Illinois Car Accident Lawyer

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Thousands of car accidents happen on the highways and byways of Illinois every day. These accidents range from minor fender-benders that cause little or no damage or injury, to crashes involving multiple vehicles that block traffic for hours and result in fatalities. If you have experienced a car accident, you know how stressful they can be, and how the effects of having been in an accident can last for a long time afterward. There can even be financial repercussions, if you are obliged to take time off from work to recuperate, or if you have to purchase a new car or make repairs to your old one.

It's important to have a full physical examination after the accident, to evaluate the extent of any injuries you may have sustained. Even if you do not feel that you have been injured, there is always the possibility that an injury, particularly an internal injury, may develop in the future. You may be able to claim compensation for that injury or condition in a lawsuit, but only if you have sought medical attention as a result of the accident.

It's also important that you contact a qualified Illinois personal injury lawyer, preferably one who specializes in car accidents, as soon as possible after the accident. Your attorney will not require payment up front; he or she will provide an initial consultation free of charge, and even if you decide to retain the attorney's services, they will take the case on a contingency basis this means that you pay nothing unless and until your case is won or you have received an out-of-court settlement. At this point, your attorney's fees will be a percentage of your settlement or award.

Your attorney will begin collecting evidence and witness testimony about your accident almost immediately, since it will be crucial to your case to gather these things while they are still fresh. Your attorney may take photographs of the accident scene or even stage a reconstruction of it. Additionally, your attorney will handle all communication with the insurance company or companies involved. They have the experience to handle the techniques used by insurance adjusters, whereas individuals who answer their questions without an attorney's advice will usually slip up and say something that may harm their case down the line.

Many car accident damages cases can be settled out of court, and your lawyer, after reviewing the facts of your case, will be able to inform you whether or not that is a valid possibility to pursue in your instance. If there is some doubt about which party was negligence, and to what extent that negligence directly caused the accident, however, the case may go to a court of law. Your lawyer will take care of all the paperwork necessary to file a lawsuit, as well as representing you in court.

In the meantime, you will be able to focus on recovering from your accident and any injuries it may have caused. You'll get back to living your life, while the attorney shoulders the stress and red tape of a lawsuit. In the unfortunate event that you have lost a loved one due to the negligent acts of another driver, you may have a valid wrongful death lawsuit. Your attorney will be able to advise you regarding this matter. If you have suffered as the result of a car accident in the state of Illinois, contact a personal injury or car accident lawyer today.


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