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How Do You Know When to Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm?

Maritote Law Dec. 21, 2023

At Maritote Law, we understand how trying it can be to grapple with a personal injury. The aftermath of a car accident, a slip-and-fall incident, or an instance of medical malpractice isn't just physically painful—it's emotionally taxing and financially draining.

During such challenging times, it's normal for you and your family to feel apprehensive about bringing an attorney into the picture. But we're here to assure you that having a lawyer on your side can make all the difference in securing a settlement to aid your recovery. 

We've met many clients who initially felt they could handle the situation on their own, especially when the injuries seemed minor or the insurance company appeared cooperative. Others were apprehensive about the cost of legal representation or worried that involving a lawyer might slow down the process. We get it. It's completely fair to have these concerns.

But keep in mind that insurance companies are watching their own backs; they're experts at minimizing settlements and protecting their own interests. Without legal guidance, there's a risk of accepting a settlement that falls short of what you rightfully deserve, which could cause you more emotional and financial turmoil down the road. 

So, don't let hesitation or uncertainty hold you back. We're here to help. But when is it the right time to reach out to a personal injury law firm?  

When Dealing With Insurance Companies

Despite their friendly advertisements, insurance adjusters aren't on your side. They're skilled negotiators whose job is to diminish your injuries and offer a low settlement. We've seen it time and again at our Hanover Park office.  

Depending on your background, you may not have the negotiation skills needed to argue on behalf of your best interests. But an experienced personal injury attorney does.  

As your trusted legal advocates, we're here to protect your rights and prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of you. 

Your Case Involves Medical Malpractice or Defective Products

Another scenario where you'd want to ring us up is when your injuries result from medical malpractice or defective products. These cases can be particularly complex because of the many parties involved, from doctors and hospitals to pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers.  

You may find yourself against a team of insurance defense attorneys or medical lawyers aggressively defending their clients and their actions. You'll need a legal team that's well-versed in handling these types of cases and has access to medical experts who can review your records and provide valuable insights. 

When Accident Investigations Are Falling Flat

Accident investigations are another area where we can make a significant difference. Police departments and insurance companies may not have the resources to thoroughly investigate your claim.  

At Maritote Law, we have the knowledge to conduct an independent investigation, subpoena witnesses, obtain video surveillance footage, and uncover any hidden evidence necessary to build a successful case. With us by your side, no stone will be left unturned. 

Your Injuries Are Serious or You're Facing Permanent Disabilities

It's also crucial to call us if you're grappling with permanent disabilities. If your injuries have a lasting impact on your ability to work and enjoy life, any compensation you receive should account for future medical care and lost future earnings.  

Insurance companies often only address a portion of your current expenses and rarely compensate for pain, suffering, or the loss of enjoyment in life. We can advocate on your behalf and pursue a personal injury lawsuit if necessary to ensure you receive fair compensation. 

Before the Illinois Statute of Limitations Clock Runs Out

Lastly, remember to contact us before the statute of limitations runs out in your case. Under Illinois law, you generally have two years from the date of your injury to claim compensation. Now, two years might sound like ample time. But here's the thing—it's not just about filing a lawsuit. It’s about building a solid case. And that takes time. There's evidence to gather, witnesses to interview, and medical records to compile. Plus, insurance companies are notorious for dragging their feet and lowballing settlements. 

Requesting a consultation with us immediately after your accident helps ensure there's sufficient time to investigate your accident and file a personal injury claim

Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyer Today

The examples we discussed today are just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re even considering consulting a personal injury attorney, we recommend you to do so. Many offer free consultations, giving you the opportunity to discuss your case and get legal guidance in a risk-free environment.

At Maritote Law, we're ready to be your steadfast support system. We have the experience and knowledge to negotiate with insurance companies, gather crucial evidence, and build a robust case on your behalf. With us by your side, you can level the playing field and enhance your chances of securing the full and fair compensation you deserve. 

We're proud to serve clients in Hanover Park, Schaumburg, and throughout Cook County. But our reach doesn't stop there. We extend our services to folks in Bloomingdale, Rosedale, and across DuPage County and Northern Illinois.