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Slip and Fall Lawyers – 3 Things you Must Do To Win Your Case!

Slip and Fall Lawyers – 3 Things you Must Do To Win Your Case!

Win Your Case With the Slip and Fall Lawyers

Slip and fall lawyer Scott DeSalvo tells the 3 things you must know to protect your rights and increase your chance to win your case.

Hi guys, slip and fall injury lawyer Scott DeSalvo here, and in this video I’m gonna talk to you, and share with you, the three things you need to know about slip and fall injuries, so stay tuned.

You know, slip and fall cases can happen anywhere. I’ve represented people who have fallen inside stores, or outside businesses, or even inside private residences. Slip and fall cases involve falls on sidewalks or downstairs.

No matter where you fall, or whatever situation you find yourself in, it’s important for you to know the basics of these kinds of cases. Knowing the basics of a slip and fall case can help you know what has to be proven so that you can make sure to get the evidence you need to prove your case. Having the right evidence in a slip and fall case can increase your chance of winning. Not knowing the basics of slip and fall cases could easily lead to you losing your case.

So the first thing I wanna talk to you about in slip and fall cases is, that we have to prove that the property owner or manager did something wrong.

If we can’t prove that the owner or manager did something wrong, then we can’t prove that they were negligent. In every injury case, we have to prove that the business or person we are using was negligent, otherwise, we can’t recover. In slip and fall cases we have to prove exactly what caused you to fall, then we have to be able to prove that the landlord or manager created the problem, or knew about the problem, or that the problem was there for so long that they should have known about it and fixed it. We have to be able to prove one of those three things, or it’s impossible for us to win the case.

The next thing you should know, is that it’s okay if we’re aware of the problem that made you fall before you fell.

It’s very common for people in slip and fall cases to be aware of a problem on a property.Normally the law requires you to protect yourself against problems or dangers that you know about, but if the danger is hard to see, or it’s foreseeable to the landlord or owner that you will be distracted when you encounter the danger that we can still make a claim. And if a landlord or property owner allows a dangerous condition to remain in an area that allows access in and out of a building, then the law definitely allows you to recover. As you can see, analyzing these cases gets a little complicated, but the important thing to remember is that even if you were aware of the danger, the landlord or property owner still has a legal duty to you, and you still have a case.

The last thing I wanna talk to you about is related to the first two things, and that is: being certain of how you fell and what caused you to fall.

As you can probably tell from the first couple of things we talked about, slip and fall cases get really complicated very quickly.

Making sure that when you give a statement or a deposition you understand how to explain your fall, and are also aware of the traps that an insurance company lawyer lays for you when they take a statement, can mean the difference between winning and losing your case.

I always tell people, do not give a recorded statement to the landlord, their insurance company, or a lawyer on their behalf, until you’ve had an opportunity to speak with a lawyer of your own. Injury lawyers usually offer free consultations, and a good lawyer will talk to you for free, and give you their opinion on your case.

Handling a fall down case without a lawyer to help you is a mistake, because the cases are filled with landmines that can blow your case up.  Talk to a lawyer.  That’s my best advice if you were injured in a fall.

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Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Chicago Car Accident Lawyer – Car Accident Settlement Calculator

Chicago Car Accident Lawyer

In this video, car accident lawyer Scott DeSalvo tells you how to calculate the value of a car accident case.  While every case is different, and no video or article on the internet can substitute for the advice of a good lawyer, there are some things that lawyers look for in a car crash case that helps them have an idea of the relative strength of the case, and also, some ballpark idea of the value of a case.

The truth is that no injury lawyer can really tell you exactly what your case is worth until they have gotten all of your medical bills and records, reviewed them, and have done a full analysis of your car accident to determine what the approximate value it.  Sometimes, lawyers will try to ‘sell’ the injured person on case value to get them to sign their contract, but the truth is, you have to put in the work to really have a good estimate.

Complicating matters is the fact that sometimes, a really bad case turns into a very good one as the case is investigated and as treatment progresses.  And the opposite is true, as well.  Sometimes, a doctor gives bad testimony or doesn’t support a case, or a witness comes forward who really hurts your chances at trial.

But here are some guidelines that can help you understand how to evaluate whether your case is good or not.

In a car crash case, who is at fault and in what percentage is key to figuring out whether you have a good chance at recovery.  That’s because Illinois is a “Comparative Fault: State when it comes to personal injury cases.  That means that each person or entity (like a business) which has some responsibility is assigned a percentage of fault.  If the injured person is found to be more than 50% at fault, then they recover nothing at trial. Otherwise, all at-fault people or businesses are assigned a percentage of their fault from 100% to 0%, and the total has to add up to 100%.  If an injured person is found to be 400% at fault, then their award of damages is reduced by their percentage fault — i.s., 40%.  So you can see that knowing this information is pretty important.

The amount of medical bills and wage loss is very important as well.  The general rule is that the more medical bills, medical treatment and lost time from work, and the more permanent the injury, the more potential value the case has.  Everyone understands this.  Big cases are worth more, little cases, usually, are worthless.  if you break a bone or have surgery, that adds value.  That sort of treatment is expensive.  Also, long hospital stays can really be expensive, and we claim every penny of those charges in your personal injury case.

Finally, the nature and seriousness of the injuries is the last piece of the puzzle when determining case value in a car accident case.  It is easy to understand if you think about it.  If you recover from a sore neck, that may be a case that is worth some money.  But if God forbid, you end up with a bad neck for the rest of your life, a case like that HAS to be worth more money.  Finally, if your neck is ruined to the point that you need surgery and even after the surgery, you cannot work or run or exercise or go bowling, but instead, you are stuck at home or in a wheelchair or using a walker, that is devastating and can mean a large verdict or settlement.

Here is something to keep in mind:  I get calls from people who pretend that they do not have a lawyer, and they tell me about their case.  Then, at some point, they ask me what the case is worth.  I will always ask them how much are their medical bills total, and did they lose time from work.  Then, I always ask them whether they are still under the care of a doctor for the injuries they sustained in the car accident.  Any Chicago car accident lawyer worth his or her salt will ask very similar questions.  But then, when they finally tell me they have a lawyer, I immediately tell them that while I can provide general information, only their lawyer, who has access to the medical bills and records, can possibly analyze the case at the level it must be to give an injured person any sort of realistic understanding of the case strengths and weaknesses and what it might be worth at trial versus in settlement.  it is important to keep in mind the Settlement amounts can be less than trial amounts because you are buying certainty and a sure recovery because you never know what a Jury might do with a case.  So guaranteed money means possibly a little less than you might get a trial, but nothing at trial is guaranteed.

Give the video a watch.  It explains all of this in much more detail and might be able to answer some questions you have if you have been in a Chicago car accident.  I don’t’ want to make you read an entire book on this web page.  That’s why I do so many YouTube videos because it is easier to learn about personal injury lawyer by watching and listening than just reading.

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"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Chicago Car Accident Attorney

Chicago Car Accident Attorney Tells How to Protect Your Rights

Few people are in a better position than a Chicago car accident attorney to talk to you about the facts of an injury in a car crash.  And in the State of Illinois, the statistics tell us clearly that car crash injuries are serious business.

First, there seems to be some variation in the number of car crashes in Illinois.  The numbers seem to range from about 600 to 800 per day, according to Illinois Department of Transportation data.  And every year, there are also between 600 and 800 deaths in fatal car crashes, with some years loggin as many as 1,000 yearly deaths due to motor vehicle crashes.

About half of the crashes happen in Cook County, and between 100 and 150 people usually are killed in such incidents, including bicycle and pedestrian-related roadway deaths. And this does not include the hundreds and thousands who are injured in a car accident out of the hundreds of thousands of collisions which happe4n in the State every year.

So you’ve been involved in a Chicago Car Accident…

It is natural after a crash to feel upset and shocked.   After a crash, your body releases adrenaline, which causes your heart to beat faster, and can make you feel dizzy or nauseous.   In circumstances like these, it is hard to be 100% mentally on your game.

That’s why I tell people to remember to do the following things on the scene of a crash.

  • First, remain calm.   Yelling, shouting or getting into an argument at the scene isn’t going to help anything.
  • Second, if you have your cell phone, take photos of skid marks, of the damaged vehicles, and of any obvious injuries.
  • Third, if there are any witnesses around, talk to hem.   Ask them what they saw.   You would be amazed at how at-fault people can change their story of what happened once their insurance company and insurance company lawyer talks to them.
  • Finally, cooperate with the police and make sure to get a police report regarding the car accident.   The police report captures the important information we need to move your case along.

The most important thing, before all others, is to assist injured people and call for help.  As our statistics above show, people can be seriously injured or killed in a car crash, so getting an ambulance on scene to assist the people injured is the most important thing to do.You also need to be honest with yourself about YOUR physical state and whether you are injured.  Remeber the adreneline we talked about earlier?

That masks pain, and it also explains why people very typically refuse an ambulance at the scene of a crash, but then need medical assistance after they get home or over the next several days after a crash.  If you need help at the scene of a crash, ask for it.

Most of my clients are worried about the inconvenience in their life, and the time and cost of medical care, so they resist getting checked out.  Whether it is in an Emergency Room or whether it is by your family doctor or neighborhood clinic, I always encourage people who are feeling the pain to be seen by a doctor right away after a car accident.   In fact, most Chicago car accident attorneys are going to tell you the same thing.

Why would that be?

Well, the number one defense to a claim of injury is saying that someone delayed getting medical care after a car crash because they were not really hurt. And they went later because they decided to try to ‘cash in’ on their car accident.   They were not really hurt, but they are going to try to collect money anyway.

It amazes me how often this comes up in personal injury cases I handle, no matter how the injury happened (car accident cases and other kinds, too).   I do not know why this argument is persuasive.  But I can tell you with certainty that if we find ourselves in front of a Jury, the sooner you get in to see a doctor, and the more you follow the doctor’s advice, the less of a chance the Defense will be able to make an issue of whether you were really hurt in your car crash.

The Life of a Chicago Car Accident Case

I am often asked by people “How quickly can my injury case be resolved?”   I get this question because no one relishes the idea of going to Court.   Well, at least not usually.

The main thing to understand here is that you should never settle your injury case until you have fully recovered or your doctor tells you are stable.  In other words, not back to normal, but you are not going to improve much beyond where you are at.

The reason this is important is that you do not want to settle a case when your medical condition is in a state of flux.   What if you settle your case, and then a week later, your doctor tells you that you need surgery?   Once a case is settled, it is over.   That is why Chicago car accident attorneys worth their   salt will NOT do a quick settlement of your case without having a full, accurate picture of what the car accident injury is.

Once your treatment has plateaued, then my office orders all of the medical records.   We prepare a summary of all the medical and then prepare a demand letter to the insurance company.   Getting medical records can take some time, and getting an answer from an insurance company on an offer can take several months.

I always try to get an offer for my clients in their car crash cases BEFORE the typical 2 year deadline to file a lawsuit in most car accident cases in Illinois.   If the offer isn’t good enough, we can try to negotiate, but ultimately, the decision to settle or to file a lawsuit is yours.

You should also know that once a case is filed in Court, it can take a year or longer before we go to trial.  This is the part where I tell you “the wheels of Justice turn slowly”.   We move the case along as quickly as possible, but they take some time.

It is important for you to know that, and also to understand that, once a lawsuit is filed, you will have to answer written questions under oath, and come downtown for a deposition, where the Defense lawyer gets to ask you questions under oath.   It also requires your commitment to come to my office to prepare for these things, including trial.

Preparation for a car accident injury trial is the key to winning, and if my client is not willing to do their part, then we have very little chance.   I make it as stress-free as possible, and I always make sure my clients are fully comfortable and prepared.   But it takes some time and effort as we work as a team.

Being engaged and helping my office when we are working on your case is ther best thing to do to ensure that we get you a good outcome.  My office does almost all the work, but we definitely need your cooperation to help us find witnesses and to prepare you for testimony, things like that.

The Chicago car accident attorney you choose to handle your case has to consider the Defenses to the case. And has to   prepare to counter them before they are even brought up by the Defense.   Increasingly, auto insurers hire lawyers who try to contest whose fault the accident was.   They do this mainly by trying to get admissions from you.

This begins even before the lawsuit is filed when the insurance company calls and asks for a recorded statement.  They try to get recorded statements before people who have been in a car accident have even had a chance to get legal representation themselves.   They will try to get little admissions out of you.  That’s why I tell people to NOT give a recorded statement until you get to talk to a lawyer of your own.

Their second ‘bite of the apple’ comes when they take your deposition.  That’s why I stress preparation with my clients.   By the time you are deposed, you should feel fully prepared, confident and relaxed.   This way, you’ll be able to remember exactly what happened and you will not fall into any of their traps.

Hiring a Good Chicago Car Accident Attorney Makes All The Difference.

You want an injury lawyer who has experience, and a   proven track record of really taking care of the client.

Positioning the case properly, making sure that we have all the witnesses we need, and making sure that the medical evidence is consistent and persuasive are all things that a lawyer can do for you.  And it is best that the lawyer has a lot of car accident experience.

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Hiring the right lawyer will decrease your stress and get you the best outcome in your personal injury case.   I hope you will give me an opportunity to talk to you to see how I can help.

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"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Reveals How To Win

Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Reveals How To Win

Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Scott DeSalvo Reveals What Every Victim of Injury Needs to Know About Car Accident Cases.

The first thing you should know about car accident cases if you have recently been involved in a crash is this:  you can suffer almost any kind of injury imaginable.

This might seem counter-intuitive at first.  After all, in a car crash, you are inside a steel machine which weighs thousands of pounds.  How is it so easy to be injured?

Well, according to the CDC, Americans spend more than a million days in the hospital each year as a result of crashes.  And, in 2012 alone, the lifetime medical cost for people injured in car crashes is over $18 billion.

Older occupants and children can actually be more likely to be injured in a crash due to their physical condition and the fact that the safety equipment and restraints in cars may not be perfectly designed with their size, weight and physical condition in mind. That’s according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Obese individuals might be more likely to be hurt for the same reasons.

According to a study released by AT&T in 2015, about 70% of people who respnded to the survey admitted to using their smartphones while driving.  This use include not jus t texting, but using such popular apps as email Twitter, Snapchar and Facebook.

Using your smartphone while driving increases your risk of a car crash up to 8 times, acording to the National Safety Council, and that cell phone use is a cause in 27% of all crashes.

What are the Most Common Kinds of Injuries In A Car Accident?

While injuires can even include death or damage to internal organs due to a seat belt, or a broken nose and eye injuries due to an airbag deploying, here are the five most common injuries that a Chicago Car accident lawyer is likely to see in the course of a year.

Neck Injuries

Whiplash injuries are very common in a car crash.  There are many fancy names for such injuries, like acceleration-deceleration injury, or coup-counter-coup, but I prefer the term whiplash,because everyone has heard it.

What many people do not know is that the cervical spine (neck) was never designed for the rapid forward and backward movement ina whiplash-type crash.  This can cause temporary muscle strain, but most commonly, can stretch out the ligaments which hold the neck bones in place, and cause a chronic pain condition.  This explains why millions of Americans live with neck and back pain after a crash.  Unfortunately, there is nothing to operate on, and these people might have to live with permanent pain.

Knee Injuries

It surprises some people to realize that knee injuries are very common after a crash.  This usually happens when a person’s foot is planted, for example, on a brake pedal.  Then, a strong force from the side, front or back transfers that force to the delicate knee joint.

When the foot slips off the pedal or if it is a side impact, it can cause the knee to twist, causing torn tendons and torn meniscus.  These injuries often require surgery, and the outcome can result in permanent chronic problems with the knee, but thankfully, most people recover nicely.

Broken Bones

Believe it or not, it is easy to break a leg, arm, shoulder or wrist in a car crash.  Often, people grasping the steering wheel in a high force impact can have their hand slip off the steering wheel and result in a broken hand or wrist.  A side impact or serious head on rear end collision easily generate enough force to break bones, and which bones break depends on the body position, age, and health of the car occupant.

Broken bones require immediate care and X-rays to see if the bone has shattered or is seriously out of alignment, and that requires surgery and possibly, the placement of screws and other hardware to hold the bone together so it heals properly.  Bones which heal out of alignment mean serious and permanent consequences for the car crash injury victim.

Back Injuries

Some people understand whiplash when it pertains to a neck injury, but they are skeptical about lower back injuries.  But according to the Mayo Clinic, automobile accidents are responsible for more than 40 percent of spinal injuries every year.  

And while the back is a strong structure, it is also delicate. The lumbar spine is not all solid bone.  It is comprised of ligaments, disks, and tendons, and all of these can easily be injured in a car crash.  Common low back injuries can be herniated or ruptured disks, compression fractures, and spondylolisthesis.  The most serious back injuries can leave the injured person with chronic back pain and may require surgery.

Concussions

Also called “traumatic brain injury”, concussions have gained notoriety over the years because of the scrutiny the NFL has been under for the brain injuries of players.  The headache you have after a crash is the sign of a brain injury or concussion.

Concussions happen when your brain moves inside your skull quickly in one direction, and then the other.  The structures which hold your brain in place inside your skull are weakened by such movements, making you more likely to suffer another concussion in the future.

Concussions can be as simple as post crash headaches which resolve relatively quickly, all the way through serious brain injuries, subdural hematomas (bleeding in the brain) and even death.  Chicago car accidents are no laughing matter.

Car Accident Injuries Are Hard To Evaluate

I am sympathetic to people who say that, unless they KNOW for certain that they have a serious injury which could threaten their livelihood, then they do not want to go to the doctor.  I get it.  No one likes to go to the doctor and incur medical expenses and bills unless they really have to.

Heres the problem, though.  I have handled t housands of car accident cases at this point.  And it is hard to tell right after a crash whether you have a neck or back injury that will resovle quickly and on its own, or whether it  is going to become a permanent, chronic problem.

The danger is not taking the injury seriously.   If you wait until 4 weeks have gone by after the crash, and have sought no medical care, then the insurance Defense lawyer has a great ‘built in’  Defense to your case.

How is a Jury supposed to believe that you were really hurt if you waited a full month to see a doctor?  Most lawyers will not even consider taking such a case to trial.

However, I think such cases can be won, but they are not ideal.  That is why I tell everyone who thinks they might have been hurt to get checked out.  You get one body in this life, and one chance to do the right thing, if, God forbid, the negligence of another driver changes your life forever.  Even a simple visit to document injuries is okay.  But we have to have some evidence and documentation of an injury as close to the date and time of your car accident as possible.

Do You Need to Speak With A Chicago Car Accident Lawyer?

Car crash cases have a lot of complexity to them, and the best advice I can give is to take advantage of the free consultation a Chicago car crash lawyer offers.  The secret to winning is by developing a great relationship with a Chicago car accident lawyer you can trust.

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"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Broken Ankle and Chipped Tooth Nets Sales Manager $120k-plus!

Broken Ankle and Chipped Tooth Nets Sales Manager $120k-plus!

My client, who, for confidentiality reasons, we will call “WR”, was referred to my office by a woman who spoke with me about a case years before but who did not hire me (all of my clients refer me their families and friends, and I appreciate it!).

She broke her ankle and chipped a tooth on a private sidewalk. Most lawyers would tell you: tough case. And it was a tough case. Until I hired an architect and structural engineer to write a report outlining the problems with the sidewalk and the overhang.

Pre-suit, only one of the three Defendants would even return my call. The other two would not acknowledge the claim in any way. That is until I filed a lawsuit. Once they saw that the cooperative Defendant was settling, and saw that my case was ready to go to trial BEFORE I even filed the case, they knew we were serious.

The funny thing is, about 16 years ago, before I was a lawyer, I broke my leg in the exact same way and got the exact same treatment, and my case settled for $30,000.00.

I was able to get WR more than $120,000.00 for her injuries.

All cases are different and I am certainly not suggesting that I can get anyone anything in particular in their case, but I do guarantee that I will work hard on every case that comes into my office.

Not every case ends as well as WR’s case. But when they do, it really makes this job worth doing.

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"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Paralyzed Injured Worker Awarded $48 Million

Paralyzed Injured Worker Awarded $48 Million

A Lake County jury awarded $48 million in damages in the personal injury case of an injured steelworker. The steel workers were rendered a paraplegic (paralyzed from the neck down) after a fall from a ladder at ISG Burns Harbor (now ArcelorMittal) in November 2004.

When an injured person suffers such severe personal injuries as paralysis, no one can ever begrudge the damages in his personal injury cases. $48 million will be needed to provide the home care for him for the rest of his life. And we cannot forget what he has lost–the ability to walk, to dance, to run, and to live a normal life. He will never be able to take care of himself.

Thank goodness the jury saw fit to help this injured workers in this personal injury case. Congratulations to him and his personal injury lawyers.

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Car Accident Question: What To Do When Insurance Will Not Pay?

Car Accident Question: What To Do When Insurance Will Not Pay?

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Car Accident Question:  What should I do if I’ve been involved in a car accident and the insurance company does not want to pay?

There are many different kinds of damages you can claim in a car accident crash case. I usually categorize them between property damage losses in personal injury losses.

Car Accident Question – Property Damage

Most of the time, insurance companies are pretty reasonable when it comes to fixing your car. Of course, that assumes that who caused the accident is not an issue. In other words, if the other driver’s insurance company things that you caused the accident, then they will not want to pay for your car repairs, rental, or any other damages. If this is your situation, you will have to repair your car yourself or submit your claim to your own insurance company if you have full coverage auto insurance.

But if it is clear that the crash was the other driver’s fault, usually the other driver’s insurance will pay for the repairs. Unfortunately, there are many crummy insurance companies out there who take a long time to do a property damage estimate and then do not want to pay the towing or storage fees for the car during that time.

They also do not want to pay for our rental car and will fight you every step of the way if your personal property has been lost or so stolen as a result of the crash.

Car Accident Question – Personal Injury

When it comes to personal injuries, almost every insurance company these days will give you a hard time. A common tactic that they use these days is to be generally supportive of you and suggest to you that they will take care of the injury claim once you are done going to the doctor. Then, they will get you or agreement to pay your medical bills directly. But this is a mistake.

Once the insurance company has paid your medical bills, you will never be allowed to tell the jury about those medical bills. Then, then, they cut a deal with the doctor or hospital to pay pennies on the dollar for the medical bill and refused to pay you any money for your pain and suffering, time lost from work, or any of the other damages you may have suffered in your car crash.

It is a dirty trick because everyone wants to be reasonable. But this is just one example of how insurance companies use their superior knowledge and experience in injury claims to trick injured people into taking less money or recovering no money when they’ve been hurt in a car accident.

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Do You Need an Automobile Injury Attorney?

Three Things You Need To Know From The Automobile Injury Attorney...

Been In a Car Accident? Need a Car Accident Lawyer?

Car accidents are currently the number one killer of people between the ages of 1 and 37 in the United States. Car accidents, crashes and collisions cause about 3 million injuries a year, 2 million of which are permanent and crippling injuries per year.

40,000 people die in car accidents every year in the United States alone. The Department of Transportation reports that most of these car accident deaths can be avoided. About 40% of car crash fatalities involve drinking alcohol and driving.

Many accidents involve some combination of alcohol and speeding. Additionally, seatbelt use is only around 68% despite the proven fact that seatbelts protect drivers and passengers and save lives.

In more than half of all car accident fatalities, the deceased were found not to be wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Reckless and drunk driving is a serious offense and the law treats a car, when it causes injuries, such as a dangerous weapon.


Many choose to forego hiring an attorney to save themselves some money. Sure, filing a personal injury claim against an insurance company is a cheap alternative to hiring a lawyer.

But an automobile accident can be a traumatic experience that can leave you with injuries and expensive medical bills. An attorney can help you in your fight for a settlement. Hiring one can provide you with big gains if you’ve suffered a personal injury.

A drunk driver who kills a person in a Chicago car accident can be sent to prison for murder. Such dangerous activities as drunk driving and racing are often treated casually by young people. However, they do not understand the inherent risks associated with this behavior.

After an accident, serious or minor, it’s very important that you contact a lawyer immediately. While it may feel like you have no one on your side, injury Lawyers will help change that.

When the insurance companies try to not play ball or minimize your situation your lawyer will take the lead and stop the nonsense. As the medical bills begin to pile up and you start to get overwhelmed, your injury lawyers can take charge and let you rest easy.

Remember, if you are involved in an accident, never to apologize or accept responsibility without consulting a lawyer.

Car crashes are scary, but apologizing on the scene can fix the blame on you even if the collision is another driver’s fault. A lawyer can help you work out the necessary paperwork and protect you from accusations and court proceedings.

If insurance companies have lawyers protecting their interests, shouldn’t you? We offer a free consultation. A good Chicago car crash lawyer is going to get you every element of damages the law allows you to collect, whether the other driver was drunk or just negligent.

Are you unsure if you are in need of an automobile injury attorney? Here are some telling signs that you might need to hire one.

Why Hire an Automobile Injury Attorney

Are you suffering after an accident? You might want to hold off before making a personal injury claim. A good automobile injury attorney can make all the difference when it comes to getting a proper settlement. But how do you know when to call one?

No matter what the situation, if you’ve been the victim of someone else’s negligence, then you most definitely need Car Accident Attorney Chicago. It’s important to find Car Accident Lawyers Chicago with good reputation that you can trust.

Find attorneys that will aggressively and relentlessly fight for your compensation and rights. A good team of injury Lawyers will also be very loyal to you and forthcoming about how things are progressing for your case.

The best thing you can do is assess the damage after your accident. If you have minor injuries, you might want to file a personal injury claim. This method helps to expedite the legal process. It’s commonly used by people that are in accidents with little to no injuries.

On the other hand, injury attorneys can be extremely helpful in cases with extensive injuries, medical fees, and emotional distress. Injury attorneys are prepared to walk their clients through the legal process step by step.

They are prepared to handle all of the proceedings and will work with you on the way to your settlement. Plus, most injury attorneys only get paid when you get your settlement.

When you call the attorney’s office, they will go over all the different payment options and help you find one that works for you. When looking for Car Accident Lawyer Chicago consider the amount they will get when you receive your compensation.

Most attorneys will charge a percentage of the total compensation plus any expenses they had to cover to win your case. Things like medical costs and fees for experts will be expenses that have to be covered when you receive compensation.

That means you don’t have to worry about any fees unless you receive a settlement. Even if the attorney charges a fee but they will also work to get you a much bigger settlement than if you were on your own.

A team of Car Accident Lawyer Chicago will know how to build your case. After an accident there are many steps in making sure that all of your rights are protected.

Once you have become a victim of someone else’s negligence or oversight, it’s very important to get the help of Car Accident Lawyer Chicago as quickly as possible. The big insurance companies will not be doing what’s best for you, but will do what’s best for their party.

In most cases accident victims that take on insurance companies get significantly less in compensation than those that are represented by Car Accident Lawyer Chicago.

Another benefit of finding and hiring an experienced car accident lawyer is that is shows the big insurance company that you are serious. Without an attorney most victims can’t take their case to court if they can’t reach a settlement.

With Car Accident Lawyer Chicago on your side, the people responsible for your accident know that you have the team necessary to go to court if you have to.

This can lead to higher amounts of compensations than when taking on the big insurance companies without Car Accident Lawyer Chicago.

To make sure your case receives the individual attention and professional treatment from the people responsible, you need the help of an experienced lawyer. They will take on the role of representing you and help get your medical care paid for.


Other expenses that Car Accident Lawyer Chicago will help you recover are rehabilitation costs and other future medical bills that can add up quickly. The total amount of the economic loss you suffer after an accident is difficult to calculate.

With the help of Car Accident Lawyer Chicago a professional economist can determine what the present and future costs to you will be. Good lawyers can quickly figure out the value of the injuries you received in your accident.

The insurance company will try to settle quickly but will not have your best interest in mind. They are looking out for themselves and their client.

When you hire Car Accident Lawyer Chicago they look out for you and can take on the big insurance companies to make sure that you and your family receive everything that you deserve.

Most insurance companies have Car Accident Lawyer Chicago working with them to minimize your compensation. Don’t take them on alone; get your own Lawyers to fight back.

Types of Injuries

It’s imperative to call an automobile injury attorney if you have a substantial injury. But how do you know if your injury is substantial? You should first consider the type of injury, recovery time, and cost involved.

Head, back, chest, neck and shoulder injuries are common in personal injury cases. You could also have an injury to an extremity that requires significant healing time. You should consult an automobile injury attorney if you have any medical bills.

Many injuries can lead to medical procedures, physical therapy, or long-term treatment. Be on the lookout for any signs and symptoms of long-term diseases. An accident can lead to brain injuries that might go unnoticed if you don’t look for the right symptoms.


Don’t ever underestimate your injuries. Find an attorney that offers free consultations if you’re unsure of your case. Doing so could save you thousands.

Long-Term Problems

One telltale sign that you should hire an automobile injury attorney is if you suffer from a long-term injury.

In legal terms, a long-term injury is one that persists for over a year. These are also injuries that lead to a permanent or long-term disability. You should always consult an attorney if you believe your injury will linger for an extended period of time.

Remember to keep tabs on your financial and medical documents after an accident. Your attorney may need them to help you reach a maximum settlement.

Your finances can be severely impacted if you have to miss work or pay for a lifelong disability. An attorney can’t recover everything you lost from a major accident, but they can help you reach the settlement you deserve.

Handling Disputes

Not every personal injury case goes smoothly. That’s especially true in cases of disputed liability. Disputed liability occurs when an insurance company claims their policyholder is not at fault for the accident.

In these instances, the insurance company is not required to pay for damages. Disputed liability doesn’t necessarily mean the other policyholder is not at fault. It means that the insurance company feels there is not enough evidence to prove your case.

If you run into a disputed liability, you should consult an automobile injury lawyer. There’s no guarantee that you will get a settlement, but they can acquire as much evidence as possible to present your case.

Refusal to pay occurs when insurance companies deny your request for a settlement. There are many reasons why an insurance company may refuse your claim including an untimely complaint, a lack of medical proof and an avoidable accident.

Don’t give up if you encounter a refusal to pay. You can still consult an attorney and they will help you present the best possible case to the insurance company.

When to Call a Lawyer

Did you know that if you are the victim of an accident, you may be entitled to thousands of dollars in compensation for any injuries, losses, property damage and lost wages? The problem many people face is that they do not take action to obtain the benefits that are rightfully theirs.

Turn to a Chicago Car Accident Attorney to relieve you of your burdens. Now that you know if you should call an attorney, you need to know when to call an attorney. It’s important to hire an automobile injury attorney as soon as possible.

That’s because the statute of limitations for personal injury varies from state to state. You also want to make sure you get your settlement as soon as possible when you’re faced with medical bills and missed work.

The general rule of thumb is to call within a few weeks of your accident. This way your attorney has time to handle all of the legal proceedings and compile a case for you.

What to Do After an Accident

You probably have lots of questions and concerns about your car accident injury, like:

  • Who is going to pay my doctor bills from my car accident case?
  • How will I make ends meet if I am off work?
  • Is the other guy’s insurance any good?
  • How can I make sure that I get everything the law says that I’m entitled to?
  • How can I be sure that I am hiring the right car accident lawyer?
  • These are just some of the questions that go through a person’s mind when they were involved in a car accident.

You probably have many more. But you’ve come to the right place. I have handled thousands of car crash cases in my career. The injuries have ranged from whiplash injuries all the way through surgery cases and even death.

Because of the tremendous weight of motor vehicles and the speeds that they can travel act, car accidents can expose your body to forces that your body was never designed to experience.

Neck and back injuries are probably the most common injuries I see in car accident cases. But shoulder injuries, broken bones, cuts and scarring, and leg and knee injuries are also common. A car crash can result in a variety of injuries.


My job is to make sure that the other driver is held 100% responsible for what they have done. I’d like to share with you the things that I tell my clients to do if they have been involved in a car crash.

These are the things that if you do them, can help us settle your case or if your case goes to trial, can make sure that we get you maximum value for your injuries.

If you fail to do these things, the insurance company for the other driver will thank you for the built-in defense you gave them.

Are There Any Bodily Injuries?

Was anybody in your car or anyone you know injured in the crash? If nobody was injured then it’s just a property damage claim and that’s something your insurance or the other driver’s insurance should be able to take care of for you automatically.

After all, that’s what you pay for insurance for. My advice to people who are involved in a Chicago car crash without bodily injuries and they’re concerned about getting their car repaired or getting a car rental, what I tell them is look at both insurance companies.

Look at your insurance company and its reputation and then the person who hit you, their insurance and its reputation. Then make the claim with the more reputable insurance company.

For example, if the guy who hit you has a substandard insurance that doesn’t return your phone calls, your path of least resistance is to call your insurance company if you have full coverage and have your insurance company fix your car.

Then they will make a claim against the substandard insurance company. If you get into a car accident that’s not your fault and your car is damaged, you shouldn’t have to suffer by making a million phone calls to an insurance company that’s not responsive.

So take the path of least resistance and get your car fixed that way.

Report the Crash to Police and Your Insurance.

If there are injuries involved in your car crash in Chicago then what I would tell you to do is make sure you get to speak with the police officer. Make sure the police officer makes the police report and blames the guy who actually caused the crash.

You can do this by remaining calm, respectful, and factual when you’re speaking to the police officer. If you had any other witnesses either in your car or out on the street or in another car who support your version of how the crash happened, make sure they speak to the police officer, too.

You might be wondering, “why do I have to report the crash if it was the other guy’s fault?” Well, your insurance company may require you to report the crash within 24 hours to local police, and if you do not, you may lose benefits under your insurance policy.

Also, the other driver’s insurance will expect a police report. Car crash cases where there is no police report are harder to settle. If there is a dispute as to how the crash happened, you might have to rely on your own insurance to repair your car.

Many car accident insurance policies require that you report the crash to your own insurance even if it was not your fault within a week. Failing to do so can make them suspicious.

I have never had a client insurance rates went up because they were involved in a crash was caused by someone else. So get a police report and notify your own insurance.

Getting an accurate police report which blames the correct party is an important part of the claims process when you’ve been involved in a car crash.

For some reason, if you get a moving violation ticket (running a red light, failure to yield, running a stop sign, speeding) and you’ve got a bodily injury claim, you don’t want to go to court and plead guilty to those tickets.

Pleading guilty to a moving violation is an admission in the civil case. You’ve got to fight that ticket if you get a ticket mistakenly.

The last thing I’ll mention is, if you or somebody in your car’s been injured, even a little bit, you’ve got to get to a doctor and get checked out to make sure those injuries are documented.

Gap Insurance

Gap insurance is property damage insurance that you get for your car that covers you for the difference between what you owe on your car and what the cars’ book value is.

Without gap insurance, if your car gets totaled, the insurance company is only obligated to pay the book value of the car. In this day in age, most of us drive a car off a car lot and we owe more money than the book value of the car.

For example, if you own a car that you owe $20,000 on and the book value of the cars $15,000, without gap insurance, the insurance company will only pay you $15,000 for that car and you still owe $5,000 with no car. But with gap insurance, it covers that gap.

So same accident, you owe $20,000, the car is worth $15,000; with gap insurance, the insurance company is required to pay the full $20,000.

I always tell my clients and friends consider getting gap insurance on your car especially if your financing a car. It’s really the only way you can make sure you’re protected if your car gets totaled.

Take Pictures

They say a picture is worth 1000 words. That is really true when it comes to car accidents. Almost everyone carries a phone which allows them to take pictures these days. Go ahead and take photographs of your entire car, focusing on the areas where damage was caused.

Being able to show pictures of the damage can prove force of impact, but can also help us prove that the crash was the other driver’s fault.

And if you have bruising, bleeding, a cast on a broken bone or a sling, you should get photographs of that as well.

It will help prove your injuries.

Don’t Give a Recorded Statement

The other driver’s insurance company will call you after your automobile accident. They will ask you if it is okay if they turn on a recorder so that they can record your statement.

They want you to give them all sorts of details of the crash and your injuries and they asked the questions in such a way as to lead you into answers that you may not agree with 100%.

I never let my clients give recorded statements after car crash without me being there to protect them, and you shouldn’t either. It only works to the benefit of the insurance company and it does not work to your benefit.

If you’re considering giving a recorded statement anyways, get a free consultation from an injury lawyer. Everything you tell an injury lawyer in a free consultation is privileged. It is attorney-client privilege. Nobody can know about it.

Even if you don’t hire that lawyer, that lawyer can give you good information in strategy on how to protect your rights while you’re deciding whether to hire a lawyer not.

So don’t give a recorded statement until you have spoken with a lawyer who is on your side and can fill in the details for you.

Do Not Panic

As drivers become more aware of their responsibilities and car companies develop safer vehicles, the percentage of deaths in car crashes has steadily declined.

When combined with safe, responsible driving techniques, such as acknowledging posted speed limits, wearing seatbelts and going out with designated drivers, these new cars and advanced roadways promise a safer driving experience.

Be Mindful of Your Body

I am contacted by a lot of people who don’t feel that bad immediately after accident. They don’t feel so poorly even a day or a week later. But as time goes by after the injury or after the accident, they start feeling worse and worse and eventually see a doctor.

The reason I’m telling you to be mindful of how you’re feeling is because my advice to everybody who’s been involved in an accident with an injury is to get it documented. Get everything documented even if you only suspect an injury.

It is essential to get it documented. This includes documenting your injuries by going to a doctor and making those complaints to a medical professional close in time to the date of the accident.

The reason is the same as what we were talking about before.

You need as much evidence as possible. Get documentation about when and where the accident occurred. Document the parts of your body that you’re claiming as having been injured by the first doctor you go to.

I always tell people who have been injured or suspect an injury to go in to get checked out. It can’t hurt and it may save your case.

Don’t Be Afraid of Free Consultation

In this day and age, virtually every personal injury lawyer offers a free consultation. That means you can talk to as many personal injury lawyers as you want.

You’re not limited to one.  Each of these lawyers is required under attorney-client privilege to keep what you tell them completely private and secret.

In this way, you get to enjoy two great opportunities:

The first is you get these free consultations that don’t cost you anything. There is no obligation. So if you don’t want to hire the lawyer, you don’t have to but the lawyer is still going to give you insight about what is important in your case and what your chances would be.

The other benefit is that you can get more than one free consultation. You can talk to more than one lawyer and decide which one you like best, should you decide to hire one.

So it’s really a win-win for you.

Woman bends over in pain rubbing her lower back as a result of a spinal injury accident.

Woman bends over in pain rubbing her lower back as a result of a spinal injury accident.

You get more educated about what you have to prove in your claim and you get to talk to different lawyers to decide which one you like best. Definitely consider a consultation if you’ve been injured in an accident.

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How Family Doctors Treat Injury Cases

Family doctors are fantastic for colds, infections, to get antibiotics or for physical examinations and things like that.

Some of them are indeed very good at treating you after an injury case.
But many of them are not.

They can be sceptical or they tend to want to write you a script for pain medicine and then see you in sixty days.

The problem with that is that there’s no medical injury or condition in the world that benefits from a delay in quick treatment.

So if you’ve been involved in an accident and your family doctor seems to be putting you off, just feeding your pain pills and giving you follow-up visits, you might want to consider seeing a doctor who has more experience treating people who’ve been injured in an accident.

Those kinds of doctors are going to give you thorough orthopedic clinical exams in the office.

Then if it’s warranted, they’ll send you for X-Rays, CT scans, MRIs to get to the bottom of exactly where your pain is coming from and how to fix it.

You shouldn’t have to go 60, 90, or 120 days taking pain pills and not really being treated for your injuries. 

Woman bends over in pain rubbing her lower back as a result of a spinal injury accident.

You deserve to get a diagnosis right away. It’s better for you physically and it would be better for your injury cases anyway.

What Is My Case Worth?

You know, the number one question I get from everyone, no matter what kind of case they have, is:

“What is My Case Worth?”

And that is definitely true for car accident cases. So this is NOT legal advice, but it is super valuable information that gives you sort of the guidelines so that you will know if somebody is offering you money on a case, whether the money should be taken or whether you should hold out for more money.

What we are going to talk about now are the general guidelines that affect how much a car crash case is worth. To really get a good idea, you need to consult with a car crash lawyer who has experience and who has all the facts of your case.

Or even if you have a lawyer, you can consider whether what that lawyer is offering you is something you should take.

So really, the value of a car crash is based on percentage fault, medical bills, wage loss, and whether the injuries are serious or permanent. So let’s jump in right now and talk about it.

Percentage Fault

So the way we evaluate these cases is, at the end of the case, if it does not settle, the judge and jury are going to evaluate what percentage fault each person in the crash has.

So if you are a passenger, you are obviously not going to be at fault. They are just going to evaluate the drivers involved.

If there are two cars that are involved in the crash, maybe one car is responsible for 100% at fault and maybe the other driver 0%.

Maybe its 50%-50%, or any combination of that adding up to 100%.

So why is this important?

Let’s say that there are two cars involved in the crash. Both of the cars have some fault. Car 1 is 20% at fault and Car 2 is 80% at fault and you win $100,000.

That fault determination means that Car 1, that was at 20% at fault, pays $20,000
and the car that was involved in the crash, Car 2, that caused 80% has to pay $80,000.

Now if you are found to be partially responsible and you are found to be more than 50% responsible, you cannot recover for your injuries.

Percentage fault is definitely a major thing you need to consider. You have to evaluate your case to determine what a fair settlement value would be.

Medical Bills

The higher the medical bills, the more valuable the case. The lower the medical bills, the less value the case.

Now that comes with some caveats.

If you have had surgery or you require ongoing medical care for your injuries sustained in a car crash, that obviously increases the value. This is not a hard and fast rule.

For example, in a case where somebody has a scar or permanent ongoing injury for which there is not a lot of medical care that they can give you, your medical bills may be quite low, but the value of the case may be quite high.

Wage Loss

Were you working at the time of the accident? And if so, have you lost time from work? 

If you’re working around the time of the crash and you are not required to take any time off from work, that sends a powerful message to the jury that your injuries were not that serious.

But if your injuries are such that you can never return to work, that sends a powerful positive message that the injuries you sustained were really serious and really affected your life. The value of your case goes up.

Condition of Your Injuries

So obviously, a temporary injury is worth less money than a permanent injury.

Take a minor injury that is maybe 1-2-3 out of 10 on the 1-10 pain scale versus a serious injury, 6-7-8-9 on the 1-10 pain scale. Obviously, the minor pain scale is worth less money and the more serious injury is worth more money.

Effect on Your Life

Jurors are allowed to give you pain and suffering and disability damages in a trial and that is something we ask for in a settlement as well.

So consider whether the injury has affected you.

Let’s say you love to play football, basketball, or soccer, and you can never play that sport again. You are not making money from it, but it really added to your life.

If the injury has really affected you and has stopped you from doing what you really enjoy doing in life, that definitely adds value to the case.

The next thing is, definitely talk to a lawyer.

Once again, I want you to understand that these are general guidelines and you need to talk to an attorney and give that attorney all the facts they need. This will give you 100% of valuation on your case.

If you have been involved in a car crash, do not give the insurance company a recorded statement until you get a chance to speak to a lawyer who will represent your interests.

Injury lawyers offer a free consultation. I offer a free consultation. Why not talk to a lawyer? You don’t have to hire them if you don’t want to but at least you will have some information that you did not have before.

And finally, if you have any concern that you have sustained an injury, absolutely go see a doctor.

Your Personal Injury Case

An automobile accident can leave you with unwanted expenses, pain, and suffering. So it’s important to make sure you get the most out of your settlement. The aftermath of an accident can leave anyone in shock. Victims are left wondering what to do and who to turn to.

As serious as the accident may have been, the residual effects can leave victims in a state of panic and feeling overwhelmed. Regardless of the type of accident or where it occurred, you are not alone.

When you have been injured in a Car crash in Chicago, your personal injury case in Chicago or in Illinois turns on the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code. If you or a loved one have been injured in the Chicago, Illinois area, there is hope and help available.

Call a qualified Car accident attorney in Chicago immediately or check out other pages of my website or check out my Youtube Channel for information videos which explain how Chicago Car Accident cases work.

Every personal injury case involving a car accident in Chicago turns on the Rules of the Road because the injured person has to prove that the accident was the other guy’s fault.

When evaluating whether you have a good car accident injury case, both you and especially your Chicago Car Crash Attorney, must be familiar with the Rules of the Road in Illinois.

Individual cities like Chicago, have their own ordinances regarding trucks, cars, motorcycles, and bicycles. So you need a Chicago Car Accident lawyer who knows what Rules to apply to determine who had the right of way and therefore, who was at fault for your accident.

In accidents involving semi-trucks, Federal regulations and laws apply to trucks and truck drivers. At the Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo, you can rest easy knowing that you will have a Chicago Car Crash lawyer in Chicago on your side fighting for your rights.

Our representatives are dedicated to taking care of every aspect of your case, from helping you with lengthy paperwork to speaking directly with insurance companies and even contacting your employer.

We take pride in representing you and will always be available to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Make sure you do your due diligence and hire an automobile injury attorney if you have a major accident.

You should also consult an attorney if you run into a dispute with an insurance company. They can help you get the representation and financial settlement you deserve.

Were you in a recent accident? We can help.

Contact us today to get a free case evaluation. The Chicago Car Accident attorney at The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo is dedicated to protecting the rights of Chicago Car accident victims.

If you have been involved in a Chicago Car Accident, we can help you. So if you still have questions, give me a call at 1-888-HURT-318. I offer a free consultation in person or by telephone, your choice. I can answer all of your questions with no obligation.

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Car Versus Pedestrian Injury Case? Here’s What You Need To Know.

Car Versus Pedestrian Injury Case? Here’s What You Need To Know

Hi guys, Chicago car accident lawyer Scott DeSalvo here.

Have you been involved in a car versus pedestrian accident resulting in an injury?

Well, this article is about car accidents where a car runs into a person walking.  Lawyers usually call these ”car versus pedestrian” cases. The information in this article also covers “truck versus pedestrian” or “motorcycle versus pedestrian”.

LIABILITY In A Car Versus Pedestrian Case

The first thing which has to be evaluated is  “where was the pedestrian walking”?
The idea case is where a pedestrian is walking on the sidewalk and a car jumps or a curb.  Only slightly less good (but very common) is where a pedestrian is walking across the street in a crosswalk, and with a green traffic light and ‘walk’ signal.

The tougher cases are where someone is walking or standing where they are not really intended or expected to be.  Every injury lawyer fears the ‘child dart out’ case, where a child or adult steps into the street from between two parked cars, and right into the path of an approaching car, truck or motorcycle.  it is difficult to avoid such a collision.  I also get a few calls a year from people who decide to cross the street from mid-block, perfectly happy to expose themselves to the possibility of being hit by a car because they had the decision to take a ‘shortcut’ instead of crossing at the corner or  in a marked crosswalk.

As in all personal injury cases, these facts are important to know, because the first thing which must be proven is LIABILITY.  That means “whose fault was it?”.  Usually, a car versus pedestrian injury ends up being evaluated by a Jury as a combination of fault between the pedestrian and the motor vehicle.

Car versus pedestrian case is not much different than a regular car crash case.  The case has to be analyzed by reference to the Rules of the Road (the Motor Vehicle Code) to see what rules and status the driver might have violated in causing the crash.  Knowing whether he got a ticket and pleaded guilty to it is powerful evidence to establish that the driver, not the pedestrian, was at fault for the crash.

In Illinois, if the injured person is more than 50% responsible for the injury, he or she is barred from recovery.  So you can see what knowing this information is very important.

What Are the DAMAGES?

Here is the truth about almost all injury cases:  if the damages are large enough, it usually makes sense to proceed on a case, even if liability is a little tough to prove.  That’s because the bigger the injury, the more medical care, the higher the medical bills, and the more permanent the injury consequences are to the injured person, the bigger the case.

It is easy to conclude that a personal injury lawyer’s ‘contingency fee’ is the sole reason explaining this.  But that’s really not true.  For example, if a case requires multiple experts and doctors as witnesses, a case can be very expensive to take to trial.  Since most injury lawyers advance case costs, a lawyer might find himself spending too much money on a case to justify the expense based on  the likely settlement or trial value.  If all the settlement or verdict money get eaten up on case costs, neither the client nor the lawyer is going to be very happy.

Thankfully, in car versus pedestrian cases, it is usually the case that liability experts are typically not required. So in other words, there no reason to hire an accident reconstructionist if there are witnesses who can come to Court and say what they saw.  And oftentimes doctors, though very expensive, are willing to say that their treatment was reasonable, medically necessary and that their bills are of a reasonable amount.

Still, taking a case to trial isn’t free, and lawyers have to evaluate the size, seriousness, and permanence of your injuries before deciding whether to go to trial.  Unfortunately, when a pedestrian gets hit by a car, it usually results in some pretty severe injuries.

The human body was not meant to be hit by a 2,000 pound hunk of steel traveling at ANY speed, whether slowly or quickly.  When there is such a collision it is not uncommon for the person to be thrown in the air, have broken bones, a serious head injury, all that kind of life-threatening stuff.  And of course, death can and does result from such things.

GET HELP AND QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Virtually al injury lawyers I know (and I know a lot of them, all over the country) offer a free consultation.  You will know you are speaking to the ‘right’ lawyer if they listen to you, give you information freely, and let you decide whether to hire them or not, rather than giving you the ‘tough sell”.

In fact, the best lawyers I know do no ‘sell’ at all.  It is never a question of whether you want to hire them, but more of a matter of whether your case fits the criteria of what kinds of cases they handle at their law firm.

Pedestrian accident lawyers like this have no issue at all answering all of your questions for no charge and no obligation.  And if you both agree they will consent to be your lawyer; otherwise, they might be able to refer you to a Chicago injury lawyer who is legitimate.

Whatever you do, don’t waste your time with a lawyer who is aggressive, will not or cannot answer your questions, anything like that.  Deal with a person who is experienced, respectful and can answer your question.

A good lawyer who knows how to investigate a case like this can really turn a rough case that other lawyers might turn down into a profitable case.  That means a case where you end up with full compensation for your injuries.

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When Do You Need A Work Related Injury Attorney?

When Do You Need a Work Related Injury Attorney?

Getting injured at work can be devastating for you and your family.

The emotional costs of these injuries can be hard enough to deal with. When you consider the potential financial costs, it can be extremely overwhelming. 

In these cases, a work related injury attorney may be able to help you get the compensation that you deserve to help your family overcome this hardship. 

Filing for worker’s compensation can result in a lot of negative pushback from employers and other employees. They could be upset that you are attempting to rock the boat. 

Employers are not always looking out for your best interests. So, you need to have somebody on your side if your compensation request goes awry. 

Here are some ways you can determine whether or not you need a work related injury attorney.

The Nature of the Injury

What were the circumstances that lead to your injury? This is an essential question asked in all personal injury cases. 

If your injury happened at your workplace, you may think you have a substantial claim. But you must be able to prove that your injury was a direct result of your employer’s negligence. 

For example, let’s say you became injured after falling in your company’s warehouse. In this case, you have to be able to prove that your injury was because your employer did or didn’t do something. 

Many cases have been won or lost based on this question. If you are in a public place and you slip and injure yourself because of standing water, you have a valid claim for compensation. 

But if there was a “caution” sign next to that standing water, then whoever owns that public place is not technically liable for your injury. 

That’s why you will see many disclaimers post all around work environments that some would consider dangerous. This is a huge part of what makes some compensation cases so complicated. 

Cases where the injury happened at an offsite location can be even trickier. Even if you are at a specific location for the purposes of your job and you get injured, you may not have a substantial case. However, there are instances where these cases were successful. 

Either way, the “how” is the most important part of building your compensation case. This is because the answer to that question will define who is to blame for your hardship. 

The Severity of the Injury

How serious is your injury?

This qiestion directly correlates with whether or not you need to employ a work related injury attorney. If your injury only requires a brief hospital visit or a simple outpatient procedure, it may not be in your financial interest to hire an attorney. 

But if your injury is more serious, there will be more costs associated with it. Additionally, you’ll be entitled to much more money.

For example, if you are severely disabled in some way because of employer negligence, there will be a lot to endure. These things can include surgery, lengthy hospital stays, and physical rehabilitation. 

These injuries can change a person’s life. They will need compensation to ensure that their affairs are being taken care of when they can’t control them. 

A work related injury attorney is often hired in cases where an employee will have to miss work and will not be able to be paid a livable wage for the length of recovery.

In these cases, an employee may be entitled to compensation. This compensation can cover medical costs, lost wages, and emotional damages associated with the injury. 

But sometimes, employers will not want take your injuries seriously. They will pressure you into downplaying your injury so they don’t have to pay you as much. 

Whether or Not Your Employer is Cooperating

Severe, permanent injuries warrant a serious payout. 

This is a major reason to employ a work related injury attorney. The problem is that there are employers out there who will seek to give you as little money as possible for your injury — even if they were indirectly responsible for it. 

It’s shameful, but a lot of employers just want to save their money. This is true even if it means putting your financial and emotional situation in turmoil. 

Insurance companies are sometimes just as guilty. Often, a representative will attempt to question the circumstances and severity of your injury. They will try to pay out less money than you deserve. 

Their job is to question the validity of your claims. However, this undermines the plight of workers who actually need compensation to survive. These workers are regularly not taken seriously. 

In times like these, you need someone who will fight for you and speak up for you and your family. A lawyer can work as your spokesperson. 

An attorney can also negotiate a settlement for you. Settlement payouts can sometimes be in the millions. They can go a long way to ensure you and your family’s security. 

Sometimes, your injury at work is caused by a chronic hazard at your job, such as asbestos. In this case, a lawyer can contact other plaintiffs and help build a class action lawsuit against your company. This way, nobody else will be hurt by their negligence. 

Ready To Hire A Work Related Injury Attorney?

Remember, it’s crucial that you make the decision to contact an attorney before too much time has passed.

The longer you wait, the less that will be covered by your employer’s insurance. You will have to shoulder most of the cost out of pocket.  The time limit to file a worker’s compensation lawsuit varies per state. So, make sure you are aware of the restrictions. 

Hiring a work related injury attorney is the first step to justice. Your injury was not your fault. You shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of all of the expenses associated with your injury. 

Consider employing a work related injury attorney that has experiences dealing with cases like yours. 

Contact us for a free case evaluation and to get closer to receiving the emotional and financial support you need. 

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