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Springfield Personal Injury Lawyers
Springfield Personal Injury Lawyers
When you or a loved one is injured, it’s hard to know where to turn. You need an experienced Springfield personal injury lawyer to get you the compensation you deserve. VanDerGinst Law is here to help.
Top Four Things That Should Matter to You Most When Selecting a Springfield Personal Injury Attorney
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1. The VanDerGinst Law Springfield Personal Injury Lawyers Make the Process Simple and Convenient
We know how devastating serious injuries can be. You might be suffering pain and incurring costly medical bills. Your injuries might prevent you from working and earning income. The last thing you need is to hassle with medical providers and the insurance industry.
Let VanDerGinst Law handle the stress so you can concentrate on getting better!
Opening a personal injury case is quick and convenient with VanDerGinst Law.
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.
Many law firms require injury clients to gather medical records and other evidence. At VanDerGinst Law, our Springfield personal injury lawyers do everything necessary to work your file. We obtain the records from medical providers. We coordinate health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, medical payment insurance, and any other benefits that may apply to your case. We handle the negotiations with the opposing party.
Even more, we position your case for the best possible settlement. If the opponent’s settlement offer isn’t sensible or fair, our highly experienced Springfield personal injury lawyers are prepared to fight in court. We work hard to get you the best result.
2. Be Affordable? How about Free? If our Springfield personal injury lawyers don’t get you compensation for your injury claim, you won’t owe us anything!
We handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. If VanDerGinst Law doesn’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, and it depends on the type of case we handle and whether the case must be litigated. We make sure 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. That can add up to hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. At VanDerGinst Law, we don’t charge a retainer fee on injury cases. We front all costs necessary to pursue your claim.
3. The Springfield 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 Springfield-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. Our firm has 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 Springfield 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. 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.
That is not to say 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.
Similarly, you can feel 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 Springfield 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.
Springfield Personal Injury Lawyers
Located in Sangamon County, Springfield is the capital of Illinois and the second largest city in the state outside of the Chicago metropolitan area.
Of course, Springfield is well-known for its most famous historic resident: Abraham Lincoln. Indeed, visitors to Springfield are treated to many historic places and attractions that bear his name, including the Lincoln Home, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, and Lincoln’s tomb.
But in addition to historic landmarks and educational opportunities, the city of Springfield also offers a variety of arts and entertainment experiences, including the symphony, ballet, theater, galleries, and sporting events. The city is also the location of the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the University of Illinois at Springfield.
At last count, the city of Springfield is home to around 114,000 residents, but as you can imagine, the attractions draw thousands of visitors as well. Due to the amount of people and traffic in Springfield, residents and visitors alike are bound to suffer injuries from accidents and negligence.
In fact, in 2019 the number of fatal car accidents in Springfield was higher than the state average. In addition to car crashes, people in Springfield are also injured from trucking accidents, medical malpractice incidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, and faulty products.
If you live in Springfield 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 are safely able to do so, you should gather witness information and photos and/or video of the accident site. Of course, if necessary, contact the police or other emergency personnel. It’s important that you get the necessary medical attention to address any acute injury as soon as possible.
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 Springfield Personal Injury Lawyer?
There are many reasons that it makes sense for you to seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer when you have a claim.
First and foremost, 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. In fact, insurance adjusters will try to get you to settle for as little as possible. An experienced personal injury attorney can exert the necessary leverage to get you the compensation to which you are entitled. VanDerGinst Law has that experience.
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. We make opening a file as easy and convenient as possible. We collect the necessary documentation to pursue your case. We handle the investigation with our in-house team of investigators. We deal with the insurance representatives and medical providers, and we coordinate benefits. We negotiate to get you the best resolution possible.
Third, there is no financial risk in contacting VanDerGinst Law. If we do not win your injury case and get you compensation, you will not owe us anything!
3. When Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you were injured at work or due to negligence and required medical treatment for those injuries, you probably need the help of a personal injury lawyer. We suggest 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 without an attorney working on your behalf. Witness statements and evidence often needs to be secured immediately after the incident. A good lawyer will also advise you against signing medical authorization or giving recorded statements. There are 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 even having to file a lawsuit. That only happens if your personal injury lawyer has shown that he or she is willing to file lawsuits and fight for justice whenever it is necessary to get the best results for clients.
At VanDerGinst Law, we have a long history of proving our dedication 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 it’s necessary to file a lawsuit for your injury case, that does not mean it will proceed all the way to a trial. About 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 position your case to get the best possible settlement.
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.
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” 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 Springfield Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
At VanDerGinst Law, we handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. That 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.
Additionally, even though other personal injury attorneys say they charge a contingent fee, they may also charge 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 Springfield 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 the applicable 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.
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?
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 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 SPRINGFIELD INJURY CASES WE HANDLE
Springfield Car Accidents: Even minor accidents can cause severe injuries. Our Springfield personal injury lawyers can help you get the best compensation for your car accident-related injuries.
Springfield Truck Accidents: Commercial trucks (also known as semis, tractor-trailers, or big rigs) can cause devastating injuries. The rules that apply to truckers and trucking companies are different than conventional motor vehicle accidents. If you have been in a commercial trucking accident, VanDerGinst Law’s injury attorneys have the experience to handle the complexities of your case.
Springfield Traumatic Brain Injury: Some accidents may seem minor but can result in severe brain injuries. Traumatic brain injury symptoms may include headaches, memory loss, agitation, slurring, loss of consciousness, and others. Proper investigation and treatment are vital to getting reasonable compensation for these types of injuries.
Springfield Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries or even death. Bikers are exceptionally exposed on our roadways. VanDerGinst Law has helped bikers and their families recover compensation when serious motorcycle accidents occur.
Springfield 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 time – and get the financial recovery necessary to assist in easing some of the burden from a loved one’s wrongful death.
Springfield Bus Accidents: Whether you or a loved one was hit by a bus or was injured as a passenger, injuries from bus accidents may be severe. These cases are often complicated by the fact that they may involve municipalities who can rely on governmental immunities to avoid liability. VanDerGinst Law has the experience to fight these municipalities to get you compensation for your injuries.
Springfield Pedestrian Accidents: If you or a loved one is struck as a pedestrian by a vehicle, the injuries can be severe. Our Springfield injury lawyers can help.
Springfield Premises Liability: Premises liability includes any number of accident or injury-causing incidents that occur on commercial or residential property.
Springfield 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. VanDerGinst Law can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
Springfield 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.
Springfield Spinal Cord Injury: Spinal cord injuries can result from many different types of accidents. Serious spinal cord injuries can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia. If you or a loved one has suffered this type of injury, contact VanDerGinst Law right away. Our injury lawyers will fight hard to get the compensation necessary to help you return to as normal a life as possible after such devastation.
Springfield 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.
Springfield 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 the summer. And, they can result in serious injuries. VanDerGinst Law can help get you the compensation you deserve after a slip and fall accident.
Springfield 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. If you were working at the time of your injury, you may qualify for compensation.
Springfield Construction Accidents: Unfortunately, construction accidents are a frequent occurrence. They can lead to serious injuries. If you were in a construction accident, an experienced Springfield personal injury lawyer can help you get compensation for your injuries.
Springfield 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.
Springfield Business Interruption Insurance Claims: Small businesses may be 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.
Springfield 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.
Springfield Nursing Home Negligence: When a loved one has been neglected in a nursing home, a Springfield personal injury lawyer can assist in securing compensation.
Springfield Nursing Home Abuse: If a loved one has been abused in a nursing home, a Springfield personal injury lawyer can assist in getting justice.
Contact a Springfield 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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