Homewood Car Accident Lawyer
Panio Law Offices Helps You Know The Steps to Take After a Car Accident
Because car accidents often happen at high speeds, they tend to result in serious injuries. Victims of a car accident sometimes face several costs, including:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Permanent disability
- In more extreme cases, the loss of a loved one
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident and suffered injury, you may have grounds to seek compensation from the responsible party in order to heal and move forward with your life.
An experienced Illinois car accident lawyer like the one at Panio Law Offices can help you identify the legally responsible parties and will be able to negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies and healthcare providers.
Compensation for Car Accidents in Illinois
Car accidents can be especially traumatic, and the associated injuries have the potential to be catastrophic. Determining liability can be challenging, and the last thing you want to be doing after an accident is fighting with insurance companies.
Our Homewood car accident lawyers have experience handling these types of cases, and we can handle even the most complicated situations. To us, no case is too big or too small. Whether you suffered whiplash as a result of being rear-ended at a stoplight or you lost a loved one in a severe accident with a commercial truck, we are here to help.
The car accident lawyer of Panio Law Offices helps clients seek compensation for:
- Immediate medical expenses
- Costs associated with emotional distress and trauma
- Long-term medical costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Costs associated with a permanent disability
- Lost wages, including future salaries in the event you are unable to work
- Damaged or totaled property
- Funeral, and other expenses related to the loss of a loved one
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, our Homewood personal injury lawyer Christopher Panio stands ready to help you determine which parties are legally responsible and can help you file a claim. While you focus on getting better, we fight tirelessly to protect your rights and to help you secure the compensation to which you are entitled.
How Is Fault Determined in Car Accidents?
Illinois follows a traditional fault-based "tort" system in regards to car accidents, meaning that the person who causes an accident (or more accurately, their insurance company) is financially responsible for compensating anyone who suffered harm as a result of the crash. Determining fault for a car accident generally revolves around the legal concept of negligence.
Drivers have a duty to obey the rules of the road and take reasonable caution to protect themselves and others from harm when traversing the state's roadways. It is important to note that safe driving habits may vary in different types of weather. When they violate this duty, and an accident occurs, they can be perceived as having acted negligently and face financial liability.
Some of the many forms of driver negligence that can be indicators of fault include:
- Driving while impaired
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while drowsy
- Following too closely / tailgating
- Running stop signs or red lights
- Making unsafe lane changes
Not all accidents are cut-and-dry cases of driver negligence, however. For example, some collisions may result from a dangerous road condition such as a pothole, exposing the local government agency responsible for maintaining the road to liability.
Others may be caused by automotive defects and enter into the realm of product liability, such as collisions caused by tire blowouts or faulty brakes. An attorney from our firm can investigate all evidence related to your crash and help you identify all responsible parties.
Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents in Illinois
It is important to keep in mind that car accident lawsuits are subject to a legal deadline commonly known as a "statute of limitations." In Illinois, an injured person has two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit for personal injury and five years to file for property damage.
If you do not file a car accident claim within this allotted time, you will essentially lose your right to sue and will be unable to recover any compensation for your losses. For this reason, even if you have a pending insurance claim and expect your case will settle, it is important to get an attorney involved early on after your collision to guard your rights and prepare for a potential lawsuit if necessary.
You Pay No Fees Until We Are Successful
We know how stressful it can be to deal with the aftermath of a car accident. At Panio Law Offices, we work on a contingency basis meaning we take no fees until we have successfully received compensation for your case.
We take a detail-oriented approach to every case, ensuring that can provide clients with the customized legal representation they need to feel confident. Additionally, when you work with us, you will work directly with your attorney. At Panio Law Offices, we are committed to you.
For small firm attention and big firm results, call our Chicago personal injury law firm at (708) 928-8680 or get in touch online.