• Here’s what you need to know about car accidents and lawsuits

    When you get in an accident, sometimes it’s difficult to know what steps to take next as this is a traumatic event that may cloud your thinking. It’s important to know what you need to do in case of a car accident, but you should also know what to do if you’ve been injured. If you’re injured in a car accident, it adds a whole different element to your case. Not only do you have to worry about car damage, but you also have to worry about damage to yourself. With that in mind, here are a few questions and answers about car accidents, injuries and how you should proceed.

    What should I do if I’ve been injured in an accident?

    If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, it’s important to seek proper medical care and make sure a police report is filed. Without these things, there’s no record of your accident or the injuries that result because of it, and it will be almost impossible to pursue compensation. Regardless of if you think you are injured or not, you should always seek medical care to ensure there are no underlying problems caused by the collision.

    Who will pay for my treatment?

    The insurance company of the driver at fault will be tasked with paying for the majority of your medical care. However, your insurance company may be responsible for some of the expenses.

    Do I need a lawyer for this process?

    Technically, you don’t need a lawyer for this process. However, seeking legal counsel is smart advice for anyone dealing with car accidents, injuries and insurance companies. Additionally, the other driver’s insurance provider could neglect to pay some of the expenses, act in bad faith or something else that would necessitate further legal action. It’s best to get professional advice in these situations.

    I can’t pay my medical bills while the case is ongoing – what do I do?

    Talk to your lawyer about this. They can file motion to have them paid on your behalf or defer the payments until after your case is settled.

    How long do I have to file?

    In the State of Illinois, you have a two-year statute of limitations to file your claim from the date of the injury. After this, your injuries are not compensated.

    How much can compensation can I receive?

    It’s impossible to tell how much compensation you’ll actually receive. This is based on a variety of factors including the severity of your injuries, cost of treatment and much more. Your lawyer can give you a better idea of how much you can expect.