Chicagoland residents who are injured in a car accident can trust the Stein & Shulman team to get them the full amount of compensation they deserve. We know you need as much as you can after a car accident to treat your injuries, fully recover, and move on with your life. We will fight aggressively to get you full compensation.
Why Do I Need An Attorney?
The number one item on your to-do list after an accident should be healing. In order to keep this your top priority, it is a good idea to hire an experienced car accident attorney to guide you through the insurance claims process, and advocate for you in court should it come to that.
The attorneys at Stein & Shulman can take on the role of paper-pusher and attack dog so you don’t have to worry about going back and forth with the other driver or drivers involved in the accident, keeping track of all the documents coming your way, or negotiating with your insurance company.
It is our job to force your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company to step up to the negotiating table and make a serious offer that fairly compensates you for all of the harm you have suffered. If that fails, we take them to court.
We make our case by gathering evidence that shows who was at fault, and exactly how much money it would take to put you in the position you would be in if the accident had never occurred.
Illinois Comparative Negligence Law
Gathering evidence that shows who caused that accident that injured you is critical. Illinois is a comparative fault state, which means the amount of compensation you are eligible for depends on your actions.
You can only seek compensation if the accident was less than 51% your fault. If the evidence shows you were the main reason an accident occured, 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.
Fighting For Your Full Monetary Compensation
We know that no matter what type of injury you have suffered, from a “simple” fracture to a spinal cord injury, the pain you have gone through and continue to endure is almost always accompanied by financial difficulties. Our goal is to obtain as much money as possible for our clients.
Under Illinois law, car accident victims can seek both economic and noneconomic compensation. We gather documents that explicitly enumerate your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Decreased future earnings
- Property damage
We also talk to experts who can estimate a fair compensation for things like:
- Physical pain
- Emotional anguish
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If we can prove that the other driver acted with disregard for human safety or engaged in criminal behavior, Illinois law allows us to seek punitive damages as well.
We Do Not Get Paid Unless Our Clients Do
It takes a lot of time and energy to gather all the evidence needed to make a strong case at the negotiating table or in the courtroom, but our car accident clients don’t pay us a cent upfront for our work.
Stein & Shulman represents Chicagoland accident victims 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.
We don’t pressure our clients to settle for the first low-ball offer an insurance company throws at them just so we can cash a check. We aggressively fight for every penny our clients deserve because we know they need that money to fully recover from their injuries. We make big insurance companies stand up and pay attention so our clients get the money they need to heal and move on with their lives.
Contact Our Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been involved in a car accident and suffered a serious injury, we are here to help. 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.