following agencies being responsible for the preparation of your crash report based on the Illinois Statute.
Once you have your crash report that will help us not only review what the officer’s initial reaction was at the scene of your crash. But it will also indicate to us what insurance company the at-fault party had so that we can begin the claim process to take care of any of your property damage, as well as a claim for any bodily injuries you or your passenger(s) suffered.
The first of the two things that we typically look for when handling any kind of personal injury or car accident related case is liability. Liability is who caused an injury. In Illinois we’re able to maintain a 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 case, 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 straight forward 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.
If you’ve been injured in an accident at the negligence of another, please contact us. It’s your best first step.
For an honest, free, and compassionate consultation about your Morrison, or Whiteside County, Illinois personal injury case, feel free to call or text message us confidentially at (815) 964-8303. Remember our service is 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.