Why Experience Counts When You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Illinois
After a car accident or other personal injury caused by the negligence of another, the negligent party’s insurance company may be quick to offer up a cash payment to settle any claims you might have against them. The promise of a quick settlement may seem tempting after you’ve just been hurt and know you’ll need financial help to pay for your medical bills, property damage and other expenses, but making you whole again isn’t the reason for a quick offer from the insurance company. Their reason is to settle your claim before you’ve had a chance to talk to an attorney. Here are some of the reasons why it’s important to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to represent you after a car crash or other personal injury in the greater Chicago area.
The insurance company is your adversary
In case it’s not obvious, it’s worth pointing out that when an insurance company owes you money, whether it’s your own insurance company or someone else’s, your interests and theirs are not the same. You want the maximum compensation your claim is worth; they want to pay as little as possible or avoid liability altogether if they can. Offers to unrepresented persons are far below the actual value of the claim. An experienced personal injury attorney will know all the factors that go into determining the value of your claim and can let you know if the offer is fair or not.
An experienced lawyer will maximize your compensation
A car crash or other personal injury can leave you injured in many different ways – burns, fractures, lacerations, nerve damage, muscle tears or sprains. An experienced attorney will arrange for you to get the right kind of care for your injuries and will know how different kinds of injuries can affect your long-term health and quality of life. These factors are very important when determining your damages. Experienced lawyers also know not to negotiate a settlement until your medical condition is fully known and to thoroughly document the injury and other legal damages you have suffered.
Getting the best result requires being ready for trial
Your Chicago personal injury case may never go to court; in fact, most cases settle before they go to trial. Obtaining the best settlement, however, often requires that a case be litigated as though it were headed for trial. An experienced attorney will know all the legal rules and procedures applicable to courts in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake County or wherever you are located, so that your case does not fall short on a technicality. Also, an experienced attorney with a record of success will be dealt with more seriously by the insurance company. If your case does end up going to trial, you can rest assured your lawyer won’t back down or give in to avoid going to court.
Experienced Chicago and Carol Stream Personal Injury Attorneys are Here for You
At Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, our firm has over 35 years of experience helping victims of car accidents, truck accidents, defective products and a long list of personal injury accidents. We have the knowledge, skills and resources to help you get the best result. If you’ve been harmed by the negligence of another in Carol Stream, call our office for a free consultation with an experienced and successful Illinois personal injury attorney.