DuPage County is consistently ranked as one of the best places in America to live. As Chicagoland lovers, we agree. DuPage County is a gem! There are beautiful homes at reasonable prices in neighborhoods with great schools, plenty of shopping and entertainment options, and as many of the articles lauding life in Naperville or Clarendon Hills note — the people living here are very friendly. One thing the articles tend to gloss over, however, is the number of serious car accidents that occur in DuPage County.
The roads in DuPage were simply not designed to carry the amount of traffic they currently do. Congestion, particularly on roads leading to and from O’Hare International Airport, is a serious problem. When you add in distracted drivers, speeding drivers, and people who are driving while impaired, you begin to see why so many serious car accidents occur in DuPage County.
When DuPage County residents are injured in a car accident, they can count on Stein & Shulman to help them get the compensation they need to move forward with their lives. Over our 50+ years in practice, Stein & Shulman has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for car accident victims in DuPage County and beyond. We frequently try cases in the DuPage County courthouse in Wheaton, and regularly travel to meet with clients from Wood Dale to Naperville, Wayne to Palisades, and everywhere in between.
Working With An Experienced DuPage County Car Accident Attorney Matters
After an accident, the number one thing you should be focused on is healing. While you concentrate on recovering from your injuries, the Stein & Shulman team will get to work. We will:
- Visit and photograph the site of the accident;
- Interview any and all witnesses;
- Gather and examine police reports and medical records;
- Consult with medical specialists and other experts; and
- Figuring out who was responsible for your accident.
We do all of these because we need to prove to your insurance company, and potentially a judge or jury, that 1. You were seriously injured, and 2. It was not your fault.
How Much Is My DuPage County Car Accident Case Worth?
Whether you suffered a few scrapes and bruises, or someone you loved was killed in a car accident, you deserve compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Even though money can’t help you forget the pain you have endured, it can help you pay your medical bills and move forward with your life.
The amount of money you can get following a DuPage County car accident depends on how seriously you were hurt. Under Illinois law, the money you receive should be enough to put you in the financial position you would have been in if the accident had never occurred.
In order to do this, our legal system puts a price tag on your injuries. Some costs are easy to calculate. We can look at your medical bills, repair estimates, and pay stubs to determine your economic damages. This includes medical expenses, property damage, and lost income.
Other harm you have suffered is also compensable even though it is more difficult to put a dollar amount on things like:
- Physical pain
- Emotional anguish
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Adding up all of these items gives you an estimate of the maximum amount of compensation you may receive. While no amount of money can take away your pain, or actually make it seem as if your accident never occurred, the Stein & Shulman team does our best to get you the money you need to move forward with your life.
Figuring Out Who Caused Your DuPage County Car Accident Is Important
After figuring out the maximum amount of compensation you are eligible for, the Stein & Shulman team will work to get you as much of that money as possible. We do this by gathering evidence that shows how your accident occurred and who was at fault.
Illinois is a comparative fault state which means the maximum amount of compensation you are eligible for will be reduced if the accident was partially your fault. For example, if you incur $100,000 in medical expenses because of your accident, but the evidence shows you were 20% responsible for the accident, you will only be eligible for $80,000 in compensation.
If the evidence shows you are more than 51% at fault, you will be denied any money to help pay your medical expenses or other bills.
The Stein & Shulman team knows what evidence is needed to show the true cause of:
- Various types of wrecks including sideswipes, head-on collisions, t-bones, and multi-car pile-ups
- Hit and run accidents and other situations where the other driver is uninsured or underinsured
- Accidents where DUIs, speeding, or distracted driving played a major role
- Ridesharing – Uber/Lyft accidents
- Accidents involving motorcycles; and
- Wrecks with a large truck, tractor-trailer, or semi.
Stein & Shulman’s decades of experience and deep roots in the Chicago area help us gather the evidence we need to get you the compensation you deserve. All of the attorneys at our firm graduated from the UIC John Marshall Law School in downtown Chicago, and have dedicated their careers to serving clients in the Chicagoland area.
How Much Does All Of This Cost?
Now that you have a sense of the kind of work our team will do for you following an accident, you may be wondering how much it costs to hire us.
Stein & Shulman represents all DuPage County car accident victims on a contingency fee basis. This means you won’t owe us a dime unless we win your case. If we are successful, we will take a portion of the amount you receive as our payment. We are happy to answer any questions you have about this payment system.
Contact The DuPage County Car Accident Attorneys At Stein & Shulman Today
If you or a loved one in DuPage County has been involved in a car accident and suffered a serious injury, the Stein & Shulman team is here for you.
We advocate on behalf of accident victims involved in everything from parking lot fender benders, to hit and run accidents, to accidents caused by drunk drivers, and accidents involving ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft.
Whether you are ready to take legal action and seek compensation for your injuries, or are simply curious about what options are available to you, we are ready to take your call. Please contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.