Q. What will my Chicago car accident attorney need from me?
A. Once you have chosen an attorney that you will comfortable with and feel is best suited to represent you, they will want some basic information from you. Here are a few items that you should be prepared to give him or her:
- Accident details. Your lawyer will need the exact time and date of the accident and your account of what happened in as much detail as possible. Where were you, what direction were you heading, what do you think caused the accident, what was the speed limit, where was the other driver or drivers? Were there witnesses and if so, do you have their information? Were the police called, did they file a police report, do you have the report number? Write down as much as possible before you talk with your lawyer so it is easy for you to recall.
- Injuries. Your lawyer will need to know of any injuries you obtained from the accident, both physical and mental/emotional. Also, it is important that your attorney know whether you have any previous injuries to the same body parts or if any additional injuries have occurred after the accident.
- Medical care. If you received treatment for any injuries from the crash, tell your lawyer what treatments you received, from whom and all addresses and phone numbers of treating medical centers. This will allow your attorney to order records of the treatments from your doctors and other medical practitioners such as chiropractors and physical therapists.
- Insurance. Give your insurance information and any that you obtained from the other driver or drivers that were involved in the accident. If you do not have insurance, your attorney may want insurance information of other people who live with you.
- Photos and other evidence. If you were able to get photos of the accident or of your injuries, your lawyer will want copies email or brought to them. Any other information you can provide including any information you have on the person who was at fault is beneficial, including name, date of birth, height, weight, description, license numbers, type of car, etc.
Q. How much money can I get for my Chicago auto accident?
A. The amount of damages awarded in a car accident case can vary drastically depending on the severity and cause of the accident. Some factors that can be used to determine the monetary value of the accident may be:
- Injuries. The medical cost of treatment and further treatments needed for injuries
- Property damage. The repair or replacement of the vehicle or other property harmed in the accident
- Income lost. Wages lost due inability to work from injuries
- Pain and suffering. In some cases pain and suffering can be assigned value
- Miscellaneous costs. Depending on the accident, if there was loss of quality of life, for either the victim or their family, there may be additional monetary awards. Other expenditures that are needed due to injuries such as home or vehicle modifications may be considered.
Q. How long will my case take to settle a car accident case?
A. Personal injury cases such as car accidents can take at least a year before any settlement is even considered, longer if they go to trial. Many injuries may still have further complications and it is best to ensure that all symptoms are known before settling a case.
Q. Will I have to go to court?
A. Each case is different, however many car accident injuries do settle without having to go to trial. In serious injury cases, your attorney may suggest to proceed to trial if a reasonable settlement cannot be made. Even when a trial is scheduled, a settlement can still be reached before the court date. However, a small percentage of cases do go to court.
Q. Do I need to pay legal fees before I get a settlement from my injury case?
A. Chicago Injury Center works on a contingency fee basis. This means that if we take your case, you will not pay us a dime unless we are able get a financial recovery for you.