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Questions and answers about car accidents in Illinois

If you are injured in a car accident or a loved one is injured or killed, it's natural to feel overwhelmed and have many questions.  You may be confused about what to do next.  The process can leave you frustrated and even angry.  Coplan & Crane understands what you're going through and wants you to know you are not alone.   Our car accident attorneys in Chicago are here to provide answers to your questions and guide you through the legal process.  We are familiar with the concerns victims and families have after all types of accidents.

The following are a few common questions about car accidents and the role an attorney can play in helping those injured and families pursue compensation and closure. We know that accidents typically lead to more questions than answers.  Feel free to contact us if you have other questions about your accident.   At Coplan & Crane, one of our goals is to provide each client with personalized attention.  We start by offering a free case evaluation to our prospective clients.  Call us today at 800-394-6002 to learn about your options.


Q:  Do I need to hire an attorney after I've been in an accident?

A:  We often hear from people who ask if they need an attorney after their car accident.  The answer depends on the circumstances of the crash.  Minor "fender-benders" generally can be handled without the help of legal counsel.  But if you or someone in your car was injured, or you are facing significant property damage, you should contact an experienced law firm.  You also should not wait to speak with a lawyer if a loved one was killed in an accident.  If someone else was at fault in your accident, you will improve your chances of getting maximum compensation by retaining an attorney.  We offer a free case consultation to all potential clients. From there, you can decide whether we're the "right" firm for you. We believe we are. Read our case results page to see how we have helped other clients.

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Q:  Can an attorney help me fill out paperwork after an accident?

A:  Yes. The process of completing paperwork required by insurance companies after an accident is often complex and confusing.  We realize injury victims have enough to worry about.  That's why it's a wise idea to let an experienced attorney handle the insurance company red tape.   Our accident attorneys know exactly what is required when submitting a claim.  We can help you provide the most accurate and detailed information possible - and we can break through the typical insurance company barriers standing in the way of getting full compensation.

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Q:  Can an attorney deal with insurance companies after an accident?

A:  Yes. It's not uncommon for insurance company representatives to pressure car accident victims into giving up their rights and accepting a "low ball" settlement.  Insurance company adjusters might sound friendly and understanding as they make a quick offer they hope you will accept. Don't be fooled into thinking they are looking out for your interests. We know that skillful negotiations often lead to a much better settlement.  Coplan & Crane is an Oak Park law firm with decades of experience negotiating with insurance companies. We know what it takes to get accident victims the money they need to cover all the losses after an accident.

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Q:  My accident wasn't my fault. Can I file a lawsuit?

A:  Yes. After exploring all possible legal options, you may learn you have grounds to file a lawsuit against the person or company at fault for your accident.  We can help.  If necessary, we file lawsuits on behalf of clients in the appropriate court.  We work closely with each client to build the most solid and successful legal strategy possible. Ultimately, the decision is up to the client. That's why we're here - to offer sound legal advice on behalf of our clients.

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Q:  How much does a lawyer cost in Illinois?

A:  Coplan & Crane handles car accident cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that our clients don't owe us a dime until a favorable verdict or settlement is reached. We believe all Illinois residents should have the right to access the state's judicial system. Accident victims shouldn't have to worry about whether or not they can afford an attorney - especially when they've done nothing wrong. Contact us today to learn more. Call 800-394-6002 or complete the online contact form.

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