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Waukegan Personal Injury Lawyers
Waukegan Personal Injury Lawyers
If you’ve been injured on the job or in an accident, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer in Waukegan 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 Personal Injury Attorney in Waukegan
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1. The VanDerGinst Law Personal Injury Lawyers in Waukegan Make the Process Simple and Convenient
We know how difficult it is to be involved in an injury-causing accident. You might have serious injuries that have incurred costly medical bills. You might not be able to work due to your injuries.
The personal injury claims process can be confusing. You shouldn’t have to deal with medical providers and the insurance industry at this difficult time.
Let VanDerGinst Law handle the stress so you can focus on getting better!
Opening a personal injury case is quick and convenient with VanDerGinst Law.
We can open most files over the phone or online, and we offer video conferencing to suit your needs.
We do whatever is necessary to work on your case as promptly and effortlessly as possible. When we open your file, we immediately investigate your case to position you to get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Other law firms require injury clients to gather medical documents and other evidence. At VanDerGinst Law, our Waukegan personal injury lawyers do everything necessary to work your file.
We take pictures of the accident site, and your injuries. We obtain the medical records. We negotiate on your behalf with the insurance adjuster and other representatives of the opposing party. We position your case for the best possible settlement. If the opponent’s settlement isn’t rational or fair, our highly experienced Waukegan personal injury lawyers prepare to fight in court to get you the best result.
2. Be Affordable? How about Free? If our Waukegan 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 we don’t get you compensation for your injuries, there is NO ATTORNEY FEE. We do not get paid unless and until you do.
Other personal injury attorneys may say they charge a contingent fee. But they may also require a retainer fee for the costs associated with opening your file (such as filing fees, expert fees, court reporter fees, postage, or records). Those costs can quickly add up.
At VanDerGinst Law, there is NO RETAINER FEE on injury cases. We front all costs necessary to pursue your claim.
3. The Waukegan Personal Injury Lawyers at VanDerGinst Law Will Fight to Get You the Maximum Amount of Money for Your Injury Claim
They say a good layer knows the law, but a great lawyer knows the judge!
At VanDerGinst Law, we know injury law. We have represented more than 50,000 injury victims over the years.
But we also know the Waukegan-area judges, lawyers, medical providers, and insurance adjusters who are involved in injury claims and lawsuits. We will fight to get you the money you deserve!
We have made record recoveries in 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 Waukegan personal injury lawyers can get you the maximum compensation for your personal injury claim.
Our Firm Also Has 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.
You will be in great hands with the personal injury lawyers of VanDerGinst Law.
We can skillfully handle ANY Waukegan 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 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.
Waukegan Personal Injury Lawyers
Waukegan is located 39 miles north of downtown Chicago, and is the largest city and county seat of Lake County, Illinois.
Waukegan began as a small settlement, and grew to become a major industrial hub. Industries such as ship and wagon building, flour milling, pork packing, dairying, and sheep raising abounded.
Although the city experienced an economic downturn through the years as manufacturing disappeared, today downtown Waukegan is the urban center of Lake County. This area boasts restaurants, bars, shops, and the College of Lake County, which is a popular community college that draws students from many of the surrounding towns.
The most recent population of Waukegan was estimated at 86,075. And like many medium-sized towns in Illinois, Waukegan is no stranger to injuries from accidents and other mishaps.
Since 2014, Waukegan consistently matched or exceeded the average number of fatal car accidents in Illinois. Waukegan also has a large number of fatal accidents involving pedestrians – more than double the Illinois average.
Waukegan residents are also injured from construction accidents, trucking accidents, workplace accidents, slip and fall accidents, and faulty products.
If you live in Waukegan 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?
Without jeopardizing your health or safety, you should gather witness information and photos and/or video of the accident site. Contact the police or other emergency personnel if necessary. Get the appropriate medical attention to address any acute injury 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 Waukegan Personal Injury Lawyer?
There are many reasons why it makes sense to get legal representation when you have a claim.
The right lawyer can make a significant difference in the amount of compensation you can recover from your claim. Insurance carriers and other big business defendants have lawyers looking out for their interests. They do not voluntarily give you what you are entitled to. In fact, insurance adjusters will try to get you to settle for as little as possible.
VanDerGinst Law has the leverage necessary to get you compensation for your injuries.
Why would you want to tackle the confusion associated with filling out forms and dealing with insurance adjusters and medical providers? You need to recuperate from your injuries. Let VanDerGinst Law handle the stressful part. Opening a file with us is easy and convenient. We collect the necessary evidence to pursue your case. We conduct the investigation. And we negotiate to get you the best possible outcome.
Plus, 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 Waukegan Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you were injured in an accident and required treatment for those injuries, you probably need the help of a personal injury lawyer. With respect to the question of how soon you should speak to an attorney, we suggest contacting 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 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 necessary.
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 for our clients.
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. Probably 95% of all injury cases are settled before going to trial. During trial preparations, each side becomes more acquainted with their particular 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. 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 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 includes harm caused by physical injury and mental distress related to the 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 Waukegan 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. We do not get paid unless and until you do.
Our fee is a percentage of the amount recovered. The percentage depends on your type of case and whether your case must be litigated.
Other personal injury attorneys may say they charge a contingent fee. But they may also require a retainer fee for costs like filing fees, expert fees, court reporter fees, postage, obtaining records, and more. That can often add up to 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 Waukegan 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.
There are very limited exceptions which may extend that time. Some situations might 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 barred from doing so. 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 held 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?
The responsible party is required to pay the costs for all bills for reasonable and necessary medical 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?
If the party responsible for causing an injury accident does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance, there might be other sources of compensation. The attorneys at VanDerGinst Law exhaust every possible avenue to identify those sources.
Sometimes we can find employers, people, or entities who may be vicariously liable. Sometimes we can turn to our client’s own uninsured or underinsured insurance coverage. And sometimes we determine that the responsible party has ample assets available outside of insurance.
TYPES OF WAUKEGAN INJURY CASES WE HANDLE
Waukegan Car Accidents: Our personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the best compensation for your car accident-related injuries.
Waukegan Truck Accidents: If you have been in a commercial trucking accident, VanDerGinst Law has the experience to handle the complexities of your case.
Waukegan Traumatic Brain Injury: Even a seemingly minor accident can result in severe brain injuries. VanDerGinst Law’s personal injury attorneys are skilled at obtaining reasonable compensation for these types of injuries.
Waukegan Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries or even death. Our Waukegan injury lawyers help bikers and their families when serious motorcycle accidents occur.
Waukegan 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 that comes when a loved one is lost.
Waukegan 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.
Waukegan Pedestrian Accidents: If you or a loved one is struck as a pedestrian by a vehicle, the injuries can be severe. VanDerGinst Law can help.
Waukegan Premises Liability: Premises liability includes any number of accident or injury-causing incidents that occur on commercial or residential property.
Waukegan Dog Bites: When a dog attacks, serious injuries can occur. Often, compensation is necessary to address medical bills and even plastic surgery to repair the damage. VanDerGinst Law has experience in securing compensation for our clients with dog bit injuries.
Waukegan 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.
Waukegan Spinal Cord Injury: 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 some semblance of a normal life.
Waukegan Swimming Pool Injuries: Slip and fall accidents and diving accidents in swimming pools can lead to serious injuries, or even drowning. Our Waukegan injury lawyers can help you get compensation if you or someone you love was injured in someone else’s swimming pool.
Waukegan 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.
Waukegan Worker’s Compensation Claims: If you were working at the time of your injury, you may qualify for compensation. Our attorneys can help you get proper compensation and explore other possible sources of compensation.
Waukegan Construction Accidents: Construction accidents can lead to serious injuries. If you were in a construction accident in Waukegan, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you get compensation.
Waukegan 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.
Waukegan Business Interruption Insurance Claims: When catastrophes occur, small businesses are often forced to close or restrict their operations. Many Waukegan businesses were restricted due to COVID-19 and/or the Derecho storm in August of 202. Business interruption coverages may apply even when your insurance carrier says it does not. Contact us to see if we can help.
Waukegan Medical Malpractice: Medical providers are held to a high standard when providing treatment to patients. When they breach that standard of care, the consequences can be disastrous. VanDerGinst Law can help you if you’ve been injured due to a medical provider’s negligence.
Waukegan Nursing Home Negligence: When a loved one has been neglected in a nursing home, a Waukegan personal injury lawyer can assist in securing compensation.
Waukegan Nursing Home Abuse: If your loved one was abused in a nursing home, we can assist in getting justice.
Contact a Waukegan Personal Injury Lawyer Today.
We know that the personal injury claims process can be overwhelming.
The injury attorneys at VanDerGinst Law can help fight your battles while you focus on recovery.
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