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Our Team Helps People Get What They Need After Car Accidents

No one ever expects to get into an accident, and most people aren’t prepared to deal with the aftermath of one. But having the right help on your side is essential when navigating medical costs, damage repairs and insurance settlements. At Cassian & Carter LLC, our team of attorneys can be there for you after a car accident. We can help you deal with all the fallout and ensure you get what you need to recover. We work hard on your case to make sure you don’t have to.

Do You Need An Attorney?

Some people may think that their insurance company will take care of everything after an accident, but all too often this is not true. Insurance companies’ priorities are with their own bottom line, not your recovery. An attorney, however, will be on your side. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help ensure you receive the full, fair settlement you deserve after an accident.

An experienced car accident attorney will thoroughly investigate your case and make sure nothing was missed. They can then handle all paperwork involved in filing your claim and then go to bat for you against the insurance companies. Hiring an attorney can make a true difference in your case and in your settlement.

How Can A Car Accident Attorney Maximize Your Compensation?

Whether you were in a head-on collision or a car rear-ended you, what you do after a car accident is very important to your recovery. The thing that will help you the most is obtaining a fair settlement. Here at Cassian & Carter LLC, our lawyers will prioritize your recovery and work to maximize the compensation you deserve after a car accident.

If you were injured, you will have medical bills. Your injuries may even make it hard for you to return to work, causing you to lose wages. Your car may even be damaged and need repairs. All these bills can quickly add up. Your settlement should cover your medical treatment, vehicle repairs, lost wages and other damages. However, the average person is not equipped to navigate the negotiations with an insurance company alone.

An experienced car accident attorney can help you get a fair settlement. Our lawyers know that insurance companies do not always give initial settlement offers that are best for victims. Insurance adjusters may convince you that they have your best interests in mind as they discuss your settlement, but they don’t. While the first settlement offer can be appealing, it is usually far below the actual value of a claim. An experienced personal injury lawyer will know exactly what your claim is worth and will not allow you to be pressured into a poor settlement. At Cassian & Carter LLC, our attorneys will make it their mission to get a fair and full settlement, and that will mean making sure that the insurance companies don’t take advantage of you.

Our team can also help with claims involving underinsured and uninsured motorists. Do not allow anybody to tell you that it is impossible to get fair compensation for your injuries and bills after discovering a motorist is underinsured or uninsured. Our lawyers can help you investigate all the legal options.

At Cassian & Carter LLC, our team understands how hard it is for you to recover from a car accident. Our personal injury attorneys will be there for you when you need them the most.

What Can You Recover?

Your bills can pile up after an accident, but fortunately, there are many things your compensation can cover. Your compensation can include money to pay for medical bills, potential lost income and other out of pocket expenses. But there are additional expenses that are part of a fair settlement in some cases.

In Illinois, a personal injury attorney can help victims recover compensation to help pay for noneconomic damage related to pain and suffering. This relates to both physical discomfort and emotional distress caused by your accident. It can cover expenses incurred due to emotional trauma, loss of enjoyment of life, frustration and anguish and other noneconomic damages.

We can also obtain compensation for costs related to a wrongful death. Your compensation can help you cover funeral expenses, lost wages and more.

It’s Important To Act Quickly

Time is of the essence after a car accident, in more ways than one. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and we can get started working on your recovery. Call 815-714-7118 or use our online contact form to get in touch.

What You Need To Know After A Car Crash In Illinois

Unfortunately, car accidents happen every day to all kinds of people. So, it is helpful to understand what to do, the process and what to expect. At Cassian & Carter LLC, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about when and how to seek compensation when another driver’s negligence causes an accident. We’ve compiled a list of these questions and answers to help.

Don’t see the question or answer you need here? We offer a free consultation for accident victims. Just call our Joliet office at 815-714-7118.

Does fault play a role in an Illinois car crash?

Yes, because Illinois is a “fault state” for insurance purposes. Whoever is at fault for the crash can be held liable for damages. If you were less than 50% at fault, you can still sue. You will be eligible to receive the total damages minus your percentage of fault. In Illinois, you may sue your own insurance company, the other driver’s insurance company (in some cases, the insurance company of the driver of the car you were in if you were a passenger) or file a civil suit against those who caused the accident.

How do I know if I should accept a settlement offer from my insurer after a car accident?

In most cases, it is not in your best interest to accept an insurer’s first settlement offer. Here is where working with an experienced attorney can really benefit you. An experienced personal injury attorney will have handled many similar cases and will know what a reasonable offer looks like. Why? Because an attorney who handles personal injury cases will know how much your medical bills, lost wages, physical therapy, equipment and other expenses are likely to cost. Some offers seem very appealing at first but are often not enough to even cover the actual costs the accident incurred.

What should I do after a car accident to protect my personal injury claim?

Immediately after any motor vehicle accident, be sure to get medical attention. Also take photos of all damage and injuries or have a family member or friend do this as soon as possible. Be sure to get all of the contact and insurance information of all parties involved in the accident. Ask for a copy of the police report as well.

Do not speak with any insurance adjusters without having an attorney present. Why? Because the adjuster’s job is to get the payout as low as possible. Most of these adjusters are very good at what they do. They may even have you believe that they are truly concerned about you, and that’s why they want to know how you are doing. The truth is, even if you offhandedly remark that you are “fine,” this could be used against you.

Should I hire a personal injury lawyer after a car accident?

It is very likely that you will recover significantly more in compensation and better understand your rights and options if you partner with an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney.

What should I do if an insurance adjuster calls me after a car accident?

Say as little as possible. Be polite, but after confirming that you are the victim and that the accident happened, offer no details and do not confirm or deny anything. Do not sign anything. Do not agree to be recorded. Do take notes. Remember that whatever you say can be used to negatively affect a settlement offer or even the verdict at trial. It’s best in these instances to have your attorney present to protect your rights, or to speak on your behalf.

Can I pursue punitive damages against the other driver after a car crash in Illinois?

Yes. If the other driver’s behavior was egregious, meaning they took unnecessary risks or intended to do harm, then pursuing punitive damages may be prudent.

If I was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, can I still file a personal injury claim?

Generally speaking, yes. Here again, an experienced personal injury attorney can guide you through what is likely to happen given the circumstances of your particular accident and any potential contributory negligence issues.

Our Lawyers Will Help You Know What To Expect

At Cassian & Carter, all our team does is Illinois personal injury. Our attorneys’ mission is twofold: Simplifying the process and pursuing maximum compensation for our clients. Call 815-714-7118 to set up a free consultation. You can also send us a brief summary of your issue via our website contact email.