Filing a Personal Injury Claim and Getting Paid After an Accident
Accidents happen every day in Chicago. Sometimes it’s due to poor weather, other times people get hurt on purpose by the criminal acts of others. However, more often then not accidents are caused by carelessness. Whether it’s due to texting while driving or simply not properly securing an area, we believe the majority of accident injuries are caused by human error. Now, with that said, our job as Chicago injury lawyers is to represent our client’s best interests. Sometimes that means taking a case to court. Other times it may be best to settle a claim outside of court. Never the less, it’s our job to advise accident injury victims what we believe to be their best options. In this article, we are going to discuss filing a personal injury claim and getting paid after an accident.
Remember, our website does not provide legal advice. Instead, our site allows for accident victims to obtain information about our law firm. The thoughts and concepts discussed are of our own opinions. Now, since we’ve been practicing injury law for over 55 combined years, we believe our law firm knows a thing or two about how to file an injury claim and how to get our clients paid after an accident. Therefore, if you are looking for legal advice please call us at (312) 598-0076.
We’re going to discuss the process of filing an injury claim and what we go over during our initial consultation. In addition, we will also lay out our opinions on when to settle a claim outside of court and when to push for a jury trial. Let’s discuss filing a personal injury claim and getting paid after an accident.
The Process of Filing an Injury Lawsuit
In order to submit an injury claim and fight to get paid, you may way want to learn more about the process of filing an injury lawsuit. Our law firm has successfully managed injury claims for over two decades. We believe that there is a systematic approach to properly presenting an injury claim request to an insurance firm. A lot of what we do comes from our initial meeting. During this time we will gather information about you, your accident, and any circumstances surrounding the incident. This is how we prepare to manage your claim.
So, what else is covered during our first meeting? Well, for starters, we try to get to know each other. How do we do this? Simple, by asking questions and listening to your answers. Most importantly, we provide you the opportunity to ask us questions. Injury victims tend to have common questions. People want to know how much an injury claim is worth, how long it takes to get paid, and if they can obtain money for lost wages. Our Chicago injury lawyers believe that by allowing accident victims to address their concerns that it may help lessen any anxieties they may be experiencing.
Simply put, we try to make the process of filing an injury lawsuit as easy as possible. Now, our Chicago injury lawyers always put the best interests of our clients first. We will advise you of our opinions. In addition, we will weigh out all of your options. However, at the end of the day, how you proceed is up to you. So, what does that mean? Well, sometimes we believe it’s better the accept an out of court settlement. Other times we may advise our clients to take a case to court. Let’s go deeper with these two topics.
Determining Whether to Settle an Injury Claim or Take it to Trial
During our first meeting, we are attempting to qualify your case. One of the worst things we feel that an attorney can do is to over promise and under deliver. We know that accident victims have lots of financial stresses. Being painted a picture that isn’t accurate will only add to those frustrations and stresses. So, the first thing we want to try an analyze is if you have a viable case. Once we determine that you do have a case worth pursuing, the next thing we want to look at is evidence. At this stage, we are attempting to see if your case is strong enough to go to trial if need be, or if we should be considering an out of court settlement.
Now, regardless of our opinion on settling or fighting, we still work to get our clients the best possible outcome. We always strive to obtain the maximum amount of financial compensation we believe we can. With that said, there may be times when we advise on settling instead of going to trial. Or vice versa, it all depends upon the evidence. Each case is unique. So, after our initial meeting, our Chicago injury lawyers will brainstorm. Together, they will make a judgement call about your case and your legal options. Determining whether to settle and injury claim or take it to trial requires a lot of work. We put in the time to help our client obtain the positive results they want.
Do You Have a Viable Injury Claim?
Just because you’ve sustained injuries doesn’t mean you have a strong case. We know, this sounds harsh, but we are better off being brutally honest than lying to you. Don’t take this the wrong way, but we need to determine if you have a viable case. If you’re injured, we definitely want to talk with you and we will, of course, provide you with a very thorough free consultation. However, we must put your best interests first and by letting you know where we believe you stand within the way the law works is our duty.
Now, depending upon the strength and or weaknesses surrounding your case will help us determine what we feel are your legal options. We may determine that unfortunately you simply do not have a case. It may be very apparent that you have a strong case and that we should push, even if we need to take it to trial. Likewise, we may feel that you do have a case but we need to tread lightly and might want to work toward an out of court settlement. Our job is to negotiate with an insurance company on your behalf. In order to do that, we need to build a game plan, and that starts with determining the strength of your claim.
When to Settle an Injury Claim Outside of Court
If we determine that you have a case, and you decide to retain our firm, the next step is to figure out which path to take. As we mentioned before, even if we advise you that your best option is to accept a settlement outside of court, it doesn’t mean that we won’t fight to get you paid. In fact, we do not make any money if you don’t get paid first. The more money we win for you, the more money we win for ourselves. So, needless to say, we have a vested interest in the success of your claim. Now, with all of the said, there may be times when we give you our two cents about taking a settlement offer. Here are some instances where our Chicago injury lawyers may elect for you to settle.
You didn’t seek medical attention after the accident
Look, we cannot provide you with any legal advice on our website. In addition, we are not medical professionals, so we definitely cannot provide you with any medical advice. However, our opinion (which is based upon 55 plus years of combined legal experience) is that you should seek medical attention immediately after an accident. Now, there are two main reasons why you would recommend that you go straight to the doctor after sustaining any injury. The first is self-explanatory, you want to protect your health and wellbeing. The second however deals with how insurance companies work.
See, even though insurance companies market to us that they will be there when we need them, it’s a lie in our opinion. Insurance companies make billions of dollars every year by reinvesting the money we pay them. Have you ever dealt with an investment firm before? They don’t like to lose money. Well, when an insurance company receives a large injury claim request they bring out the big guns. That means their adjusters, underwriters, and even their own injury attorneys fight to get them out of the lawsuit. If you didn’t seek medical attention you may want to consider settling the claim outside of court.
You Got Caught on Camera Acting Uninjured
Insurance companies lose millions of dollars every year due to fraudulent claims. Now, because of this, insurance adjusters and attorneys over scrutinize nearly every claim that comes across their desk. This means that even legitimate claims get denied. So, don’t be surprised if you have a private detective trailing you, snapping photos, or interviewing people in your inner circle. If an insurance company believes your claim may be fraudulent, or if you’re claiming that you are more hurt than you truly are, they will dig deep.
So, what happens if you get caught on camera acting uninjured? Well, we might be you know what out of luck. Look, it’s normal for people who are injured to have “good days” or to take prescribed pain medication just to be able to play with their kids. There’s nothing wrong with that. We just need to know about it and document it. If however, we feel that something comes up that could derail your claim, we may advise you to accept a settlement offer.
The Insurance Company Offered a Great Settlement
The best reason to accept an offer is if the insurance company offers a great settlement. Our goal is to get you paid and to get you the maximum amount of money possible. We fight hard, build strong cases, and work diligently so that if need be we are ready to take a case to trial. While we always prepare for the worst-case scenario, sometimes insurance companies step up and do the right thing. If our Chicago injury lawyers determine that the offer made is acceptable and worthy, we will advise you to take it. No matter what, anytime we get an offer we will present it to you. However, if we believe settling is best we will tell you.
When to Take a Personal Injury Case to Court
While there are lots of reasons why we may advise you to accept a settlement offer, there is only one reason why we would advise you to go to court. If the insurance company doesn’t want to play ball, if they don’t want to work with us then we will take them to court. Simply put, our Chicago injury lawyers are not afraid to take on big insurance companies. We’ve won well over one hundred million dollars for accident victims. Understanding how to analyze, submit, manage, and negotiate an injury claim is what we do best.
At the end of the day, if you’ve sustained injuries we want to be able to help you. The best thing you can do is to reach out to us. We cannot help you if you don’t call us. You can reach us at (312) 598-0076. If you want to talk to a personal injury attorney in Chicago open 24 hours please click here.
How Fast Can I Get Paid After an Injury?
If you decide to take your case to court we will carry the costs until you get paid. Settling a case usually provides a faster payout. If you do have to go to trial, it could take time to get you paid. However, our law firm has the ability to financially help out while we wait for a court decision. If you have questions about filing a personal injury claim and getting paid after an accident please call us now. To learn more about John Nisivaco and his experience as a personal injury attorney click here.
Schedule a Consultation With a Personal Injury Lawyer in Chicago
If you would like to schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago call us at (312) 598-0076. There are a lot of injury lawyers in Chicago. Not all of them have won over $100,000,000.00 for accident victims. John Nisivaco holds a perfect 10 Avvo rating. In addition, Mr. Nisivaco was appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association of Governors. John’s reputation is second to none. He fights for the rights of accident injury victims. If you want to hire a top-rated personal injury attorney in Chicago, IL call our law firm now.
In this article, we touched on filing a personal injury claim and getting paid after an accident. We also explained the process of filing an injury lawsuit. In addition, we explained how our initial meeting is handled and how we work toward analyzing your unique situation. Lastly, we explained the difference between settling a claim outside of court and when we may want to do so in comparison to taking a claim to trial. Remember, we are here to answer your questions. Call us at (312) 598-0076 to talk to Mr. Nisivaco now.