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What types of damages can I recover?

Each case is different, and needs vary from client to client. But generally speaking, we typically pursue compensation for ambulance and emergency room fees, medical bills and estimated cost of future medical care. In addition, we pursue lost wages and future lost wages from missing work. Depending on the circumstances, we may pursue punitive damages which are intended to deter the defendant and others from engaging in similar conduct in the future. These damages, which go beyond pain and suffering, are considered as punishment. They may be awarded when the negligent individual or company’s actions are particularly outrageous and the defendant shows a blatant disregard for safety.

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Will I have to go to court?

Most cases handled by our firm are settled out-of-court, but we prepare each case as if it will go to trial. When dealing go head to head with an insurance company for a negligent individual or company, preparation is essential. Insurance companies may want to settle when an accomplished and well-regarded law firm like Deratany & Kosner is representing the victim. However, they may dig their heels in and choose to go to court. In such cases, we file a personal injury lawsuit, which may be the best way to secure compensation. We leave no stone unturned when pursuing justice for clients. If your case does go to trial, we will thoroughly explain the process to you every step of the way and keep you up-to-date on the progress of your case.

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What is the Statute of Limitations?

The Illinois Statute of Limitations is a law that sets limits on the amount of time you have after an accident to initiate legal proceedings. In Illinois, accident victims have two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit when filing a personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice or wrongful death claim. For property damage claims, victims have five years from the date of an accident. The Statute of Limitations may vary from case to case, so it’s critical to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Failure to file a claim on time may result the loss of your right to recover damages for your accident.

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What should I do if the insurance company refuses to pay or makes a low-ball offer?

Shortly after your accident, you may learn that the at-fault party’s insurance company has decided either not to pay you or it makes an offer than doesn’t pay for all of your expenses. In these cases, the insurance company may argue that you were at fault or that no fault existed so you should file a claim against your own insurance policy. It’s not fair if you did nothing wrong to have to seek recovery from your carrier, which will result in higher premiums. Your best option is to talk with an experienced injury attorney who can explain your options. Call Deratany & Kosner today.

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How do I prove my case?

Even if you believe your case is straightforward and you know you are not at fault, you will still have to prove that you have the right to recover compensation for your losses. While you can try to present evidence to the insurance company on your own, we urge you to contact a seasoned attorney who knows how to negotiate with the insurance companies and go to court if necessary. Deratany & Kosner’s attorneys has over 100 years of combined experience – and the resources necessary – to get results clients need. We gather evidence, from accident scene photos to medical and police records. We interview witnesses. These are all elements that can prove your claim. We work with clients one-on-one to build the most solid and successful legal strategy possible. That way, we can work to ensure you are in the best position to receive the compensation you need after your accident.

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How long will my case take?

There is no set amount of time in which a personal injury case can take in Illinois. However, Deratany & Kosner strives to maintain clear communication with clients throughout the duration of each case. We return phone calls and emails. We keep clients up-to-date. Your case – and any concerns you may have about how long your case will take – matters to us.

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Do I have to pay upfront costs?

At Deratany & Kosner, we offer a free case evaluation to all prospective clients. You don’t have to worry about out-of-pocket expenses just to find out if you have grounds for a legal case. There is no pressure. If you choose to retain us, we work on a contingency fee basis. You won’t have to pay attorney fees unless a favorable verdict or settlement is reached on your behalf. If we are not successful, you pay us nothing.

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What qualities should a good personal injury attorney have?

It is critical for injury victims to choose a skilled litigator with a demonstrated track record of success providing aggressive legal representation to people injured in similar accidents. The best attorneys for accident victims in Chicago are well-versed in the law. They must be driven to go to battle in the courtroom. They must have vast experience handling all sorts of injury cases. Our attorneys handle a variety of cases. Whether you’ve been in a car or truck accident, fall down accident, or fallen victim to medical malpractice or a defective drug, we’re eager to show you we’re the right firm for you.

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