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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 will explain your options and work toward the best possible solution. Below is a list of frequently asked questions. After reading them, reach out to our office in Chicago today to schedule a consultation. You can reach us at (312) 509-8900 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 want to speak with a Chicago 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 in a court of law.

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 do not delay in contacting knowledgeable counsel.

Q: How much is my case worth?
A: View an early suggestion of a specific amount with caution. Depending on the circumstances, general thoughts based on extensive experience may be possible following an 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 to hire a lawyer who will complete a thorough investigation and who will never advise you to accept a settlement that is less than the one 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 send us a message 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 accept cases at no charge and collect their fees 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 are contingent on success and are usually 33%. However, individual circumstances in a given case can alter that number 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. For example, the car accident lawyers in Chicago at Smith LaCien LLP can examine and determine the true facts of the case. Even 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. As noted by our Chicago wrongful death lawyers, the length of time can range from a few months to years. It all depends on the 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 injuries that, if not addressed, could leave you in a serious condition. Next, exchange contact information with the other party. Take pictures of the accident, including your vehicle and the injuries you sustained. Write down anything you remember while it’s still fresh in your mind. Then, call an experienced attorney who can help you build the strongest possible case.

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