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After being injured in a car accident, you may not know what to do or who to call. It is a lot to handle on your own. Don’t struggle through the process alone. Call an experienced car accident lawyer from Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.
We handle all types of car crash claims. We are prepared to take on claims involving all types of moderate, severe, and catastrophic injuries.
We promise to work hard on your behalf so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries and spending time with family. You shouldn’t have to worry about medical bills, car repairs, and insurance adjusters.
If you’re wondering, “where can I find a lawyer near me that can get me maximum compensation,” you’ve come to the right place. By working with us, you gain a fierce legal advocate. We will be by your side through the entire process.
A 42-year-old female was returning home from work when she had a head-on collision when another driver attempted a left hand turn. The case was settled for $950,000.00.
We ensure that all of your questions are answered, and any concerns are addressed during this journey. You will always know what is going on while we fight for you to get the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Clients often ask us whether they really need an attorney after a collision. Our answer is that it depends, but almost always “yes.” If you walked away from a minor collision with only property damage, you can typically work with an insurer to repair or replace your car.
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**Negotiating a settlement resulted in $30,700 more than failing to negotiate.
If you suffered any injuries in the crash, even those that seem minor at the time of the accident, then it is best to work with an experienced lawyer to pursue compensation. By hiring an experienced lawyer, you increase the likelihood of obtaining the greatest amount possible for your financial recovery.
According to Martindale-Nolo Research’s 2017 Personal Injury Study, which solicited responses from its readers, 91 percent of those injured in an accident who hired a lawyer received a payout. Only 51 percent of those who moved forward without a lawyer received a payout.
Having a lawyer also made a significant difference in the amount of money they obtained. Of those who responded to the survey and hired a lawyer, their average payout was $77,600. For injured individuals who did not hire a lawyer, they walked away with an average $17,600.
You may wonder why there is such a difference. There are many reasons. An attorney is well-versed in determining all of your emotional, financial, and bodily injuries, and then calculating an appropriate amount for those injuries. A lawyer is better at building a case for you, which they can use with the insurance company or in court.
Negotiating instead of accepting the first settlement offer is important. An attorney is prepared to skillfully negotiate a higher amount. Based on the personal injury study, respondents who negotiated their settlement received an average of $42,500, versus those who accepted first offers for an average of $11,800 – or a 260% increase.
Additionally, even when you expect a settlement, filing a lawsuit usually helps. Survey respondents who filed or threatened to file a lawsuit received average settlements of $45,500, versus $23,000 for those who did not. You may not be comfortable threatening to file a lawsuit on your own. However, an attorney is prepared to head to court when necessary.
Experienced personal injury lawyers know how to obtain and maximize settlements. Instead of trying to do everything on your own, let a skilled legal professional handle the legal process for you. This not only improves your chance of receiving the compensation you need to move forward with life, but also gives you the time to focus on your recovery and family. It lets you get back to your life sooner.
There is no need to worry about attorney’s fees. We handle personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis. You do not have to pay us until we win your case. Without a settlement or court verdict in your favor, you do not owe us anything.
At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we have built a strong reputation for fighting hard for our clients. We have a strong track record of obtaining the compensation victims deserve after being hurt.
Settlement for a female driver injured in a head-on collision.
Settlement for a male passenger injured in a head-on collision caused by an elderly driver.
Settlement for a female driver injured when rear-ended by a large commercial truck.
Settlement for a male driver rear-ended at a stop sign.
If you are hesitant to contact an attorney, consider how some of our clients have benefitted from picking up the phone. We are well-known for our compassion, professionalism, and consistent communication.
“Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. represented me after I was hit from behind in July 2017. The staff at Staver were compassionate, understanding, and very professional. I was updated on my case status upon my request, and all of my concerns were addressed in a timely manner. My case was settled, and I received my settlement money within six months. I would definitely recommend Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.”
“I proudly purchased my first car on my own back in February. I had it for only two months before I was hit head-on on my way to work. My car was totaled and I was sent to the emergency room. After the accident I felt lost, until I stumbled across Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. They worked with me and referred me to great doctors and physical therapists that helped with my injuries. They let me focus on recovering while they handled my case. They were able to reach a settlement so quickly I was shocked and elated! I would highly recommend their service, thank you so much Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.!”
“I had an unfortunate accident being hit from behind while stopped at a red light. I felt that I needed legal representation, and Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. came highly-recommended. They handled all my medical needs as well as bills so I could concentrate on healing. I would highly recommend Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. to anyone having the same unfortunate situation to deal with. Great Communication!”
“After my car accident I did what anyone would do and began to look up personal injury lawyers in the Chicagoland area. After scouring the web for a few days, I began reading all the great reviews on Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., so decided to give them a call. After speaking with Patrick, I immediately knew that I would choose them to handle my case. They were there every step of the way, whether it was helping me set up appointments, answering any questions I had, or just calling to update me on the progress of my case. I would like to thank everyone at Staver, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney.”
Our work has been recognized by many well-respected legal organizations.
Following a car accident, one of the most important reasons to speak with a lawyer is to learn more about the money and other compensation you may be entitled to receive.
You may have the right to receive compensation for your past, current, and future medical bills related to the accident. This includes diagnostic tests like X-rays and MRIs, medications, doctor’s visits, equipment like crutches or wheelchairs, physical rehabilitation, and much more.
After your accident, you may have to take time off work. Your settlement may reimburse you for your lost wages. It also may cover the sick and vacation days you were forced to use.
Our lawyers will fight for you to receive compensation for the physical pain and suffering you endured during the accident and while recovering from your injuries.
Being in a car accident causes more than physical harm. You also may be going through a great deal of distress, anger, resentment, grief, and depression. You may even have PTSD after the accident. We will fight for you to receive compensation for this emotional harm.
Your vehicle may be damaged or totaled. We will help you get your vehicle repaired or replaced.
If you suffered a disfiguring injury, you may receive compensation for this change in your appearance.
If the accident left you with a permanent physical or cognitive limitation, we will fight for you to receive appropriate compensation.
When you are no longer able to continue with your previous profession, or when you are unable to work, your potential earnings fall. Our lawyers will fight for you to receive compensation to make up for this financial loss.
If the at-fault party acted with gross negligence or intentional misconduct, then you may be able to obtain additional compensation intended to penalize their behavior.
You may be hoping to figure out how much your case is worth before you talk to an attorney. Unfortunately, it is close to impossible to determine the potential value of your claim without speaking to a lawyer first. Every case is unique.
How a certain type of accident or injury affects you will not be the same as how it impacts another person. For example, you may have suffered whiplash in a fender bender. Another person may be able to return to their normal life after a few weeks of rest and over-the-counter painkillers. You may require prescription painkillers and physical rehabilitation to gain full movement and strength in your neck. In this same scenario, your occupation is likely to play a role in your compensation. For example, if your job requires physical labor that you are no longer able to perform, then the verdict or settlement will likely reflect that.
You cannot look at similar accidents and injuries online and assume you will obtain a similar amount of compensation. There are too many factors, many of which are not published online, that may increase or decrease your potential financial recovery.
Call us now at (312) 236-2900 to get our estimate on how much your case is worth.
Our team takes on injury claims arising from all types of motor vehicle accidents. Some of the most common we come across are:
Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of auto accidents. They happen when one car travels in the opposite direction to the vehicle that it strikes. A head-on car accident is so dangerous because both vehicles are usually traveling in the opposite direction at a certain speed. Upon impact, the force of each vehicle is exerted upon the other.
The higher the combined speed of the cars, the more severe the injuries you may suffer.
Side impact collisions (T-Bone) occur when a car strikes another vehicle on its side. These types of vehicle accidents mostly occur when someone is trying to make a left turn just as the light is turning red and a driver in the opposite direction accelerates to make the light.
Side impact collisions pose the greatest danger to you if you are on the side of the vehicle that is hit. For instance, although a passenger may be injured in a side impact collision when another driver strikes the driver’s side of the car, the driver of the car will often suffer greater injuries than a person who may be on the opposite side.
Some people refer to these types of accidents as “T-boning” another car because the impact of one car hitting another is suggestive of the letter T.
Rollover collisions typically involve a single car and usually occur on highway off-ramps or other roads that feature sloped embankments. They may occur as secondary accidents after a car has been hit by another vehicle. The force of the initial impact causes the car that has been hit to roll over.
These collisions can be caused by someone not sufficiently reducing their speed when exiting the highway. Certain types of vehicles, such as SUVs with their high center of gravity, are also more prone to these types of accidents than other cars. Rollover collisions often involve severe injuries or fatalities.
Rear-end car accidents often happen in heavy traffic when there are many starts and stops. This can result in a driver who is not paying attention plowing into your car that is in front of them. These accidents typically feature injuries that are less severe than some other types of accidents because they usually occur at lower speeds.
Rear-end collisions can also involve damage to a greater number of cars and injuries to more people than other accidents. One rear-end collision can result in a cascade of cars that all run into another, harming the drivers and passengers of numerous cars and damaging each vehicle.
When someone hits your vehicle, they are required by law to stop. They are required to provide assistance, if you need it, and to wait for the police or emergency personnel to arrive. They are not allowed to drive away from the crash. When a vehicle hits you then drives away, this is known as a hit and run. It is illegal, and it can be used as evidence of the other driver’s negligence during an auto accident claim.
One of the most common types of side impact accidents is from left turns, especially unprotected left turns. A vehicle may turn left when you have a green light to proceed through the intersection, colliding with you in the intersection. A vehicle may try to make a left turn in front of you when there is not enough time and room. Despite slamming on your brakes, you may not be able to avoid a crash.
Jared Staver and his team have handled car accident claims involving all types of injuries, from whiplash to quadriplegia. Whether you are dealing with moderate injuries and expect to make a full recovery, or you have been seriously injured and may suffer lifetime consequences, we are here to help. We are ready to investigate your case, calculate an appropriate sum for your injuries, and negotiate for the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Though we are prepared to fight for your compensation after you suffer any type of harm, some of the most common injuries include:
This includes concussions or more serious traumatic brain injuries (TBI), internal bleeding, skull fractures, and severe lacerations. More information on head and brain injuries.
This includes whiplash, herniated discs, spinal cord damage, sprains, and strains. Neck and back injuries may require physical therapy to fully heal and for you to regain your strength. More information on neck and back injuries.
Burns can run the spectrum from minor to fatal. Serious burns may require skin grafts and numerous future cosmetic surgeries. They typically result in extensive scarring. More information on burn injuries.
The pain can be significant and lingering when muscles, tendons, or ligaments are stretched or torn in an accident. More information on soft tissue injuries.
When the spinal cord is damaged, you may lose movement and sensation below the injury site. If the spinal cord is fully torn, you may suffer paralysis, loss of bladder and bowel control, and sexual dysfunction. More information on spinal cord injuries.
Bone fractures and broken bones can be extremely painful, may require surgery to fix, and can take a very long time to heal. You may need to go through physical therapy to regain full range of motion and strength.
After being hurt, the most likely source of compensation is the at-fault driver’s auto insurance provider. Very few claims go to trial. Instead, they are typically settled out of court with an insurer.
The high rate of settlements should not make you believe that insurance companies are easy to work with, or that they are on your side. Insurers are major companies that are most interested in protecting their bottom lines. They will do whatever they can to deny your claim or limit your compensation. Fortunately, Chicago has some of the best lawyers out there who know how to deal with tough insurance companies.
The best way to deal with an insurance company is to work with a law firm with years of experience who will protect your rights and privacy.
Gather information at the scene that can be used in your claim
Talk to an insurance company before you speak with a lawyer
Take pictures and video of your injuries and property damage.
Apologize or admit fault to the otherIf you driver or insurance company
Notify your insurance company of the crash as soon as possible.
Accept the first settlement offer from an insurance company
Following a vehicle accident, gather basic information, if you can. We understand you may be taken away in an ambulance and have little chance or ability to gather information after a crash. However, if you or a passenger are able to, ask for the names and contact information of those involved in the accident or who witnessed it and stuck around.
Be careful of what you say to the other driver or an insurance adjuster. You should never apologize or admit fault. Keep track of who you speak with, what is said, and any documents you obtain.
The negligent driver’s insurance may want you to make a formal statement regarding what happened. Before you speak with the insurance adjuster, contact a lawyer. Anything you say to the adjuster can be used against you during the claims process. It is better to work with a lawyer as soon as possible to prepare for any out-of-court statements or depositions that may influence the claim and your compensation.
Even if an insurer appears to be cooperating, you should be prepared to dispute some or all of an insurance adjuster’s conclusions. A common issue during insurance claims is an adjuster undervaluing your vehicle, injuries, financial losses, and other damages. For example, the insurance company may have an adjuster or mechanic visually inspect your car. However, during this inspection, the individual may overlook damage to your vehicle. The insurer may also argue your vehicle had damage from an earlier incident. There are many tactics insurers can use to reduce the value of your vehicle in order to not pay for repairs or an appropriate replacement. You will benefit from hiring a lawyer to help efficiently dispute an adjuster’s findings.
Insurance companies are required to treat you with good faith after you begin the claims process. However, many adjusters step over the line and outside of the law. To reduce the chance of insurance bad faith, or to deal with it when it occurs, call us today.
In Illinois, the law gives you two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. This is known as a statute of limitations. Your time usually begins to run the day you were in the accident and suffered your injuries. This means you have two years from the date of the crash to file a lawsuit.
However, there are exceptions to this rule. A significant exception is the discovery rule, which focuses on the date in which you discovered your injuries may be the result of another person’s negligence. Or, it could be that you did not discover you were injured until days, weeks, or months later. In these situations, the clock does not start running until you knew or reasonably should have known you had a legal claim.
You may have a longer period of time to file a personal injury lawsuit based on the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act (SSCRA). If you are on active duty, such as being deployed overseas, this time may not count toward your statute of limitations.
If the negligent driver fled the state after the crash, your time period to file a personal injury case is extended.
Additionally, if you were injured in a car wreck as a minor, you have more time to file a lawsuit when your parent or guardian does not file suit for you. Typically, you have two years from the date of your 18th birthday, which means you have until you are 20 years old to file a lawsuit.
Illinois’ statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years. This means you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, you should not wait until the deadline is approaching before you call a lawyer. Instead, contact an attorney as soon as possible after a crash.
Individuals who are injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional conduct have the right to pursue compensation through a lawsuit. If you are considering whether to file a lawsuit, you should speak with a personal injury attorney to find out what your claim may be worth and your best options for recovering compensation.
You may be able to pursue compensation for lost wages if you are hurt in an accident that was another person’s fault and this has caused you to miss days, weeks, or months of work.
Based on Martindale-Nolo Research’s 2017 survey, the average settlement for a car accident was $52,900. However, averages can be deceiving. Of the individuals who responded to the survey, 37 percent received between $3,000 and $10,000, and 21 percent received between $10,001 and $25,000. Sixteen percent received less than $3,000, yet another 16 percent received more than $75,000. Ten percent of respondents obtained between $25,001 and $75,000. Overall, statistics mean very little to your case. You need to speak with a personal injury lawyer to determine the potential value of your claim.
You can request a copy of the police report from the law enforcement agency that responded to the scene and took the information. If the Chicago Police responded to your accident, you can contact the Chicago Police Department Records Customer Service Section or obtain copies of Traffic Crash Reports online. If you are unsure of how to obtain a copy of the police report for a crash, call us today.
We understand you may not have had the opportunity to exchange information after a crash. Basic information regarding the other driver should be on the traffic crash report completed by the responding police officer. You should obtain a copy of the report.
To legally operate a car in Illinois, the law requires that you have a valid driver’s license. Driving without a driver’s license or with a suspended license is a crime, which could result in jail time and fines if convicted. However, your lack of a license or suspended license should not impact your ability to file a claim for injuries caused by a negligent driver.
There are a number of negative consequences – both financial and legal – for uninsured drivers who get into car accidents. Because it is illegal to drive a car in Illinois without auto insurance, uninsured drivers can be hit with significant fines and license suspensions, regardless of whether they caused the accident. If you are at-fault in the accident, you will have to cover your own losses and compensate the victims out-of-pocket. If you were not at fault, you may still be able to obtain compensation for your injuries.
If your insurance claim was denied, the insurer should have provided you with a reason in writing. You should contact an attorney and provide them with this information in order to obtain advice on how to appeal the claim. You may be able to appeal the denied claim with the insurer or pursue compensation through a lawsuit.
We understand how difficult it can be to know and decide what to do after a crash. We recommend calling and scheduling a free consultation with us right away.
If you were injured in a car accident, you deserve the best help possible. You deserve to work with an attorney who is acknowledged as being at the top of his field, like Jared Staver. Jared has the highest possible 10 rating on Avvo, which is based on his experience, legal community recognition, awards, thought, leadership, and more.
“Simply amazing. First time dealing with something like this, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Everyone I spoke to was very kind and genuine. My career requires me being out of town a lot, but they were very understanding and were able to work with me. Everything was taken care of much quicker than I originally anticipated. All around, from everyone at the firm to the doctors and physical therapists, they are associated with are excellent.”
You will have a dedicated team on your case, putting all of their resources toward helping you recover and obtaining you the maximum amount of compensation possible for your injuries.
Contacting a lawyer after your accident can be intimidating. We strive to make things easy for you. Simply use our online form or call (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free initial consultation.