Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer – Dedicated Legal Representation
When another person causes you injury through their negligence or recklessness, no matter how the actions of the negligent or reckless party manifested, then you may be entitled to monetary compensation from the person or party who was a cause of your injuries.
Before you move forward with the pursuit of monetary compensation through the courts, you should seriously consider speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney like me – Joseph M. Dooley. As a professional personal injury attorney for over the last 20 years, I have represented a number of clients who have experienced a range of injuries caused by different types of negligence or recklessness. Former clients of mine have included auto accident victims, bicycle and pedestrian accident victims, medical malpractice victims, victims of defectively designed or manufactured products and more. I have spent a countless number of hours fighting and working on behalf of my clients to ensure that each and every one of my clients received as fair an opportunity for recovery under the law as possible. I am proud of the track record which I have garnered over the years.
I have achieved an AV preeminent rating for the good work that I have done representing personal injury victims. An AV-rating is considered the highest rating that an attorney can earn in both legal ethics and legal ability. To qualify for an AV preeminent rating, an attorney is required to be reviewed by his or her peers, by the Bar, and by the judiciary. Of course, as an attorney, my highest priority is to each and every one of my clients.
When you work with me, you can rest assured that your case will be handled with the diligence and care that it deserves. I will spare no effort to understand every aspect of your case, from the facts as they were recorded in party testimony, to evidence which may be uncovered in preparation for trial. I will speak on your behalf with attorneys for the other side, with insurance representatives who may be involved, and in court, should a case go to trial. Along the way, I will answer your legal questions to provide you with the most accurate information you need to make important decisions about your case, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that you understand the proceedings and your rights and responsibilities as they pertain to your case.
If you have sustained an injury as the result of another person’s negligence or recklessness, then speaking to me – an experienced attorney – right away will be far better than putting off the legal process. Not only do statutes of limitations limit the amount of time that an accident victim has to file charges against the person who may have been responsible for an accident, but I will also have a much easier time examining the evidence in your case if you call me soon.
Why You Should See An Attorney First
When you are injured in any type of accident that may result in a personal injury claim – and it can happen to anyone at almost any time – it’s important to understand your rights. In the Chicago area, before you speak with an insurance company, it’s absolutely imperative to speak first with experienced Chicago personal injury attorney Joseph Dooley.
Insurance companies are in business to make money. Nothing’s wrong with that. But it is wrong when a company avoids paying a legitimate claim, delays payment, or refuses to pay what the claim is actually worth. A good personal injury lawyer can use legal tools to make the insurance company meet its responsibility to you. An insurance company may even try to persuade you out of filing a personal injury suit. Don’t listen. You have only two years from the date of your injury to file a claim in Illinois, and insurance companies often try to keep you confused and distracted until you are no longer eligible to file.
Whenever you suffer a serious injury, and another person’s negligence caused that injury, you have the right to file a personal injury claim. After you have been seen by a physician, a good personal injury lawyer can review the details of your case and determine if you have a genuine claim. An insurance company may try to avoid paying you by rejecting your claim (and hoping you’ll go away) or by suggesting that you are partially at fault for your own injuries. Don’t be intimidated. Let your attorney handle all negotiations with the insurance company.
Let’s say this accident was clearly the other party’s fault; you have a police report that says so and x-rays to prove you’re injured. Still, the insurance company is not paying. Next, you start getting phone calls from collection agencies; when you will start paying the medical bills? The problem? The insurance company is required to compensate you only when their client is found liable for the accident. You must either go to trial or reach a settlement with the insurance company, but by now, you have become so desperate that you will accept almost any amount the company offers you. This is how the system is designed, and it’s why so many settle for so much less than they should.
Don’t provide an insurance company with any documents, paperwork, or your signature before consulting with a good personal injury lawyer. The company will scrutinize anything you provide to find a reason not to pay you. A good personal injury lawyer will handle all negotiations with insurance companies and will either reach an acceptable settlement with the company or take them to court. If your case goes to trial, a good personal injury lawyer will develop an effective strategy, compile witnesses and evidence, and will fight aggressively for the compensation and justice you deserve. In the greater Chicago area, before you deal with any insurance company, talk to experienced Chicago personal injury attorney Joseph Dooley. If you are injured and you are fighting an insurance company right now, make that call today.