At Thomas Law Offices, we believe that the needs of injured victims and their families always come first. When someone suffers due to wrongful or negligent actions, a Chicago personal injury lawyer from our firm can step in and do whatever is necessary to defend our clients’ rights and help them speak against injustices that have been committed. Our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who are dedicated to helping Illinois families recover and start the process of rebuilding.
Our legal team understands that the process of rebuilding after a tragedy begins with seeking closure. To seek closure, we question how something happened and why it happened. What events caused a chain reaction that led to the resulting incident? When a multivehicle wreck on the Illinois turnpike during rush hour occurs, what event triggered the first collision? Did poor weather or visibility play a role? Was a driver distracted or was there another factor—like a tire blowout—present?
Questions like these need to be answered. A standard police investigation may not allow for the types of answers we deserve if our lives are torn asunder by a serious injury and the financial aftermath that often follows. Insurance companies rarely offer the answers we seek, and in some circumstances, may jeopardize our financial stability with an unfair settlement offer. In the case of a complex incident involving multiple factors, we may not receive any type of answer that allows for closure.
If you’re in a similar situation and are struggling to recover and move forward from an incident or accident, the U.S. civil legal system is on your side. By filing a personal injury lawsuit against an individual, group, or company that committed a wrongdoing or reckless act, you may be able to receive the answers you need to place the matter at rest. If someone intentionally caused harm or made a negligent decision, you can gain closure knowing that justice is on your side and the responsible party is aware of the injuries they caused.
In addition to receiving closure, filing a claim with the help of an experienced Chicago attorney may allow a family to recover compensation, also referred to as damages, that can be used for past, future, and current medical bills, lost wages, and other associated costs related to the pain and suffering that the victim and their loved ones experienced.
The Illinois personal injury lawyers at Thomas Law Offices are more than happy to speak to you regarding your situation and how you feel a lawsuit may be in your best interests. To learn more about how we can help injured victims in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois, keep reading:
Illinois Personal Injury Claims Thomas Law Offices Handles
We handle a wide array of injury cases at our Chicago law firm, including but not limited to the following:
If you’re in need of legal services and your potential case doesn’t fit into any of the above categories, we will be happy to assist you however we can. Our injury lawyers are well-versed in all areas of personal injury law and will give you our full attention when we discuss your potential legal options with you.
The Process of Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
While there’s no denying the fact that lawsuits are often complex, the process of filing one with the help of an experienced lawyer is less complex than many individuals believe. When you have a compassionate legal team on your side that is dedicated to aiding your recovery process however they can, the process becomes less daunting. Legal matters are complicated, but with the right attorney, yours don’t have to be.
Here is a general overview of some of the steps you and your lawyer will need to complete when bringing forth a personal injury claim:
- When you reach out to your lawyer and they decide to take your case, they will research the case as well as the information you’ve provided. An in-depth personal interview will take place at this time if possible where a contract will be signed.
- Your lawyer will contact the defendant (the party you’re suing—as the party filing suit, you’re the “plaintiff”) as well as any insurance companies that are involved to find out where the case stands.
- A detailed investigation of how and why the incident and injury occurred will take place. Evidence will be collected and examined at this time. Possible evidence may include investigative police reports, surveillance videos, travel logs if applicable, and any witness testimony.
- Your attorney will obtain any pertinent medical records, as well as a final medical report of the victim’s condition from a medical provider that details the extent of the injury and its projected outcome.
- Your personal injury lawyer in Chicago will put together a demand letter at this point which is a document detailing the extent of the victim’s injuries, the facts surrounding the accident or event, and an estimation of the monetary damages of the victim’s injuries. This is sent to the defendant.
- The defendant may agree to accept the demands of the plaintiff and their lawyer and settle pre-suit. If an agreement can be reached, the case will settle early.
- If an agreeable resolution cannot be made, the lawsuit proceeds to the next step, which is litigation.
- Witnesses will be called on to provide testimony in court. Additional expert witnesses may also be hired to provide testimony. All evidence is prepared.
- The case will proceed to trial.
How Long Does It Take to Reach Settlement?
Due to their many complexities, most personal injury claims take anywhere from a few months to one or two years to settle. The number one determining factor in a case’s length is whether it goes to trial. Lawyers depicted on television often appear to take every case to court before a judge and jury, but most injury claims actually settle outside of the courtroom. This lessens the time it takes to recover damages significantly and benefits all parties involved.
If a case does go to trial, it can take anywhere from one year to multiple years to finalize. If a case reaches an early settlement, it can finish within a year or as little as within a few months. The exact time frame a case finishes in will depend on many factors. Since an injured victim only gets one chance to file a lawsuit after an accident, an experienced lawyer will make sure that the case is 100% complete and as strong as it possibly can be before reaching the settlement step.
Thomas Law Offices is Proud to Practice in Chicago, Illinois
When deciding what city to open our firm’s next personal injury law office in, Chicago seemed like the ideal choice. As the most highly-populated city in the Midwestern U.S. and the third-most populous city in the United States, the city of Chicago is one of the world’s largest metropolitan centers. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as “Chicagoland”, is home to almost 10 million people and is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in North America.
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago grew rapidly after becoming incorporated as a city in 1937. It grew so massive so quickly that the city pioneered multiple architectural advancements as well as urban planning and zoning advancements, including the Rand McNally Building, the world’s first all-steel framed skyscraper.
Chicago is also, of course, one of the major international centers for finance, trade, industry, technology, commerce, transportation, and telecommunications. The city has one of the highest gross metropolitan products (GMP) in the world yet boasts one of the world’s most diversified and balanced economies—one not dependent on any single industry. No one industry in Chicago employs more than 14% of the city’s workforce.
That strong level of diversity continues throughout the city. Chicago is the second most visited city in the nation, and boasts an extraordinarily diverse community as well as diverse landscapes, attractions, entertainment establishments, culture, and architecture, as well as some of the best universities and sports teams in the nation. With world-famous attractions and venues like Millennium Park, Willis Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, Wrigley Field, and more, there’s always something for residents and visitors to enjoy and feel pride in.
As one of the most diversified and pioneering cities in the nation, everyone who lives, works, plays, and visits Chicago enters the Windy City expecting to experience the best life has to offer in a global community that embraces energy, passion, ambition, progression, and initiative like nowhere else in the world. The city is truly a home for those who want to lead the way to a brighter tomorrow.
A Chicago Injury Law Firm You Can Believe In
At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys hold the same ideals that are central to Chicago residents—progression, ambition, and diversity—near and dear to the core of our practice. Just as we’ve proudly served the Louisville community for years and have pioneered numerous personal injury cases and delivered relief and recovery to local victims and their families, we’re now committed to serving the Chicago community and doing the same.
We’re dedicated to helping Illinois residents who have been wronged or harmed by individuals, companies, and other groups move on with their lives and enjoy a brighter tomorrow. Our lawyers are leaders in the legal industry and our goal is to not only help people, but make a difference within the communities we practice in.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident or incident in Illinois that could have and should have been prevented, we encourage you to get in touch with the Chicago personal injury lawyers at Thomas Law Offices today. Our attorneys can make a difference and help your family find the road to recovery.
Thomas Law Offices – Chicago, Illinois Office Address
465 North Park Drive, Suite 3405
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: 312-786-4822