Were you harmed in a personal injury accident in DuPage County in Illinois? If so, you could have a case for compensation against the at-fault party for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and much more.
The Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid can help. We’re some of the most experienced DuPage County personal injury lawyers in the area; our attorneys have more than 74 years of combined experience practicing law. In addition, our personal injury law firm has collected over $150 million for our clients since we were founded in 2005.
Ready to begin forming an attorney-client relationship, or just want more information about how we can help? We’re available 24/7 to take your call at (630) 428-4040. Contact us to get a free, no-pressure consultation to review your case.
Why Should I Hire the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid To Handle My Personal Injury Case?
There’s probably a lot on your plate after suffering a personal injury. An insurance adjuster might be asking you a laundry list of questions, and you might not be sure of the best way to answer them. If you’ve had to miss work due to the accident, you may be in a tough financial position, especially if you have medical bills to contend with. This is enough to handle on its own, not to mention your pain and suffering.
You deserve the ability to focus on recovering from your injuries instead of worrying about how you will be made whole again. That’s where the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid comes in. Our DuPage county personal injury attorneys will fight for your rights and interests, handling all aspects of your pursuit of compensation while you rest and heal.
We’re award-winning lawyers; members of our legal team have been recognized as Rising Stars by Super Lawyers and have earned a spot on America’s Top 100 Attorneys list. When you hire us to represent you, we’ll help with your case in the following ways:
- Conduct an investigation into your case, determining the full extent of your damages and unearthing evidence to prove your claim
- Handle all of the paperwork, communication, and negotiations with the other party on your behalf
- Hire experts to analyze and bolster your compensation claim
- Bring your case before DuPage County jury at trial if the circumstances call for it
- Keep you apprised of your legal options throughout your case
Reach out online or give us a call today to get started. Your initial consultation is completely free; you’ll be able to speak with a trusted personal injury attorney about your case without any obligation.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
If you’ve suffered some sort of harm that was caused by another person or entity (like a business or government agency), there’s at least a chance you have a personal injury case.
Some common situations that can give rise to personal injury cases include, but are certainly not limited to:
- A driver runs a red light and crashes into another driver
- A person slips and falls due to a hazard in a retail shop
- A pedestrian is struck by a bicyclist while walking down the sidewalk
- A person becomes ill due to a defective medication
- A resident of a nursing home is being abused by the staff
- A person is injured in a car accident by a third party while driving a vehicle for work
Whether or not any of the above scenarios describe your personal injury, you may still have a case. The best way to find out is to speak with one of our DuPage County personal injury attorneys; we’ll let you know during your free consultation.
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
The best way to ensure you receive adequate compensation after a personal injury accident is to hire a personal injury lawyer.
Here are a few reasons why that’s the case:
- It will help to level the playing field. Insurance adjusters are trained to minimize the value of the claims they receive, and they’re good at it. Having a personal injury lawyer in your corner means that the other side won’t be able to take advantage of you.
- We can hire experts. Expert witnesses can testify on your behalf if need be, and other experts can analyze and investigate your case with the aim of strengthening its validity.
- You’ll be blamed for causing the accident. If the other side is successful in this effort, your compensation award could be reduced or eliminated completely.
- You deserve time to heal from your injuries. A personal injury lawyer can handle every aspect of your claim for compensation in the interim.
Reach out to our personal injury law firm if you have any questions about your case and how we can help.
We Handle All Personal Injury Cases
With over 74 years of collective experience, our attorneys can represent you after virtually any personal injury accident. Practice areas we have extensive experience with include the following, though this is not a complete list:
Car accidents are common across the country, and DuPage County is no exception. However, just because they’re common doesn’t mean they don’t result in serious harm. Our lawyers can help you obtain compensation for your medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, repair costs, and more.
Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere, such as in a business, public sidewalk, or within a private home. Regardless of where the accident occurred, you might be able to hold the party responsible for the upkeep of the area liable.
Bicyclists are especially prone to catastrophic injuries if they’re involved in a crash with a motor vehicle. Because automobile drivers often fail to register a bicycle, these accidents can happen regularly. You might have the opportunity to pursue a monetary award from the person who hit you, and our attorneys can help you every step of the way.
While workers’ compensation offers you some relief after you’ve suffered an injury at work, applications are routinely denied and may not represent all of your losses. If a third party was involved in the accident that caused you harm, you might be able to file a lawsuit for additional compensation.
Nursing Home Abuse
Unfortunately, nursing home residents suffer from abuse far more often than most other categories of people. This abuse can take many forms, and if you suspect you or a loved one are being abused, it’s critical you take action. Contact our law offices for more information about how we can help.
Medical professionals are generally held to a higher standard of care while performing their duties than the average person. If you were harmed due to the negligence of a doctor, a medical malpractice lawsuit can provide you with financial justice.
Any company involved in manufacturing, wholesaling, or retailing a defective product could be held liable if that product causes a person to suffer harm. These cases often fall under the category of strict liability, which means you won’t have to establish that the company was negligent in its role in the product’s development.
You have options for pursuing compensation if you’ve suffered a personal injury due to an unsafe condition on a property, whether it is public or private. The facts surrounding the incident will determine the standard of care owed to you at the time, which will likely play a large role in the case.
Motorcycles are thrilling to ride, but they are especially fast vehicles that offer relatively little protection in the event of a wreck. If you were involved in a DuPage County motorcycle accident, you deserve compensation from the driver who caused the crash.
The trucking industry is a necessary component of our economy, especially interstate commerce. Of course, these vehicles are incredibly large and can cause serious damage if they’re involved in an accident. If you were involved in a truck crash, reach out to our experienced lawyers for legal advice and assistance.
Contact the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid today to set up a free case review to discuss your situation.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
Because each personal injury case involves its own facts and circumstances, each has a unique value. Some cases are worth thousands of dollars, and others can be worth millions.
The majority of cases fall somewhere in between.
Factors to consider that impact the value of most cases include:
- How severe are your injuries?
- How much evidence is there to prove your case?
- How old were you at the time of the accident?
- Will you make a full recovery from the harm you’ve incurred?
- What types of injuries have you suffered?
- Are you partly to blame for the injury accident?
Overall, cases that most severely impact the victim’s day-to-day life – and that involve the most serious injuries – are worth the most. Feel free to reach out to our legal team to find out how valuable your case might be, as this is something we can provide insight into during your free case evaluation.
How Long Do I Have To File a Lawsuit After an Accident in Illinois?
Generally speaking, you’ll have two years from the date of the accident to file your personal injury lawsuit in Illinois. This is the deadline set by Illinois’ statute of limitations. If you file your lawsuit too late, you won’t be able to pursue your case in court. You’ll also forfeit your ability to pursue compensation.
Keep in mind that there are exceptions to this two-year statute of limitations deadline. For instance, you might have more time if you didn’t discover your injury until after the fact. There is also more time afforded to minors or mentally incompetent victims at the time of the accident.
If you’re not sure if you still have time to file your lawsuit, contact our legal team. This is something we can let you know during your free initial case review.
Should I Accept the Insurance Company’s Settlement Offer?
Not without speaking with a personal injury attorney first. The first thing to mention in this context is that the insurance company (whether it’s your own or the other party’s) is not actually on your side. The insurance adjuster assigned to your case is incentivized to pay as little as possible for your claim. To that end, they will utilize various techniques, such as asking you pointed questions.
They’ll also, in all likelihood, offer you less than what your case is actually worth. After all, insurance companies are for-profit businesses. It can take many rounds of back-and-forth negotiation to arrive at a fair settlement agreement, and sometimes it takes filing a lawsuit to equalize your bargaining power.
It’s strongly recommended that you reach out to our law office in DuPage County before accepting a settlement offer.
What Damages Are Available to DuPage County Accident Victims?
Economic damages are intended to compensate you for your financial losses such as:
- Decreased earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Lost wages
Non-economic damages are intended to compensate you for the other losses you’ve suffered, including:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Economic and non-economic damages are both considered compensatory damages. Punitive damages are of another category; they’re reserved for when the defendant acted with recklessness or malice. Instead of aiming to compensate you, these damages aim to “punish” the at-fault party.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me After an Accident?
A personal injury lawyer can help with just about every aspect of your pursuit of compensation after an accident. Some examples include the following:
- Explain your legal options based on legal research of other, similar cases
- Hire experts, such as accident reconstructionists, to analyze your case
- Make sure your claim is filed sufficiently and promptly
- Negotiate a fair settlement agreement on your behalf
- The ability to file a lawsuit and bring your case to court, even all the way to trial
- Protect you from unfair accusations that you’re to blame for the accident
Just to name a few. Reach out to the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid today to learn more.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Our personal injury law firm in DuPage County works on contingency. What this entails is that you’ll pay us nothing upfront to represent you, and we’ll only receive a payment if we obtain a monetary award for you. Our payment will be an agreed-upon percentage of this award.
The percentage varies depending on the case. It will usually be around 33%, and we will agree to it with you ahead of time. This payment system incentivizes us to maximize the value of your claim – we only win when you do.
Do you have questions about the contingency fee arrangement and how it will work in your case? Call today to set up your no-obligation consultation with one of our skilled lawyers.
How Do You Prove Negligence?
Negligence is the legal cause of action that most personal injury cases are based on.
Negligence means something close to “carelessness,” and you, as the personal injury victim, will need to establish that the other party was negligent via four elements.
These elements are:
- Duty of Care. For instance, drivers must drive safely and obey the rules of the road.
- Breach of Duty. Running a red light would most likely constitute a violation of the duty of care to drive safely.
- Causation. There are two types of causation to prove, factual and proximate.
- Damages. You must have suffered harm as a result of the other party’s conduct.
In some cases, all of these elements will be in contention. But most likely, just one or two will be. Our lawyers are highly-adept at representing clients in negligence cases, and we are confident that we can help you achieve a worthwhile outcome for your case.
What Should I Do After an Accident?
There are a few important things to keep in mind regarding the aftermath of a personal injury accident. What you say and do could impact your case for compensation significantly. Here are a few quick tips about what to do:
- Stay at or near the accident scene, because fleeing could hurt your case.
- Call 911, which may be required by law if the accident was serious. A police report helps document your injuries and can be useful down the line.
- Do not apologize or accept any blame for the crash. Doing so has the potential to eliminate your compensation entirely.
- Take photos and videos of the accident scene and collect the contact information of any witnesses if it is safe to do so. Evidence will be necessary to prove your claim.
- Receive medical attention even if you aren’t obviously injured. Some injuries do not present until afterward, and medical evidence will be quite helpful when asserting your damages.
You may also call a DuPage County personal injury attorney after an accident, as a lawyer can offer personalized guidance based on the situation at hand.
Who Could Be Liable For My Injuries After an Accident?
Any number of possible parties could be liable for your injuries, depending on the nature of the accident. Potentially at-fault parties include:
- The other driver or rider in any type of motor vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian accident
- The person responsible for the maintenance of a property, public or private
- The manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer of a defective product
- A doctor or medical professional involved in an improper medical procedure or other similar situation
- A negligent third party involved in a workplace accident
Individual persons, businesses, and even governmental entities can be held liable in certain personal injury cases. Contact our legal team to find out who could be liable in your case.
How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?
Personal injury cases vary significantly in the time they take to resolve. Some conclude in only a matter of weeks, but others can take much longer.
A primary consideration is whether your case reaches trial. The vast majority of cases do not make it to trial, but those that do will likely take the longest to resolve. Keep in mind that not all cases that make it to court will reach trial.
Filing a lawsuit can increase your bargaining power through access to the discovery process. This process could reveal the evidence necessary to prove your claim. Cases that involve a lawsuit may also take longer than cases that settle before reaching that point, but sometimes it’s the only way to ensure you receive adequate compensation.
Our lawyers will be sure to work with you throughout your case so that you understand your legal options, and we won’t be afraid to take your case the distance if that’s in your best interest.
Contact Our Experienced DuPage County Personal Injury Lawyers For Legal Help
If you or a loved one were injured in a personal injury accident within DuPage County, the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid can assist. We can help you pursue compensation for all of your losses, both those that are easy to quantify and those that are not so easy.
Our DuPage County personal injury attorneys possess nearly three-quarters of a century of combined experience. We’ve collected over $150 million for deserving personal injury victims since we opened our doors as well.
You can put that experience and track record on your side today by reaching out online. We’re available at any time to take your call.
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DuPage County Hospitals
- Central Dupage Physician Group – 7 Blanchard Cir # 206, Wheaton, IL 60189
- Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital – 25 Winfield Rd, Winfield, IL 60190
- Edward Hospital – 801 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540
- Advocate Health Care – 100 Spalding Dr, Naperville, IL 60540
- Copley Memorial Hospital – 2020 Ogden Ave #120, Aurora, IL 60504
- Rush Copley Medical Center – 2000 Ogden Ave, Aurora, IL 60504
- Northwest Community Healthcare/Hospital – 800 W Central Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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