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When you experience a serious injury, 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 Skokie personal injury lawyer to get you the compensation you deserve.

Top Four Things That Should Matter to You Most When Selecting a Skokie Personal Injury Attorney

  1. Make the process easy and convenient.
  2. Be Affordable.
  3. Get you the maximum amount of money to which you are entitled.
  4. Keep you informed.

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1. The VanDerGinst Law Skokie Personal Injury Lawyers Make the Process Simple and Convenient

The personal injury claims process can be complex. You might have serious injuries that have incurred costly medical bills. You might not be able to work due to your injuries. The last thing you need is to deal with medical providers and the insurance industry. 

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.

Most files can be opened over on the phone or online. 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

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 gather their own medical records and other evidence.

At VanDerGinst Law, our Skokie Personal Injury Lawyers do everything necessary to work your file. We obtain the records from medical providers.  We handle health any benefits that may apply to your case.  We negotiate with the opposing party. 

Even more, we position your case for the best possible settlement.  If the opponent doesn’t offer a reasonable settlement, our highly experienced personal injury lawyers prepare to fight in court to get you the best result.

2. Be Affordable? How about Free? If our Skokie 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. You won’t owe us a dime. 

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.

Other personal injury attorneys may claim they charge a contingent fee. But they may also require a retainer fee for costs such as filing fees or postage. Over the course of working a case, those fees can quickly add up to a substantial sum. 

At VanDerGinst Law, there is NO RETAINER FEE on injury cases.  We front all costs necessary to pursue your claim.

3. The Skokie Personal Injury Lawyers at VanDerGinst Law Will Fight to Get You the Maximum Amount of Money for Your Injury Claim

VanDerGinst Law has represented more than 50,000 injury victims over the years. We know injury law.  But we also know the judges, lawyers, medical providers, and insurance adjusters who are involved in Skokie-area injury claims and lawsuits. We will use those connections to your advantage!

We have made recoveries in counties across Illinois for a variety of injury cases, including car accidents, worker’s compensation, and medical malpractice. 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)

Our Skokie Personal Injury Lawyers Also Have the Inside Track into The Insurance Industry.  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 use that knowledge to get the best possible compensation for your injury claim.

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 almost exclusively on injury law.

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 Skokie 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. 

But don’t take our word for it.  Click here to see testimonials from some of our clients.

Skokie Personal Injury Lawyers

Skokie is located approximately 15 miles north of Chicago’s downtown loop. In fact, the streets in Skokie are mostly a continuation of the Chicago street grid, and the town is even served by the Chicago Transit Authority.

Skokie has a large Jewish population that came to reside in the town after World War II. The village is also home to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Skokie was a recipient of the Governor’s Hometown Award and has received “All American City” finalist distinction from the National Civic League.

Skokie has been named among the fastest-growing suburbs in the nation, and has been ranked near the top in Chicago magazine’s suburban livability rating.

With around 62,000 residents, Skokie has its fair share of accidents and injuries. The village’s yearly number of fatal accidents is lower than the state average, but its residents are injured in a number of other ways besides car accidents. These include medical workplace accidents, malpractice incidents, slip and fall accidents, and construction accidents.

If you live near Skokie and were injured on the job or due to someone’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your injuries.

VanDerGinst Law can help!

Skokie Personal Injury Lawyers

FREQUENTLY ASKED PERSONAL INJURY LAW QUESTIONS

1. What Should I Do and Not Do If I Have Been Injured?

If you’ve been injured in an accident or due to negligence, 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.

Getting the appropriate medical attention necessary to address any acute injury is crucial.  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 Skokie Personal Injury Lawyer?

Of course a personal injury law firm would say “Yes!” to that question. But in truth, there are many reasons why it makes sense to contact an attorney for advice if you have a personal injury claim. 

The right lawyer can make a difference in the amount of compensation you can recover from your claim.  Insurance carriers and other big business defendants have a team of lawyers looking out for their interests. They are NOT going to immediately give you what you are entitled to – in fact, insurance adjusters will try to get you to settle for as little as possible.  An experienced personal injury attorney has the leverage necessary to get you compensation for your injuries. VanDerGinst Law has that experience.

And who wants to deal with insurance adjusters and medical providers?  You need rest and recuperation from your injuries, not additional stress. VanDerGinst Law will take care of the details. We make opening a file as easy and convenient as possible. We collect the evidence to pursue your case. We conduct the investigation with our team of in-house investigators. We deal with the insurance people and medical providers, and coordinate benefits. We negotiate to get you the best possible outcome.

There is no financial risk in contacting VanDerGinst Law. If we do not win your injury case and get you compensation, you do not owe us anything.

3. When Should You Hire a Skokie Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you were injured in an accident and required treatment for those injuries, your accident probably warrants the attention of a personal injury lawyer. 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. Witnesses’ memories might not be as reliable. Important documentation could be lost. You could make decisions or take actions that will cost you fair compensation. And you might lose your leverage with the insurance companies.

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 you must file a lawsuit in your personal injury case, 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. 

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. This is because there are many elements that impact a personal injury case value.

These 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 successful in showing liability in a personal injury case, any of the following may apply for damages:

  • 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” is the physical pain and mental suffering that results from someone’s accident and injuries. The term encompasses not just pain and discomfort, but also the detrimental effects the injured person is likely to suffer, now and in the future.

8. How Much Does a Skokie 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. 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.

Additionally, 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 front all costs necessary to pursue your claim.

9. What are the time limits that apply for Skokie Personal Injury Claims?

The amount of time in which a person must file a lawsuit is known as the statute of limitations. In Illinois, that time is generally two years from the date of the injury, and there are very limited exceptions which may extend that time. Some situations might require notices to be sent or lawsuits to be filed earlier than that two-year period.

If you neglect to file a lawsuit within that time, you are forever excluded from doing so. Therefore, it is always a good idea to get VanDerGinst Law on your side as soon as possible after your injury.

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. So 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?

If the party responsible for causing an injury accident does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance, we do everything we can to see if a compensation source can be identified. 

Sometimes we can find employers and other sources who may be vicariously 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. 

TYPES OF SKOKIE INJURY CASES WE HANDLE

Skokie Car Accidents: Our personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the best compensation for your car accident-related injuries. 

Skokie Truck Accidents: If you have been in a commercial trucking accident, VanDerGinst Law has the experience to handle these complex cases.

Skokie 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.

Skokie Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries or even death. Our Skokie injury lawyers help bikers and their families recover compensation for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Skokie Wrongful Death Claims: We can help your family when someone you love has died due to someone else’s negligence – and get the financial recovery necessary to assist in easing some of the burden that comes when a loved one is lost.

Skokie 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.

Skokie Pedestrian Accidents: Injuries from pedestrian accidents can be devastating. If you or a loved one was struck by a vehicle, our Skokie injury lawyers can help.

Skokie 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.

Skokie Dog Bites:  At VanDerGinst Law, we love dogs. But when a dog attacks, serious injuries can and do occur. We can help you recover compensation for your injuries.

Skokie 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.

Skokie Spinal Cord Injury:  Many types of accidents can cause spinal cord injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered this type of injury, VanDerGinst Law will fight hard to get the compensation necessary to help you return to some semblance of a normal life.

Skokie 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.   

Skokie Slip and Fall Accidents:  Slip and fall accidents often result in serious injuries. VanDerGinst Law can get you the compensation you deserve after a slip and fall accident.

Skokie Worker’s Compensation Claims:  If you were working at the time of your injury, you may qualify for compensation. Our attorneys can help you exhaust all possible sources of compensation.

Skokie Construction Accidents:  Construction accidents can lead to serious injuries. If you were in a construction accident, an experienced Skokie personal injury lawyer can help you get compensation for your injuries.

Skokie 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.

Skokie Business Interruption Insurance Claims:  Small businesses are often forced to close or restrict their operations when catastrophes occur.  Many Illinois businesses were restricted due to COVID-19.  Business interruption coverages may apply even when the insurance carrier says it does not.

Skokie 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. The attorneys at VanDerGinst Law will fight on your behalf if you’ve been wrongly injured at the hands of a medical professional.

Skokie Nursing Home Negligence:  When a loved one has been neglected in a nursing home, a Skokie personal injury lawyer can assist in securing compensation.

Skokie Nursing Home Abuse:  If your loved one was abused in a nursing home, a Skokie personal injury lawyer can assist in getting justice.

Contact a Skokie 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 for you 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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