With heavy commuter traffic on weekdays, and the mass exodus of Chicagoans to second homes and resorts here and in our cheese-loving neighbor to the North on the weekends, Lake County roads are always jam-packed. This congestion causes a lot of car accidents, which are made worse by deteriorating roadways that were simply not designed to handle the amount of traffic they carry. Throw in distracted drivers, impaired drivers, and people who are speeding, and you have the perfect storm.
When an accident occurs, residents of Lake County can count on the experienced attorneys at Stein & Shulman to have their back. During our 50+ years in practice, we have helped accident victims in Lake County and the rest of the Chicagoland area recover millions of dollars in compensation.
We do what it takes to get our Lake County clients the money they need to treat their injuries and move forward. This means gathering evidence, figuring out who was responsible for the crash, holding the other driver and your insurance companies accountable, and going to court if necessary. We take care of the paperwork, negotiations, and legal maneuvering so our clients can focus on healing.
Working With An Experienced Lake County Car Accident Attorney Matters
After an accident, the number one thing you should be doing is focusing on healing. But if you aren’t working with an experienced accident attorney, it is easy to get distracted by paperwork, conversations with your insurer, and the guilt you feel because you know you aren’t resting and doing the physical therapy exercises you have been assigned.
Stein & Shulman can help you stay on track by taking a lot of the post-accident work off of your plate. While you concentrate on recovering from your injures, we get to work:
- Investigating and photographing the site of the accident;
- Interviewing any and all witnesses;
- Examining police reports and medical data;
- Consulting with medical specialists or other experts to validate our findings; and
- Figuring out who was responsible for the accident.
We also field all the calls from your insurance company and push them to offer you fair compensation or prepare to go to trial based on the evidence we have gathered. We will make sure you don’t get pushed around or low-balled so you get the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
Figuring Out Who Caused Your Lake County Car Accident Is Important
Gathering evidence that shows how your accident occurred and who was at fault is critical 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 to the appropriate parties is important 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 help Lake County residents and 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.
How Much Is My Lake County Car Accident Case Worth?
Figuring out who was at fault is only half of the evidence-gathering process. It is also necessary to pull together evidence of your injuries. The Illinois legal system is designed to put you in the position you would have been in if the accident had never occurred. In order to do this, we have to calculate how much harm you have suffered.
Some damages 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, repair estimates, and lost income.
Other harm you have suffered is more difficult to put a price tag on. Based on the opinions of expert witnesses, and what has happened in similar cases, you may also be awarded compensation for:
- Physical pain
- Emotional anguish
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
We know no amount of money can take away your pain, or really make it seem as if your accident never occurred, but the Stein & Shulman team does our best to maximize the amount of money you receive. We want to make sure you have the resources 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 represents all of our Lake County car accident clients 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 Lake County Car Accident Attorneys At Stein & Shulman Today
Although the Stein & Shulman office is in downtown Chicago, you can trust us to handle your Lake County car accident case with care. Our experienced team of attorneys frequently try cases in the Lake County courthouse in Waukegan, and regularly travel to meet with clients from Highland Park to Antioch, Winthrop Harbor to Lake Zurich, and everywhere in between.
If you or a loved one in Lake County has been involved in a car accident and suffered a serious injury, especially from a DUI or reckless driver, the Stein & Shulman team is here for you. 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.