PEORIA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
Our Peoria personal injury lawyer, Jeff Green, knows that whether because of a car accident, a defective product or simple carelessness, personal injury cases start well before litigation and suit are filed.
For this reason, victims need an experienced personal injury trial attorney. Litigation is full of pitfalls for those who do not regularly handle such cases. They begin early in a case while the injured person is still seeking medical advice and attention.
Each injury should be approached as if the case will have to be decided by a trial before a judge or jury. That requires a seasoned trial attorney who knows the process and does not fear to file suit and take it to trial.
What You Need to Know about Dealing with Insurance Companies/
After you are seriously injured, you should notify your insurance company. Cooperate with them. But if it is their duty to offer you compensation and their offer is lower than the amount you deserve, you are not required to accept this offer and should contact a lawyer.
We have a record of winning and have helped hundreds of clients get the compensation they deserve. Find out why so many who were injured count on our firm for aggressive representation.
If you are contacted by a representative from another person’s insurance company with requests to make a statement, you are under no obligation to say anything at all.
Anything you say will likely be used by this “opponent” agency to refuse compensating you fairly, if at all. If contacted, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer who will deal with all opposition to your legal damage claims and free you from this irritating, and risky, task.
Most insurance companies will deny responsibility
They will prepare well for their legal defense of the injury.
Common insurance-company tactics include claiming that the injury is another’s fault; that it is unrelated to the negligent acts of the wrongdoer; or that the injury either existed before the accident or was false and exaggerated.
How Our Peoria Personal Injury Attorney Can Help with Your Injury Claim/
Lawyers manage the many necessary details involved in personal injury claims. They file paperwork, conduct investigations, consult expert witnesses, research the law and communicate with the opposing side’s insurance and legal representatives.
These skills enable attorney Jeff Green to maximize your chances of receiving the full and fair compensation to meet your needs. Without a personal injury lawyer, you will likely end up receiving much less than you need to cover your actual damages.
QUESTIONS ABOUT A PERSONAL INJURY CASE/
How Will I Know Whether I Have a Potential Claim?
If you have suffered serious, costly, and painful injuries for which another party was responsible, you have the right to expect compensation from this negligent person or entity. A free consultation with an attorney will reveal your case’s potential for success.
What Is the Statute of Limitations, and Why Does it Matter?
The statutes of limitations (the amount of time you have to file a claim for injury from the date on which you suffered or learned of the injury) are as follows:
- All personal injury (except for medical malpractice) – Two (2) years [§735 ILCS 5/13-202]
- Medical malpractice – Two (2) to four (4) years [§735 ILCS 5/13-212]
Additionally, the statute for filing a damage/destruction of personal property lawsuit is five (5) years from the date of the accident. [§735 ILCS 5/13-205]
What Should I Look for When Hiring an Attorney?
Experience, negotiating and litigating skills, and access to investigative and expert witness resources are all important attributes of a successful personal injury lawyer. Look at their track record. Has the attorney handled cases like yours? Were clients in situations similar to yours pleased with the results?
What Goes into a Successful Lawsuit?
As the injured victim, it is important for you to be able to prove you were seriously injured in an accident. You should collect evidence such as witness statements, medical bills and statements, documentation of how much work you missed, and other items to substantiate your claim.
As far as your lawyer is concerned, his or her success on your behalf is realized through investigation, preparation, legal knowledge and execution of a well-planned strategy.
WHY CHOOSE US?/
The Law Office of Jeff Green ensures that an injured person’s rights are protected. My team of experts and I will fight for full compensation for medical bills, lost work, and pain and suffering. We will educate you about the injury-litigation process. We will advise you of your rights. We will also inform you of the early pitfalls that can affect your case should the matter end up in a trial.
Why Work with Jeff?/
Personal injury attorney Jeff Green has a proven record of winning in trials.
Who Should Be Sued for My Injuries?
Anyone who is at fault in any way for causing your injury can be sued for damages. Your attorney’s investigators – sometimes in conjunction with law enforcement’s investigation –will ultimately assign blame. Depending on the circumstances, some investigations can take months to complete.
Should I Feel Bad When I Sue Someone?/
When you file an injury lawsuit, all you are doing is rightfully trying to recover just compensation from them for damages caused by their negligent actions. Most of the time, the defendant is represented by a liability insurance company which ultimately pays the damages owed you, either through a settlement agreement or at trial if a settlement cannot be reached between your lawyer and the insurance carrier.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE/
How Are Personal Injury Attorneys Paid?
Lawyers have varying preferences about how they are to be paid. At the Green Law Firm, we earn a fee only if we win your case. This is known as a contingency fee. If the case results in no compensation for you, you owe our firm nothing.
What Is the Difference Between a Settlement and a Trial?
A settlement means that the two sides in a claim are able to agree on the amount of money an injured accident victim receives. Once money is received, a trial is avoided; and the injured plaintiff gives up all rights to ask for more money later. The timeframe for settlements depends on the complexities of the case. Some “deals” can be reached in a matter of weeks, while others take several months, or longer.
Less than one out of ten injury cases actually makes it to court. Both sides prefer the guarantee of a settlement instead of risking a civil trial. Rare is the instance where a defendant insurer wants to place injury compensation in the hands of a jury.
How Long Will the Personal Injury Claim Process Take?
The clock begins to run the moment the claim is filed. And let’s not forget that plaintiffs have up to two years to file their claim. From the day when the claim is filed, it could take several years to get to trial, especially if the value of your damages is high. The more money at stake, the longer the negotiations will take and the more both sides fear arguing the issue before a jury.
How Much Money Can I Get in My Case?
When estimating damages, both economic and non-economic costs are taken into account. Claim values can range from a few thousand dollars to millions.
Economic damages include medical bills, lost income because you can’t work, and the value of any disability (temporary or permanent). Non-economic damages include your pain and suffering, the burden your injury places on your family, and any emotional or other losses suffered by surviving family members in the event of a wrongful death.
Defining Negligence and Determining Fault/
Negligence is the failure to take reasonable care to avoid causing injury or loss to another person. Therefore, an injured plaintiff must prove that:
- The one who caused the injury owes a duty of care to the victim. Some “duties” are legally higher than others.
- If the defendant’s behavior or actions did not meet the duty owed the victim, it is called “breach” of duty.
- This breach is then compared to behavior which a reasonable person would have in the same situation, or could have foreseen would be injurious. If there is negligence, it is viewed as the cause of the accident.
- As a result of that “causation,” the injured plaintiff/victim has the right to seek financial damages compensation from the negligent defendant.
GET THE COMPENSATION YOU DESERVE/
If you’ve been affected by injury or death caused by negligence, we are here to help you through your struggles. The Law Office of Jeff Green provides dedicated and aggressive legal representation for victims of personal injury accidents.
My team of experts and I commit 100% of our professional time to helping people recover from their losses or injuries. We want to help you or your family pull the pieces of your life back together again. If you have a claim and live in central Illinois, we will protect your rights, retain the proper witnesses and work to ensure you receive medical treatment. We will also remove the burden of dealing with the opposing insurance companies.
Above all, we will hold the defendant accountable for negligent conduct that harms you or your family.
What Steps Should I Take After an Injury?/
First and foremost, you must immediately be treated for your injuries. Then, if you are contacted by the defendant’s insurance company, say nothing, and contact a personal injury attorney if you’re considering the filing of a claim or lawsuit against the negligent defendant and his/her insurance company. Keeping a journal of your daily experiences (and events) related to your medical care, including your pain and suffering, is highly recommended.
PEORIA PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY WHO WILL FIGHT FOR YOU/
When your life is turned upside down as a result of an injury, we start you on a path to make your life whole again. If you were seriously injured by the neglectful actions of another, talk to our experienced Peoria personal injury lawyer for an evaluation of your case.