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Frequently Asked Questions

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 consultation and you pay us only if we succeed in getting you compensation.

How Long Will My Case Take?
  • 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.

Client Testimonials

Hear From People We've Helped
  • “The sincerity that he showed is what separates Mr. Dihle from others I have interacted with. I would certainly recommend him to anyone looking for a sharp, knowledgeable lawyer who gets the best for his client.”

    - Nathan
  • “Sam C. Mitchell & Associates handled my case fairly and professionally I was able to put the worry of the legalities and paperwork aside and focus on my rehabilitation after my accident.”

    - Sally
  • “My wife and I hired Mr. Dihle in an accident claim. He has proved very well versed in the law concerning the claim. He and his aid we're always pleasant and helpful in explaining what could and could not be done.”

    - Cathy
  • “Bill explained everything to me and kept me notified of how my case was preceding. Attorney Bill Alexander was very friendly and made my very comfortable.”

    - Keith
  • “They fight for their clients and their rights with passion. Their competitive nature gives them an advantage no one can compare to. On top of all of this, they give back.”

    - Iris
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Case Results

Over $200 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • Burn Victim $24,000,000

    House explosion involving a gas leak causing serious and permanent injuries to the occupants.

  • Auto Accident $9,000,000

    Auto accident involving permanent injury to a mother and her unborn child.

  • Auto Accident $2,500,000

    JURY TRIAL VERDICT - A box truck pulled out in front of our client’s vehicle, resulting in a T-bone crash. Our client sustained serious injuries to his neck and left shoulder.

  • Trucking Accident $2,500,000

    Trucking accident which results in permanent injury to the client.

  • 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 $875,000

    Client was stopped at a red light in O'Fallon when another vehicle failed to stop rear-ending our client. He sustained injuries to his neck, low back and leg.

  • Auto Accident $750,000

    JURY TRIAL VERDICT - Jury verdict in favor of our client who was injured in an intersection crash in Herrin, IL. Before the trial, the defendant’s insurance company withdrew all settlement offers and offered our client $0. Justice was served with a trial verdict of $750,000.

  • 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 $600,000

    A woman was violently rear-ended in Marion, IL and sustained injuries to both of her knees from striking the dashboard and an injury to her foot.

  • Auto Accident $375,000

    A woman sustained injuries to her neck, back, right hip, and left knee after being involved in a T-bone collision.

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