At the Law Office of Kenneth A. Fishman, P.C., our Chicago motor vehicle accident lawyers understand just how painful and stressful a motor vehicle accident can be. Victims of motor vehicle accidents must recover from painful injuries, face mounting medical bills, and may be unable to work as a result. Our Chicago injury attorneys focus on helping the victims of personal injury accidents recover financially for their injuries and damages.
Millions of motor vehicle accidents happen each year, often leaving victims with severe injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In 2009 alone, more than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as a result of motor vehicle accident injuries.
Our team of Chicago motor vehicle accident attorneys focuses on the following types of motor vehicle accidents:
If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, you might be unsure about what to do next. At the Law Office of Kenneth A. Fishman, P.C., we will guide you every step of the way – from finding the appropriate medical treatment to communicating with insurance companies and pursuing legal action.
A victim of a motor vehicle accident can face a variety of injuries. Common injuries from traffic crashes include whiplash, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck and spinal cord injuries, broken or fractured bones, lacerations, loss of limb, and psychological trauma. Treatment for these injuries can take months, years, or even a lifetime depending on the severity of the crash. Some victims may face temporary or permanent disability as a result of their accident. This can affect a person’s ability to earn an income, making the pursuit of a personal injury claim a priority for crash victims.
Victims injured in a traffic crash as a result of another party’s negligence have a right to pursue damage recovery. Costs that can be recovered include medical treatment, medical equipment, long-term care, lost wages, and future lost wages. In addition to recovering costs, a victim can pursue damages for pain and suffering, wrongful death (pursued on behalf of the victim), and loss of enjoyment of life. In cases where negligence was particularly significant, punitive damages can be sought to punish the defendant.
Insurance companies often apply a formulaic approach to motor vehicle accident claims without considering the individual facts and circumstances. Insurance policies can be complex and confusing legal documents with several nuances. In addition, insurance adjusters typically offer low settlements to victims to save money on the company’s behalf. Inexperienced victims already facing the financial burden of the injury accident fallout may be tempted to accept a low offer. Our firm’s experience in dealing with insurance companies allows us to communicate and negotiate effectively to get victims the settlement that they deserve.
If a favorable settlement is not possible, we are fully prepared and well-equipped to advocate for your rights in a court of law by pursuing all appropriate legal claims.
To protect your legal rights following a motor vehicle accident, you must act quickly. Evidence and documentation must be preserved and an investigation launched in some cases. Documentation that can help the claims process includes photos of the accident scene and injuries, medical bills and treatment reports, eyewitness accounts, and accident reports. Strict statutes of limitations place time limitations during which a lawsuit can be filed. A motor vehicle accident victim in Illinois has two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, and five years to file for property damage. Accordingly, you should consult with an experienced Illinois motor vehicle accident attorney as soon as possible following an accident.
If you or a loved one has been in an Illinois motor vehicle accident, call the Law Office of Kenneth A. Fishman, P.C. at (312) 346-8990 or submit an online questionnaire. We offer a free initial consultation, and if you hire our team to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis in which we collect a portion of your financial recovery. In other words, you don’t pay anything unless you receive financial recovery.