Many people are hesitant to call an attorney to discuss a legal claim even after they have sustained a serious injury at the fault of another person. Such hesitations often originate from the idea that a legal case will always be long and drawn-out, culminating with a dramatic trial that puts them on the spot on the witness stand. However, you may be surprised to know that only about four to five percent of personal injury cases ever make it all the way to a trial.1 Instead, the large majority of these cases reach a settlement agreement at some point during the pretrial process.
If you were injured in a car accident or on another party’s property or business, the responsible party may have insurance coverage that is adequate enough to cover your medical expenses, lost income, and other losses stemming from your injuries. Our attorneys can help you through the process of filing a third party claim with their insurance and will work to negotiate a favorable settlement. While some injury victims receive fair insurance settlements, many others do not. It is critical that you never accept an insurance settlement offer without first having it reviewed by a skilled attorney since many offers may be grossly insufficient.
If you cannot receive an adequate insurance settlement, you may need to file a personal injury claim in civil court. Simply because you file a lawsuit does not mean you are going to trial, however, as the litigation process is long and there are many steps before a trial is even considered. There are also alternative dispute resolution2 methods that can be used to prevent the cost and stress of a trial, including:
- Negotiation with the adverse party
You want an attorney who will explore every option not resolve your matter efficiently while still protecting your rights to a favorable settlement.
Call for Help From Our Skilled Personal Injury Lawyers Today
The skilled personal injury attorneys of Abels & Annes, P.C. in Chicago will explore all of your options for resolution of your case. We will also provide dedicated representation at trial if needed in your situation. Call for a free consultation at 312-924-7575.