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What Is the Value of My Personal Injury Case?

Rebuilding Your Life After a Serious Injury

The value of your personal injury case depends on a number of factors, but the two most important are the type of injury and who was at fault for the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you analyze your case and determine what you can expect as an outcome.

You have probably seen headlines and press releases about certain personal injury cases in which the victims were awarded millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. It is understandable that you might wonder how the value of each case is determined and whether you could expect a similar amount if you were injured in an accident.

Determining the value of your personal injury case requires the consideration of many different factors, and no two cases are exactly the same. These factors, however, can largely be reduced to just two primary concerns: the extent of your injuries and liability for the accident.

Evaluating Your Case

The first main factor is how badly you were hurt. An accident that causes a single broken bone, for example, will require substantially less compensation than one in which you suffered severe head trauma, two fractured legs, and nerve damage. More serious injuries require more extensive medical care and often lead to ongoing expenses for rehabilitation. Other considerations like lost wages, pain and suffering, and permanent scarring must also be taken into account.

The other primary factor is who was at fault for the accident. If your own actions or negligence contributed to the accident, your ability to collect compensation will be reduced. If you were more than 50 percent at fault, you cannot recover any damages under Illinois law.

Schedule a Free Consultation

If you have been injured in an accident and you have questions about recovering compensation, contact our office. Call 847-662-3303 for a free, no-obligation consultation at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today. There are no fees unless you recover damages. We serve Lake County, DuPage County, and the surrounding areas.

If I Was in an Accident With Someone Without Car Insurance, Am I Covered?

Lake County Car Accident Injury Lawyers for Uninsured Motorist Crashes

When you are involved in an accident in Illinois caused by a driver who does not have auto insurance, your losses should be covered by the Uninsured Motorist Coverage included in your auto insurance policy. Sometimes, however, even your own insurance company may try to avoid covering your injuries, but an experienced attorney can help.

Illinois law requires all drivers to carry automobile liability insurance as a condition of driving a car or truck on the state’s roadways. Unfortunately, not everyone follows the law. In fact, according to the Insurance Information Institute, about 13 percent of Illinois drivers do not have any car insurance whatsoever. If you are involved in an accident caused by an uninsured driver, it is understandable that you might wonder who will pay for your injuries and the damage to your vehicle.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage

All auto insurance policies in Illinois include at least some coverage for accidents caused by uninsured drivers. They also include coverage for accidents caused by drivers who have insurance but not enough to cover the losses sustained.

At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., we can help you file a claim with your insurance company under the Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist provisions of your policy. Our team will help you show that the other driver lacked sufficient insurance and that he or she was at fault for the accident. We will also assist you in documenting your injuries properly so that the insurance company cannot dispute the extent or nature of your injuries. Our team will work to ensure that you obtain the compensation you need to move forward with your life.

Let Us Help You

While collecting compensation from your own insurance company should be fairly easy, oftentimes, it is not. Contact our office today to get the guidance you need with your claim. Call 847-662-3303 and schedule a free consultation at any of our four convenient locations in Wheaton, Waukegan, Richmond, and Chicago.

What Can You Expect From the Attorneys and Staff at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C.?

Skilled, Compassionate Personal Injury Lawyers in Lake County

When you choose Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. to represent you in your personal injury matter, you can expect us to listen carefully to you and to provide you with the top-quality service you deserve. Our attorneys and staff will work diligently to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. Contact our office today to learn more.

Being injured in any type of accident can have a dramatic impact on the rest of your life. The road ahead may seem uncertain and overwhelming, and you may not even know where to start. At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., our experienced attorneys and hardworking staff understand the challenges that you are facing, and we have the tools to help you.

Our team recognizes the importance of treating you with dignity and respect, as well as listening carefully as you share your values, needs, and long-term goals. Together, we will develop a strategy to resolve your case quickly, and without sacrificing quality of results. If you have questions, we will answer them. If we do not have the answers, we will get them for you. You can depend on our team to remain at your side every step of the way, including at the negotiation table, in mediation or arbitration, and in the courtroom. You deserve justice, and we will help you get it.

We Welcome Your Call

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by another party’s actions or negligence, the experienced personal injury attorney at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. are here to help. Contact our office to get started today. Call 847-662-3303 for a free consultation. There is no risk because we only charge legal fees if you collect compensation. Our firm represents injured victims and their families in Waukegan, Wheaton, Richmond, DuPage County, Lake County, McHenry County, and the surrounding areas.

My Mother Has Fallen Several Times in Her Nursing Home and Broken Bones Each Time. Is This a Personal Injury Case?

Lake County Lawyers For Nursing Home Neglect

If you have a loved one who has fallen in a nursing home and suffered injury as a result, you may be able to file a personal injury claim if you can show that the fall could have or should have been prevented by the staff. Certain health conditions may increase the risk of falling, but the facility must also provide proper care.

Patients who require the around-the-clock care of a nursing home often have physical conditions or take medications that make them prone to falls. Not every fall, however, is sufficient cause for a personal injury action—even if your loved one was injured. If the patient’s condition was the sole cause of the fall, recovering compensation through a personal injury claim is not likely.

Recognizing Nursing Home Neglect in Illinois

A fall in a nursing home that causes injury may be an indication of substandard care or neglect by the staff and administration of the facility. Your loved one may be entitled to seek damages if it can be shown that the fall was linked to:

  • A failure by the staff to provide a reasonably safe environment;
  • Poorly executed or non-existent fall prevention programs;
  • Failure to follow health and safety guidelines; or
  • Care that is below the medically-accepted standards for nursing homes.

Any one of these concerns, or others that are similar, could potentially be considered nursing home neglect.

Contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. for Help

Nursing home neglect is a problem that affects thousands of seniors each and every year in the United States. If you suspect that your loved one’s fall was the result of negligent nursing home care, contact our office. Call 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation at any of our four convenient locations today. We will help you explore your options for taking action and protecting your loved one.

What Are the Warning Signs of Elder Abuse and Neglect?

Lake County Nursing Home Injury Lawyers

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms and there is a wide range of possible warning signs, which may include inexplicable injuries, significant weight loss, bedsores, insomnia, unusual irritability, and depression. If you suspect that your elderly loved one is being mistreated, an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer can help you take action.

There are countless physical and emotional indicators that could suggest that your loved one is not receiving proper care in a nursing home or a skilled nursing facility. Nursing home abuse and neglect are both extremely serious problems in Illinois and around the country, and it is important to understand the difference between the two.

Nursing home abuse refers to any action or inaction that includes the intent to harm a patient. Neglect refers to behaviors that do not include an intent to harm but that still fall short of proper care. Examples of nursing home abuse may include:

  • Hitting, kicking, punching, or otherwise harming a patient;
  • Unnecessarily restraining a patient, either by physical or chemical means;
  • Intentionally over-medicating a patient;
  • Verbal and emotional attacks against a patient; and
  • Sexual abuse of a nursing home patient.

Common examples of nursing home neglect may include:

  • Missed or mixed-up medications;
  • Irregular meal schedules;
  • Lack of adequate food or water;
  • Failure to change soiled clothes or sheets in a timely manner;
  • Poor personal hygiene practices; and
  • Lack of attention from the staff.

An Experienced Wheaton Lawyer Can Help

Nursing homes are often understaffed, but patients should not be forced to suffer as a result. If you have a loved one in a nursing home who is not receiving quality care, contact a member of the team at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today. We will investigate the situation and help you decide on the best course of action. Call 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation today. Our firm helps seniors and their families in DuPage County, Lake County, Wheaton, Waukegan, Richmond, and throughout Northern Illinois.

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