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Madison County, Illinois personal injury lawyer

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A Veteran-Led Law Firm Dedicated to Fighting for Injury Victims: Let Us Use Our Skills and Experience to Fight for You.

Josh is a fearless personal injury lawyer who is not afraid to take on powerful institutions and governmental entities. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in litigation, he has a track record of successfully litigating cases that result in seven-figure compensation for his clients. He regularly co-counsels and accepts referrals from other attorneys in serious automobile injury and complex personal injury matters, and he is often consulted by probate and estate lawyers for his expertise in estate litigation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much experience do you have handling cases like mine?

For injury cases I have a lot of experience. See what past clients are saying about my firm.

As a personal injury lawyer with years of experience, I have handled a wide range of serious injury claims and have successfully taken on big corporations and even the government to secure just and fair compensation for my clients.

I have a track record of achieving positive results for my clients, even in cases where the odds may seem stacked against them. I have the knowledge, experience, and tenacity to aggressively advocate for my clients and to fight for their rights.

I understand that pursuing a personal injury claim can be overwhelming and stressful, especially when you are dealing with the physical and emotional impact of a serious injury. That’s why I take a personalized and compassionate approach to representing my clients, making sure that they are fully informed about the process and that their needs and concerns are addressed every step of the way. I make myself and my team available 24/7. Call us anytime and talk to a live person who will at a minimum take your message and relay it to the team.

I believe that my experience handling serious injury claims and my ability to take on insurance companies, big corporations, and even the government make me an excellent choice to represent injury victims.

What is the process for pursuing a personal injury claim?

The process for pursuing a personal injury claim typically involves the following steps:

Gathering evidence: This includes collecting any relevant documents (such as police reports and medical records), taking photos of the accident scene and any injuries, and identifying any potential witnesses.

Filing a complaint: The complaint is a legal document that outlines the facts of the case and the damages that the plaintiff (the injured party) is seeking.

Serving the complaint: The complaint must be formally served on the defendant (the party being sued) in order for the legal process to begin.

Discovery: During the discovery phase, both sides of the case can request information and evidence from the other side. This may include depositions (formal questioning under oath), written questions (interrogatories), and requests for documents.

Pretrial motions: Either side may file pretrial motions, which are legal requests asking the court to make a ruling on a particular issue before the case goes to trial.

Settlement negotiations: Many personal injury cases are resolved through settlement negotiations, in which the parties try to reach an agreement to resolve the case without going to trial.

Trial: If the case does not settle, it will go to trial, where a judge or jury will hear the evidence and arguments from both sides and make a decision.

Appeal: If either side is unhappy with the outcome of the trial, they may have the option to appeal the decision to a higher court.

It’s important to note that every personal injury case is unique, and the specific steps involved in pursuing a claim may vary depending on the circumstances of the case.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

It depends. Some cases are resolved in a few months or weeks after a personal injury lawyer gets involved. There are several reasons why it can take a significant amount of time for an injury victim to receive compensation after an injury.

One reason is the need to gather and evaluate evidence. This process can be time-consuming, as it often involves collecting and reviewing documents such as medical records, police reports, and witness statements. In some cases, additional evidence may need to be obtained through discovery, which can also take time.

Another factor that can impact the timeline for receiving compensation is the negotiation process. In many personal injury cases, the parties will attempt to reach a settlement agreement rather than going to trial. This can involve complex negotiations between the parties and their respective attorneys, which can take time to resolve.

If the case does go to trial, it can also take a significant amount of time to prepare for and conduct the trial. This may involve filing pretrial motions, selecting a jury, and presenting evidence and arguments to the judge or jury.

Finally, the appeals process can also add time to the timeline for receiving compensation. If either side is dissatisfied with the outcome of the case, they may have the option to appeal the decision to a higher court. This process can involve additional legal filings and hearings, which can take several months or even years to resolve.

Overall, the process of pursuing a personal injury claim can be lengthy and complex, and it is not uncommon for it to take several months or even years for an injury victim to receive compensation. Factors such as the severity of the injury, the complexity of the case, and the willingness of the parties to negotiate can all impact the timeline for resolving the case.

How much will it cost to hire you to represent me?

As a personal injury lawyer, I work on a contingency fee basis. This means I do not charge any upfront fees or costs to represent you, and I only get paid if I am successful in recovering compensation on your behalf.

It’s also important to understand the terms of the contingency fee agreement in detail, including the percentage of the recovery that you will receive after other expenses that may be deducted from the recovery (such as court costs or expert witness fees). In some larger injury firms, you are getting charged for every piece of paper and stamp. Not so with my firm.

It is good to understand you will not be responsible for paying any fees or costs out of pocket, regardless of the outcome of your case. In some injury law firms, you can be held responsible for their fees (including the postage) if the firm doesn’t recover. I do it my way to provide reassurance to my clients who may be concerned about the financial burden of pursuing a personal injury claim. No risk to you.

It’s important to me to be transparent with you about your fee arrangement and to make sure that you fully understand how you will be compensated for your injury. My hope is doing it this way build trust and establish a strong attorney-client relationship that last long after I get you paid for your injuries.

Will I have to go to court?

No, not necessarily. It’s important for you to understand that most cases like yours are resolved through settlement negotiations, rather than going to trial. This means that the parties involved in the case try to reach an agreement to resolve the matter without the need for a trial.

There are several reasons why cases may settle out of court. One reason is that it can be less costly and time-consuming for both parties to negotiate a settlement rather than go through the trial process. Additionally, going to trial involves a certain degree of uncertainty, as the outcome is determined by a judge or jury, whereas a settlement allows the parties to have more control over the outcome.

That being said, the decision to settle or go to trial is ultimately up to you. As your lawyer, it is my job to advise you on the best course of action based on the facts and circumstances of your case, but the final decision is always up to you.

It’s also important to note that settling out of court does not necessarily mean that you will receive less compensation than you would have at trial. In many cases, the parties are able to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement through settlement negotiations.

I want to make sure that you fully understand the pros and cons of settling versus going to trial, and that you feel comfortable making the final decision about how to proceed with your case. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions that you may have about this process.

How much money can I expect to receive in damages?

It is difficult to determine exactly how much money an injury victim can expect to receive in damages, as the amount of damages awarded in a personal injury case will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of the injury, the impact of the injury on the victim’s life, and any financial losses that the victim has incurred as a result of the injury.

In general, damages in a personal injury case can be divided into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are damages that have a specific dollar amount attached to them, such as medical bills, lost wages, and property damages. Noneconomic damages are damages that do not have a specific dollar value, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

In some cases, an injury victim may also be entitled to punitive damages, which are damages that are intended to punish the defendant for particularly egregious behavior.

It’s important to note that every personal injury case is unique, and the amount of damages that an injury victim may be able to recover will depend on the specific circumstances of the case. It is always a good idea to consult with a personal injury lawyer to discuss the potential value of your case and to understand your legal options.

How will you communicate with me throughout the process?

I feel it is vital to communicate regularly with my clients to keep them informed about the progress of their case and to address any questions or concerns that they may have. I use my team to help me do that.

There are a number of ways that you can communicate with me, including phone calls, text messages, and email. It is a good idea to establish a regular schedule for communication with me and the team to keep us updated on your recovery. We regularly check-in and to make sure that we are available to answer your questions in a timely manner. You can call the office 24/7 and speak to a human. That receptionist will relay the message to us, and if we aren’t available, we will get back to you very quickly.

How do you plan to gather evidence to support my claim?

As a personal injury lawyer, there are several steps that I would take to gather evidence to support your injury claim. These may include:

Reviewing documents: I would review any relevant documents, such as police reports, medical records, and witness statements, to help establish the facts of the case and the extent of your injuries.

Interviewing witnesses: I may also interview any witnesses who were present at the time of the accident or who have knowledge about the events leading up to and following the injury.

Taking photographs: I would take photographs of the accident scene and any injuries that you sustained, as these can be helpful in demonstrating the extent of the damage and the circumstances of the accident.

Retaining experts: Depending on the specifics of your case, I may also retain expert witnesses, such as medical experts or accident reconstruction experts, to help establish liability and the extent of your damages.

Conducting discovery: If necessary, I may also use the discovery process to request additional information and evidence from the other side in order to build a strong case on your behalf.

It’s important to note that every case is unique, and the specific steps that I would take to gather evidence will depend on the circumstances of your case. However, my goal would be to collect as much relevant and persuasive evidence as possible to support your injury claim.

Who will be handling my case?

We have a great staff that includes specialists such as legal assistants and paralegals. Our goal is to handle your injury case in a way that is most efficient and effective.

Legal assistants and paralegals are trained professionals who can assist with a wide range of tasks, including researching legal issues, drafting documents, and organizing case materials. They can be a valuable resource for managing the administrative and logistical aspects of your case, freeing up my time to focus on more complex legal matters and overall case resolution.

I would work closely with my team of legal assistants and paralegals to ensure that your case is being handled in a thorough and timely manner. I would also be available to answer any questions that you may have about your case and to provide guidance and support throughout the process.

It’s important to note that, as your lawyer, I would be responsible for making all final decisions about your case and for representing you in court if necessary. However, I would rely on my team of legal assistants and paralegals to assist me in preparing your case and to handle many of the day-to-day tasks involved in the process.

Overall, my goal would be to use the skills and expertise of my entire team to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your injury case.

How will you negotiate with the insurance company?

It is my job to aggressively negotiate with the insurance company to get you the most money for your injury claim. I take that role seriously.

To do this, I will thoroughly review all of the evidence in your case and use this evidence to build a strong case on your behalf. I will then use my knowledge of personal injury law and my experience in settlement negotiations to advocate for your best interests and to get you the maximum amount of compensation possible.

I will not back down or accept a settlement that does not adequately take into account all of your damages. I will use every legal tool at my disposal to fight for your rights and to get you the justice and compensation that you deserve. We will employ every trick in the book to maximize your recovery.

The insurance company may try to lowball you or offer you a settlement that is less than what you are entitled to. But I will not let them get away with this. I will use my negotiating skills and my determination to get you the best possible outcome for your case.

In short, I will be a tough advocate for you and will do everything in my power to get you the most money for your injury claim.

After a commercial vehicle collision, what information should I receive?

It is important to gather as much information about the vehicle involved as you can. Information about the driver is a good place to start. In addition, you should secure all the information about the owner of the truck, including whether the vehicle was leased by another company or driver.

Often times, the police report will contain this information. Other times, the police are not on scene or fail to gather relevant information. Witnesses to the wreck are also very important. The truck driver may claim you are at fault, so it is important to secure any statements that may help your case. A truck collision lawyer can gather all this information and will do so without upfront cost to you.

How much will I pay for a nursing home abuse lawyer?

Our clients pay nothing up front, and our firm only take a fee if we recover for you. In that way, you will never pay anything from your pocket. In many cases, the facility has to pay for the attorney’s fees and costs. Regardless, we guarantee no out-of-pocket costs, and we only collect when we deliver results for the family.

What are the determinations of fault in auto injury settlements?

In auto injury settlements, there are several fault determinations. The most common determination is who caused the accident. However, other factors can also influence how much you are entitled to recover in an auto injury claim. These include the extent of your injuries, the amount of available insurance coverage, and whether the other driver was intoxicated or driving recklessly.

A skilled attorney can assist you in navigating the insurance claims process and maximizing your recovery. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, speak with a qualified personal injury lawyer right away to discuss your options.

Why does it take so long to get a settlement in a personal injury case?

There are several reasons why a personal injury case may take a long time to settle. For starters, personal injury cases are complicated and involve numerous legal issues. Second, the parties involved (the plaintiff and defendant) frequently disagree on how much the case is worth. Third, the insurance companies involved will frequently attempt to delay the process in order to negotiate a lower settlement amount.

How is a settlement paid out?

When the parties to a lawsuit reach an agreement, a settlement is paid out. The amount of the settlement is usually negotiated by the lawyers representing each side. When an agreement is reached, the settlement sum is usually paid out in one lump sum.

If the case involved personal injury, the lawyer representing the injured party may be paid a percentage of the settlement as compensation for their services.

How do I know if I qualify for a wrongful death case?

In general, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim if your loved one died as a result of another person’s or entity’s negligence or wrongdoing.

The best way to find out if you have a wrongful death case is to speak with a personal injury lawyer. Wrongful death cases can be complicated, and grieving family members are frequently left feeling lost and confused following the death of a loved one.

Reach out to one of our lawyers today — We’re here to help and we are ready to provide you with clarity and direction.

How is liability determined after an accident?

If one party is found to be at fault, that party will be held liable for any damages caused by the accident.

Personal injury and property damage are examples of damages. To recover damages, the injured party must file a lawsuit against at-fault party and demonstrate that the damages were caused by the accident.

If you have been injured in an accident, it’s best to consult with a lawyer to learn about your rights and options.

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