Personal Injury FAQ

Navigating the legal system can be overwhelming — especially in the aftermath of a traumatic injury. In times like these, it can be difficult to know who to turn to for help, or even which questions to ask.

At The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C., our team of skilled attorneys have decades of experience successfully handling personal injury cases, and we are committed to helping our clients receive the justice and compensation they deserve. Whether you have been injured in a car accident, slip and fall, or other serious accident, we are here to help.

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your case and to help you navigate the legal process with confidence. The following are a few of the most common questions our clients ask about Illinois personal injury cases.

What do I do after an accident?

After an accident, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what steps to take. Here are some of the most important steps you can take to ensure your safety and maximize your chances of success in your personal injury case:

  • Seek medical attention. Your health is your top priority after an accident. Even if you feel fine, it’s important to get checked out by a medical professional. Some injuries may not show up right away, and getting treatment early can help prevent them from getting worse.
  • Contact the police. After you call, law enforcement will come to the scene immediately, take statements, and create an accident report. This report will be important later on if you decide to pursue legal action.
  • Gather evidence. If you’re able to, take pictures of the scene, any damage, and any injuries you sustained. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses who saw the accident happen.
  • Contact an attorney. If you were injured in the accident, it’s a good idea to consult with a personal injury attorney. They can advise you on your legal options and help you navigate the complex process of seeking compensation for your injuries.
  • Notify your insurance company. You should report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Even if you weren’t at fault, they need to be informed. Do not talk to any other party’s insurance company — leave that to your attorney.

While these are some typical steps to take in the aftermath of your injury, every accident is different. It’s important to consult with an attorney to determine the best course of action in your specific case.

How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?

In Illinois, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date of the injury. If you do not file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations, you may lose your right to do so altogether. Additionally, waiting too long to file can make it more difficult to gather evidence and build a strong case.

How much is my personal injury case worth?

Determining the value of a personal injury case can be complex. Many factors are at play, such as the extent of your injuries, medical expenses, lost waes, and pain and suffering.

One of the most important factors that will affect the value of your case is the severity of your injuries. If you sustained major injuries that require ongoing medical treatment, rehabilitation or caused permanent disability, your case will generally be worth more than if you only suffered minor injuries.

What if I was partly at fault for my Illinois accident?

May still be able to recover damages through a personal injury claim even if you were partially at fault. Illinois personal injury law operates under the modified comparative negligence model in shared-fault cases. Comparative negligence dictates that the amount of damages you can receive is reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you in accidents at which you are less than 50% at fault. For example, if you were 30% at fault for the accident and the damages awarded are $100,000, you may only receive $70,000 (70% of the total damages).

If you were partially at fault for the accident, it is critical that you file your claim in consultation with a personal injury attorney. Your attorney will review the facts of the case, investigate the cause of the accident, and build a legal strategy to help you pursue the maximum compensation possible in your case.

How long will it take to get my settlement in a personal injury case?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The timeframe for receiving a settlement in your personal injury case can vary widely depending on a number of factors.

One key factor that can affect your case’s timeline is the complexity of your case. If your case involves multiple parties or if liability is disputed, it may take longer to reach a settlement.

Do I need an attorney for my personal injury case?

The legal system can be incredibly complex and difficult to navigate. An experienced attorney will be familiar with the laws and procedures involved in personal injury cases and can provide valuable guidance and advice throughout the process. An attorney will ensure that your rights are safeguarded and you are not taken advantage of by insurance companies or other parties involved in the case.

Negotiating with insurance companies is one of the most critical — and challenging — aspects of any personal injury claim. Personal Injury attorneys have a thorough understanding of how insurance companies operate and what factors they consider when determining the value of your claim. An attorney can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and fight for the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

Additionally, an attorney can help you gather evidence and build a strong case to support your claim. This may include collecting medical records and other documentation of your injuries, as well as gathering witness statements and other evidence to support your claim. A skilled attorney can use this evidence to build a compelling case that highlights the extent of your injuries and the impact they have had on your health and well-being.

Contact a Peoria, Bloomington, and Galesburg Illinois Personal Injury Attorney Today

At The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, we believe that every client has the right to be heard and understood. That’s why we take the time to listen to your story — what happened, how it has affected you and our family — and work tirelessly to build a case that reflects your unique needs and goals.

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, don’t wait to contact a Peoria area personal injury attorney. Contact us online or by phone at 309-328-3997 for a free initial consultation.