Helping Illinois Victims Put Their Lives Back Together
After a car accident, physical pain, emotional trauma, and financial strain can quickly become overwhelming. When the medical bills start to pile up, debt collectors begin to call, and negotiating with the insurance company has gotten you nowhere, it can seem like your life is falling apart. Eames Law Group helps victims throughout Illinois put their lives back together when the aftermath of a crash begins to take its toll.
Let Us Protect Your Right to Recovery
Without protection from an experienced car accident attorney, your rights as a victim are in jeopardy. Developing a clear understanding of relevant laws, applicable claims types, and the legal proceedings that may follow is hard enough, but when you are distracted by your physical and mental recovery, experienced insurance adjusters, and the other side’s legal team, winning an appropriate settlement can be almost impossible. Let our professionalism, persistence, and superior legal skills guide you through this difficult time. We’ll help you:
- Get access to the medical care you need to recover
- Navigate the injury claims process
- Gather evidence like witness statements, photographs, videos, and police reports
- Negotiate with the insurance company
- Pursue your case in court if necessary
Understand the Road to Recovery After a Crash
The road to financial recovery after an accident is filled with hurdles. Liability must be determined. Damages must be calculated. Evidence must be gathered. And that’s just the beginning. Once all of those steps have been completed, you’ll have to argue your case with insurers, at fault parties, and their attorneys.
Determining Liability After a Crash
Although determining liability in some accident cases may be cut and dry, that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, thorough understanding of the laws, the ability to interpret police reports and medical records, and even accident reconstruction may be necessary to accurately assign fault. In some situations, multiple parties may play a role in causing an accident. Responsible parties may be other drivers, companies, manufacturers, property owners, and even government entities.
In most car accident cases, damages are paid by an insurance company. Payouts can come from a combination of:
- The at fault driver’s liability policy
- Third party insurance coverage (trucking companies, manufacturing companies, employer coverage, etc.)
- Your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
Calculating Accident Damages
Car accident damages are based on economic impact as well as personal suffering. It’s typically pretty simple to calculate damages like past medical bills and lost income, but evaluating the cost of future medical care and lost earning potential is often complicated. Sometimes, expert testimony is necessary to sort out the true value of your injuries.
Determining the value of personal suffering can be even more complicated. Assigning a dollar amount to permanent physical impairments, emotional distress, or the loss of a loved one is never an exact science. To obtain a fair settlement, you’ll need a professional on your side who will demonstrate the impact your accident has had on your life.
If the behaviors that caused your injuries were particularly egregious, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages that are designed to compensate victims for their losses, punitive damages are imposed to punish the wrongdoer.
Don't Wait Too Long to Pursue Your Claim
While the vast majority of car accident cases in Illinois are settled through negotiations with insurance companies, it can take months and even years to resolve a claim. In the meantime, the two-year timeframe to file a lawsuit continues to creep towards the deadline. If the statute of limitations expires while you’re busy negotiating with the insurer, you will lose your right to recover for good.
At Eames Law Group, we’ll make every attempt to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. If the need to file a lawsuit arises, however, we’ll push your case all the way to a jury’s verdict to ensure your compensation is congruent with your losses.
Need Help With Your Case?
Before you talk to anyone, you should call our office and schedule a free consultation with our experienced lawyer to determine your rights and to ensure that you set up for case to receive the maximum compensation which you may be entitled to under law.
Attorney Brent Eames is a compassionate advocate for his clients and is experienced in securing top verdicts, awards, and settlements on behalf of injured workers and accident victims.
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