Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Claims
Frankfort Law Group is available to evaluate your situation and file a personal injury claim or lawsuit on your behalf after an auto accident, slip-and-fall accident, burn injury or any other accidental injury. Explore the questions and answers below or contact us right away to talk with an experienced attorney about your case.
What can I be compensated for after an accidental injury?
Depending on the extent of your injuries and the cause of the accident, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Related expenses
- Pain and suffering
What documents or information does the attorney need and why?
At the time of the initial consultation, you will not need every document related to the accident, but if the attorney takes the case, he or she will soon ask for everything you have that is related to the accident to do his or her best to represent you. For example, your lawyer will likely ask for photographs and videos (if they exist), estimates of the damage, medical bills, costs for prescriptions, hospital and ambulance bills. Please keep all related estimates, repair bills and receipts.
The more information you are able to give your lawyer, the easier it will be for him to help you recover financial compensation from a personal injury lawsuit. At the Frankfort Law Group, we offer a for initial consultation to discuss your case. From our law offices in Frankfort and Oak Lawn, we represent clients throughout Will County and other area Illinois communities.
How much do you charge for a personal injury case?
You will not owe any attorneys’ fees up front. If we win for you, we will collect 33 1/3 percent of any amount recovered, plus costs of the suit. Typical costs include filing fees and service fees. If we fail to get you money, we collect nothing.
Why do you need my taxes and pay stubs?
To determine any wages lost due to your personal injury and to recover financial compensation for any wage loss
Why are my medical history and medical records needed?
Once you claim injuries in a lawsuit, your medical records will be released to the insurance company to verify the validity of your injuries, the doctor’s diagnosis and treatment he selected for you.
Why do we need a list of doctors?
Complete information will allow us to more fully communicate with your health care providers and represent your interests.
Can I sue the owner of the vehicle?
Only if the driver is the owner of the car, or if the owner of the car has knowledge that the driver was reckless, had no insurance or was intoxicated at the time of the accident
What are punitive damages?
Punitive damages are money awarded to punish the defendant for negligent actions and deter future misconduct. Punitive damages may be awarded in addition to actual damages to compensate the plaintiff for the losses suffered when aggravating circumstances were present.
What is loss of consortium?
Loss of consortium refers to the injured person’s spouse’s unique losses due to an injury’s interference in the marital relationship.
What is discovery?
Discovery is a process used to obtain evidence. It allows each party to request documents and question the other parties.
What is a deposition?
A deposition is a face-to-face question-and-answer session. It usually occurs in the office of the lawyer who scheduled the deposition.
Will my case go to trial, and do I have to go to court?
Only a small percent of cases go to trial. The two sides will typically settle out of court, and we will give you a check if you are awarded damages.
What is the statute of limitations?
It is the deadline for filing your case. You may lose your legal right to damages for your injury. In Illinois, the statute of limitations for personal injury is two years.