pays for my medical bills if I’ve been injured in an accident?
We will be
seeking payment for your medical bills from the insurance company of the driver who hit you. When I first start working on your case, I will find out if the other driver had medical payments
coverage (commonly known as “Med Pay”) on their insurance policy so we can get some payment upfront for your bills while we finish the rest of your case. If you have health insurance, then
another option is to have your health insurance company pay the bills and seek reimbursement from the case. Ultimately, the goal is to recover all of your medical bills from the insurance company
of the driver who hit you.
had to miss time from work while I’ve been recovering and going to doctorss appointments. Can I get paid for the days I missed at work?
Absolutely, you should not have to use your sick days or vacation time to pay for someone else’s mistake. If the
other driver was at fault, we should be able to recover your lost wages for time you missed work because of doctor’s appointments and staying home to recover. A doctor’s note instructing you to
take time off to recover will greatly help us to get your lost wages reimbursed.
We need to
show the insurance company the time you missed from work by submitting documentation from your job such as time sheets, pay stubs, or other company documents that show your lost time and salary.
If you have these documents, send them to my office or I can request them directly from your employer.
insurance company will often dispute the time you missed at work by saying that you weren’t that badly injured to the point where you had to miss work. I will counter these claims by showing them
the medical evidence that proves that you were indeed injured and needed time off work to recover.
in an auto accident that was partly my fault. Can I still recover anything?
can still recover even though the accident was partly your fault. Illinois follows a modified comparative negligence approach for determining damages. Under modified comparative negligence, you
can recover damages only if you are less than 50% at fault for the accident but the recovered amount may be reduced in proportion to your fault for the accident. For example, if the other driver
was 70% at fault and you were 30% at fault, you can collect damages because you were less than 50% at fault but the insurance company will only pay for 70% of your damages and medical
in a car accident but I feel fine. Should I still see a doctor?
should see a doctor as soon as you can. Many times injuries from an auto accident are not noticed until days or weeks after the accident. Even though you may feel fine now, you may be suffering
from internal injuries that could get worse the longer you wait. Make sure to tell your doctor of any complaint you may have, no matter how minor.
injured before the accident happened but the accident made my injury worse. Will I still be able recover?
fair compensation for an aggravation of injury can be challenging but we may be able to recover under an aggravation of previous ailments or conditions theory. Oftentimes, insurance companies and
their lawyers like to ignore the aggravated injury and pretend that the accident didn’t actually make your injury worse but that your old injury is just “acting up.” The insurance company will
probably deny the claim or make some low-ball settlement offer and act like they are doing you a favor because you weren’t really injured.
know the game the insurance company is going to play and I don’t let them play around with my clients. When you’ve suffered an injury that has made your old injury worse, you need an attorney who
can convince the insurance company or a jury that the medical evidence shows that you have an aggravated injury and deserve compensation for it.
hurt and I need to get medical treatment but I don’t have insurance and I’m worried about the cost. What should I do?
doctors are hesitant to see patients that do not have insurance because doctors fear they won’t be able to collect payment for their medical services. While patients now have the option of
purchasing coverage on the insurance marketplace, many people still do not have insurance when injury strikes.
provide a list of doctors and specialists in your area that are willing to provide medical treatment and wait to be paid until your case is resolved. This arrangement is known as receiving
treatment on a “lien basis” and allows you to get needed medical treatment.
much is my case worth?
A lot of
factors go into calculating how much your case is worth.
-Severity of injuries.
-Length of medical treatment.
-The amount of pain and suffering you experienced
during your recovery.
-How soon you saw a doctor or went to the
-Witness statements, photos, and other
-Your current medical condition.
-The insurance company.
these factors to give you an estimated range of how much we can expect to win from your case.
Do I need an attorney or can I just work with
the insurance company?
Yes, you need an attorney. Auto insurance companies
make billions of dollars in profit every year by fighting tooth and nail against people hurt in auto accidents. The less money the insurance company has to pay for your auto accident, the more
money they can stuff in their fat pockets. Insurance companies are very experienced at using a variety of tactics and trickery to ensure that they will have to pay the least amount
The numbers speak for themselves: a study by the
Insurance Research Council revealed that auto accident victims received nearly 50 percent more money when represented by an attorney. If you want to receive fair compensation for your auto
accident, then you absolutely need a good attorney by your side.
types of auto cases do you handle?
the following types of auto accident cases:
Collision Hit and Run/Leaving the Scene
Collision Parking Lot Accidents
Side-impacts and T-bones Minor Collisions/Fender Benders
Pedestrians Hit by Cars Public Transportation Injuries
Vehicle Collision Motorcycle Accidents
Bicycle-Car Accidents Pothole Accidents
police gave me a traffic ticket after the accident. What should I do about the ticket?
officers often give traffic tickets to the drivers that were in an accident. Most of the time, individuals pay traffic tickets so they can avoid the hassle and stress of appearing in court.
A guilty plea results in a one-time upfront cost, a mark on a driving record, higher insurance rates, or even a license suspension.
most important thing to know is that a guilty plea can be very bad for your personal injury case. By entering a plea of guilty, you are admitting that you broke a safety rule which makes it seem
like you were the one at fault for your accident. If the police gave you a traffic ticket, it is very important that you call me before you have to appear in traffic court so we can discuss the
best way to get the ticket dismissed so it does not interfere with your personal injury case.
a lot of medical bills and debt collectors have started calling me. What should I do?
first meeting, I will call your doctors’ offices and healthcare providers to let them know that I am representing you and tell them not to bother you for payment or send your account to
collections. If your account has already gone to collections, I will call the debt collectors and inform them that I am handling your case and that they should not bother you for payment. I’ll
let them know that as soon as we receive a settlement or favorable verdict in your case, that we will use some of the money to pay the bills.
case is expected to last several more months but I can’t wait much longer for the money? Is there any way I can get some money now?
are loan companies that offer case loans. The company will evaluate your case and can offer to loan you some money now that we will have to pay back as soon as we finish your case. I can provide
a list of some of these loan companies and help walk you through the steps of obtaining a case loan.
will happen at our first meeting?
meeting is free and is an opportunity for us to meet each other and discuss your case. Please bring police reports, photos of the scene of the accident, photos of the damage to the vehicle,
medical records and bills, and anything else that you think is important for me to see. If any family members or friends were in the vehicle with you or witnessed the accident, bring them to the
take a look at everything and give you my thoughts on how much we can expect to recover. I will explain the process for recovering money for your personal injuries from the other driver’s