Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact Sam C. Mitchell & Associates through our convenient online form or call (618) 505-1660 to begin your road to recovery now. We offer free initial consultation and you pay us only if we succeed in getting you the compensation you seek.

How much does it cost to hire an attorney?

Sam C. Mitchell & Associates charges fees on a contingency basis in personal injury cases. In a contingency fee arrangement, a lawyer’s compensation for the provision of legal services is generally contingent upon obtaining a recovery in the case, either through settlement or a court or jury award. Your Southern Illinois personal injury attorney then typically receives a portion of the recovery as payment for the legal services that were provided.

If you are interested in learning more about our personal injury contingency fee arrangements or about our personal injury practice, please contact the experienced lawyers at Sam C. Mitchell & Associates for assistance today.

If I do want to file a claim against the other driver?

Selecting an attorney is an important task. It is essential to choose a lawyer who has experience in the specific area of law you need assistance in and is well qualified. For instance, a good personal injury attorney in Southern Illinois should be licensed, in good standing with the Illinois State Bar, and have both experience and expertise at handling personal injury claims. It is important to retain an attorney who has the ability to successfully try the case; you will want to inquire as to how many trials the attorney has handled and how successful the attorney has been in trial. You will also want to find an attorney with the financial resources necessary to properly investigate and prepare the case for trial.

Some firms, including our own, offer free initial consultations for prospective personal injury clients. These consultations provide an opportunity to meet with the attorney, discuss the case, and ask questions. An initial consultation is a valuable resource tool for people who are determining whether a particular attorney is best suited to their needs and circumstances.

If I suffer a serious injury from an accident, are my medical expenses covered?

Illinois requires motor vehicles registered in the state to have a minimum amount liability insurance to cover bodily injury and property damage. If your expenses exceed the policy’s coverage amounts, you may be able to sue if the other driver was responsible for causing the accident. A qualified personal injury attorney can meet with you, evaluate your case, and advise you whether you should file a claim against the other driver.

Will I be compensated if I am in an auto accident?

Not necessarily. While some people believe that they will be compensated if they are in an automobile accident no matter what the circumstances may be and regardless of the seriousness of their injuries, not all crashes warrant a lawsuit. Speaking with a Southern Illinois car accident attorney will help you with your auto accident lawsuit in Illinois since every case is different.

Will my black box support my case?

It may or may not. The important thing to understand is that the black box in your car is nothing like the black box on an airplane. The device is designed to record information concerning your speed, brakes, engine, and driver seatbelt. Ultimately, a skilled attorney and wise litigation strategies are your best support.

If a police officer gives me a speeding ticket and I sign it, have I admitted guilt?

No. By signing the ticket you have only acknowledged that you received a notice to appear in court. You have the right to contest the ticket in court.

Do I even need a lawyer to settle my car accident lawsuit in Illinois?

You will undoubtedly need a lawyer to help you with your lawsuit or you may not get the right compensation. On any level, the legal process can be very complex. A qualified personal injury lawyer in Southern Illinois can guide through the pitfalls.

I need to pay for getting my car fixed and my medical bills. How can I hire a lawyer?

Paying your bills becomes even more difficult if you are left disabled or injured after an accident. An adept litigation attorney does everything possible to ensure you win your Illinois automobile accident lawsuit and receive the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

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