Answers To Your Car Accident Questions
At the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid, we are familiar with the common issues that people encounter after car accidents in the Naperville area and throughout Illinois. The goal of these FAQs is to provide you with the information you need so that you know your options and make informed decisions.
1. What do you need to know after a car accident in Illinois?
Being in an auto accident is an overwhelming experience for most people. In addition to the daily challenges that come with serious injuries, car accident victims must make decisions and act quickly on financial and legal decisions that could have a lasting effect on their lives. Most people do not know what their injury (including medical bills, equipment and services as well as lost time at work) will really cost. Most people don’t know if what the insurance company is offering is even reasonable or not. In short, you need to know how long it will take you to recover, how much you will lose in lost wages, how much your medical care will cost and who will pay for all of this.
2. Why do I need an attorney after an accident?
Personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. This means you are charged nothing unless that attorney or firm wins a settlement or verdict for you. Then you are charged a small percentage of that monetary award. It is therefore in your interest to at least speak to a personal injury attorney right away after an accident.
3. What will your firm do if I call you about an accident?
First and foremost, we hear your story: what happened, how you were injured. Then we tell you how we can help. With over 30 years of personal injury experience we can usually tell right away approximately what your case may be worth and a general idea of how long it will take to pursue and obtain compensation.
4. How is your firm different than other personal injury firms?
We are different because when we take your case, we fully invest in your case. We go further than some firms. We investigate the accident, reconstruct the scene and use experts when needed. We are not a firm to blindly accept any settlement offer. Instead we prepare each case with the dedication, follow-through and attention to detail required if that case were going to trial. Our goal is to obtain the compensation you need: one that covers all of your costs, losses and expenses.
5. What is the difference between a settlement and a verdict?
A settlement is a monetary offer made by the insurance company any time before a trial or without a trial. A trial is when your case goes to court and a judge or jury decides what the verdict is. The amount awarded by the judge or jury can vary greatly. Our firm has won millions for our clients in cases that involved motorcycle, truck and car accidents.
6. Can my attorney who did my divorce take care of my personal injury case?
It is unusual for an attorney to have more than one area of great knowledge. Your attorney may be an excellent family law attorney but he or she may not have the experience and resources needed to effectively take on your accident case. Many times, attorneys who focus on other areas of law will refer a case out to a firm that handles personal injury. We welcome these referrals.
Get Answers To All Of Your Car Accident Questions
If you have other questions after reading this page, please contact us to arrange a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid by calling 630-848-9294. We are here to help and to ensure you are not taken advantage of by the insurance company.