Since the 1990s, the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet has hosted NASCAR races, drag races, sprint car races, and monster truck shows. At the race track, crashes are normal, even highly anticipated depending on the type of event. Unfortunately, crashes are just as common throughout the rest of Will County, even though those involved are not expecting them.
When a Will County car accident causes a serious disruption to your life, you can count on the experienced attorneys at Stein & Shulman to help you get things back on track. We have helped Will County residents recover millions of dollars in compensation for injuries suffered in car, truck, motorcycle, and Uber/Lyft accidents.
Why Working With An Experienced Will County Car Accident Attorney Is Important
Will County residents have a strong culture of self-sufficiency. A do-it-yourself attitude that helps get things done is what has made the area into an industrial powerhouse, and a reliable recruiting ground for companies that build and maintain the many natural gas pipelines, railroads, and major highways that crisscross the county. When a car accident occurs, many Will County residents tap into this pull yourself up with your bootstraps mindset and attempt to fix everything themselves.
While that may work well if you are in a minor fender bender, more serious accidents must be reported to the police and should be reported to your insurance provider. That’s where the Stein & Shulman team can help. We can help you maximize your compensation by providing evidence of the seriousness of your injury, and showing who caused the accident that injured you.
As soon as we take your case, you can take a step back from the piles of paperwork related to the accident, and that fear that you will not get the money that you need to cover your medical treatments and focus on recovering. We will take over negotiations with your insurance company, and figure out if you should consider filing a lawsuit.
We begin by gathering evidence. Our firm’s office is in downtown Chicago, and our team members live all over the Chicagoland area, so it is easy for us to travel to the scene of an accident to gather evidence, talk to witnesses, and meet with injured clients who are not up to making the trip to our office.
To start things off we:
- Investigate the site and circumstances of your accident;
- Examine police reports and medical data;
- Interview witnesses; and
- Consult with experts on causation and damages.
We then use the evidence we have gathered to make sure your insurance company doesn’t lowball you, and determine if filing a lawsuit would be in your best interest. We will maximize your financial recovery so you can treat your injuries, fix your car, and move on with your life.
We do all of this on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not get paid unless you do, and our fee will always be just a portion of what we recover on your behalf. You will not owe us a dime upfront.
How Much Money Is My Will County Car Accident Case Worth?
Our legal system is designed to provide enough financial compensation to put you in the position you would have been in if the accident had never occurred. It’s an idea that sounds nice on paper but quickly runs into trouble in the real world.
For example, we can gather evidence that shows exactly how much money you have lost because you had to take time off work. And we can and do gather up your medical bills and estimate how much you will have to keep paying to treat your car accident injuries. These are known as economic damages, and estimating them gives you a good idea of the minimum amount of money you should expect your insurance company to pay you, or a judge or jury to award you if you file a lawsuit.
But accidents take other things away from you as well. You may be permanently disfigured or disabled. You may not be able to participate in activities you once enjoyed, or even do everyday things like teaching your kids how to ride a bike. Can you put a dollar amount on these intangible losses? Our legal system expects you to.
As attorneys, our job is to tell your story so that the full scope of what you have lost is recognized. To do this, we work closely with you so we can understand your pain and loss, but we also research what has been done in similar cases and consult with various experts. We work hard to make sure you get fully and fairly compensated for your injuries.
Who Caused Your Accident Matters
As we are gathering evidence that shows the full extent of your damages, the Stein & Shulman team will also be looking for evidence that shows who or what caused the accident that injured you.
Under Illinois’ comparative fault 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.
Even if you are eligible for compensation, the amount you can recover may be reduced if you were even partially responsible for the accident. For example, say you racked up $100,000 in medical expenses because of your accident. If the evidence shows you were 20% responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, you will only be eligible for $80,000 in compensation.
Some common reasons accident victims see their compensation reduced include:
- Texting while driving;
- Distracted driving;
- Poor auto maintenance; and
- Failure to obey basic traffic laws, like using a turn signal.
The Stein & Shulman team knows how critical it is to gather evidence that proves our client was not the one that caused the accident. We pull police reports, interview witnesses, visit the scene of the accident and do whatever else we can to find compelling evidence that proves the other driver was at fault.
Contact The Will County Car Accident Attorneys At Stein & Shulman Today
If you or a loved one in Will County has been involved in a car accident and suffered a serious injury, we are here to help. We advocate on behalf of accident victims involved in everything from parking lot fender benders, to hit and run accidents, accidents caused by drunk drivers, and accidents involving ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft.
While the Stein & Shulman office is in downtown Chicago, our team lives throughout the Chicagoland area, so it is convenient for us to travel to accident sites and meet with clients who are unable to make the trip to our office. We have traveled to Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Braidwood, the Illinois state line, and everywhere in between in service to our clients.
Whether you are ready to take legal action and seek compensation, or are just 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.