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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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Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Have You Been Hurt In A CTA Bus Crash? Here’s What To Do.

Hurt In a CTA Bus Crash?

Here’s What To Do.

Reports show that you are not alone and that there are a lot of reasons for the crashes that CTA should be working harder to fix. But they do not.

According to records and interviews conducted by the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, there have been 5 people killed and over 1000 injured in CTA caused crashes.

That is only from a CTA bus crash, not all the other ways people can be hurt on the CTA. Like being hurt on a train, for example. And these are just the ones which have been reported.   These crashes have cost taxpayers over $16 million dollars over the same 2-year period.

You see, the CTA only has to report the crash to the Federal government if there is a death, a hospital trip, or property damage of more than $25,000.00. These figures do not even factor in how many minor injuries have occurred that were not required to be reported.

I’ll be honest: I am often a critic of the Sun-Times because their paper is often fluff. But in this case, their investigation is a good service to the people of the City of Chicago and anyone who rides the CTA.  

In the last 2 years, more than half of the injured people were passengers of the CTA. They were hurt by negligent driving by a CTA bus driver.

The remaining injured people were the bus drivers themselves (around 250); other drivers (about 200); and pedestrians (55) and bicyclists (20).   

That is a lot of people being injured in a lot of different ways. Of course, speaking with a lawyer who is in possession of the actual details of the case is the only way to really know whether you have a chance at recovery in any kind of injury case.

That includes when you got hurt on the CTA. I am going to explain a little about the injury claims process that the Chicago Transit Authority has.

You see, CTA bus drivers, train operators and even supervisors who are called to the scene of a crash or an injury will often give you a claims number. This is so that you can call the CTA and open an injury claim. I have been an injury lawyer for almost 20 years.  

Do you know how many times I have heard of an injured person actually being paid anything for their injuries or getting the medical bills paid by making an injury claim through the CTA? Never. Not once in almost 20 years.

I think that the CTA claims process is false. It is a farce. ​

It is designed to get injured people to give the CTA information about you, your injuries and your medical treatment. They do this NOT to evaluate your claim for purposes of settling.

Instead, they do it, I believe, SOLELY for the purpose of finding weaknesses in your case. They hand out witness cards to other people on the bus. However, they do it to find a way to contest your injury case.  

CTA lawyers will ask to take a recorded statement from you. But it is mainly to figure out a way to poke holes in your case and get you to say things that you do not even realize hurt your case.  

That’s why talking to a lawyer who knows what to do when you get hurt on the CTA is the key to improving your chances to win fair compensation for your injuries.

They have lawyers and you deserve the advice of a lawyer, too. Why should they get legal advice and you have to go in ‘blind,’ not knowing what they are really doing? Consult with a lawyer and level the playing field.

Every case is different and there are wrinkles to the facts of your case that make it somewhat unique. One simple fact and knowing how to mitigate it if it is a bad one can mean the difference between a good outcome or having your case thrown out of Court.  

We deserve to be warned of the dangers of riding the CTA and the preventable injuries that its negligence causes. If you want to learn more, you can read more about the article here.

What Should YOU Do If Hurt In A CTA Bus Crash?

The first thing you should do is assess yourself. Are you in pain? Can you walk or move? If you are able, ask for help or assist others who are hurt.

Next, make sure that the CTA bus driver calls in the crash and makes a report.   

What Should YOU Do If Hurt In A CTA Bus Crash?

The first thing you should do is assess yourself. Are you in pain? Can you walk or move? If you are able, ask for help or assist others who are hurt.

Next, make sure that the CTA bus driver calls in the crash and makes a report.   

I have talked to many people who get hurt on the CTA and sometimes, bus drivers do not want to make a report. Then, the CTA can later claim that the injury never happened. Make sure to report it and make sure CTA does a report of injury as well.

The third thing you have to do is see a doctor right away. You do not want to wait weeks or months and there are two reasons for that. First, there are no medical injuries that get better faster without medical care.

You may think your problem is a minor sprain, but it may be something more serious. Second, delays in medical treatment make Juries suspicious that you were not really hurt. When in doubt, go get checked out.   

But obviously, if you are okay and in no pain and no pain develops in the days or weeks ahead, do not go to the doctor for no reason. Another thing to think about is whether you know anyone who saw the CTA bus crash or whether you can get photos of the scene.

These days, almost everyone carries a cell phone that is capable of taking really good photos.   I know it is hard to think to do that, but it is important. Finally, DO NOT try to handle the case yourself. Years ago, the CTA would occasionally settle cases.  

That has more or less disappeared. They now only settle slam dunk cases and they are experts at interviewing unrepresented injured people and poking holes in their case.

Are There Differences In CTA Bus Crash Cases?

The answer to that question is “Yes”. Of course, the basics of a crash that happened on the roads of Chicago are the same whether we are talking about a car crash or an injury on the CTA.

But there are differences. The first is that there is a ONE YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS. That means that you have one year from the date of your crash to file a lawsuit. This confuses some people because most injury cases involve a 2-year deadline.   

Since the CTA is a part of the City of Chicago, it benefits from the one-year deadline which most municipalities enjoy. Miss the date and your case is over.Another thing to keep in mind is that having a clear diagnosis from your doctor for an injury that is clearly related to the crash makes the case easier to settle.This will give us fewer problems if we have to take the CTA to trial to win your case.

Believe it or not, I have several clients where the Hospital or the follow-up doctor makes medical notes in the patient’s medical records and it described how the injury occurred incorrectly.

For example, I represented a lady who had a car accident and was taken to the Emergency Room by ambulance. However, the ER nurse wrote down that my client hurt her knee in a fall.   

Obviously, that was wrong, but Defendants in these cases will try to confuse the Jury and defend that case however they can. It isn’t always honest or fair. Their job is to save money and they have to give you nothing and defeat your claim to do that. And believe me, they will.

That’s why I believe that the most important thing any injured person could do is hire an experienced lawyer for CTA injury. One who is also courteous and easy to talk to. Sometimes, these cases go on for many years and it is a mistake to hire a mean lawyer who acts like you are bothering him when you have a question.

As much as it is unpleasant to think about calling a lawyer, not all lawyers are jerks. Many of us a very nice people and will spend some time with you on the telephone so you can explain what happened and what your concerns are.

If you have a lawyer who is a jerk, say goodbye and call another one. Find a lawyer who is courteous and knowledgeable about how to handle such cases. That’s why most good injury lawyers offer a free consultation in person or over the telephone.  

You can learn a lot from one of these free consultations. They cost you nothing, but what you might learn could win your case, or prevent you from losing it.

Like many injury lawyers, I offer a free consultation through my telephone line as well. You can call 24 hours a day and every day of the year, so answers are just a call away whenever you want to call.

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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                  See More >

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7 Smart Tips from Personal Injury Attorneys in Chicago

7 Smart Tips from Personal Injury Attorneys in Chicago

Injured man consulting an attorney about a lawsuit.

You’ve just been injured in a car accident. Left leg was broken. Index finger on your right hand crushed. Left thigh burned to the third degree.

You know you’re entitled to financial compensation due to the negligence of the other driver, but you’re not sure how to go about getting it.  

So where do you turn? The good news is that persoanl injury lawyers are available to help.

Let's take a look at 7 smart tips on how you can successfully naviagte your claim with the best personal injury attorneys Chicago has to offer.

1. File a Police Report ASAP

Remember, if it’s not documented, it didn’t happen, at least according to the courts. Unless you have what happened in writing, anyone can say anything during a personal injury case.

Be sure to include as much relevant information as possible, including the:

  • Full names of every person involved
  • Contact information for every person involved
  • Facts as you know them to be
  • Make and model of the other vehicle if in an auto accident
  • Location and time of the accident
  • Machinery, objects or anything else involved in the accident if not an auto accident

It’s a good idea to write down as much information as possible before filing the police report.

2. Collect Evidence

Every little piece of evidence you can gather for your case can have a significant impact and adds credibility. Your personal injury lawyer can help you with this.

When you’re searching for “personal injury attorneys Chicago,” you’ll want to read the testimonials. Once you’ve established that you’ve chosen a reputable lawyer, he or she can help you know what type of evidence is most important to your case.

Keep in mind that lawyers can get sued, too. So, you’ll want to make sure that the information you’re giving your attorney is accurate, complete, and provided to the best of your ability.

3. Speak Mindfully

During a personal injury court battle, less is more. Make it a point to only speak with your attorney in the privacy of his or her own office.

You’re entitled to your privacy, and the details are no one’s business but yours and whomever you choose to share them with.

Avoid speaking about your case to family, friends, and especially strangers. Though it may seem as if your words are safe when you’re chatting with the grocer, beware. Even the walls can have ears.

Remember that “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” Keep your confidential information confidential.

4. Take Responsibility For Your Emotions and Reactions

After you’ve sustained a personal injury, all sorts of emotions may come up: anger, grief, fear, sadness, resentment, betrayal. And these are all valid and completely understandable.

But don’t forget these are your emotions, and you can choose how to respond to the situation when they arise.

Pursuing a personal injury claim is about receiving what you’re due in compensation for the physical, financial, psychological and employment consequences you endured. This is not about revenge. It’s only about justice.

So, even though it may be tempting to shout at or curse the person who harmed you, keep your emotions in check. Speak respectfully to all parties involved in your case, resting in the knowledge that justice will be served.

5. Stand Your Ground with Your Insurance Company

It’s natural for your insurance company to offer you the lower financial compensation that you deserve during your first attempt to contact them. They’re trying to save money and will agree to the lowest you will allow. This is normal operating procedures for insurance companies.

While you do want to be reasonable, you don’t want to sacrifice what you’re entitled to. Their inability or unwillingness to see the extent of your personal injuries does not have to determine how much you settle for.

Contact them a third or fourth time if needed. It’s normal for there to be several offers and counter-offers before reaching an agreement.

Comprise where you can to show them that you know what you’re worth and you’re willing to be open and reasonable. But also know when not to budge. This is where a personal injury attorney can help tremendously.

6. Social Media Can Be Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy

Many of us enjoy our daily romp down the Twitter page or our hourly browsing of Facebook pictures.

Social media is connecting, entertaining, and just plain fun.

But it’s important to remember that all this can change during a personal injury claims battle. Every status you post, every picture you take, every comment you give — all of it can potentially be used against you and hurt your personal injury claim.

From that picture of you throwing a ball to your 2-year-old cousin to that status about the great time you had a party the night before, you can greatly affect the outcome of your settlement.

These pictures and statuses can be used to demonstrate that you’re not really that hurt, or that you haven’t really suffered that much.

A good rule of thumb is to take a break from social media altogether during the personal injury claim process. It may just be worth the withdrawals you go through.

7. Hire a Good Personal Injury Lawyer

This may be a given, but it bears repeating. A good personal injury attorney can fight the battles that would only give you additional headaches and stress.

You’ll want to either fully research “personal injury attorneys Chicago” or get a very good recommendation from a trusted source.

The nice thing about having a lawyer is that they often fight these types of battles for you to get you the greatest financial compensation possible.

The next time you’re searching for “personal injury attorneys Chicago,” remember these seven tips.

The Best Personal Injury Attorneys Chicago Can Provide

You don’t want to cheat anyone. You just want to receive what you’re entitled to.

When you’re looking for personal injury attorneys, look no further than DeSalvo Law.

We’ll work with you to make sure you receive what you’re due, and we’ll be there for every step of the journey.

Contact us for more information and let us lead the way!

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  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

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Testimonials

"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                  See More >

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10 Questions You Should Ask Your Chicago Accident Lawyers

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Chicago Accident Lawyers

In the state of Illinois, about 800 car accidents occur every day. Which means, Chicago accident lawyers definitely have their work cut out for them.

If you are unfortunate enough to get caught up in one of these all too common collisions, you may be feeling a little bewildered about what to do next.

Medical bills may have started coming in the door and repairs need to be done on your vehicle. Perhaps you even had to miss work, and now the rent is due. As the pressures mount, you should seek out Chicago accident lawyers for counsel.

They will be able to negotiate the settlement that you need so that you can get the help you deserve to get back on your feet after an accident.

But choosing from the many options you have for attorneys is sometimes trying, there are just so many. And if you have never required the services of Chicago accident lawyers, it can even be hard just to know what to look for.

So that you can better understand each candidate, we have devised a series of questions meant to reveal all the most important aspects to be considered when choosing a lawyer.

1. How Long Have You Been in Practice?

You may not consider the length of time in practice to be the most paramount factor when you select from your choices of Chicago accident lawyers.

However, that number will tell you so much.

By knowing how many years someone has been in practice, you can better assess their abilities because you know that many have come before you and chosen them as well.

You will want to ask how long they have practiced this particular type of law, and what their success rate has looked like.

2. Do You Solely Represent Car Accident Victims?

Knowing what other types of cases your firm represents can help give you an idea of what kind of lawyer they are. Finding one that takes a real interest in auto injury cases is very important. The last thing you want is for your case to become an afterthought or an experiment.

Finding one who takes a real interest in auto injury cases is crucial. The last thing you want is for your case to become an afterthought or an experiment.

3. What Is Your Assessment of My Case?

Your personal injury attorney should be able to tell you realistically what kind of financial settlement you may receive. They will be able to break down the factors that are working in your favor, and those working against you.

4. Is It Likely That We Will Have to Go to Trial?

Sometimes cases can be settled without the expense of a trial. Asking Chicago accident lawyers whether they think your case will be settled outside of court can be a good way to set your expectations.

5. About How Long Will It Take for My Case to Wrap-up?

These kinds of cases all take different amounts of time based on the schedules of everyone involved, including the court system.

It can seem at times like it just keeps being dragged out.

By asking up front about similar cases time frames, you can set an expectation for your own. This can help you to know what money you will need to come up with before any settlement you might receive comes through.

6. How Would You Describe Your Approach to These Cases?

Based on personality and experience, every lawyer will approach a case differently. They have seen this all before, even though it may still be a little raw and shocking to you.

Some of them will want to get the case moving immediately, others will want to gather more background information, and still, more will instruct you that your best option is an immediate settlement.

When you are hiring someone to represent your interest, knowing how they plan to approach the problem can help you be sure that they will act in the way you want.

7. Who Will be Managing My Case?

Every law firm has attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, assistant attorneys, and secretaries. Each member of the team needs to be effective for your case to be successful.

You will want to find out exactly who will be managing your case, and how much access you will have to them, as well as the rest of the team.

8. Will I Receive Any Progress Reports?

Depending on how busy a law office is, how much support staff they have, and how active your case is, you may want to receive progress reports on some kind of regular basis.

Not all practices will provide you with them, however. It takes a lot of time for someone to prepare a progress report and many lawyers that work with a smaller team simply won’t have time.

If you’re paying a certain amount a minute for any conversation you have with your lawyer, and you’re not getting a progress report, it can be a bit disconcerting. This is why it is so important that you ask thorough questions right at the start of your case.

9. What Is Your Hourly Rate?

There are a few ways costs might be managed when you pay your lawyer, but the most common is an hourly rate.

The hour is divided into tenths, meaning many lawyers are really charging you a price for every six minutes of their time.

10. What Fees Will be Taken Out of My Settlement?

Besides simply paying for the attorney’s time, there may be other fees. Some practices ask to work on contingency, or for a retainer fee.

You should find out what these costs are, and know if you will need to pay them back should your case not be successful.

If the costs are very concerning to you, ask them for a print out of the expenses for past cases similar to yours. Although no two cases are completely the same, knowing what those that came before you paid can give you some confidence that you are making the right decision.

Finding Chicago Accident Lawyers

When you are looking for the right representation for your case, experience and knowledge of the system are the most important factors to consider.

If you are in Chicago and are looking for a personal injury attorney, contact us at the law office of Scott D. DeSalvo. We have answers to many of these imperative questions available right on our website.

Get Your FREE Injury "Cheat Sheet"

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Testimonials

"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                  See More >

Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

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The Auto Accident Claim Process Explained

The Auto Accident Claim Process Explained

If you’ve just been in a wreck, figuring out the intricacies of filing an auto accident claim is likely the last thing on your mind — and for good reason.

That’s why taking a proactive approach and learning how the process works now can save you valuable time and energy should you need to do it in the future.

Today, we’re breaking down just what happens after you file that initial claim. Where does it go? Who handles it? How long until you can expect to hear back?

We’ll answer all of those questions and more. Ready to dive in? Let’s go!

The Basics of an Accident Claim

As with almost any legal process, the exact steps that your claim will take will differ according to a few factors. These include:

  • The exact nature of the accident
  • How severe the accident was
  • The degree of property or bodily damage (or both) that occurred, if any

That said, there are a few actions that will occur regardless of your individual circumstance. Let’s look at those in closer detail:

Step 1: The Claims Adjustor

As soon as you file your accident claim, your insurance company will dedicate a claims adjustor to your case. He or she will be responsible for reviewing your auto policy to determine exactly how you’re covered — and how you should proceed.

Depending on your case, your claims adjustor might do the following to help create a clearer picture of what occurred during the accident:

  • Ask for a copy of the detailed police report
  • Communicate with other parties involved, including the driver and any witnesses
  • Go to the scene of the accident
  • Examine your car and photograph any physical damage
  • Review your medical record (with authorization) to discern sustained injuries

This step is critical for determining fault as it helps your insurance company understand precisely what happened and who should be held responsible.

Step 2: Finding Fault

Next, your adjuster will work to gather the evidence, listen to recounts, and pore over details to determine who was at fault.

You may be aware that not all automobile accidents are cut-and-dry. Sometimes, one driver is mainly at fault, but not completely.

What then?

While you’ll likely have a hard time proving total (100%%) or no (0%) fault, figuring out a percentage of blame is a helpful way for insurance companies to determine who pays what amount.

For instance, if you were found to be 70% at fault and the other driver was found to be at 30%, the settlement payments would be divided against those ratios as well.

Checking You Out

Increasingly, insurance adjusters are adopting a more digital mindset, turning to the Internet to help fill in any holes they might need while determining fault.

One place they’re likely to look? Your social media accounts. Now, you can find out more about a person in just a few clicks than you ever could in an over-the-phone interview.

Often, you can also trace that person’s steps according to what they post that day — a feature that helps adjusters grasp the timeline of the day of the accident.

For instance, you might claim you were in an automobile accident on Thursday, then upload a Facebook Live video showing your pristine car in the background on Friday.

Sounds fishy, right? Your adjuster will think so too.

Adjust the settings on your accounts so that only your added friends and family members can see your posts.

Also, it should go without saying, but try to avoid posting about the accident in the social sphere, as doing so could come back to hurt you in the end.

Step 3: Payment for Damages and Losses

After your claims adjustor reviews your case, he or she may determine that the other driver was at fault.

When this is the case, he or she will work with the other party’s insurance company to seek payment for any medical attention you might have received or any property damage done to your vehicle.

In insurance speak, this payment process is known as indemnification. Alternately, if your adjuster determines that the other party is at fault, it can sue that party for the amount of its payment in a process known as subrogation.

Vehicular Damage

If your vehicle is damaged during the accident, you’ll have a few ways to go about getting it fixed with your insurance money.

You can either go to a body shop that approved by your insurance company, or you can opt for a local one that you prefer. Regardless, it pays to do your homework and get plenty of estimates.

If you end up going with your preferred shop over the approved one, keep in mind that you could be required to pay the difference if their price is higher than what your insurance company budgeted.

Medical Care

To give your claims adjuster as much information as possible, it’s important that you allow him or her access to your medical records, including any other pertinent yet personal data such as your amount of lost wages.

Doing so will allow the adjuster get a more in-depth understanding of your case, as that information is often highly detailed.

Typically, all it takes to allow this permission is to sign a patient release waiver.

Not entirely comfortable with the idea of a veritable stranger rummaging through your medical history? Hire a personal injury lawyer to facilitate this process, so you can rest assured that the documents are sound and allowing access to them is the best next move.

Not Satisfied? Your Rights and Options

If the outcome of your accident claim wasn’t quite what you thought it would be, take heart that there are measures you can take to ensure another chance.

You could start by requesting your adjuster’s boss review the claim from a fresh point-of-view.

If that doesn’t work, you can choose legal mediation or head to small claims court. If you want to avoid a full-blown trial, you can seek arbitration instead. Follow the advice of your attorney to discern what the appropriate steps are.

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Bitten by a Dog? Lawyers in Chicago Can Help

Suffering After a Dog Attack? Here’s Why You Need to Hire a Dog Bite Attorney

og attacks aren’t easy. While we may love dogs, some of them are absolutely massive and can cause serious harm to victims of their bites. Every year, between 20 and 30 Americans die from a dog bite.

Along with coping with your consequences, victims of dog attacks play a role in keeping dangerous dogs more restricted. Depending on the dog’s history, this can result in various responses. For a first-attack, a vicious dog is usually required to wear a muzzle.

Why Dogs Bite

With so many dog bites occurring each year in the United States, one has to wonder why. There are a number of reasons dogs attack people. Typically, it’s a reaction to stressful or threatening situations.

Reaching out to pet a dog may not seem threatening to you. But if the dog is anxious or ill, it can unexpectedly lash out in defense. Dogs also commonly bite during play, but may not realize how painful the bite is for the recipient.

This can catch people off-guard, especially with larger dogs that don’t know their own bite strength.

Potential Harm From a Dog Bite

First off, there is a lot to discuss regarding the potential harm caused by a dog bite. Obviously, a larger dog causes more harm. It doesn’t take a lawyer to understand that an angry dachshund will not hurt you as much as a vicious Rottweiler.

However, even in the case of large dogs, people often do not understand the potential harm that could result from a dog bite. On the other hand, lawyers in Chicago know that dog bites are extremely serious.  For people of all ages, being attacked by a dog can cause serious trauma. A lifelong fear of dogs is not an uncommon result of an attack. In the case of a more serious and unexpected attack, deeper trauma can occur.


In some cases, a person can even fear leaving the house as the result of an attack. There are also physical risks. Along with the dozens of deaths that result from dog attacks every year, a person attacked by a dog can experience lifelong scarring and disability.

This is particularly true if a person is attacked by a dog like a pitbull, which can bite with over 230 pounds of pressure. This pressure can easily break the limbs of an attack victim.

What to Do If Approached by an Angry Dog

There are ways to minimize risk. While you cannot help the way others raise their dogs, there are actions you can take to keep yourself safe.

Do Not Approach Strange Dogs

This is the first and most effective piece of advice. If you see a dog, especially a large one, do not approach it to pet it. Unless you are expressly invited to by the dog’s owner, you have no idea how a dog will react.

Respect a dog’s right to personal space and do not get into an unnecessary altercation.

Do Not Run

If a dog approaches you, it is important to ignore your instinct and try not to run. If you run away from a dog, you will find that dog becoming more aggressive.

This is because dogs initially evolved as a hunter and have a strong prey drive instinct for those who decide to get into a chase. Instead of running from an angry dog, stay perfectly still and lay down in a fetal position.

Communicating submission to a dog is one of the best ways to stop an attack.

Do Not Make Eye Contact

When lawyers in Chicago see clients attacked by a dog they did not approach, the cause is often eye contact. Making eye contact with a dog can seem harmless to somebody who does not know much about these animals.

But if you are an expert on dogs, you will recognize that many dogs see this as a challenge. Avoid making eye contact with dogs, particularly dogs that are walking off-leash.

If Bitten, Do Not Pull Away

Finally, if you have been bitten by a dog, there are ways to minimize the harm. One of the most effective is resisting the temptation to pull the clenched limb away from the animal.

When you pull your hand away, the dog will see this as an invitation to partake in a tug-of-war with the clenched individual. This will end poorly for you. This makes it absolutely essential that dog bite victims resist the temptation to pull away from a dog.

What to Do If You’ve Been Bitten By a Dog

If you have been bitten by a dog, the first response is probably to remove yourself (or the dog) from the situation. Even if the dog didn’t mean to bite aggressively, the ensuing commotion may cause the dog to panic further. This can result in greater injury.

After that, there are a few steps to take to clean the dog bite and prevent infection.

1. Apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding. If possible, find a clean cloth or towel to prevent contamination.

2. Go to the nearest kitchen or bathroom to clean the bite with soap and water.

3. If the wound is very large or deep, head to a local clinic or doctor’s office, as you may need stitches or other assistance.

3. Apply a clean bandage and a disinfecting ointment to the wound each day.

4. Over the next few days, continue to change the bandages and check for any redness, swelling, or discharge that could indicate infection.

If you notice any of these symptoms, go to your doctor for antibiotics and treatment.

Dog Bite Laws in Illinois

Before you hire lawyers in Chicago for your dog bite, you should know about the laws around dog bites in the state. This can help you make sure that you have legal options for your situation.

The first thing to know is the statute of limitations. In the state of Illinois, there is a two-year statute for dog bites. If you were bitten over two years ago, lawyers in Chicago will probably be unable to help you.

Another thing to consider is whether you provoked the dog. If you provoked a dog to attack you, you do not have the right to legal recourse within the state of Illinois. This is an important consideration when weighing your legal options in the case of an attack.

Finally, you need to consider where you were. If you were bitten by a dog while trespassing, you obviously do not have the right to pursue legal action.


In trying to determine your right to damages from an attack by a dog, there are provisions in the Illinois Animal Control Act to keep in mind.

The Illinois Animal Control Act (510 ILCS 5/) states: “If a dog or animal attacks, attempts to attack any person who is peaceably conducting himself or herself in any place where he or she may lawfully be, the owner of such dogs or other animals is liable in civil damages to such person for the full amount of the injury proximately caused thereby.”

The Illinois Animal Control Act permits a person to recover money if they have been bitten by a dog. Under the law, you can recover damages from the dog’s owner under the following circumstances:

  • The person actually owns the animal.
  • You did not provoke the dog.
  • You were acting peaceably.
  • You were standing in a place where you were legally entitled to be.

If you can prove these four things, you are entitled to recover from the dog’s owner for medical bills, future medical care, pain and suffering, lost wages and disfigurement suffered in the attack.

Further, even if this is the first time a dog has attacked or bitten anyone, you might still collect from the owner’s insurance company. Most homeowner policies cover this type of incident under general liability policies.

However, in order to collect, you need Chicago personal injury lawyers to represent you as insurance companies often try to place the blame for the attack on the victim.

As Chicago personal injury lawyers, the Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo LLC has spent years helping victims of dog bites collect the damages they deserve. If you’ve suffered a severe dog bite, we urge you to contact us to arrange your free consultation.

When to Seek Legal Advice

If you’ve already been bitten and the injury was severe enough to require medical attention, or if there have been any complications afterward, it’s best to follow up with a dog bite attorney. There can be a number of costly complications following a dog attack.

In addition to obvious medical bills from stitches, antibiotics and follow-up care, you may also need mental health care. Traumatic events such as dog attacks can leave lasting effects. You may even develop PTSD or other issues that can negatively impact your daily life.

Avoiding dogs altogether might seem like a solution, but it’s very difficult to predict when someone will be walking their dog on the sidewalk alongside you. To cope with this, you may need emotional support and therapy for years to return to a state of normalcy.

If this is the case, it makes sense to hire a dog bite attorney who can review the case and work to get monetary coverage and reimbursement for these related costs. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, here are some ways that lawyers in Chicago can help.

Benefits of Working with a Dog Bite Attorney

An experienced dog bite attorney can listen to the facts and determine liability. In addition, even if you think it’s clear who owes you reimbursement, it can be difficult to collect outside of the legal system.

Having an attorney will help recoup your funds and make sure you receive the resources necessary to heal.

Hiring the Right Attorney for the Job

Even after you’ve made the decision to hire a professional, there are still a few considerations to keep in mind. Not every lawyer will be willing to take on every case. Many law firms have specializations or focus areas.

The lawyer who helped close your real estate transaction may not have the experience or desire to work on a personal injury case. The personal injury lawyer who represented you after a car accident may not work with animal attack victims.

It’s important to look for a dog bite attorney who has specifically helped clients in similar situations in the past. Feel free to ask about previous cases they’ve worked on and settlements they’ve received on behalf of other dog bite victims.

Each case is different, but it’s good to know that you’re working with someone who knows local laws regarding animal attacks and has had success representing clients in the past.

Getting Ready for Your Attorney Consultation

After you’ve been bitten, make a note of when and where the attack happened. Write down as many details as possible to help your lawyer determine who is at fault. Keep a record of all bills related to your injury as well.

Document each doctor’s visit, medication prescribed and any follow-up care. Even if the bite seems minor now, there is the chance it will become infected later or lead to other complications.

It’s best to record all the details as they happen rather than trying to remember them later on when there is a larger problem.

Remember: mental health is just as important as physical health. If you’ve suffered any emotional trauma as a result of the attack, let your attorney know about this as well. They may be able to help you find treatment.

If you’d like to learn more about what to expect at your consultation, feel free to contact us for more information. We’d be happy to answer any questions and help you recover from your attack.

Hire Lawyers in Chicago

We’re the best lawyers in Chicago when it comes to helping victims of a dog bite. We specialize in helping the victims of animal attacks get the legal recourse they are owed. That includes giving you financial restitution while holding the owners of vicious animals accountable.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Motorcycle Attorney After an Accident

10 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Motorcycle Attorney After an Accident

Every year, there are about 90,000 people injured in accidents involving motorcycles all across the United States.

In some cases, the motorcycle driver is the one to blame for the crash. But in many others, the motorcycle driver is an innocent victim who is forced to deal with injuries and medical bills stemming from a crash they didn't cause.

If you were recently involved in a motorcycle accident, it's a good idea to consider hiring a motorcycle attorney to handle your case. Whether you sustained injuries in the accident or not, you might be entitled to a settlement payment that could take care of any damage done to you, your bike, and other vehicles that were involved in the crash.

Here are 10 reasons why you should hire a motorcycle attorney if you're ever involved in a motorcycle accident.

1. A Motorcycle Attorney Can Determine If You Deserve Compensation

There are times when you, unfortunately, will not be eligible to claim compensation in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident. If you were the one who 100 percent caused the crash, for example, compensation might not be in the cards for you.

But even if you were ultimately to blame for the crash, you could still be entitled to collect a small settlement that you can use towards repairing your motorcycle and taking care of any injuries you sustained.

If you attempt to figure out how much compensation you're owed on your own or, worse, if you attempt to negotiate a settlement with your insurance company without a motorcycle attorney, you could end up accepting way less than you deserve.

A good attorney can let you know if you qualify for compensation and help you get the most money possible from an insurance company.

2. They Can Explain the Process of Filing a Legal Claim

If a motorcycle attorney determines that you are, in fact, eligible to some kind of compensation following a motorcycle crash, they'll explain how you need to go about filing a legal claim.

In some instances, it's as simple as negotiating a fair settlement with an insurance company. In others, it could require you to go to court to get a settlement you're happy with.

Regardless, an attorney can break down the process you'll need to go through to collect compensation. This will prove to be very important once the process actually begins.

3. They Can Answer Any Questions You Have at Any Time

The average person doesn't know the first thing about filing a legal claim and attempting to collect compensation after a motorcycle crash.

Therefore, people usually have tons of questions that they want to ask about how it all works. When you bring a reputable motorcycle attorney on board and ask for their help, they'll be able to answer all those questions quickly.

It'll be nice to have an attorney in your corner you can trust. It'll put your mind at ease whenever you're confused about something that's happening.

4. They Can Find Out the Facts About Your Specific Case

After you've agreed to work with a motorcycle attorney, they'll take the time to gather all the facts surrounding your specific case.

They'll pull police reports and read through them to see what took place during your accident. They'll contact insurance companies to get a read on what they're thinking with regards to your crash. They'll even evaluate your medical situation and see what kind of bills you could be facing down the line due to the injuries you sustained.

Good attorneys know how to gather facts and use them to their benefit. Your lawyer will be able to make a strong case for you once all the facts are in place.

5. They Can Negotiate With Your Insurance Company

Before they take any official legal action on your behalf, your motorcycle attorney will reach out to your insurance company to see if they can negotiate a settlement related to your case.

At this point, if you're entitled to compensation, your insurance company has probably already reached out to you to try and work out a settlement deal. The insurance company's adjuster has likely tried to give you a lowball offer to keep you happy.

Assuming you haven't accepted that offer, your attorney can push for your insurance company to give you more money. They can use the facts they've gathered to show your insurance company why you deserve more money than they're offering.

Negotiating with an insurance company can be very challenging, even for the best attorneys. It's best for you to leave it to the professionals rather than trying to do it on your own.

6. They Can File a Lawsuit on Your Behalf, If Necessary

More often than not, a motorcycle attorney can negotiate with your insurance company and come to terms on a settlement. It'll help you avoid having to take your case to court.

But in the event that your attorney can't strike a deal, they'll be able to handle filing a personal injury lawsuit for you. They'll also be able to explain why filing a lawsuit is in your best interest based on the facts surrounding your case.

Filing a lawsuit and going to court could obviously complicate your life and cost you money in the process. But if it ends up getting you a significantly larger settlement in the end, it'll be worth it.

7. They Can Represent You in Court

Outside of helping you to file a lawsuit following your motorcycle accident, a motorcycle attorney can also stand by your side and represent you in court. They'll present a case for you, argue the facts about the case, and try to show a judge or jury that you deserve more than what your insurance company initially offered you.

You should never attempt to represent yourself in court if you don't have any experience doing it. The opposition will likely wipe the floor with you and make it difficult for you to collect money you might actually deserve.

By bringing an attorney in, you'll significantly increase your chances of winning your case. You'll also rest easier at night knowing that you don't have to figure out a way to launch a legal attack without any law experience.

8. They Can Paint You in a Favorable Light to a Jury

One of the biggest challenges you'll face in court is the misperception that many people have when it comes to motorcycle riders.

Most people are under the assumption that any accident involving a motorcycle rider is the motorcycle rider's fault. People wrongfully assume that motorcycle riders are all irresponsible and drive recklessly when they're out on the road.

You obviously know that this isn't true. But it's easy for lawyers to convince judges and juries otherwise. It's not uncommon for the perception of motorcycle riders to hurt them in court.

A good attorney can shoot down any misconceptions about motorcycle riders in court and show a jury that you're a responsible rider. They'll use things like your experience level and your expertise to show that you shouldn't be blamed for the crash that occurred.

9. They Can Get You the Money You Need to Fully Recover

At the end of the day, your goal is to collect enough money to pay for the damages done to your motorcycle and to pay the medical bills that you've racked up trying to heal from the injuries sustained during your crash.

Your motorcycle attorney will function with that goal in mind at all times. They'll make it their mission to find a way to get you the money you need to move forward with your life. That's what you're hiring them to do, and that will be their only goal while working with you.

10. They Can Allow You To Focus on the Recovery Process

You've been through a lot since your motorcycle accident.

A lot of the wounds you sustained have probably healed. But you might still have a long way to go until you're back to 100 percent as far as health is concerned.

Rather than spending all your time worrying about collecting compensation, you can worry about getting better when you hire a motorcycle attorney. Your attorney will take care of your legal problems while you concentrate on everything else you have going on in your life.

Taking this approach will be much better for you in the long run. It'll prevent you from having to deal with health issues well into the future.

Hire a Reputable Motorcycle Attorney Today

Trying to recover from a motorcycle accident can be a painful process. Don't make it any more painful than it has to be by refusing to hire a motorcycle attorney.

As long as you hire the right attorney, they'll be able to get you compensation for your accident so that you can get back on your feet in no time. It won't be long before you're on your bike again doing what you like to do best.

Contact us today to get a free consultation on your case. You can also check out our blog for more information on personal injury cases.

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