Chicago Car Accident Lawyers
45+ Years of Combined Experience in Auto Accident Injury Claims, Lawsuits, and Settlement Negotiations
Choosing the right car accident lawyer can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of the case if you were hurt in a Chicago car crash. Not all car accident lawyers are the same. You should not rush into any decision when seeking representation because one guy is not as good as the next. Having competent counsel aggressively and zealously represent your interest in a car wreck claim will put you in the best position to hold accountable those who are responsible your injuries. Some, like the car accident lawyers from Stein & Shulman, have vast experience handling various car crash claims. Other attorneys may not have the practical knowledge coupled with the legal and technical expertise which allowed Stein & Shulman to recover over $40 million for their clients.
Meet the Caring and Experienced Attorneys of Stein & Shulman, LLC
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Some Attributes To Consider When Selecting Representation For Your Chicago Car Crash
Many lawyers possess the technical ability to file a claim and subsequent lawsuit, if necessary. However, there is more to representing a client than technical prowess. There are many intangible qualities you can look for when seeking representation for your Chicago car crash claim.
The level of attentiveness a lawyer dedicates to his or her cases is extremely important. But so is the level of attentiveness the attorneys give to his or her clients. Car accident victims’ lives have been torn apart. They can suffer substantial stress from the uncertainty surrounding their situation. Car crash victims are concerned about their health and well-being in addition to their precarious financial situation. Auto accident victims need to take care of themselves. They should focus on repairing their lives and not have to worry about whether their attorney will make the appropriate decision to achieve the best result if the lawyer is working on the case at all.
The lawyer’s reputation in the community is crucial to your decision. If the lawyer has less than a sterling reputation, you might want to reconsider your decision to align yourself with that attorney. You should at least take the time to learn about the lawyer’s reputation. There are many, many skilled and talented lawyers, so a general reputation for a lawyer’s fitness or merely determining whether they are “good” is insufficient. You need to learn how that attorney treats his or her clients. You should try to determine if the attorney treats his or her clients with respect and dignity, or just as another number.
Another trait about which you should learn is whether the attorney is responsive to his or her clients. A lawyer who does not return phone calls can be frustrating. People need to know about their cases and what has transpired. Car crash victims should not be made to wait to hear about their matters.
Stein & Shulman, LLC: Chicago Auto Accident Attorneys You Can Count On
At Stein & Shulman, we pride ourselves on being responsive to our clients’ needs. That is why our Chicago car accident lawyers are available 24/7. We rely on our vast experience from representing thousands of car accident victims like you obtain the compensation they deserve. Call Stein & Shulman today at 312-422-0500 to schedule a free consultation with our Chicago car accident lawyers.
Should I Settle My Chicago Car Wreck Claim?
The decision to settle your car accident claim is ultimately yours. You should, however, closely consult with car accident attorneys who can guide you through the process and offer you sound advice based on experience handling similar cases. Settling for less money than is just or jumping at the first offer might be enticing, but it might not be in your best interest legally. That is why the Chicago car accident attorneys with Stein & Shulman take the time to get to know their clients, learn about their situation, and then offer advice as to how they should proceed that is in the best interest of their clients, rather than the looking out for their own financial well-being.
You should consider a number of variables when making the decision to settle your claim. You must have a frank conversation with your attorney about the likelihood of success of your claim. A car accident claim’s success hinges on two important factors: 1) the relative degree of fault of each party in causing the crash and 2) the value of the damages involved. Many people believe they did nothing wrong and the crash was the “other guy’s fault” without exception. However, a closer inspection could reveal that you were partially to blame for the crash. Your culpability in causing the crash must be considered. The insurance company will offer less money if they think you are at fault. But, if you take the case to a jury, you are running the risk of the jury believing that you caused the accident. Therefore, you would receive no financial compensation.
The accurate value of your damages is a discussion you should have with your attorney. You might believe that your claim is worth a lot more than it is in reality. Therefore, holding out in settlement talks for an unreasonable sum of money might be counterproductive. Very few claims settle for amounts on which a person could retire. If claimants do receive a very substantial amount, it is because the injuries were so terrible that the crash permanently scarred the person.
On the other hand, some claims adjusters might be unreasonable. An unreasonable claims adjuster might offer you a low settlement amount to keep the insurance company’s payouts low instead of adequately compensating you for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Your lawyer should discuss the advantages and disadvantages of accepting the settlement offer advanced by the claims adjuster. Accepting a lower offer resolves the case quickly instead of waiting to see what happens with a jury in court might be more advantageous to you. However, you have the right to file a lawsuit and have a jury determine the amount of damages you deserve if any. The primary advantage is that the jury can render a verdict in an amount supported by the evidence admitted at trial and not some arbitrary value established by the insurance company without taking into account your specific circumstances.
Chicago Car Crash Attorneys With Over 45+ Years Combined Experience
Stein & Shulman, LLC have over 45 years of experience dedicated to recovering compensation for the injured. They will assist you to recover the compensation that is just in your case.
Call Stein & Shulman today at 312-412-0500 for your free consultation and learn how they will prepare your case to maximize your potential recovery.
How Much Do Your Illinois Auto Accident Lawyers Charge?
The auto accident lawyers at the Chicago firm of Stein & Shulman, LLC do not charge anything up front to represent you in an auto accident case. They do not even ask you to pay costs either. Stein & Shulman, LLC will advance you the costs associated with your auto accident case. Stein & Shulman, LLC work on a contingent fee basis for their auto accident clients.
A contingency fee is a mutually beneficial contractual relationship. Stein & Shulman’s auto accident lawyers do not receive any fee unless they are successful on your behalf. That means if they fail to win at trial or reach a settlement, then they do not receive any fee at all. However, if they are successful, they will receive the fee which you agreed upon at the start of their representation of you. Stein & Shulman’s contingency fee is 33%, or one-third, of the settlement amount. They will recover their costs which they expended on your behalf from the settlement as well.
The obvious question to ask is “How is this arrangement beneficial to me?” The answer is simple: the harder Stein & Shulman work for you, the greater the compensation you receive and the larger pay they receive. There is no better win-win scenario.
Theoretically, you could pay for an attorney’s services on an hourly or flat fee basis. For example, a corporate, real estate, or divorce attorney will charge you by the hour. That means, according to the terms of their retainer agreement, they will bill you for every moment they work on your case. Have a question and make a phone call? That will most likely go on your bill if you are paying an attorney an hourly rate. Need an appointment to discuss the case? You can have one at a rate between $150 and $400 per hour.
Contrast that arrangement with Stein & Shulman’s contingency fee arrangement. Stein & Shulman will not charge you for a phone call, an appointment, for writing a letter, or reviewing your medical records. No matter how many hours they dedicate to your case, the fee is the same. On the other hand, the harder your corporate lawyer works, the higher the fee you will owe them.
Some lawyers like criminal lawyers charge a flat fee for their services. Sometimes it is a graduated flat fee. Many criminal lawyers charge their clients on that basis. While that fee arrangement might sound palatable, that is not always optimal. First, you have to pay the flat fee before the lawyer starts working on your case. Second, there could be additional fees for more work or costs for experts, as an example, which you must pay for out of your pocket. All of the money you pay the criminal lawyer must come out of your pocket before he or she does any work on your case.
The auto accident lawyers at Stein & Shulman believe in their abilities, their passion for helping others, their considerable experience, and their level of expertise to feel confident that they will recover compensation for your injuries. Therefore, they need no alternative fee arrangement.
Call Stein & Shulman, LLC for Your Free, and Instant Case Review – We Are Open 24/7!
Call Chicago’s preeminent auto accident lawyers at Stein & Shulman today at 312-422-0500 to schedule your complementary consultation. Stein & Shulman’s auto accident lawyers are available to assist you 24/7 with you claim. Do not hesitate to call. Time is of the essence and delaying might be detrimental to your claim.