Chicago Car Accident Lawyer
In an instant, a car accident can change your life forever, leaving you with serious and debilitating injuries or senselessly and needlessly taking the life of a loved one. Left unable to work, you may not have the income to pay astronomical medical bills or the expenses of day-to-day life. The sudden and unexpected death of a family member can cost you their emotional and financial support and companionship and shatter your vision for the future.
When such catastrophic consequences arise because of another driver’s negligence, Hammond Law LLC stands ready to fight for Chicagoland injury victims and their families, helping them recover the compensation they need.
Overcoming Obstacles That Stand In The Way of Car Accident Claims
Even in cases where blame can be placed squarely on a negligent driver, recovering compensation is hardly a given. In the vast majority of cases, the driver’s auto insurance company will handle and defend any claims arising from an accident. Far from being a “good neighbor” that is “on your side,” the insurer will do everything it can to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. That is because every dollar they pay out in claims is a dollar less in profits.
The insurance company’s claims adjusters and their army of lawyers will try to settle your claim quickly and on the cheap. They count on victims not fully understanding their rights or the law, and they know that the offer of a quick check can be tempting, even if that check is for far less than the victim deserves. But if you have an experienced car accident lawyer on your side, the insurer’s pressure tactics won’t work. That is why car accident injury victims who retain an attorney to handle their claims typically receive far more in compensation than those who try to negotiate with the insurance company on their own.
How Much Time Do You Have to Bring a Claim and What Damages Can You Recover?
Under Illinois law, you have two years from the date of the accident to bring your claim. If someone dies from injuries sustained in an accident, the deceased person’s estate has one year from the date of death to file a lawsuit on their behalf.
If you’ve been harmed in an automobile accident in Chicago, Cook County, or anywhere in the state, you can recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages may include medical bills, medical treatment and rehabilitation costs, lost income and earning opportunities, household services, and medical equipment and devices. Non-economic damages may include compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement and physical scarring, loss of consortium, and loss of quality of life.
Experienced Auto Accident Lawyers Who Will Fight for You
Hammond Law has the knowledge and experience to thoroughly investigate the facts and circumstances of your car accident. We can help you determine which party or parties are responsible and to what degree, and either negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company or take the insurer to court to get you the compensation you deserve.
Call us today at (312) 667-3712 to discuss your car accident and explore whether you have a claim. The initial consultation is free, and you will pay no fees unless we obtain compensation for you.