Auto Accident Lawyer in Decatur, Illinois
Central Illinois Auto Accidents
At some point, virtually every American is involved in an auto accident. Unfortunately, some auto accidents cause injuries to parties who were not at-fault. If you find yourself injured because of another driver, it is well worth your time to contact an auto accident lawyer.
Working With Me
I routinely represent individuals who are injured in auto accidents. The first thing I always do is ensure that my clients are receiving proper medical treatment. While they are focused on treating their injuries, I stay on top of my client’s medical bills and work out payment arrangements with the medical providers. I also deal with the at-fault party’s insurance company and their lawyers (and sometimes my client’s own insurance company) in order to obtain maximum financial compensation for my clients.
Frequently Asked Auto Accident Questions
I handle auto accident cases on a contingent basis. In other words, I am not paid a fee until a case is successfully resolved. My fee is a percentage of the overall recovery.
I never recommend speaking with an insurance adjuster for the at-fault party prior to retaining an auto accident lawyer. While many insurance adjuster’s are very nice and friendly, their overarching goal is to minimize the amount of money their insurance company is obligated to pay on each claim. And they’re trained at accomplishing that goal. Chances are, you aren’t.
If the at-fault driver does not have insurance, you may be able to seek compensation from your own insurance policy. You may also sue the driver and collect against their personal resources.
Damages vary from case-to-case. That said, economic damages include recovery for medical charges and wage loss. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, loss of a normal life, or disability and disfigurement. You may also obtain future damages.
In Illinois, you must bring a legal claim within a specific time period which is called the “statute of limitations.” Most auto accident cases are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. However, the statute may be shorter depending on a variety of factors. This makes it important to contact an auto accident lawyer as soon as possible.