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Wheaton Personal Injury Lawyers
Wheaton Personal Injury Lawyers
When you or a loved one is injured, it’s hard to know where to turn. You need a dependable and experienced Wheaton 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 Wheaton Personal Injury Attorney
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1. The VanDerGinst Law Wheaton Personal Injury Lawyers Make the Process Simple and Convenient
Serious injuries can be devastating in a variety of ways. You might be suffering pain and dealing with costly medical bills. Your injuries might prevent you from working. The last thing you need is to hassle with medical providers and the insurance industry.
Let us take care of your injury case so you can concentrate on getting better!
At VanDerGinst Law, we’ve streamlined the process of opening a personal injury case.
We can open most files over on the phone or online, and we even offer video conferencing to suit your needs. Or if you prefer, we can come to you.
Once we open your file, our in-house investigative team makes every effort to speedily and thoroughly gather the evidence necessary to get the compensation you deserve.
Many law firms require injury clients to gather medical records and other evidence. At VanDerGinst Law, our Wheaton 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 Wheaton 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 Wheaton personal injury lawyers don’t get you compensation for your injury claim, you won’t owe us anything!
Like many other attorneys, VanDerGinst Law handles 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. It depends on the type of case we handle and whether the case must be litigated, but it is always reasonable.
What sets us apart from other personal injury law firms is that we don’t charge a retainer fee. We front all costs necessary to pursue your claim, including filing fees, expert fees, postage, and more.
3. The Wheaton 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 Wheaton-area injury claims and lawsuits. We will use those connections to get you the money you deserve!
We have made record recoveries in numerous counties across Illinois for a variety of injury cases. Our peers, clients, and other professionals have recognized us as among the best in the country in personal injury law.
With national resources and local connections, our Wheaton 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 use that inside 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 can skillfully handle ANY injury case that comes our way.
You can feel completely confident that you will be in good hands with the personal injury lawyers of VanDerGinst Law.
4. The Wheaton Personal Injury Lawyers of VanDerGinst Law Will Keep You Informed Every Step of the Way
At VanDerGinst Law, we make a point of staying in touch with our clients to they know exactly what’s going on with their case.
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.
Wheaton Personal Injury Lawyers
Wheaton is a suburb of Chicago, located approximately 25 miles west of the city. It is home to Wheaton College, which is well-known for being an elite liberal arts school for devout Christian students.
Like many other suburbs, at the time of its founding Wheaton benefitted greatly from the railroad. The population of Wheaton has rapidly expanded since the mid-twentieth century, and at the latest count its population numbered 52,745.
And like the other suburbs, Wheaton is not immune to injuries from accidents and negligence.
Wheaton residents and visitors are injured from car accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice incidents, slip and fall accidents, and faulty products.
If you live in Wheaton 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 Wheaton Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you’ve been injured, it makes sense to seek the representation of a personal injury lawyer.
The right lawyer can make a difference in the amount of compensation you will recover from your claim. VanDerGinst Law has that experience to exert the necessary leverage to get you the compensation to which you are entitled.
When you’ve been injured, you need rest and recuperation from your injuries. You don’t need the additional stress of filling out forms and dealing with insurance people and medical providers. VanDerGinst Law will handle the details. We will collect the necessary documentation to pursue your case. We will conduct the investigation. We will deal with the insurance representatives and medical providers, and we coordinate benefits. We will negotiate to get you the best resolution possible.
Perhaps most importantly, 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.
The attorneys at VanDerGinst Law can ensure that your case value will be much greater than without an attorney working on your behalf. We will also advise you against taking actions that could reduce your compensation amount, such as signing medical authorization or giving recorded statements. There are too many things that can go wrong if you do not have VanDerGinst Law on your side.
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 we need 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.
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” 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 Wheaton 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.
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 Wheaton 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 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 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 WHEATON INJURY CASES WE HANDLE
Wheaton Car Accidents: Severe injuries can result from even minor car accidents. Our Wheaton personal injury lawyers can help you get the best compensation for your injuries in a car accident.
Wheaton 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.
Wheaton Traumatic Brain Injury: Traumatic brain injury symptoms may include headaches, memory loss, agitation, slurring, loss of consciousness, and others. Even seemingly minor accidents can cause severe brain injuries. Proper investigation and treatment are vital to getting reasonable compensation for these types of injuries.
Wheaton Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries or even death. VanDerGinst Law has helped bikers and their families recover compensation when serious motorcycle accidents occur.
Wheaton 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 the financial recovery necessary to assist in easing some of the burden from a loved one’s wrongful death.
Wheaton Bus Accidents: Bus accidents may involve municipalities who can rely on governmental immunities to avoid liability. They say you cannot fight city hall. Well, we do – every day. And we win!
Wheaton Pedestrian Accidents: If you or a loved one is struck as a pedestrian by a vehicle, the injuries can be severe. Our Wheaton injury lawyers can help.
Wheaton Premises Liability: Premises liability includes any number of accident or injury-causing incidents that occur on commercial or residential property.
Wheaton 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.
Wheaton 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.
Wheaton 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.
Wheaton 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.
Wheaton 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.
Wheaton 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.
Wheaton Construction Accidents: Unfortunately, construction accidents are a frequent occurrence. They can lead to serious injuries. If you were in a construction accident, an experienced Wheaton personal injury lawyer can help you get compensation for your injuries.
Wheaton 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.
Wheaton 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.
Wheaton 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.
Wheaton Nursing Home Negligence: When a loved one has been neglected in a nursing home, a Wheaton personal injury lawyer can assist in securing compensation.
Wheaton Nursing Home Abuse: If a loved one has been abused in a nursing home, a Wheaton personal injury lawyer can assist in getting justice.
Contact a Wheaton 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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