We Have Recovered Billions Of Dollars For Car Accident Victims
Results matter. You’ve been hurt because of a careless driver, and now you have medical bills to pay, lost wages to make up for and other costs to deal with. You want an attorney who can get you tangible results, because justice alone will not pay your bills.
At Smith LaCien LLP in Chicago, our lawyers’ objective is to get you money for your car accident claim. Over the decades that we have been handling motor vehicle crash claims, we have recovered more than $2 billion dollars for people throughout Illinois. Rest assured that we have the experience to pursue maximum compensation for you.
For a free consultation about your car crash claim, call us at 312-509-8900 or send us an email.
Does Fair Compensation Matter To You?
Getting compensation for a car crash is one thing; getting fair compensation is something else entirely. Victims of careless drivers are often contacted by the insurance company soon after the crash. The insurance adjuster may be quick to offer a settlement. If you get that call, you may be tempted to accept the settlement. After all, you have bills to pay.
But how do you know that the settlement offer is fair? The insurance adjuster may tell you it’s fair and that it will cover all your costs, but can you be certain? What the insurance company will not tell you is that its objective is not to help you recover physically and financially from the car wreck, but to earn money. Insurance companies are businesses. If the opportunity exists for them to cut costs by paying less than a car wreck victim deserves, they will. Do not give them that opportunity.
You can talk to a Chicago attorney at our law firm for free. If you have received a settlement offer, we will review it with you to help you determine whether or not it is fair. If you have not yet received an offer, we will let you know if you have a claim and what your next steps should be.
How Is Car Accident Claim Compensation Calculated?
How do you determine whether a settlement offer is fair? There is a lot that goes into calculating fair compensation, but one of the keys is to make certain that it does not overlook future expenses. Yes, it may cover the medical bills you already owe, but what if you need more medical care down the line? What if you need surgery or physical therapy? Even follow up doctor appointments are not cheap, and you certainly don’t want to be on the hook for paying them.
Then there is the issue of lost wages. The same concept comes into play here. If you have to miss work in the future, or if your injuries prevent you from working at all, you want to make sure you’re getting money to help you get by without the paychecks you had expected.
One of the most overlooked issues in determining fair car accident compensation is pain and suffering. Unlike medical bills and lost wages, which are considered economic damages, pain and suffering is a noneconomic damage. You can’t just calculate it by adding your bills together. We know how this, and all other facets of compensation, are determined. Let us help you get compensation that is truly fair.
What If The Insurance Company Offers A Settlement That Is Too Low?
Do not be surprised by a lowball car accident insurance settlement offer. Insurance companies want to process these matters quickly and as cheaply as possible. While the insurance adjuster may say that the settlement being offered is fair, it might not be sufficient to cover all your damages. You have the right to say no to a settlement offer and ask for full compensation.
Our job is to push back, to show the insurance company exactly how much compensation you need and to demand that they pay it. Often, by being clear and showing that we have done the work to calculate the right amount of compensation, we are able to get the rightful settlement. Occasionally though, we will have to take the matter to trial and fight for full compensation.
Experience In Many Different Areas Of The Law
We are committed to fighting for the best possible result. This requires proper representation, where an attorney will thoroughly examine all areas of a case. Combined with our extensive knowledge of the law, our firm is best equipped to handle your case. We have worked with clients facing a variety of legal difficulties, including:
- Car accidents such as head-on collisions, rear-end collisions and T-bone accidents
- Truck accidents, including 18-wheeler crashes
- Pedestrian accidents, for those injured while crossing the street or on a walk
- Bicycle accidents, as well as those using bike sharing programs
- Motorcycle accidents, which can quickly turn catastrophic
The fact of the matter is, when you’re involved in an accident, you are often suffering. Whether you are out of work or facing a mountain of medical bills, it can feel like there is no end in sight. Our firm will advocate for you at every turn. We can help you get the compensation you deserve, including payment for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.