Chicago Car Accident LawyersWhen you have been injured in a car accident, you’re probably trying to figure out what needs to happen next. We can help.
It’s a lot to handle on your own. This is where an experienced car accident lawyer can help you navigate the process. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, we work diligently on your behalf so that you don’t have to worry about the insurance adjusters, the growing medical bills, car repairs, or time off of work. What you need to worry about is your recovery.
We are on your side throughout the entire personal injury process and will make sure that you achieve the best possible outcome for your injuries. We aim to maximize your compensation so you can heal without worry.
Our auto accident attorneys are dedicated. Unlike many law firms, we answer our own phones and you will always be able to speak with a lawyer who is experienced in car accident injuries and the claims process. We won’t make you jump through hoops to understand what’s going on. We know that this is likely your first experience dealing with the auto accident injury process, and we want to make this as simple and straightforward as possible.
You should also know that we do not get paid unless you win. This means that you don’t owe us a cent unless your accident claim settles or goes to verdict in trial. We know that the last thing you need to worry about is how to pay for an experienced car accident lawyer when you are juggling medical bills, car repairs, time off work, and much more. You’re likely wondering how much to expect from a car accident settlement. There can be a huge difference between claim settlement numbers. Hiring Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.’s experienced Chicago car accident lawyers may help you get the full settlement you deserve.
At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, we are 100 percent committed to helping our clients. We also believe that our credentials and commendations from third-party organizations point to our success and build trust in our work. If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers now to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer. (312) 236-2900
Jared was able to obtain the full limits of the policy.Charles N.
Personal Injury Client
What Type of Car Accident Were You In?
Chicago’s streets and highways are crowded and busy, making car crashes an inevitable fact of life in the city. There are dozens of injury related accidents in Chicago every day, and car accidents make up nearly half of all injury accidents in the state. No matter what type of accident you were in, contact a car accident attorney from Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation. (312) 236-2900Some of the Most Common Types of Car Accidents Include:
Regardless of the specific type of accident you were involved in, a car crash can have a profound and lasting effect on your life. You may suffer significant injuries that leave you unable to work while you recover, or even permanently. If you were seriously hurt, you may need expensive surgeries or other treatments for your injuries. You may have been psychologically traumatized by the crash and are afraid to get behind the wheel of a car again, and that may be harming your ability to live your normal daily life. You’re probably receiving numerous and staggeringly expensive medical bills, while your household bills are falling behind because you can’t work the way you did before.
When people are injured in a car accident, Illinois law may allow you to be compensated for your injuries and other damages arising from the crash, depending on your individual circumstances. Your best option is to contact an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer to discuss the facts of your accident and help you determine whether a claim for compensation might be successful. Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers now to talk with one of our experienced car accident attorneys for a free consultation. (312) 236-2900
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- Steps to Take After an Auto Accident
- Insurance Claim Do’s and Don’ts
- Lost Wages After an Accident
- Wrongful Denial of Insurance Claims
- Establishing Liability in Accidents
- Evidence in Auto Accidents
- Personal Injury Lawsuit Process
- Fixing Your Car After an Auto Accident
- Submitting Your Bills to Health Insurance
- Giving a Statement to Insurance
- What Happens If Your Insurance Claim is Denied
- Determining How Much Your Accident Claim Is Worth
- How an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Compensation in Car Accident Claims
If you were injured due to another person’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions, you may be able to get your medical bills and lost wages paid, among other types of damages. Illinois law allows you to recover monetary compensation if you can prove that the other person acted unreasonably or intentionally, and that the other person’s actions caused the harm you suffered.
You might be wondering how to go about doing this. That is where we can help. We will thoroughly review the evidence and documentation, negotiate on your behalf with the negligent party’s insurance company, and fight to get the compensation you deserve. You can trust us to handle the complex matters so you can focus on healing and getting the medical care you need. You shouldn’t have to battle with insurance companies or medical providers on your own – let our experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers handle that.
Call the Chicago car accident lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. now to let us fight for maximum compensation. (312) 236-2900Contact for a Free Evaluation
The Car Accident Process
Stage 1: The AccidentAuto accidents can change your life in an instant. Before you assume the worst, find a safe place and seek medical attention.
When you’ve been hurt in an auto accident, your first concern is – and should be – your health. The impact of the accident could have left you with serious injuries of the spine, neck, back or more. Your injuries could disrupt work, family and personal obligations, but they don’t have to have a long term negative impact. Learn more about auto accident injuries.
Stage 2: Getting Medical TreatmentTreating your injuries is a priority. Don’t feel overwhelmed with the thought of paying for your medical expenses – focus on getting healthy first.
If your injuries require immediate medical attention, you may find yourself in a hospital or a doctor’s office. A hospital setting is likely going to cause some anxiety, and that’s completely natural. At this point you’re likely wondering how you’re going to pay for your medical care and how much your insurance will cover. To make the situation even more stressful, if you were unable to remain at the scene of the accident due to your injuries, then you will likely be visited by members of law enforcement in order to complete their accident report. Remember to remain calm and do not admit fault for the accident. If you have questions about what you should disclose in your accident report you should contact us to learn more about your rights.
Stage 3: Police Report and Filing Your ClaimThe accident scene tells a story. The insurance company will have their side. Make sure you gather enough information to tell your side.
If you don’t have to immediately leave the scene to tend to injuries, do these 4 things:
1. Get information and document everything: take pictures, talk to witnesses, etc.
2. Stay calm and don’t admit fault.
3. Report the accident to police and your insurance provider.
4. Talk to an auto accident lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.
Learn more about what to do at an accident scene and filing an insurance claim.
Stage 4: Fixing Your CarFor most people, cars are an everyday necessity to get to work, school or to pick up your kids. Understanding the damage to your vehicle and whether it can be fixed is the next step.
The first thing to assess in a car accident is whether your car is drivable, which will also give you a sense of the repairs needed. If the damage is minor, then having the vehicle repaired may be the best step. If you have adequate car insurance coverage, you may be able to be reimbursed for rental car expenses while your vehicle is being repaired or we may be able to make a claim against the other driver’s insurance company. However, some vehicle damage is so severe that fixing the car isn’t the best option. The repair shop and your insurance provider may not have your best interest in mind when it comes to repairing your vehicle. Give us a call at (312) 236-2900. We can help you navigate insurance claims, auto accident investigations, and much more.
Stage 5: The Paperwork and Phone CallsYou’re going to get an incredible amount mail and phone calls related to your accident, insurance claim and bills. Let us take care of that for you.
When you have been hurt in a car accident it’s inevitable that you’re going to be hit with an onslaught of paperwork – most of which will seem completely foreign to you. This is where hiring a personal injury lawyer who values open communication is incredibly important. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. we think it’s important to minimize the stress you feel due to your accident. This means that we go to painstaking efforts to handle all communication with the insurance companies, law enforcement and medical professionals as it relates to your accident. We also strive to keep you informed throughout the process so you know exactly where your case stands.
Stage 6: The Insurance Offer (Or a Denied Claim)After investigating your accident, the insurance company may offer you a settlement. Don’t sign it. If your claim is denied, don’t give up.
Insurance providers are in the business of making money. It’s common for insurance carriers to offer a settlement that is well below what you deserve. The amount owed to you should be based upon medical bills, car repairs, lost wages and possibly even pain and suffering. We can help you make sense of what has been offered and determine whether the insurance offer should be accepted or if a counter demand should be made. If your claim has been denied you may still have options. There are a number of valid reasons why an insurance company might deny your claim. However, there are also situations where your claim is unjustly denied.
Stage 7: Making a DemandYour claim is likely worth more than you’ve been offered. We can help determine the true value – and then work to get you what you’re owed.
Once all of your damages and expenses related to your car accident are understood, then your personal injury lawyer will put together an initial demand or a counter demand, if an initial settlement offer was presented by the insurance carrier. The insurance provider then must make a decision to accept the demand, continue to negotiate with your lawyer or flat deny the demand. Let the experienced Chicago car accident lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers handle this for you. Call us now to get started. (312) 236-2900
Stage 8: Settlement or TrialMany cases can be settled without having to go to trial, but when negotiations break down a trial may be necessary.
A settlement occurs when both parties are able to come to terms on a dollar amount. When this happens, the case does not go to trial. Instead, an agreement is signed by both parties and you are issued a settlement check.
If the case goes to court, the judge or jury will decide whether or not you should receive compensation. The court will render a judgment against the other party if the case is found in your favor. Remember, you don’t pay unless we win.
What Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Can Do For YouWith auto accident claims, you have to prove that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. This is where an experienced accident attorney can help.
Watch the video above to learn more about how to handle car insurance companies to get the compensation you deserve.
- The other driver acted negligently, intentionally, or recklessly
- The other driver’s actions caused the car accident
- You suffered an injury
- Your injury was caused by the car accident
Your lawyer will investigate the evidence around the crash and compile testimony, accident reports, medical bills, photographs, and other documentation to support your claim against the other driver.
After that, your accident lawyer will negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company to get you a settlement. This involves dedicated and sometimes aggressive negotiation to ensure that your rights are protected as the injured party.
If the insurance company agrees to settle, then you will receive a check to cover your bills and other expenses associated with your injury. If the insurance company either refuses to settle or dispute your version of what happened in the car accident, then a lawsuit is the next step. You will want an experienced auto accident attorney working on your behalf if you have to file a lawsuit to try and negotiate a pre-trial settlement. Otherwise, your lawyer will represent you in court and make the strongest case possible to convince the judge or jury that you deserve compensation for your injuries caused by a car accident. Call a car accident lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. now to let us fight for you. (312) 236-2900