If you are injured unexpectedly, the Moline personal injury attorneys at Duncan Law Group can help. Our Moline personal injury lawyers will fight tenaciously for your right to compensation, helping you secure the settlement that you need to recover.
Injured Moline residents may be eligible for compensation through a personal injury claim. According to Illinois law, negligent entities and individuals are financially liable if they cause harm to another person. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, victims have the right to recover compensation for medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
At Duncan Law Group, our Moline injury attorneys have represented clients in all types of personal injury claims. Common types of cases that we handle include the following.
If you are unsure whether you qualify for a personal injury claim, speak to one of our attorneys as soon as possible. We can evaluate your claim and help you understand your legal options.
Through an Illinois personal injury lawsuit, you can recover a settlement to pay for the physical, emotional, and financial losses that you experienced due to the accident. However, you will need to establish the at-fault party’s negligence in order to recover this compensation. To prove a personal injury claim, you must prove the following four elements.
Your Moline personal injury lawyer from Duncan Law Group can help you gather the evidence you need to establish each of these elements. For complex claims, we can enlist the help of expert witnesses who can testify on your behalf, such as medical professionals and accident reconstruction specialists.
If you are injured in an unexpected accident, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Your first priority should always be your health and safety. However, documenting evidence at the scene can be very helpful, as long as you are able to move around the scene without risk of further injury.
To protect yourself and your future claim, take the following steps after the accident.
Seek medical care as soon as possible after the accident and save all documents related to your treatment or injuries. Even if your injuries do not seem serious, you should always see a doctor because you may have internal or underlying damage.
Additionally, your medical records will serve as valuable evidence in your claim. Failure to seek medical attention could impact your ability to recover compensation, as the insurance company may believe that your injuries were not serious. To protect your right to recovery, always seek medical attention following an accident.
Next, report the incident to the appropriate authority. For incidents where you require emergency medical attention or help from the police, call 911 and report the accident to law enforcement. If you are injured on a worksite or at a store, file an incident report.
These steps will document that the accident occurred. You can use these reports as evidence to support your future case.
If you are able to safely move around the accident site, take steps to document as much evidence as possible. Save pieces of physical evidence, such as clothing or damaged possessions. Take as many photographs as you can of your injuries, vehicle damage, and the area around the scene.
Exchange contact, license, and insurance information with other drivers at the scene. When speaking with another driver, stay brief and do not make any comments about the accident or your injuries. If any witnesses are in the area, ask for their contact details as well.
Once you receive medical treatment for your injuries, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Do not speak to the at-fault party or any insurance representatives before speaking with a lawyer. After consulting with an attorney, you can strategize your next steps and identify your optimal path to compensation.
According to Illinois’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims, you must file your lawsuit within two years of the injury. If you do not meet this deadline, the court will likely dismiss your case. While there are exceptions to this rule, they are not common. To identify your appropriate filing deadline and protect your right to compensation, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.
A personal injury can disrupt your life. In these situations, you can pursue legal action against the at-fault party—and the attorneys at Duncan Law Group can fight for your right to compensation. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with a Moline personal injury attorney.