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What to Expect

What to Expect When Filing Your Personal Injury Claim

For people unfamiliar with personal injury litigation in Illinois, the thought of filing a lawsuit and entering into litigation can be a stressful one. This page assists those who are unfamiliar with the process in order to help them better understand the process and manage their expectations.

Initial Consultation & Evaluation

During your initial consultation with one of our Illinois attorneys, we will evaluate the details of your case and advise you as to whether or not the case is worth the time, resources, and energy to pursue. If your lawyer feels that legal procedures are warranted or a settlement is possible, we will then recommend the next steps.


Many personal injury cases and settlements are handled without ever entering a courtroom. Lawyers for both parties frequently negotiate with one another in order to reach a mutually satisfactory settlement without the need for litigation. However, if your Illinois attorney cannot reach a settlement, the next step will be a lawsuit.

This page is not meant to replace a consultation with an experienced lawyer. If you have more questions about litigation or settlement, contact Sam C. Mitchell & Associates today.

Court Proceedings

If your lawsuit reaches trial, you attorney will represent you throughout the process. Once arguments are completed, a jury deliberates and decides whether or not the party you are suing is indeed responsible for your injuries and, if so, the amounts of compensation to which you are entitled.


Should you win your case, you may have a choice as to how to receive your award. It may usually be paid as a lump sum or through an installment plan.

Seeking Settlements in Illinois

Start down the road to recovery now. As an experienced injury law firm, we offer a free initial consultation and you pay us only if we succeed in getting you the compensation you seek.

If you have any additional questions about a potential settlement, contact the Illinois lawyers at Sam C. Mitchell & Associates today either through our secure online form or by calling (618) 505-1660.

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

Case Results

Over $200 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • Nursing Home Neglect $300,000

    An elderly woman who broke her leg due to a nursing home’s negligent care.

  • Auto Accident $45,000

    A West Frankfort, IL woman was involved in a collision on Interstate 57 that caused her vehicle to flip.

  • Auto Product Liability Confidential
  • Workers' Compensation $100,000

    A woman from Galatia suffered a tear to her Achilles tendon while she was working that required surgery.

  • Workers' Compensation $57,000

    A nurse was injured while working suffering a massive tear to her rotator cuff.

  • 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 $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.

  • 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.

  • Trucking Accident $2,500,000

    Trucking accident which results in permanent injury to the client.

  • Burn Victim $24,000,000

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


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