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Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyers
Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyers
When you face a complicated problem, you need sound advice and practical, timely assistance. This is especially true if you’ve been injured on the job or due to negligence.
If you need a Bloomington personal injury lawyer, VanDerGinst Law is here to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Top Four Things That Should Matter to You Most When Selecting a Bloomington Personal Injury Attorney
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1. The VanDerGinst Law Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyers Make the Process Simple and Convenient
The personal injury claims process can be complex. You might be suffering from serious injuries that have altered your life. You might have costly medical bills. You might not be able to work due to your injuries. You don’t need to deal with medical providers and the insurance industry at this time.
Let VanDerGinst Law handle the stress so you can focus on getting better!
We make opening a personal injury case as quick and convenient as possible.
We can open most files over on the phone or online, and we even offer video conferencing to suit your needs.
Once we open your file, we make every effort to speedily and thoroughly investigate your case to get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Other law firms require injury clients to hunt down medical documents and other evidence. At VanDerGinst Law, our personal injury lawyers do everything necessary to work your file. We obtain all the records from medical providers. We handle health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, medical payment insurance, and any other benefits that may apply to your case.
We negotiate with the insurance adjuster and other representatives of the opposing party. We position your case for the best possible settlement. If the opponent doesn’t offer a sensible settlement, our experienced Bloomington personal injury lawyers prepare to do battle in court – where we will fight hard to get you the best result.
2. Be Affordable? How about Free? If our Bloomington personal injury lawyers don’t get you compensation for your injury claim, you won’t owe us anything!
At VanDerGinst Law, we handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. If we don’t get you money for your injuries, there is NO ATTORNEY FEE. We do not get paid unless and until you do.
Additionally, even though other personal injury attorneys say they charge a contingent fee, they may also require a retainer fee for costs such as filing fees or postage. That can often be hundreds – even thousands – of dollars. At VanDerGinst Law, there is NO RETAINER FEE on injury cases. We forward all costs necessary to pursue your claim.
3. The Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyers at VanDerGinst Law Will Fight to Get You the Maximum Amount of Money for Your Injury Claim
They say a good lawyer knows the law, but a great lawyer knows the judge! At VanDerGinst Law, we know injury law. But we also know the judges, lawyers, medical providers, and insurance adjusters who are involved in Bloomington-area injury claims and lawsuits. We will fight to get you the money you deserve!
We have made record recoveries in counties across Illinois for all injury case types. We have been recognized by peers, clients, and other professionals as among the best in the country in personal injury law.
With national resources and local connections, our Bloomington personal injury lawyers can get you the maximum compensation for your personal injury claim.
We do not represent insurance companies, so we never have a conflict of interest in representing our injury clients. But we DO employ former insurance adjusters and insurance defense attorneys who know the tricks of the trade. We put that knowledge to work for you!
If you have suffered serious injuries, you need a personal injury law firm that focuses on injury law, rather than a lawyer who occasionally “dabbles.” The practice of law is much like the practice of medicine. There are practitioners who have “general” practices and others who specialize.
At VanDerGinst Law we focus on injury law.
We are not saying that general practice attorneys aren’t able to handle an occasional injury claim. But, if you needed brain surgery you would see a brain surgeon, not your family doctor. In the same way, you can feel completely confident that you will be in great hands with the personal injury lawyers of VanDerGinst Law.
We can skillfully handle ANY injury case that comes our way.
4. The Personal Injury Lawyers of VanDerGinst Law Will Keep You Informed Every Step of the Way
Anyone can make that kind of statement. But can they prove it? We can. VanDerGinst Law is one of the only law firms in the country to have been awarded the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics.
We have also been awarded the Client’s Choice Award from Avvo Lawyer Rating Service and the Client Champion Award from Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Rating Service.
Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyers
The city of Bloomington is located in the heart of central Illinois. Bloomington is about 125 miles southwest of Chicago, 155 miles northeast of St. Louis, and 64 miles northeast of the state capital of Springfield.
Even though it is in the center of farm country – and, indeed, agriculture is one of the chief industries in Bloomington – the city is also home to major manufacturing industries and two universities.
Bloomington is one of the fastest growing cities in Illinois. Its current population is estimated at 77,330, which represents a nearly 20% increase since 2000.
Perhaps because this city is rapidly growing in population, Bloomington also has its fair share of accidents and injuries.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 312,988 crashes involving motor vehicles in 2019 in Illinois, with 20% of those crashes leading to injuries. Even though the number of fatal accidents in Bloomington is significantly lower than the Illinois average, Bloomington residents are also injured from workplace accidents, medical malpractice incidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, and faulty products.
If you live in Bloomington and were injured on the job or due to someone’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your injuries.
VanDerGinst Law can help!
FREQUENTLY ASKED PERSONAL INJURY LAW QUESTIONS
1. What Should I Do and Not Do If I Have Been Injured?
If you have been injured, you should gather witness information and photos and/or video of the accident site if you are safely able to do so. If necessary, contact the police or other emergency personnel. It’s important that you get the appropriate medical attention necessary to address your injuries as soon as possible.
Most importantly, DO NOT sign anything for the other party’s insurance representatives. DO NOT give the other party’s insurance representatives a recorded statement.
2. Do You Need a Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyer?
There are many reasons that it makes sense for you to be represented by a personal injury lawyer when you have a claim.
First and possibly most critically, the right lawyer can make a difference in how much money you will recover from your injuries. Insurance carriers and other big business defendants have lawyers looking out for their interests. They will not voluntarily give you what you are entitled to. In fact, it is the job of insurance adjusters to get you to settle for as little as possible. The experienced attorneys at VanDerGinst Law can exert the necessary leverage to get you the compensation to which you are entitled.
Second, why would you want to fill out loads of forms and deal with insurance people and medical providers? You need rest and recuperation from your injuries, not additional stress. VanDerGinst Law will take the worry away. Opening a file with us is easy and convenient. We collect the necessary evidence to pursue your case. We conduct the investigation. We negotiate to get you the best possible outcome.
Third, there is no financial risk to having VanDerGinst Law on your side. If we do not win your injury case and get you compensation, you will not owe us anything!
3. When Should You Hire a Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you were injured in an accident and required any type of treatment or attention to those injuries, your accident probably warrants the attention of a personal injury lawyer as well. We suggest that you contact VanDerGinst Law as soon as possible after getting the initial medical care necessary to address your injuries.
- Do not wait until you are done treating.
- Do not wait until you have spoken to insurance representatives or adjusters.
- Do not wait until you get tired of negotiating on your own.
Adjusters set tentative values on injury claims at a very early stage. An experienced injury attorney can ensure that those values are much greater than they would be with no attorney working on your behalf. Witness statements and evidence often needs to be secured early in the investigation. A good lawyer will also advise you against signing medical authorization or giving recorded statements.
There are just too many things that can go wrong if you do not get a personal injury lawyer on your side as soon as possible after your injury.
4. Do I Need to File a Lawsuit to get Compensation for My Personal Injury?
Most personal injury claims can be resolved without having to file a lawsuit. At VanDerGinst Law, we have a long history of proving our devotion to our clients. Insurance companies know that. They know we will file lawsuits if necessary, to get the best results.
5. Will my personal injury case go to trial?
Even if your personal injury case must have a lawsuit filed, that does not mean it will proceed all the way to a trial. Typically, 95% of all injury cases are settled before going to trial. During trial preparations, each side becomes more familiar with the case’s strengths and weaknesses – and this often results in a settlement.
At VanDerGinst Law, we prepare all cases as if they will go to trial. That way we can be in the best position possible to get the best settlements for our clients.
6. How are Personal Injury Damages Determined? What is my case worth?
If an attorney tells you what your case is worth after a brief conversation about your injuries, they are either misinformed or misleading you.
There are many elements that impact a personal injury case value.
These include your age, the type of accident, where you live, the nature, extent and duration of your injuries and treatment needs, the impact of your injuries on your ability to work and earn income, scarring and disfigurement, the impact on family, the nature of the defendant and their insurance and/or assets, and other considerations.
Any of the following may apply for damages if you successfully show liability in your personal injury case:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost income
- Past and future loss of function of mind and body
- Past and future physical and mental pain and suffering
- Past and future loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Out of pocket expenses
- Other potential damages
7. What is Pain and Suffering?
Pain and suffering includes harm caused by physical injury and mental distress related to the accident and injuries.
8. How Much Does a Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
At VanDerGinst Law, we handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. If we don’t get you money for your injuries, there is NO ATTORNEY FEE. You will never be out of pocket a dime. We do not get paid unless and until you do. Our fee is a percentage of the amount recovered. The percentage depends on the type of case we handle and whether the case must be litigated.
Even though other personal injury attorneys say they charge a contingent fee, they may also require a retainer fee for costs like filing fees, expert fees, court reporter fees, etc. That can often be hundreds, even thousands of dollars.
At VanDerGinst Law, there is NO RETAINER FEE on injury cases. We forward all costs necessary to pursue your claim.
9. What are the time limits that apply for Bloomington Personal Injury Claims?
The statute of limitations is the law that sets the time in which a person must file a lawsuit. In Illinois, that time is generally two years from the date of the injury.
Some limited exceptions may extend that time, and there are also some situations which require notices be sent or lawsuits filed earlier than that two-year period.
If you neglect to file a lawsuit within the applicable time, you are forever excluded from doing so. It’s a good idea to get VanDerGinst Law in your corner as soon as possible.
10. If I was partially at fault can I still be compensated for injuries I sustained in an accident?
Illinois recognizes something known as “Modified Comparative Fault”. Under the Modified Comparative Fault System, each party is responsible for damages in proportion to their own percentage of fault pro-rata, unless the plaintiff’s negligence reaches 51%.
If you are partly at fault, your compensation will be reduced by the proportionate percentage of fault. However, if you are 51% or more to blame, then you are not entitled to compensation.
For example, if a reasonable award were determined to be $100,000 but you were 40% at fault, your award would be reduced by 40% so that you would receive $60,000.
11. Will medical bills I incurred due to my injury accident be paid by the responsible party?
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, the responsible party is required to pay the costs for all bills for reasonable and necessary treatment. That includes medical bills, chiropractic bills, dental bills, physical therapy bills and any other similar costs.
12. What happens if the responsible party did not have any insurance coverage?
Sometimes the party responsible for causing an injury accident does not have insurance to pay for the damages – or does not have enough insurance. When that happens, VanDerGinst Law leaves no stone unturned to see if a compensation source can be identified.
Sometimes we can find employers and other sources who may be liable. Sometimes we can turn to our client’s own uninsured or underinsured insurance coverage. Sometimes we determine the responsible party has ample assets available outside of insurance.
We do everything we can to make sure you are compensated for your injuries.
TYPES OF BLOOMINGTON INJURY CASES WE HANDLE
Bloomington Car Accidents: Even minor accidents can cause severe injuries. Click to see how our Bloomington personal injury lawyers can help you get the best compensation for your car accident-related injuries.
Bloomington Truck Accidents: Accidents with commercial trucks (also known as semis, tractor-trailers, or big rigs) can cause devastating injuries. The rules that apply to truckers and tucking companies are different than conventional motor vehicle accidents. To get the best recovery, you need attorneys who have the experience to handle these cases. VanDerGinst Law’s Bloomington personal injury lawyers have those credentials. Click to see more.
Bloomington Traumatic Brain Injury: Some accidents may seem minor, but can result in severe brain injuries. Proper investigation and treatment are vital to getting reasonable compensation for these types of injuries. Click here to see how VanDerGinst Law can help.
Bloomington Motorcycle Accidents: Bikers are exceptionally exposed on our roadways. Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries or even death. Read more about how our Bloomington injury lawyers help bikers and their families when serious motorcycle accidents occur.
Bloomington Wrongful Death Claims: Wrongful death can occur due to someone’s negligence, intentional actions, or other types of wrongdoing. We can help your family get through a difficult and confusing time and get the financial recovery necessary to assist in easing some of the burden that comes when a loved one is lost.
Bloomington Bus Accidents: Whether you were hit by a bus or were injured as a passenger, you should have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. Read more about these types of accidents and how VanDerGinst Law will build a case against the responsible parties in a bus accident.
Bloomington Pedestrian Accidents: Injuries in pedestrian accidents can be severe. See what our Bloomington injury lawyers can do to help get you compensation
Bloomington Premises Liability: Premises liability includes any number of accident or injury-causing incidents that occur on commercial or residential property. Click to read more about these types of accidents – and to see how VanDerGinst Law can help.
Bloomington Dog Bites: At VanDerGinst Law, we love dogs. But if a dog attacks, serious injuries can and do occur. Often, compensation is necessary to address medical bills and even plastic surgery to repair the damage. See how our Bloomington injury attorneys can help.
Bloomington Class Action Lawsuits: Class actions arise when many people are harmed by a single defendant (or a few defendants). VanDerGinst Law is involved in several class action lawsuits. Click here to find out which ones.
Bloomington Spinal Cord Injury: Countless types of accidents can cause spinal cord injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered this type of injury, contact VanDerGinst Law right away. Our Bloomington injury lawyers will fight hard to get the compensation necessary to help you return to some semblance of a normal life.
Bloomington Swimming Pool Injuries: Swimming pools are a great way to relax, exercise, or recreate. But they can also result in slip and fall accidents and diving accidents that lead to serious injuries, or even drowning. Read more on how our Bloomington injury lawyers can help.
Bloomington Slip and Fall Accidents: Slip and fall accidents can occur indoors or outdoors, at commercial properties and residential properties. They can happen on sidewalks, in parking lots and other public areas. They happen in the winter OR in the summer. And they sometimes result in serious injuries. VanDerGinst Law can help get you the compensation you deserve after a slip and fall accident.
Bloomington Worker’s Compensation Claims: Even if you were at fault in causing the accident which led to injuries at work, you can still be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. Our attorneys can help you get proper compensation and explore other possible sources of compensation.
Bloomington Construction Accidents: Unfortunately, construction accidents are a frequent occurrence. They can lead to serious injuries. If you were in a construction accident, an experienced Bloomington personal injury lawyer can help you get compensation for your injuries.
Bloomington Insurance Claims: Insurance claims can be made in relation to injuries from accidents. But they can also be related to rights you may have under other insurance policies, such as Commercial, Homeowner’s, Health, Liability, and more. See how we can help.
Bloomington Business Interruption Insurance Claims: Small businesses are sometimes forced to close or restrict their operations when catastrophes occur. Many Illinois businesses were restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Business interruption coverage may apply even when the insurance carrier says it does not. Contact us to see if we can help.
Bloomington Medical Malpractice: Medical providers are held to a high standard when rendering treatment to patients. When they breach that standard of care, the consequences can be disastrous. Click here to learn how VanDerGinst Law can help.
Bloomington Nursing Home Negligence: When a loved one has been neglected in a nursing home, a Bloomington personal injury lawyer can assist in securing compensation.
Bloomington Nursing Home Abuse: If your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, a Bloomington personal injury lawyer can assist in getting justice.
Contact a Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyer Today.
We know that the personal injury claims process can be frustrating and overwhelming.
Let the injury attorneys at VanDerGinst Law help fight your battles while you focus on recovery.
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Bloomington Medical Clinics
|Bloomington Primary Care||9 Heartland Drive, Bloomington, IL 61704|
|Bloomington VA Clinic||207 Hamilton Road, Bloomington, IL 61704|
|Carle BroMenn Outpatient Center||3024 East Empire Street, Bloomington, IL 61704|
|Central Illinois Pediatric Associates||2427 Maloney Drive, Bloomington, IL 61704|
|Chestnut Family Health Center||702 West Chestnut Street, Bloomington, IL 61701|
|Medical Hills Internists||1401 Eastland Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701|
|OSF Medical Group – Pediatrics||302 St. Joseph Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701|
|OSF Medical Group – Primary Care on East College||1701 East College Avenue, First Floor, Bloomington, IL 61704|
|OSF Medical Group – Primary Care on St. Joseph||210 St. Joseph Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701|
|OSF OnCall Urgent Care||508 IAA Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701|
|OSF PromptCare - Rivian Motorway||1001 Rivian Motorway, Bloomington, IL 61705|
|OSF PromptCare - Eastland Drive||1505 Eastland Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701|
|Summit Family Medical Center||902 North Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL 61704|
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