When you get injured in an accident, deciding to hire a personal injury lawyer is one of the first steps on the road to recovery. You need an experienced advocate on your side, and you need someone who can stand up to the insurance companies when they try to pay less than you deserve.
The knowledgeable lawyers at Coplan + Crane have built a reputation for excellence in personal injury matters in Chicago. We are dedicated to helping our clients recover the maximum compensation they deserve. Call us now for a FREE case evaluation.
There are numerous ways a personal injury lawyer can help you after an accident. If you’ve been injured and you suspect that someone else is to blame, here are 10 reasons why you should hire a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible:
Proving fault is essential to recovering just compensation after an accident. Even if you think you know who (or what company) is responsible, you still need to hire a personal injury lawyer who can collect the evidence needed to prove your legal rights.
When you have a personal injury claim, it is also important to determine if you were partially at fault in the accident. The insurance companies will almost certainly claim that this is the case; and, if they do, you need to be prepared to make informed decisions and disprove any unwarranted accusations.
Once your lawyer determines who (or what company) was at fault in your accident, then your lawyer can determine what claim (or claims) you need to file. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, you might need to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company. Or, you might need to file a claim with the other driver’s employer, a vehicle manufacturer, or another third party.
After an accident, making sure you get the treatment you need is extremely important. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to help you understand your medical needs and help get you in to see a qualified doctor as soon as possible.
As you work to move on from your accident, there are lots of mistakes you must be careful to avoid. If you make these mistakes, this could prevent you from collecting the financial compensation you deserve. A personal injury lawyer will be able to explain what to do and what not to do while your case is pending.
When seeking just compensation for an accident, it is up to you to prove how much you are entitled to recover. To calculate just compensation for your long-term medical needs, lost earning capacity, and other out-of-pocket expenses, you will need an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side.
You will also need an experienced personal injury lawyer to calculate just compensation for your non-financial losses. Serious accidents can lead to a variety of types of non-financial losses—including emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to calculate the “value” of these losses so that you can seek maximum compensation.
Along with calculating your financial and non-financial losses, your personal injury lawyer will also be able to assist with documenting the value of your claim. This documentation is essential, as insurance companies won’t pay unless they are convinced of how much they owe.
After proving who was at fault in your accident and documenting the value of your claim, your lawyer can negotiate for a favorable settlement. This is not an easy process, and negotiating effectively requires both years of experience and a comprehensive understanding of Illinois’s personal injury laws.
Finally, when you have a personal injury claim, you need to be prepared to go to court if necessary. While most personal injury claims settle, some do not. If the insurance companies refuse to pay what they owe, you will need a personal injury lawyer to fight for your rights in court.
Do you have a personal injury claim? If you have been seriously injured in an accident, we encourage you to contact us promptly. You may be entitled to compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional losses.
Contact Coplan + Crane today online or at (708) 358-8080 for a FREE case evaluation. We serve clients throughout Illinois, including Chicago, Oak Park, Rockford, and other areas.