Kane County is one of the fastest-growing counties in Illinois. Over the past decade, people have discovered that it is the ideal location to live if you want to get a house with a yard, close to numerous parks and lakes, while still being able to easily commute into Chicago.
Unfortunately, the changing demographics have taken a toll on the local roadways. Most of them were not designed with the current level of traffic in mind. Excessive volume and road surfaces that are in poor shape despite the fact that they seem to always be under construction, mean car accidents are common. Throw in speeders and distracted drivers, and you can see why Kane County is the site of some of the worst car accidents in the Chicago area.
The Stein & Shulman team is committed to helping Kane County residents who have been injured in car accidents get the compensation they need to move forward with their lives. Our aggressive attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for our clients in Kane County and beyond.
Holding Others Accountable When You Have Been Injured
The main thing you should be focused on following a car accident is treating your injuries. Promptly seeking medical attention and following your doctors’ orders is the key to healing.
Everyone knows you need to take time out to focus on your health, yet you will immediately start getting calls from your insurance company urging you to take a look at your policy or some other paperwork they have sent your way. It may seem nice at first, especially if you are worried about paying for your healthcare and they are offering some quick cash. But you should be aware that your insurance company does not always have your best interests at heart.
Insurance companies make money when they are able to deny claims or pay the least amount possible. Pushing people who are shaken up or injured after an accident to settle their case for pennies on the dollar is one of the ways they minimize their expenses.
The Stein & Shulman team holds insurance companies to the promises they made in their policies. We force them to the negotiating table and convince them to fully and fairly compensate our clients. When that doesn’t work, we drag them into court.
And we don’t stop there. When appropriate, we bring claims against the person or entity responsible for causing your car accident, and their insurance carriers too. Whether a lawsuit like this is necessary depends on the details of the accident.
Figuring Out Who Caused Your Kane County Car Accident Is Important
The details of your specific accident determine who you are able to seek compensation from because Illinois is a comparative fault state. Under Illinois’ law, you may only seek compensation following a car accident if you were less than 51% responsible for causing the accident. If your actions were the main cause of the accident, you will be denied any money to help pay your medical expenses or other bills.
Gathering evidence that shifts the blame for the accident on to the appropriate parties is critical even if you are less than 51% responsible because the law also reduces the amount you can recover if you were at all responsible for the accident. 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.
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.
Our decades of experience and deep roots in the Chicago area really shine through when we are working on this critical task.
How Much Is My Kane County Car Accident Case Worth?
Without knowing the specifics of your case, it is impossible to estimate how much money you may be able to recover in an insurance claim or by filing a lawsuit in the Kane County courts.
As discussed above, your compensation will be based in part on who is at fault. The other factor at play is how seriously you have been injured. Our legal system’s goal is to put you in the position you would have been in if the accident had never occurred. To do this, we begin by calculating your economic damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income, present, and future
- Property damage
The legal system then tries to put a dollar amount on more intangible losses you have suffered. You may be awarded compensation for:
- Physical pain
- Emotional anguish
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
No amount of money can take away your pain, or make your life exactly the way it was before your car accident, but the Stein & Shulman team does our best to maximize the amount of money you receive so you have the resource you need to move forward with your life.
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 works on all Kane County car accident cases 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 Kane County Car Accident Attorneys At Stein & Shulman Today
If you or a loved one in Kane 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.
All of the attorneys at Stein & Shulman graduated from John Marshall Law School in downtown Chicago, and have dedicated their careers to serving clients in the Chicagoland area. Over the years we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
While the Stein & Shulman office is in downtown Chicago, we frequently appear before judges in the beautiful Kane County courthouse in Geneva, the judicial center in St. Charles, and the branch courts in Elgin and Aurora. And because all of our team members live in the area, we regularly travel to meet with clients from Carpentersville to Big Rock, and everywhere in between.
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 after a serious car accident, we are ready to take your call. Please contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.