Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Personal Injury Questions
Our legal team believes in equipping our clients with the knowledge they need to make prudent legal decisions. To that end, we have compiled answers to common questions that you may have. For more information, we encourage you to 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 consultations and you pay us only if we succeed in getting you compensation.
How long will my case take?
The timeline of your accident case will depend on how long it takes to get justice. Sam C. Mitchell & Associates is prepared to fight for you, whatever it takes.
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 Illinois personal injury attorney then typically receives a portion of the recovery as payment for the legal services that were provided.
How do I choose an attorney?
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 who is well-qualified. For instance, a good personal injury attorney in Illinois should be licensed, in good standing with the Illinois State Bar, and have both experience and skill in 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. 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 an Illinois car accident attorney will help you with your auto accident lawsuit. Remember, every case is different, so it is important to work with an attorney who can help you seek fair financial recovery for your damages.
Will my car’s 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?
While it is not technically required that you work with an attorney, you will likely need a lawyer to help you with your lawsuit if you want to recover the right compensation. On any level, the legal process can be very complex. A qualified personal injury lawyer in Illinois can guide you 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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Case ResultsOver $200 Million Recovered for Our Clients
Auto Product Liability Confidential
Nursing Home Neglect $300,000
An elderly woman who broke her leg due to a nursing home’s negligent care.
Slip & Fall $1,050,000
Woman slipped and fell over a parking block at a local restaurant in Nashville, IL. She was left with a broken hip and a long recovery.
Auto Accident $125,000
A Mt. Vernon man was traveling on Route 15 when another vehicle pulled out in front of them. Our client suffered injuries to his neck, shoulder, and back.
Workers' Compensation $57,000
A nurse was injured while working suffering a massive tear to her rotator cuff.
Burn Victim $24,000,000
House explosion involving a gas leak causing serious and permanent injuries to the occupants.
Pedestrian Accident $650,000
Client was struck on the head by a tree branch being cut by the defendant, leaving our client unconscious. He suffered a severe brain injury as a result.
Auto Accident $45,000
A West Frankfort, IL woman was involved in a collision on Interstate 57 that caused her vehicle to flip.
Trucking Accident $2,500,000
Trucking accident which results in permanent injury to the client.
Workers' Compensation $100,000
A woman from Galatia suffered a tear to her Achilles tendon while she was working that required surgery.