Crystal Lake Personal Injury Lawyers
Attorneys Serving McHenry County & the Surrounding Areas
When you’ve been injured through the negligence of another person or entity, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Personal injury claims can arise in a variety of ways. Some of the most common types of personal injury claims we handle include:
- Car accidents, including distracted driving cases
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Slip and fall injuries and other premises liability cases
- Dog bite injuries
- Nursing home neglect
- Farm injuries
We also represent clients in product liability cases.
Establishing a Personal Injury Claim
In order to successfully prosecute a personal injury case and secure damages, the injured party’s attorney must prove that:
- The defendant had a duty to exercise a degree of care
- The defendant failed to exercise that care
- The defendant’s failure to exercise due care caused the accident
- The plaintiff sustained damages as a result
First Steps after a Personal Injury
A sudden injury can be traumatic, whether it’s the result of a car accident, a fall, an animal attack or other event. In the wake of a serious injury, it can be difficult to think clearly. That’s understandable, but what you do immediately following the accident and shortly after can have a significant impact on both your physical recovery and your ability to recover damages from the person who was at fault.
Seek Medical Care as Soon as Possible
In some cases, your injuries will be serious enough that an ambulance will take you directly to the hospital after an accident. However, the extent of injuries isn’t always immediately clear. Some worsen over time, and others may simply be overlooked because the injury victim is in shock. Being assessed by a medical professional as soon as possible will help ensure that you receive appropriate treatment. In addition, when you don’t see a doctor right away, it may be difficult to show that the accident caused your injuries.
Seeing a physician soon after an accident helps protect your health and your right to compensation.
Gather Witness Information, If Possible
After a serious accident, you may be in no position to look around for witnesses and gather contact information. However, if you are able to do so—or if someone else with you is not injured and is able to do so—collecting names and contact information from witnesses is very helpful, since it may be difficult or impossible to identify and locate witnesses later.
Be Very Cautious with Insurance Companies
After your accident, you will likely be contacted by a representative of the responsible party’s insurance company. The insurance company representative may be friendly and helpful and create the impression that he or she is only concerned with making sure you get the resources you need to cover your medical care.
Unfortunately, that’s not the insurance representative’s job. His or her job is to save the company money. Two common ways insurance companies accomplish this are:
- Leading you into making a statement that can be used against you later, even if you’re just responding politely or your words are taken out of context; and
- Encouraging you to accept a quick settlement, before you have consulted an attorney or fully understand the extent of your injuries
Talk to an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Litigation is complicated, and people attempting to navigate the process alone are required to know deadlines and follow proper procedures just like an attorney would be. Innocent missteps in talking to the insurance company or managing your claim can be very costly.
When you have a knowledgeable advocate on your side, you can focus on taking care of yourself and your family while we take care of your case.
Contact a Crystal Lake Personal Injury Lawyer Right Now
Your next step may be the most important one you take on the path to recovering compensation for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation right now to learn more about your rights and options.