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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can file a personal injury lawsuit?
Anyone who has been injured on the job or in an accident may file a lawsuit against the responsible party.

Who can file a wrongful death claim?
Survivors of a deceased person may file a wrongful death claim. Survivors include a spouse, children, parents and sometimes blood relatives, and adopted brothers and sisters.

Why should I sign a contract with your firm?
Our extensive experience, knowledge and dedication to helping the catastrophically injured have helped us recover millions of dollars for our clients. In fact, we’ve been successful in recovering more than $200 million for our clients, with dozens of cases exceeding $1 million, with our largest verdict in November 2009 of $22.3 million. But there’s another equally important reason. Simply put, we care. You can be assured that we will deliver the utmost attention, perseverance and care into helping you win your case.

How do you decide whether to take my case?
We look closely at each and every case and give it the utmost consideration. If for some reason we are not able to accept your case, we may refer you to one of our partnering law firms.

How long will it take for the case to be resolved?
Like you, we are eager to move the case forward as quickly as possible – but at a pace that will not comprise the maximum recovery for your injuries or loss. Some courts operate more quickly and efficiently than others. The complexity of the issues in your case is also a factor. Out-of-court settlements have sometimes been reached in just a few months, while more complex cases may take one or two years.

What steps will you take after I sign a contract for you to represent me?
After you sign a contract, we immediately get to work on your case. We obtain copies of your medical records and medical bills as well as gather as much evidence as possible. Once our initial investigation is complete, we will determine whether to facilitate an out of court settlement or move forward with filing a lawsuit.

Do I have to be present at the trial?
Yes. You may also be called to testify along with the defendant, witnesses and expert witnesses.

What is the importance of depositions in preparation for a trial?
Depositions, which typically take place in an attorney’s office, are a way for attorneys to get detailed information about a case. The person being deposed takes an oath to answer truthfully. Each spoken word is recorded by a court reporter, and sometimes, the deposition is videotaped.

Is everything I tell you confidential?
Yes, the rules governing practicing lawyers in Illinois state that any communication about a case or a potential case is confidential, even if the lawyer is not retained.

Will my case require an expert to testify?
Sometimes it is necessary to hire expert witnesses to testify, especially if the case involves medical malpractice or a highly technical issue. We go to great lengths to hire the best experts possible.

What is the difference between compensatory damages and punitive damages?
Compensatory damages cover the actual damages or costs to a person who has been injured or suffered a loss, while punitive damages – which are in addition to compensatory damages – cover damages against a defendant as a deterrent or punishment to redress an egregious wrong perpetrated by the defendant.

Are there limits on the amount that can be awarded to victims of medical negligence?
Not any longer. On February 4, 2010, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s medical malpractice law that put limits or “caps” on awards given to victims of medical negligence.

What is meant by a statute of limitations?
This is a law that sets forth a period of time for you to file your claim.

How do you charge for your services?
Our attorneys earn their fees on a contingency basis, meaning that the fee is based on a percentage of what you are awarded in the case. If the case is not successful, we receive no fee, nor do we receive payment for any costs that we may have incurred in preparing for your case.

How soon will I receive my settlement check?
Depending on whether there are liens associated with your settlement, probate court, and other factors, your settlement check and your proceeds should be received within 14 to 90 days after settlement is reached. It is our intention to do everything possible to get your funds to you as quickly as possible, however.

What is meant by a structured settlement?
A structured settlement is a financial or insurance arrangement that includes periodic payments as a way for a client to resolve a personal injury claim. Our attorneys can assist you with this step as part of our total care package.

If I have more questions, can I talk to you free of charge?
Absolutely. We welcome your calls or if you prefer, send us an email at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .