If you have been injured in an accident, or been the victim of the negligent or wrongful actions of others, you only get one chance at the—
- Justice you seek
- Compensation you deserve
- Peace of mind you desire
Speaking with the Chicago wrongful death lawyers of the Phillips Law Offices could be the difference between justice and frustration. To learn more about personal injury and wrongful death claims and how the experience and dedicated attorneys at Phillips Law Offices can help you receive the compensation you deserve, please read the following:
A few reasons to consult an attorney before ever talking to your insurance provider
Stephen D. Phillips is the managing partner at the Phillips law Offices in Chicago. He earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola University in 1985 and his B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1981. He is an extensively published writer and sought-after lecturer on legal topics ranging from medical malpractice to tort reform. Mr. Phillips is also the recipient of a number of awards and honors from various legal and community groups. His law practice focuses on personal injury, catastrophic injury, tort law, wrongful death, nursing home and medical malpractice, drug litigation, traffic accidents, aviation, construction liability, and product liability. Mr. Phillips was the 2013 President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of, and has held a number of positions with, the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association. Additionally, Mr. Phillips has served as an adjunct professor at the Loyola University School of Law.
Five Ways an Accident Attorney Can Improve Your Chances for Just Compensation
When you choose an accident attorney, your attorney may provide any of the following services:
Handling the details: The legal process can be tedious, filled with specific procedures that must be followed exactly lest your case be denied even before it’s fully presented. A personal injury lawyer works with your doctors and your insurance company to develop a foundation for a strong case.
Conducting an investigation: Aside from reviewing your claim, medical records and the police report (if one was filed), an attorney will also conduct their own thorough investigations. In cases of automobile accidents, they rely on the experience of automobile accidents lawyers to help build your case.
Using previous experiences: The Phillips Law Offices attorneys have a success rate of nearly 100 percent on the cases they accept. They can use their previous knowledge of the laws that affected other successful cases to avoid needless repetition or research.
Providing resources: Building a persuasive case often takes more than just the testimony of the people involved. Your attorney will call on expert witnesses who can testify to medical facts, accurately reconstruct accidents and calculate true financial losses attributable to the accident.
Knowing when to settle: An old song once celebrated the importance of knowing when to hold ‘em, knowing when to fold ‘em. The Phillips Law Offices attorneys work with you to avoid litigation when necessary, in cases where the negligent party offers a fair and reasonable amount in damages outside of court.
Most personal injury cases are settled outside of court. There is a lot to consider when you are injured, and it can be tempting to settle when an offer is put before you, even if you do not think the amount is sufficient. Let the Phillips Law Offices Illinois personal injury law firm determine what is a fair and reasonable amount, and when to accept an offered settlement.
What you should know about Illinois accident laws
Illinois accident laws give injured people and their families the right to receive compensation for injuries suffered as the result of the negligence or intentional wrongdoing of another party. If you or a family member suffers injury in an accident, you should consult an Illinois accident law firm for help in determining what type of compensation you may be entitled to recover.
Types of personal injury
Chicago’s personal injury victims can pursue many types of injury cases in the courts. Illinois accident law firms are generally experienced in the following types of cases:
- Car, truck, aviation, and boating accidents
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
- Automotive products liability
- Products liability
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Professional Negligence
- Slip and fall accidents
The types of damages that can be recovered vary according to the specific circumstances of each case. Certain types of severe injuries, like those affecting the spine, may be affected by outside factors.
Types of damages
Most damages that can be recovered in a personal injury case are referred to as compensatory damages. These are designed to compensate the victim for injuries suffered and include the following:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Unlike compensatory damages, punitive damages are designed to punish the person who committed a harmful or malicious act and deter future improper conduct. Punitive damages are less likely than compensatory damages to be awarded in a personal injury case, but courts do award them under some circumstances.
When you are injured, it is crucial to consult an experienced Illinois accident lawyer as soon as possible. Illinois accident law includes statutes of limitations dictating how long you have to file your case after an incident has occurred. Also, if you wait too long, evidence can be lost over time.