Personal Injury

Whether personal injury occurs due to defective or dangerous consumer goods, motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls or animal attacks, it typically causes devastating personal and financial hardships. 

If you or a loved one has experienced a personal injury accident and want to know if it could result in a claim, a personal injury attorney can help determine if you have a potential case and how to make it stronger.

Be sure to contact a reliable personal injury attorney as soon as possible to guarantee all possible supporting evidence is acquired quickly.

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A Typically a personal injury is a physical or mental injury to a person. It can also include things like injuries to reputation, or emotional distress.
A We have handled all sorts of personal injury cases. Auto accidents are very common. We handle medical malpractice and nursing home malpractice. Sometimes we handle cases where people slip or trip, like where there is a dangerous sidewalk, an unknown hole in the ground, or a dangerous accumulation of ice and snow. We have handled cases where people were hurt by dangerous or defective products. Some of our cases don’t really fit into any of those categories, so if you want to know if we can handle yours, give us a call.
A If you name it, we have probably seen it and helped someone else out who had a similar injury. We handle everything from sprains/strains to death. Broken bones, muscle injuries, ligament injuries, torn rotator cuffs, amputations, burns, eye injuries, spine injuries, bulging or herniated discs, traumatic brain injuries, hearing loss, scars, just about anything you can think of.
A Each case depends on its own facts. Anyone who hears a little bit about your case and tells you what it’s worth doesn’t know what they’re talking about. The value of each case depends on many things – liability (whose fault was it), the severity of the injury, the amount of monetary damages (medical bills, lost wages, etc), the permanency of the injury, and many other things. With personal injury and medical malpractice cases, it can be difficult to predict what a jury would do. When we accept a case, we will let you know once the case is ready for potential settlement what we think a reasonable verdict range is, and then we will help you decide whether to settle the case or take it to trial.
A Each case is different. Some cases come into our office and are resolved in a few weeks – some take several years. Again, this depends on the nature of the case and severity of the injuries. In many cases we want to wait until you heal up before we try to get the case resolved. In other cases, that simply isn’t possible. We pursue all of our cases diligently – we want to get them done for you quickly and efficiently – but we don’t sacrifice quality to get them done fast.
A In most cases, we don’t charge money up front. We typically work on a contingent fee – meaning that we get a percentage of whatever we get you. When we do that, we don’t charge you if we lose the case. We also don’t make you pay for case costs along the way. If we win or settle, those costs come out of your settlement. If we lose, you don’t owe us anything for costs. In some cases, we charge an hourly rate – usually because the case hopefully won’t take a lot of time and it would be unfair for us to charge a percentage of a relatively easily recovery. Either way, we discuss all fee issues with you up front before you sign up with us.
A We will talk to you about your case on the phone to see if we can help you. We won’t give you legal advice or tell you what to do when you first call us because we frankly won’t know enough about the case to give you the type of advice you deserve. If you come in to meet with us, you don’t owe us anything for the initial visit.
A In any serious case, it’s usually a good idea to have an attorney. Of course, we turn down cases nearly every day where we can’t help the person. Why do we do that? Because if we took those cases, the client wouldn’t be happy and we wouldn’t be happy (and frankly probably wouldn’t make any money). Call us, and we will do our best to tell you if you need an attorney. As for why you should pick us? We believe our bios and our success record speak for themselves.
A No. While there are some great lawyers in Chicago, there are great lawyers right here in the Quad Cities. Look at our resumes and speak with us before you call someone from out of the area. We think you’ll find that we have the experience, skills, and personal touch you are looking for.

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