Filing Your Personal Injury Claim

What to Expect

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.

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

Initial Consultation & Evaluation

During your initial consultation with one of our Illinois personal injury 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 personal injury attorney cannot reach a settlement, the next step will be a lawsuit.

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

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

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.

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