What if, through no fault of your own, you’re severely injured in an accident? What if your child is injured by hazardous material carelessly left by your neighbor in his driveway? What if his dog, without provocation, bites you and the infection leads to loss of work and a big medical bill to pay? What if you slip and fall because a business owner or landlord creates or fails to deal with a dangerous hazard like a wet, slippery floor? In all of these situations, you suffered a tort — a civil wrong that unfairly caused you to suffer a loss or harm — and the responsible party incurs liability for the damages suffered. To see justice done, you may not have to actually go to court, but you almost surely would benefit from the services of a personal injury lawyer.
How can a Decatur Personal Injury Lawyer Help?
Your attorney should take time to listen to you describe the situation, ask questions to understand the situation thoroughly, and give you his best advice on your situation. He should also tell you honestly whether you have good case and what your chances are of recovering damages (and what they might be). You then decide how to proceed. He will deal with the other party and/or his attorney. If it comes to that, he’ll prepare a claim on your behalf, in order, if necessary, to plead your case in court. Of course, most cases or tort claims never go to court. After careful investigation of the facts and a thorough determination of all the damages (some of which you may or may not initially be aware of), often parties can agree to a just settlement or resolution of the claim without trying a case to verdict.
What will it cost to hire a Central Illinois personal injury lawyer?
Of course, your attorney should clearly inform you of the costs of proceeding. Under our system, the lawyer who represents you is typically compensated for his expenses and his time working for you on a contingency basis. That means his fees are paid when, and only if, you successfully reach a settlement or are awarded damages. The fee will typically be determined as a fraction of those, but much depends on the type of case. Your attorney should make that all clear during your first meeting. Often the initial consultation is provided without charge.
When should I hire a Decatur personal injury attorney?
It’s essential that you proceed in a timely fashion. Claims are often won and lost based on how quickly an attorney can properly investigate the situation. Your personal injury attorney can advise you of strict deadlines on bringing your case. If you suffered an injury, damages, or property losses, don’t be intimidated by dealing with the system or with the other party or his lawyer or insurance company. Get the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer to get the justice you deserve to help you move on with your life. Contact me today for a free case evaluation.