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Personal Injury FAQs

When it comes to navigating the legal system, many people don’t understand their rights. Having an attorney who understands the process is crucial. Smith LaCien LLP, has worked with clients throughout Illinois. We are here to explain your options and work toward the best possible solution. Below is a list of frequently asked questions for your convenience. After reading through them, reach out to our office in Chicago today to schedule a consultation. You can reach us at 312-815-6455 or fill out our contact form.

Q: How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
A: If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or injured at work and wish to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney, Smith LaCien LLP, will evaluate your case at no cost to you or your family. We’ll help you to determine whether you have a personal injury case to pursue.

Q: How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
A: For most personal injury cases, you have two years from the time the accident occurred to file your claim. However, certain types of cases have a shorter time period, so please do not delay in contacting knowledgeable counsel.

Q: How much is my case worth?
A: Every situation or case is different, so an early suggestion of a specific amount should be viewed with caution. Depending on the circumstance, general thoughts based upon extensive experience may be possible following initial in-depth discussion. It is impossible to know what kind of settlement to expect before investigating the extent of any injuries sustained, medical costs, lost wages, future expenses, and pain and suffering. It is important that you hire a lawyer who will complete a thorough investigation and who will never advise you to accept a settlement that is less than you truly deserve. Each case is unique, so the best way to learn about what compensation you may be entitled to is to call or message us and talk with a lawyer at Smith LaCien LLP.

Q: How are attorney fees paid in a personal injury case?
A: Almost all personal injury attorneys take cases at no charge, collecting their fee as a percentage of any settlement or judgment they obtain for you. If you get nothing from the case, neither does the attorney. Attorney’s fees usually are contingent on success and are usually 33%. However, individual circumstances in a given case can alter that favorably for the client.

Q: What if I was partly at fault for the accident?
A: Even if you think you are partially at fault for the accident, it is important not to agree to a settlement until you consult an attorney. We can examine your case in order to determine the true facts of the case. However, if you were partially responsible, you may still be eligible for compensation. We can discuss your options.

Q: How long will my case take?
A: Every case is different, so it is hard to know exactly when it will end. It can vary from a few months to years. It all depends on the specific situation and how long it takes to reach an agreement. Our goal is to make the process as efficient as possible.

Q: What should I do after my accident?
A: The first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Even if you feel okay, you may have internal issues that, if not addressed, could leave you in serious condition. The next thing you should do is exchange information with the other party. Take any pictures of the accident, your vehicle and the injuries you have sustained. Write down anything you remember, as it is easiest to recall while it’s still fresh in your mind. Then, call an experienced attorney who can help you build the strongest possible case.