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Madison County Personal Injury Lawyers
Madison County Personal Injury Lawyers
When you or a loved one is injured, it’s hard to know where to turn.
If you have been injured on the job or due to the negligence of another person or business, you need a trustworthy and experienced Madison County personal injury lawyer to get you the compensation you deserve. VanDerGinst Law can help.
Top Four Things That Should Matter to You Most When Selecting a Madison County Personal Injury Attorney
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1. The VanDerGinst Law Madison County Personal Injury Lawyers Make the Process Simple and Convenient
Serious injuries can be devastating. You may be experiencing pain and incurring 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.
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 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.
And, we position your case for the best possible settlement. If the opponent’s settlement offer isn’t reasonable, our highly experienced Madison County 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 Madison County personal injury lawyers don’t get you compensation for your injury claim, you won’t owe us anything!
At VanDerGinst Law, we operate on what’s known as a contingent fee basis. This means that 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.
Other personal injury attorneys may say they charge a contingent fee, but they also require a retainer fee for costs such as filing fees or postage. Those fees can add up.
At VanDerGinst Law, there is NO RETAINER FEE on injury cases. We front 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. Our attorneys have represented more than 50,000 injury victims over the years. But we also know the judges, lawyers, medical providers, and insurance adjusters who are involved in Madison County-area injury claims and lawsuits. We will fight hard to get you the money you deserve!
We have made record recoveries in numerous counties across Illinois for a variety of injury cases. 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 Madison County personal injury lawyers can get you the maximum compensation for your personal injury claim.
We Also Have the Inside Track into The Insurance Industry. At VanDerGinst Law, we DO NOT represent insurance companies, so we never have a conflict of interest in representing our injury clients. We DO employ former insurance adjusters and insurance defense attorneys who know the tricks of the trade. We use that knowledge to get the best compensation 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 lawyers cannot handle an occasional injury claim. But consider this: if you needed brain surgery, would you see your family doctor? No.
By the same token, 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
At VanDerGinst Law, 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.
Madison County Personal Injury Lawyers
Madison County is part of the Metro East in southern Illinois. The county is bordered by the Mississippi River to the west, and is home to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
The county is steeped in history, featuring as a stop in the Lewis and Clark expedition as well as a predominant part of the American Civil War. Today, the county offers visitors a host of events, festivals, and cultural entertainments, as well as over 100 miles of well-developed hiking and biking trails.
At the most recent count, the population of Madison County numbered 269,282.
With its proximity to St. Louis, Missouri, Madison County has its fair share of accidents and injuries. In 2018, drivers and passengers in Madison County experienced a total of 5,681 crashes, with 31 fatal crashes, 1,379 injury crashes.
In addition to car accidents, people in Madison County are also injured from dog bites, slip and fall accidents, workplace accidents, nursing home abuse and neglect, and faulty products.
If you 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?
First, 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 a Madison County 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.
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 a team of 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. VanDerGinst Law has the experience to get you the compensation to which you are entitled.
If you’ve been injured, the last thing you want to do is deal with insurance and medical paperwork. You need to focus on recuperating from your injuries. VanDerGinst Law will take care of the stressful part.
We make opening a file as easy and convenient as possible. We collect the necessary evidence to pursue your case. We conduct the investigation. We deal with the insurance people and medical providers, and coordinate any benefits that might apply to your case. And we negotiate to get you the best possible outcome.
Even better, there is no financial risk in contacting VanDerGinst Law. If we don’t win your injury case and get you compensation, you won’t owe us anything!
3. When Should You Hire a Madison County 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.
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 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.
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?
Your injury case may not proceed all the way to a trial, even if it’s necessary to file a lawsuit.
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.
At VanDerGinst Law, we work all cases as if they will go to trial. That way we can be prepared 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.
These include the type of accident, the nature, extent and duration of your injuries and treatment needs, the impact of your injuries on your ability to work and earn income, the nature of the defendant and their insurance and/or assets, and other considerations.
If an attorney tells you what your case is worth after a brief conversation about your injuries, they are either misinformed or misleading you.
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 Madison County 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. But it is never more than 40% of the recovery and is usually between 20% and one-third of the total recovered amount.
9. What are the time limits that apply for Madison County 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.
If you don’t file a lawsuit within the applicable time, you are forever excluded from doing so. 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, including 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 MADISON COUNTY INJURY CASES WE HANDLE
Madison County Car Accidents: Even minor accidents can cause serious injuries. Click to see how our Madison County personal injury lawyers can help you get the best compensation for your car accident-related injuries.
Madison County Truck Accidents: Accidents with commercial trucks (also known as semis, tractor-trailers, or big rigs) can cause devastating injuries. To get the best recovery, you need attorneys who have the experience to handle these cases. VanDerGinst Law’s Madison County personal injury lawyers have those credentials. Click to see more.
Madison County 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. Learn more here.
Madison County Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries or even death. Read more about how our Madison County injury lawyers help bikers and their families when serious motorcycle accidents occur.
Madison County 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. Learn how VanDerGinst Law can help.
Madison County 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. Read more about these types of accidents and how VanDerGinst Law will build a case against the responsible parties in a bus accident.
Madison County Pedestrian Accidents: If you or a loved one is struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian, the injuries can be devastating. See what our Madison County injury lawyers can do to help.
Madison County Premises Liability: If you sustained injuries while you were on someone else’s property, you might have grounds to pursue a legal claim. Read more about these types of accidents – and to see how VanDerGinst Law can help.
Madison County 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. See how our Madison County injury attorneys can help.
Madison County Class Action Lawsuits: VanDerGinst Law is involved in several class action lawsuits. Click here to find out which ones and to see if you qualify for a claim.
Madison County Spinal Cord Injury: Many types of accidents can cause serious spinal cord injuries, often with life-altering results. If you or a loved one has suffered this type of injury, contact VanDerGinst Law right away. Our Madison County injury lawyers will fight hard to get the compensation necessary to help you return to some semblance of a normal life.
Madison County Swimming Pool Injuries: Swimming pools can lead to serious injuries from slip and fall accidents and diving accidents. Read more on how our Madison County injury lawyers can help.
Madison County 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.
Madison County 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.
Madison County 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 Madison County personal injury lawyer can help you get compensation for your injuries.
Madison County 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 VanDerGinst Law can help you with these types of claims.
Madison County 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. Even if your insurance carrier tells you that business interruption coverage does not apply, there may be a path to compensation. Contact us to see if we can help.
Madison County 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. Click here to learn how VanDerGinst Law can help you get compensation.
Madison County Nursing Home Negligence: When a loved one has been neglected in a nursing home, a Madison County personal injury lawyer can assist in securing compensation.
Madison County 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 a Madison County 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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