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Evanston Personal Injury Lawyers
Evanston 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 an Evanston personal injury lawyer, VanDerGinst Law is here to help get you the compensation you deserve.
We would be honored to help.
Top Four Things That Should Matter to You Most When Selecting an Evanston Personal Injury Attorney
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1. The VanDerGinst Law Evanston Personal Injury Lawyers Make the Process Simple and Convenient
An injury due to a crash or other accident can be life-altering. You might have significant injuries that have resulted in costly medical bills. Your injuries might prevent you from working and earning income. You don’t need the stress of dealing with medical providers and insurance representatives.
Let VanDerGinst Law handle it so you can focus on getting better!
When you are injured, the last thing you need is to drag yourself to a lawyer’s office. We try to make your life much easier by streamlining the process of opening your case.
We can open most files over on the phone or online, and we even offer video conferencing to suit your needs.
We are available 24/7 every day of the year! Simply click here or call 800-797-5391
When we open your file, we immediately investigate your case to get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Other law firms require injury clients to gather medical documents and other evidence. At VanDerGinst Law, our personal injury lawyers do everything necessary to work your file: we obtain the medical records, we handle any associated benefits, we negotiate to get you the best possible settlement.
And if the settlement offer isn’t reasonable, our highly experienced 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 Evanston personal injury lawyers don’t get you compensation for your injury claim, you won’t owe us anything!
At VanDerGinst Law, we do not get paid unless and until you do. If we don’t get you compensation for your injuries, there is NO ATTORNEY FEE.
If we do get you compensation, our fee is a percentage of the amount recovered. It depends on the type of case we handle and whether the case must be litigated, but it is always reasonable.
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. Those fees can quickly add up. At VanDerGinst Law, there is NO RETAINER FEE on injury cases. We forward all costs necessary to pursue your claim.
3. The Personal Injury Lawyers at VanDerGinst Law Will Fight to Get You the Maximum Amount of Money for Your Injury Claim
At VanDerGinst Law, we know injury law. But we also know the judges, lawyers, medical providers, and insurance adjusters who are involved in Evanston-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, including car accidents, worker’s compensation, trucking accidents, and more.
We have been recognized by peers, clients, and other professionals as among the best in the country in personal injury law.
(CLICK HERE TO SEE SOME OF OUR AWARDS AND ACCOLADES)
We never have a conflict of interest in representing our injury clients because we do not represent insurance companies.
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!
The practice of law is much like the practice of medicine. There are practitioners who have “general” practices and others who specialize. Injury cases can be complicated. When it comes to your personal injury claim, you need an attorney who is experienced in handling such complications.
At VanDerGinst Law we focus on injury 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. We stay in touch to make sure you know exactly what’s going on with your case.
You can put your trust in us – but don’t take our word for it. Listen to our clients.
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.
But don’t take our word for it. Click here to see testimonials from some of our clients.
Evanston Personal Injury Lawyers
Evanston is located on the North Shore of Lake Michigan in Cook County, Illinois.
Evanston is a city that revels in the arts; the Evanston Arts Council works to ensure that arts and culture abound in the city, dispersing grants and hosting various events throughout the year to foster the arts in the community and its connections. To further that aim, Evanston boasts multiple galleries, museums, theaters, music associations and ensembles, and cultural events for residents and visitors alike.
Most notably, Evanston is home to prestigious Northwestern University, one of the world’s leading research universities. Other educational institutions are also headquartered in Evanston, including the Music Institute of Chicago, as well as organizations such as Rotary International and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Recently Evanston’s population was counted at 73,473. Being so close to the city of Chicago, it should come as no surprise that Evanston is not immune to injuries from accidents and negligence, including car accidents, construction accidents, workplace accidents, and slip and falls.
If you live in the Evanston area 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?
The first thing you should do if you’ve been injured is to 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 to address your injuries as soon as possible.
You should also exchange insurance information with the other driver(s). But 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 an Evanston Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you have a claim, there are many reasons why you should seek out the experience and advice of a personal injury lawyer.
First, the right lawyer can make a difference in the amount of compensation you will recover from your claim. 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. VanDerGinst Law will to exert the necessary leverage and get you the compensation to which you are entitled.
Second, you need to recuperate from your injuries – you don’t need the additional stress of filling out forms and dealing with insurance representatives and medical providers. VanDerGinst Law will take the worry away. We make opening a file as easy and convenient as possible. We collect the necessary evidence and documents to pursue your case. We conduct the investigation. We deal with the insurance people and medical providers, and we coordinate any benefits that might apply to your case. We negotiate to get you the best possible outcome.
Finally, there is no financial risk to having VanDerGinst Law on your side. If we don’t win your injury case and get you compensation, you won’t owe us anything!
3. When Should You Hire an Evanston Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you were injured and required medical treatment for those injuries, you should probably consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Don’t wait until you are done treating, or until you have spoken to insurance representatives or adjusters.
Why? If you wait, it may be too late. Important documentation could be lost. Witnesses’ memories might not be as reliable. You could make decisions or take actions that will cost you fair compensation. And you might lose your leverage with the insurance companies.
Too many things can go awry 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 do everything in our power to get the best results for our clients – even if that means filing a lawsuit.
5. Will my personal injury case go to trial?
On average, 95% of all injury cases are settled before going to trial. During trial preparations, each side becomes more familiar with their particular strengths and weaknesses. This often results in a settlement.
Despite this, 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?
There are many elements that impact a personal injury case value. Such elements 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 too numerous to mention.
If an attorney tells you what your case is worth after a brief conversation about your injuries, they are either misinformed or misleading you.
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 physical and mental pain and suffering
- Past and future loss of function of mind and body
- 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 an Evanston Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
We handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that 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.
If we do get you compensation, 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 work on contingency, they may also require a retainer fee for costs like filing fees, expert fees, court reporter fees, etc. Over the course of working the case, those fees can add up to a significant sum.
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 Evanston 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.
There are very limited exceptions which may extend that time. There are also some situations which require notices be sent or lawsuits filed earlier than that two-year period.
If you don’t file a lawsuit within the applicable time, you are forever excluded from doing so. Therefore, 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. This 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 EVANSTON INJURY CASES WE HANDLE
Evanston Car Accidents: Even minor accidents can cause serious injuries. Our Evanston personal injury lawyers can help you get the best compensation for your car accident-related injuries.
Evanston Truck Accidents: Accidents with commercial trucks (also known as semis, tractor-trailers, or big rigs) can cause devastating injuries. VanDerGinst Law has the experience to take on these cases – and win.
Evanston Traumatic Brain Injury: Some accidents may seem minor but can result in severe brain injuries. VanDerGinst Law’s personal injury attorneys are skilled at obtaining reasonable compensation for these types of injuries.
Evanston Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries or even death. Read more about how our Evanston injury lawyers help bikers and their families when serious motorcycle accidents occur.
Evanston Wrongful Death Claims: Wrongful death can occur due to someone’s negligence, intentional actions, or other types of wrongdoing. However your loved one was injured, you have the right to pursue compensation – VanDerGinst Law can help.
Evanston Bus Accidents: Bus accident cases are complicated. Whether you were hit by a bus or were injured as a passenger, you should have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.
Evanston Pedestrian Accidents: If you or a loved one is struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian, the injuries can be devastating.
Evanston Premises Liability: If you sustained injuries while you were on someone else’s property, you might have grounds to pursue a legal claim.
Evanston Dog Bites: If a dog attacks, serious injuries can and do occur. Often, compensation is necessary to address medical bills. Plastic surgery might be required to repair the damage.
Evanston 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.
Evanston 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 Evanston injury lawyers will fight hard to get the compensation necessary to help you return to some semblance of a normal life.
Evanston Swimming Pool Injuries: Swimming pools can lead to serious injuries from slip and fall accidents and diving accidents.
Evanston Slip and Fall Accidents: Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere, at any time. They sometimes result in serious injuries. VanDerGinst Law can help get you the compensation you deserve after a slip and fall accident.
Evanston Worker’s Compensation Claims: If you were working at the time of your injury, you may qualify for compensation. Your employer’s worker’s compensation SHOULD cover your medical treatment and compensate you for lost wages. If you were injured at work and/or were denied benefits, VanDerGinst Law can help. We will fight to get you the benefits you deserve and hold your employer and the insurance company accountable for your compensation.
Evanston Construction Accidents: Construction is a dangerous line of work. Accidents are a frequent occurrence, and they can lead to serious injuries. If you were in a construction accident, an experienced Evanston personal injury lawyer can help you get compensation for your injuries.
Evanston 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.
Evanston Business Interruption Insurance Claims: Small businesses are sometimes forced to close or restrict their operations when catastrophes occur. Even if your insurance carrier tells you that business interruption coverage does not apply, there may be a path to compensation.
Evanston Medical Malpractice: When a medical practitioner fails to uphold their duty to deliver a reasonable standard of care, you or a loved one might suffer as a result.
Evanston Nursing Home Negligence: When a loved one has been neglected in a nursing home, an Evanston personal injury lawyer can assist in securing compensation.
Evanston Nursing Home Abuse: If your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, VanDerGinst Law’s personal injury lawyers can assist in getting justice.
Contact an Evanston 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.
Reach out to our firm by calling (800) 797-5391, or contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
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