The primary responsibility of personal injury attorneys is to offer legal representation to individuals who have suffered injuries in an accident. This falls under the domain of tort law. This area of law involves both negligent and intentional acts resulting in harm to another person. The goal of a personal injury attorney is to secure financial compensation for the injuries their client has sustained.

Types of Compensation for Personal Injury

If you’ve experienced an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for various damages, including:

  • Loss of income
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of consortium (benefits of a family relationship)
  • Loss of companionship
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering

Types of Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases often arise from accidents, such as:

  • Car and truck accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Product liability
  • Premises liability
  • Mass transportation accidents
  • Aviation accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Bike or motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents

Other cases within the personal injury scope involve situations where you’ve been injured due to:

  • Medical treatment and malpractice
  • Nursing home neglect and abuse
  • Construction accidents and workers’ compensation
  • Wrongful death

Responsibilities of a Personal Injury Lawyer

While each case is unique, personal injury lawyers typically engage in activities such as:

  • Gathering evidence: Compiling evidence related to the plaintiff’s claim, including witness statements, medical reports, and accident records.
  • Conducting discovery: Seeking information from the defendant through interrogatives and deposing witnesses and experts.
  • Sending demand letters: Presenting the case’s facts and demanding payment from the defendant’s insurance company.
  • Negotiating with insurance companies: Handling communications between the plaintiff and the defendant’s insurance company to secure fair compensation.
  • Preparing pleadings: Submitting a complaint to the defendant if a fair settlement is not reached, stating the damages sought.
  • Representing the client at trial: Providing representation in court if an out-of-court settlement is not feasible.

Settlement of Cases

Ideally, reaching a fair settlement is preferred. Settlement amounts are based on several factors. These include the severity of injuries, length of treatment, and impact on the client’s life.

While no amount can fully repair physical damage, a reasonable settlement can help clients move forward. Taking a case to trial is a lengthy process, and if a settlement is reasonable, attorneys may recommend it.

DeKalb County Personal Injury Lawyers – Crosby & Crosby

If you’ve been injured in an accident in DeKalb County, Illinois, Crosby & Crosby Law can provide quality legal representation. With extensive experience in personal injury and family law, our attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights and offering compassionate support.

We urge you not to delay. Take advantage of our years of experience as DeKalb County personal injury attorneys. Contact Crosby & Crosby Law at 815-367-6432 for a free initial consultation.

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How to choose the right divorce lawyer?

Choosing the right divorce lawyer, in our mind, comes down to three factors. First, is this lawyer going to be an aggressive advocate for me? Second, is this lawyer a person I can get along with personally? Third, do I trust this lawyer to communicate with me effectively? If you walk away from an initial consultation with a lawyer answering yes to those three questions, you have likely found the lawyer who is right for you.

Legal work can be extremely time consuming. Your expectations should not necessarily be that your lawyer is someone you can vent to about your personal life, as that would likely result in an unreasonably high bill. But you should expect your lawyer to keep you informed as to the status of your case. You should also expect your lawyer to listen to your wishes and concerns and use those thoughts as a basis for your case. You don’t need to talk to your lawyer everyday, but you should hear from them every other week or so.

Expect the unexpected when it comes to the Court dates. The Court system is based on a first-come-first-serve calendar, when the case is not filed as an emergency. All initial Court dates are determined by the Clerk of the Court, not of the lawyer or client. If you have a lawyer, expect the Judges to want your lawyer to do the talking, unless the Judge asks the client a question directly. You should also expect the Judge to keep the Courtroom as orderly as possible. Judges very much look down on people who speak out of turn. As for dress, the Court does not require a strict dress code, but it is always a good idea to dress professionally to show the Judge that you take the system and their Courtroom seriously.

There is a process in the law referred to as “discovery” that allows a party to a legal proceeding to discover information about the opposing party. In the context of a divorce, “discovery” is primarily used in the form of written questions and written requests for the opposing party to provide documents to the party that is doing the requesting. These are called “interrogatories” and “requests to produce.” During the process, the party answering the questions or requests must provide a written testimony, under oath, that the documents and answers are true and accurate. It is through this process of “discovery” that we are able to learn what assets a party possesses.

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