Willens Injury Law Offices is a top-rated law firm with an award-winning team of Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers and Accident Attorneys who can help you when you have been injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, big-rig truck accident, bicycle accident, bus accident, dog bite, slip & fall, wrongful death, or whether you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice. Since we charge no legal fees, unless and until we succeed in obtaining a monetary recovery for you, you can count on us fighting hard to get you the compensation you need and deserve.
We know that an injury case has the potential to take over a person’s life, making it difficult to move forward. People turn to us for the dedicated, caring help they require, regardless of the type of accident they were in or the type of injury sustained. We want to help them take control of their situation so they can focus on what matters most — getting back on track. This is also why many of our firm’s cases are referred to us from other lawyers and law firms who trust us to handle their friends, family members and clients’ personal injury cases.
Over the past two decades, Mr. Willens and his team of Chicago personal injury lawyers have been instrumental in obtaining numerous million-dollar-plus recoveries on behalf of clients in a wide variety of injury cases such as car accidents, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases. One of the personal injury verdicts he was involved in was recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the Top 100 Verdicts in the country in the year in which it was tried. One of the verdicts he helped secure set a state record.
Willen’s Injury Law Offices’ Accident and Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers have varied and extensive experience with personal injury law, from both sides of the aisle, is a true asset for their clients. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys not only have years of litigation and negotiation experience working for victims of accidents or negligence, best yet, they have Matthew L. Willens’ background as a former insurance company executive.
Additionally, another accident lawyer at the firm, David Baez, spent the first part of his career as a defense attorney who represented insurance companies. As the firm’s clients sometimes say, “It’s like they know the other side’s playbook!”
A personal injury case refers to a legal dispute that results when an individual suffers harm or sustains an injury from an accident that someone else may be legally responsible for. Such cases are often caused by the carelessness or negligence of another. In some instances, multiple parties may be responsible, and so the victim may choose to sue all involved parties to recover the full amount of both economic and non-economic compensation needed for his or her injuries.
Chicago accident attorneys focus on the personal injury law related to the injuries caused to individuals first and focus on damaged property second. An experienced personal injury attorney can handle a wide variety of serious injury cases and can help you obtain compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of consortium or companionship, and wrongful death.
You are not legally required to have a personal injury attorney to handle your injury claim. You could file all the necessary paperwork yourself and represent yourself in court. However, your chances of winning your case and getting the compensation you deserve are much higher if you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Insurance providers will try to get you to settle quickly. In the midst of your crisis, they might offer you what seems like a large dollar amount. The problem is they rarely make an offer of settlement for the true full cost of your damages. Don’t be misled, hospital bills aren’t the only things for which you will need compensation. You also need to keep in mind the suffering and pain associated with your traumatic event.
The simple answer is, “Probably.” On average, studies show that personal injury lawyers get their clients more than 3.5 times what claimants without a personal injury lawyer get for themselves.
Now mind you, in a case involving serious injuries, an experienced and skilled personal injury lawyer may get a client hundreds of times what an unrepresented claimant would get on their own. On the flip side, even the best personal injury lawyers won’t be able to get much more than an unrepresented claimant could get on their own if the injuries are minimal.
Whether it’s worth it to hire a personal injury lawyer is a decision that really should be made by the claimant and an experienced and skilled personal injury lawyer. Most good lawyers will be honest and tell a potential client if he is able to add substantial value to a claimant’s case. Consultations with personal injury lawyers are generally free so it’s worth a phone call.
The simple answer is, “Yes.” However, there are many things you could do without a lawyer but are not recommended – getting a divorce, buying a business, selling a house, creating an estate plan…. The point is that, at a bare minimum, it makes sense to have a free consult with a personal injury lawyer prior to attempting to enter into settlement discussions without a lawyer.
There are many pitfalls to trying to settle a personal injury case without a lawyer. First, the odds are that the insurance company you are dealing with is extremely well-versed in evaluating and negotiating personal injury cases. It doesn’t matter how wise you are, the advantage is going to go to the expert who handles personal injury claims for a living.
Second, in addition to obtaining the largest possible settlement offer, there may be other things that an unrepresented claimant may not know about. For instance, claimants often have to pay back the companies that made payments on their behalf – mainly their own automobile insurance companies and their own health insurance companies. The claimant may as sume that their medical bills are somehow being handled, but they may not be. Therefore, they may negotiate a settlement where none of the proceeds end up in their own pocket. They may even find themselves in debt after the settlement they negotiate on their own.
Certainly there are very minor personal injury claims that an unrepresented claimant can handle on their own but if an injury is moderate to severe, it is best to contact a personal injury lawyer for a free, no-obligation consultation.
When a personal injury lawyer is contacted by an injured claimant, there are literally hundreds of questions that can, and probably should, eventually be asked by the lawyer. However, there are generally three main questions that just about every personal injury lawyer wants to be answered in the initial consultation: 1. What happened in the accident? 2. What are the injuries and damages? 3. What type of insurance is involved?
There is no right answer. There is no formula. Once upon a time, personal injury lawyers tried to settle cases by using a multiplier formula – two to three times specials (actual medical bills and lost wages). However, that practice is long gone. I’ve been a personal injury lawyer since 1995 and that way of evaluating injury cases was pretty much dead since then. Using a non-existent multiplier formula, there are serious injury cases that settle for hundreds of times the specials and there are minor injury cases where obtaining the specials is quite the challenge.
Each personal injury case should be evaluated independently. There are many factors that should go into making these evaluations. Of course, the incident itself, the nature of the injuries, damages, and the insurance available are probably the main factors. But there are many others as well – the jurisdiction where the case would be litigated, the quality of the medical treatment, the presentation of the injured victim, and the presentation of the at-fault party… The list goes on.
If you’ve been injured in some type of accident, and your case warrants the need for a personal injury lawyer, the next question might be, when should I hire one? The answer is, as soon as possible. The right lawyer will get your case started on the right track so you can get your life back on the right track.
For starters, evidence, such as possible video evidence, needs to be preserved and collected. Scenes, vehicles, and injuries need to be photographed. Witnesses need to be interviewed while memories are fresh. Injured claimants may need to be guided towards the proper type of medical treatment, given the nature of their injuries. This is not to say lawyers should be sending clients to doctors but sometimes an injury lawyer needs to counsel injured people on what type of treatment to get and what type of treatment not to get. A person injured in an accident may think he can go to his local massage parlor to alleviate symptoms from injuries only to find out later on that an insurance company is not going to pay for alternative medical treatment, nor is a Judge or jury going to award damages for that type of treatment.
Furthermore, insurance adjusters may start calling injured victims looking for recorded statements. Those statements almost never work in favor of the injured victim. Lawyers need to guide injured victims on how to deal with the insurance adjusters or guide them on whether or not to speak with the adverse insurance company at all.
Lastly, there are time limits, called Statutes of Limitations, associated with every type of personal injury case. Thinking you know how much time you have only to be mistaken down the line happens more often than you may think. The consequences are devastating.
For starters, a lawyer with experience in birth injury cases can determine, usually with the help of medical experts, if there is a viable legal case at all. Many times, injuries at birth are not due to medical malpractice, but instead due to unpreventable circumstances.
Unfortunately, some cases involving birth injuries are the result of medical negligence. In those particular cases, the right lawyer can make a huge difference, given that these types of cases are often quite complicated.
Prosecuting a medical malpractice case involving birth injuries takes not only skill and experience but a lot of money. Since medical malpractice lawyers who handle birth injury cases generally work on a contingency basis and also fund the litigation, they are very selective about the birth injury cases they choose to handle. It’s not uncommon to spend in the range of $50,000 to $400,000 while litigating a medical malpractice case involving birth injury cases. Without a skilled and experienced birth injury lawyer who is willing to invest the appropriate amount of time and the appropriate amount of money, the case may be doomed from the start.
While there is no “best birth injury lawyer” though some lawyers may claim to be, it is crucial to find someone with a solid record of successfully handling birth injury cases. Given that the amount of the potential settlement or verdict will depend, in part, on how your legal team prepares the case, the decision on which law firm to hire is critical to you and your child. The right lawyer will likely make a significant difference in the life of the injured child and his parents.
As in most questions involving accidents and injuries, the answer depends based upon the State where the accident happened. Of course, laws differ from state to state.
Many people who are injured in an accident think that the at-fault party pays for the medical bills. They get treatment, wait for the at-fault party’s insurance company to pay the bills, which usually does not happen. Then, the injured victim receives a letter from a collection agency, and now, not only does the person have injuries to deal with, but a botched credit record as well.
We tell our clients that, after a vehicular accident (including car v. pedestrian, car v. bicycle…), there are usually three sources to pay medical bills, your own health insurance, your own automobile insurance (under the medical payment provision), and your own wallet. Of course, people sometimes don’t like to hear that their own insurance should pay the bills or that they might have to pay some bills out of pocket.
An injury lawyer will attempt to get you and your insurance companies paid back. However, this will likely not happen until the time of settlement, which could be months or even years after the date of the accident. Regardless, it is wise to make sure medical bills are paid to the fullest extent possible along the way, even if you don’t approve of who is paying them.
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