The Kryder Law Group, LLC helps train accident claimants injured as:
- Passengers on a train
- Parties struck by a train, whether they be motorists or pedestrians
- Employees of the city
In these situations, you want an accident attorney protecting your interests. Our personal injury lawyers serving Chicago can pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other associated losses.
In This Article
- Why Hire a Train Accident Lawyer?
- We Have no Problem Going up Against a Government Entity
- We will Seek Your Economic and Non-Economic Losses
- Illinois’s Statute of Limitations May Apply to Your Case
- Three Things to Note About Chicago Train Accident Cases
- Commonly Asked Questions in Chicago Train Accidents
- Our Train Accident Attorneys are Ready to Help You
Why Hire a Train Accident Lawyer?
The train in your accident was likely owned and operated by a government agency. The city of Chicago will have lawyers ready to contest your case and dispute your account of events. While healing from serious injuries, you may not be in a position to represent yourself.
By having our team on your side, we can:
- Handle your case at no upfront or out-of-pocket cost
- Investigate the circumstances of your accident
- Present our findings to the liable insurer
- Determine the at-fault and liable parties
- Demonstrate how you were affected by negligence
- Calculate your past, present, and future losses
- Advise you on your options
- File your insurance claim and/or lawsuit
Anything your case requires, we can handle it.
We Have no Problem Going up Against a Government Entity
After getting hit by a train, you might feel as though you’re staring down an insurmountable opponent. As noted, Chicago does not take these situations lightly, and its representatives will work tirelessly to deny your claim. However, we have succeeded in cases against government agencies before.
We once won a $3 million award for a claimant who was injured by a garbage truck owned and operated by the city. In another case, we shattered DuPage County records when we recovered $7.5 million for an injured construction worker.
The city is just another party to us. If negligence caused your accident, we will pursue the full cost of your losses.
We will Seek Your Economic and Non-Economic Losses
Your damages include both economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses relate to your damages that have direct financial values, such as:
- Medical bills
- Mental health counseling
- Property damage costs
- Lost income
- Lost benefits, tips, and bonuses
Your non-economic damages relate to other aspects of your accident, like your physical and emotional turmoil. Some examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- Impaired quality of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
Depending on your case, other types of damages could be available to you.
How We Calculate Your Expenses
The insurer might initially offer you what appears to be a good deal. However, without accounting for your current and future expenses, you cannot know whether an offer is fair. We can calculate your expenses by:
- Totaling your receipts, invoices, and billing statements
- Consulting field experts, like economists
- Reviewing cases similar to yours
- Accounting for the impact of the accident on your life
We have recovered multi-million-dollar settlements for our clients. During your free case review, we can provide you with further insight into what damages you can recover.
Illinois’s Statute of Limitations May Apply to Your Case
735 ILCS 5/13-202 is Illinois’ statute of limitations. Generally, you have two years from your accident’s date to file a lawsuit. If you are filing on behalf of a late loved one, per 740 ILCS 180, you also have two years from the date of your loved one’s passing to file.
You could have a shorter time to act if you are filing a lawsuit against the city. By contacting our Chicago train accident team, you can learn more about your case’s deadlines.
Three Things to Note About Chicago Train Accident Cases
Our team has seen its fair share of train accident cases. While you consider your options, here are three things to note:
Most Cases are Settled Through Claims
Filing a lawsuit and going to court does not appeal to a lot of people. However, keep in mind that most cases never make it to the courtroom, per the American Bar Association (ABA). We will do everything possible to resolve your case at the negotiating table.
If this doesn’t work out, don’t worry; we will handle everything involved with your train accident lawsuit.
There is No Average Settlement for Train Accident Cases
The value of your damages will depend on the specifics of your situation, such as the severity of your injuries and missed time from work. The outcomes of many train accident cases are confidential, so there is no way to know the value of these claims.
You Should Visit a Healthcare Provider
After suffering a train accident in Chicago, our lawyers advise seeking medical care. While you undergo treatment, keep copies of your:
- Imaging scan results
- Lab test results
- Healthcare providers’ names
- The facilities at which you received treatment
- Treatment options
- Prognosis and diagnosis
This information will verify that you were injured and sought medical attention. They can also provide insight into the value of your medical bills and related expenses.
Commonly Asked Questions in Chicago Train Accidents
During their case reviews, potential clients usually have one thing on their minds: do I have a case? Ultimately, it depends on your circumstances. For the most part, if another party’s negligence caused your accident, you could recoup damages.
Here are some other things that people have asked us:
How Long will It Take to Resolve Your Case?
It could take weeks, or it could take months. Your case’s timeline depends on the availability of evidence, the involved insurer, and your health condition.
What is Your Pain and Suffering Worth?
Your pain and suffering does not come with a predetermined value. Instead, its value is determined based on your circumstances, such as:
- The length of your recovery period
- The cost of your financial losses
- Your quality of life
- Your day-to-day functioning
- Your relationships with your loved ones
- Your ability to work
What Happens if You Don’t win Your Case?
If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay our attorney’s fees. This refers to the time and effort our team put into your claim. We will explore all possible avenues in which you can seek damages.
Our Train Accident Attorneys are Ready to Help You
The Kryder Law Group, LLC is ready to start building your case today. While you recover from your accident, allow us to manage your legal affairs. To begin a free case review with our team, call today.