While a personal injury lawyer is not necessary for all accident claims, especially relatively minor car accidents without physical injuries, in many situations, a personal injury lawyer can be incredibly helpful. For instance, if you suffered from physical injuries, were involved in a multi-vehicle accident, were injured while on the job, or your insurance company is not fulfilling its obligations, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your rights and options. As we previously reported, if you are considering whether to hire a personal injury attorney or to handle your claim on your own, you may wish to ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I have thorough knowledge of the applicable personal injury laws and the legal issues involved with my claim?
- Do I have the time and energy to invest in pursuing my claim?
- Do I have experience dealing with insurance companies and handling the insurance claim process?
If the answer is “no” to any of the above, you should consider contacting a personal injury lawyer. Certain personal injury claims involve such complex factual and legal issues that pursuing a claim on your own, without the assistance of a personal injury attorney, is ill-advised. Some examples of claims that typically necessitate hiring a personal injury attorney include medical malpractice claims, birth injuries, construction accidents, spinal cord injuries, and serious auto accidents.
How Will I Pay a Lawyer?
Most personal injury attorneys accept cases on a contingent fee basis, whereby the attorney does not get paid unless you obtain money damages. The personal injury attorney will receive a percentage of the compensation you receive in the case. If you do not recover anything, the attorney does not charge any attorney fees for services provided. The amount of the contingency fee varies from lawyer to lawyer, but most personal injury attorneys charge a contingency fee of approximately 1/3 of the personal injury award.
How Can I Find a Personal Injury Lawyer?
You should hire a personal injury attorney that is familiar with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the legal claim will be made. The Chicago personal injury law firm of Steinberg Goodman & Kalish is highly familiar with Illinois state laws, as well as applicable federal laws. You will also want to hire an attorney that has experience handling cases pertaining to your particular situation. For example, if you have been injured in a construction accident, you will want to hire an attorney or law firm that has experience representing clients in construction accidents. At Steinberg Goodman & Kalish, our Chicago personal injury attorneys have experience handling cases involving medical malpractice matters, nursing home abuse and neglect, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, mass transit accidents, construction accidents, premises liability, and product liability. Contact Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish at (312) 782-1386 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago car accident lawyers. Additional Information:
- What to Consider When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
- The Basics of a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Steinberg Goodman & Kalish (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families. We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (888) 325-7299 or (312) 445-9084.