Every year, millions of Americans become injured, and thousands die in devastating car accidents. Some car accidents are unavoidable, but most car accidents are preventable and caused by another person’s negligence or recklessness. Car accident victims often experience devastating injuries that require ongoing medical care. Many car accident victims cannot return to work, but also have medical bills piling up due to their injuries. One of the best things car accident victims can do is speak to an experienced lawyer about their case.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation
If you’ve become injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Under Illinois law, negligent drivers are liable for any injuries caused by their negligence. Injured passengers and drivers have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation from the person or company whose negligence or intentional actions caused their injuries. The skilled Chicago car accident lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC will protect your rights while seeking the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can cause serious injuries. Even fender-benders can cause serious neck and back-related injuries. Some car accident injuries aren’t immediately apparent, and the symptoms only begin to show up days or even weeks after the car accident. If you’ve been in a car accident, it’s crucial that you undergo a complete medical examination. Whether you pursue a claim for compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company or through a personal injury lawsuit, it’s wise to document the extent of your injuries.
According to a recent study of car accident victims, the most common type of injury involves soft tissue damage. Even the most minor car accidents can cause bruising. Whiplash is another common car accident injury that causes strain to the ligaments and muscles in the neck. Recovery of back and neck injuries takes a significant amount of time and makes it difficult for car accident victims to return to work.
When a car accident victim hits his or her head on the windshield, window, steering wheel, or dashboard, it can cause a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Likewise, in a rollover accident or head-on collision, the victim can become crushed in the car. These devastating accidents can cause severe brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. Brain injuries and spinal cord injuries can be devastating and require multiple surgeries. Some brain and spinal cord injuries require around-the-clock care.
The Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Illinois Car Accident Lawyer
If you become injured in a car accident, you may be wondering whether you should speak to a lawyer. At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our experienced car accident lawyers provide various services to our clients to obtain the most amount of compensation possible for them after a car accident. When you work with Stein & Shulman, LLC, you can expect us to give your case the attention it needs.
We have a network of experts and other professionals we utilize when investigating our clients’ car accident cases. We work with consultants from various fields, including car accident reconstruction specialists, who can piece together the events that caused a car accident. Accident reconstruction is often an important tool to prove that the defendant’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior caused your car accident. We also work with medical experts and life planning experts to accurately depict all of the costs associated with our clients’ injuries now and in the future.
Seeking Compensation from an Insurance Company After a Car Accident
After conducting a thorough examination, we will assertively negotiate with the auto insurance company on our client’s behalf. Auto insurance companies are notorious for denying claims unfairly or for offering settlements that are far too low. We recommend that car accident victims contact us first before they speak with their insurance company. It’s easy for car accident victims to unintentionally say something that sounds like they admit fault or that they aren’t seriously injured. Insurance companies hope that the car accident victim will take a low settlement offer instead of hiring a lawyer who will advocate for a fair amount of compensation.
Our legal team has extensive experience in negotiating with insurance companies. We know how to effectively negotiate with car insurance companies to obtain the full amount of compensation our clients deserve. When insurance companies engage in fraudulent behavior or violate Illinois law, we are prepared to take them to court.
Damages Available in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Sometimes the other driver does not have car insurance, or the car insurance policy does not cover the full extent of the victim’s injuries. In these cases, filing a personal injury lawsuit is often necessary. The amount of compensation available in a personal injury lawsuit depends on the case’s specific facts, including insurance coverage availability. Victims of car accidents can pursue a personal injury lawsuit to recover the full extent of the economic and non-economic damages caused by the car accident, including:
- Compensation for the repair or replacement of your motor vehicle
- Compensation for past and future medical expenses arising from your injuries
- Compensation for past and future income lost due to car accident injuries
- Compensation for physical and mental suffering related to the accident
- Compensation for depression, anxiety, insomnia, and any other mental health problems
- In some cases, courts will award punitive damages to punish egregious behavior
Contact an Experienced Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident, Stein & Shulman, LLC can help. We offer our clients a free initial consultation, and we do not charge legal fees until we obtain compensation for you. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience successfully representing Chicago drivers and passengers who have been injured in car accidents. We will conduct an independent investigation into your car accident and use our resources and experience to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.