Personal Injury FAQs
At Grazian & Volpe, our attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience in personal injury law. Over the years, our injured clients have asked thousands of questions and we have done our best to answer them accurately and helpfully. We have found that some of the same questions are asked by many different clients. We have chosen a few of the most common personal injury questions to include on this page to give you some general answers. As always, it is best to consult with our Chicago injury lawyers to get complete, precise answers to questions involved in your unique case.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Illinois Personal Injury Claims
Q: The other driver’s insurance company wants a statement from me. Should I give them one?
A: You should not give a statement unless you have already discussed the statement with your attorney. An insurance adjuster or investigator will attempt to elicit answers in a light most favorable to the insurance company, not to you.
Q: I was injured on the job, but I haven’t been working for my employer very long. I’m afraid I’ll get fired if I file a claim. What are my rights?
A: Especially in a bad economy, people are hesitant to do anything that employers could see as fireable behavior. In this situation, your fear is not warranted. Your rights as a worker are the same whether you have been at your company for 10 hours or 10 years. If you get hurt at work, you are entitled to time off, your medical bills paid and a lump sum settlement. Remember, in Illinois it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against you in any way for filing a claim.
Q: I was hit by a driver who didn’t have any insurance. Will I be able to get compensation?
A: Possibly. Illinois requires all auto insurance companies to offer uninsured-underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM), but it does not require people to purchase such coverage. If you did purchase this coverage, then a skilled Chicago personal injury lawyer at Grazian & Volpe, can help you pursue compensation from your own insurer. A lawyer’s help is necessary because once you make the claim to your insurer, your relationship with the company becomes adversarial. The company, which is in business to make money, is likely to try to minimize the amount of money it pays to you.
Q: Will I have to appear in court?
A: While a trial is always a possibility, the truth is that the vast majority of personal injury claims — over 90 percent — are resolved via settlement. A settlement avoids the delays and expense of trial, and often results in greater compensation. Our skilled lawyers have been highly successful in negotiating favorable settlements for Chicagoland clients. If, however, the insurer in your case refuses to treat you fairly, we will take the case to court to protect your rights.
Contact a Chicago Accident Injury Attorney
The team at Grazian & Volpe, is ready to answer any question you might have about personal injury law in Illinois. If you or someone you love has been injured in Illinois, set up a free consultation by calling 773.838.8100. You can also contact our Chicago law firm online.