Car accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to serious conditions. One such injury is whiplash, which is commonly caused by rear-end collisions. As stated by the Mayo Clinic, “whiplash typically occurs when your head is forcefully and quickly thrown backward and then forward.” This rapid movement can damage the:
- Bones within your spine
- Disks within your bones
- Other tissue within your neck
While Mayo Clinic also explains that whiplash patients can recover within a matter of weeks with medication and exercise, some patients can experience complications well after their accident. If you or a loved one in Chicago has suffered a whiplash injury from a car accident, you deserve justice and compensation for your losses and out-of-pocket expenses.
Your Chicago whiplash injury lawyer can conduct a full investigation into your accident to determine if there was an at-fault and liable party responsible for your accident. Our goal is to ensure you earn any compensation which you are eligible to receive. With the help of a lawyer, you may no longer suffer paying for the financial damages from your accident and injuries out of your pocket.
Call our team at The Kryder Law Group, LLC today at (312) 223-1700 to begin a free consultation.
What Working with a Lawyer Will Look Like
A lawyer will determine how much compensation you may be entitled to. During this trying time in your life, a Chicago car accident lawyer can handle your entire legal battle while you recover from your whiplash injury.
During a free consultation with The Kryder Law Group, LLC, our firm will speak with you and listen to your account of the accident. Once we determine your fair legal recourse, a lawyer will review any evidence you have obtained. If you are missing key pieces of evidence, your whiplash injury lawyer will help you gather this information.
Some evidence that may help strengthen your case includes, but is not limited to:
- Police reports
- Photos of the accident scene
- Photos of property damages
- Photos of injuries
- Photos of the opposing driver’s insurance information
- Medical documentation of your injuries
- Traffic camera recordings
- Eyewitness testimony
Additional evidence may be required to prove fault, liability, and negligence. Negligence is the act of failing to provide a standard duty of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have provided under the same circumstances. With car accidents, you may require evidence that shows the driver was speeding, distracted, or aggressively (or otherwise negligently driving).
Other ways a Chicago whiplash injury lawyer can help your case include:
- Protecting your legal rights
- Explaining your options to recover compensation
- Pursuing compensation on your behalf during settlement negotiations or lawsuits
- Helping you potentially file a personal injury lawsuit within Illinois’ two-year statute of limitations (under 735 ILCS 5/13-202)
- Obtaining evidence that proves fault, liability, and negligence of the defendant
- Meeting with your medical providers to learn insight into your injuries
- Taking accident scene photos
We Will Determine How Much You Could Receive in Damages
When looking to determine how much compensation you could receive in damages, your lawyer must review all of your losses and out-of-pocket expenses. Once we have obtained evidence of your economic and non-economic damages, we can combine their values to determine fair compensation for your claim.
Recoverable damages from a car accident may include:
- All accident-related expenses
- Current and future medical expenses
- Ambulance transportation
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Property damages
- Auto-repair expenses
- Limited earning capacity
- Future missed wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death
To learn more about how we can help you earn compensation for your whiplash injury, call The Kryder Law Group, LLC at (312) 223-1700.
Communicating with an Insurance Company After Your Accident
After you were involved in a car accident, you must notify your insurance company of the accident. This action will begin a new claim. However, from there on, your Chicago whiplash injury lawyer can handle all remaining communications with your insurance company and the defendant’s insurer.
This handling of communication can be an invaluable asset to your claim for several reasons. First, it can ensure that an insurance company does not persuade or lure you into admitting fault from the accident. When your insurance company or the defendant’s attempts to contact you, they may be using a recorded telephone line during the call.
Even the slightest acceptance of fault could hurt your chances at earning fair compensation. This is because the insurance company will then only compensate you for the defendant’s percentage of fault.
Another benefit of having a lawyer manage all communications with insurers is that they will negotiate for a fair settlement. After your accident, you may have a lot going on all at once with medical treatments and property damages (while still trying to return to normal day-to-day life).
An insurance company may try to offer a monetary settlement early on after the accident. In some instances, claimants may be tempted to accept the first offer they receive, which is not always the largest settlement they could earn.
Your team will work to negotiate a fair settlement that covers the entire value of your damages. Typically, the insurance company’s first offer will likely not cover all of your losses and out-of-pocket expenses. If negotiations for a fair settlement are unsuccessful, your lawyer will file a personal injury lawsuit to earn you compensation. However, after a lawsuit has been filed, your lawyer can still reach an out-of-court settlement with the defendant that can cover your damages.
Call The Kryder Law Group Today for Legal Recourse in Chicago
If you suffered injuries from a Chicago car accident, The Kryder Law Group, LLC can fight for your justice and compensation on your behalf. Our firm can help you pursue the compensation you may be entitled to. To begin a free consultation with our firm, call us today at (312) 223-1700.