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OUR COMPASSIONATE ATTORNEYS ARE READY TO HELP YOU AFTER AN ILLINOIS ACCIDENT

If you were recently in a car accident, you might be confused and unsure of what to do next. Medical bills are piling up, and you can’t go back to work until the doctor says you’ve recovered enough. You can’t complete everyday tasks like you used, such as taking the kids to school or cooking dinner. Your life feels like it was turned upside and inside out.

If you’re in this difficult situation, we want you to know that you’re not alone—and that our lawyers are here for you. Every year in Illinois, thousands of people are injured and killed in tragic car accidents. In 2018 alone, over 94,000 people sustained injuries, and over 1,000 people lost their lives from Illinois auto crashes.

Our personal injury lawyers have helped people like you receive the compensation they deserve after a devastating crash. We represent people all across Illinois, from Rockford to Sterling. No matter where you live, our Chicago car accident lawyers are ready to fight for you in the courtroom and hold the driver who hit you accountable for their actions.

At Shannon Law Group, we offer free consultations with our experienced lawyers. These consultations allow you and your family to ask our accident injury attorneys any legal questions you may have. We’re ready to meet with you at your home or in the hospital if you’re unable to come to our office.

To schedule your free car accident case review, call us 24/7 at (312) 578-9501 or text us at (312) 847-2428. If you have more questions, check out attorney Joe Shannon’s book, Transportation Law, Rights, & Injuries: Charting Your Legal Course of Action.

 

Why Choose Shannon Law Group to Represent You After an Illinois Car Accident?

 

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Many lawyers will say that they’re the best of the best when it comes to personal injury and accident cases. (And that may be true.)

However, at Shannon Law Group, we don’t need to tell you we’re the best. Our Chicago law firm’s actions and results speak louder than words. Our car accident attorneys know what they’re doing. They will fight tooth and nail to get you the compensation you deserve after a catastrophic crash.

Here are ten things you can expect from our dedicated team if you hire us.

  1. We will treat you with respect.
  2. We will treat you like we would like to be treated.
  3. We will shoulder the stresses and burdens of dealing with insurance companies so that you can focus on your physical recovery.
  4. We will be an aggressive advocate for you.
  5. We will deliver straight advice.
  6. We will make every attempt to move your case to resolution as quickly as possible.
  7. We are willing to try your case before a jury.
  8. We will provide you with reasonable expectations regarding the outcome of your case.
  9. We will return your calls within 24 hours.
  10. If we can’t help you, we will try to help you find someone who can.

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Car Accident & Lawsuit FAQ

Q: WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT IN ILLINOIS?

 

Immediately after a car crash in Illinois, follow these steps to ensure your safety and preserve your legal rights:

#1: Stop your car and move to safety

Do not flee the scene of the accident, even if you’re in a hurry. Move your vehicle to safety and out of the way of other cars on the road, if possible.

#2: Call 9-1-1

Contact your local emergency services, including the police and ambulance. When the police arrive, answer the officer’s questions honestly and follow their instructions. Ask the officer for their name and contact information, as well as how you can get a copy of the police report. You will need the police report to file a claim with your insurance company.

#3: Get the other driver’s information (if possible)

If you’re not seriously injured, ask the other driver for the following details:

    1. Name
    2. Address
    3. Cell phone number
    4. Their auto insurance company and policy number
    5. Their license plate number

#4: Take photos (if possible)

Again, if you’re not hurt, take photos of the scene, including all vehicles involved. If you’re injured but another person in your car isn’t, have them take pictures for you. These images can support and prove your personal injury case down the road. Take photos of your injuries as well after the crash.

#5: Seek medical treatment

If you or someone you love is seriously injured from the collision, don’t wait to go to the hospital. Seek medical treatment immediately. If you experience pain several days after the crash, see your doctor. If you have a herniated disc, for example, you may not experience back pain until days later.

#6: Notify your insurance company

Contact your auto insurance company to let them know that you were recently involved in an accident. Do NOT speak with the other driver’s insurance company. Whatever information you tell them can and will be used against you in your case. Instead, ask your insurance company to speak with the at-fault driver’s insurer. That’s why you pay insurance premiums every month.

#7: Contact an experienced car accident lawyer to explore your options

If you were injured in the crash, we highly recommend contacting a lawyer as soon as you can. Why? Life after a severe motor vehicle crash is often stressful.

When you sit down with our attorneys at Shannon Law Group, they will answer any questions you have, as well as help you find the best way to move forward. Hiring a lawyer to handle your claim allows you to focus on what matters most. You delegate the stress of handling your case to us so that you can get better. Call us at (312) 578-9501 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

Q: I WAS IN A CAR ACCIDENT, AND I’VE ALREADY FILED A CLAIM WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY. WHY DO I NEED TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY?

 

Our attorneys will be the first to tell you that if you walked away from an accident with little to no injury, you likely don’t need to hire a personal injury lawyer. Why? Because an attorney won’t add much value to your case if you have little damages. In these situations, you’ll end up with more money in your pocket if you don’t hire a lawyer.

However, if you have a severe and permanent injury like a herniated disc, we highly recommend hiring an experienced auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. Why? Because hiring an attorney in this scenario adds significant value to your case.

Insurance companies are in the business of making money. Their business model is to keep as much money in their pocket as possible. So, when you have thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages, these insurance companies will fight you tooth and nail. They will make lowball offers, hoping that you’re desperate enough to sign a release and take the money.

When you hire a lawyer, the insurance company can no longer contact you directly. They must speak to your attorney. At Shannon Law Group, our trial attorneys know how to assess the value of your case and how to negotiate with the insurance companies. We won’t settle for anything less than what your case is worth. If the insurance company refuses to compensate you fairly, we will try your case in front of a jury.

Hiring a lawyer like Joe Shannon or Pat Cummings adds significant value to your case (and your life) when you’ve sustained a catastrophic injury.  To schedule your free consultation, call us any time at (312) 578-9501 or text us at (312) 847-2428.

Q: What Happens When You File a Lawsuit After a Car Accident?

 

Truck accident lawyer meeting with client

You probably have little to no experience with any type of lawsuit, and that’s okay. In this section, we’ll break down nine things what to expect during your car accident case.

 

STEP #1: FREE CONSULTATION

Before your case begins, our attorneys at Shannon Law Group will first schedule an initial free consultation with you. During this meeting, we’ll discuss your case and answer any of your questions. If you want to hire us, we will have you sign a fee agreement and other forms.

A fee agreement grants us power of attorney to act on your behalf. When you hire us, you also agree to pay us a percentage of the settlement or verdict if we come through for you. If you don’t come through for you, you won’t owe us anything. Our law firm will absorb the costs associated with your case.

 

STEP #2: INVESTIGATION

The moment you hire us, our team will begin investigating the accident. We’ll send a private investigator to gather and preserve evidence. She will take photos of the scene and vehicles involved, speak to any eyewitnesses, gather witness statements, search for footage of the crash, and more.

The Investigation Phase is the most crucial part of your case, as the evidence we uncover builds and strengthens your case.

 

STEP #3: GATHERING YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS AND BILLS

Next, our lawyers and legal assistants will request and gather your medical records and bills. You’ll sign a HIPAA authorization that allows us to get your records. Your medical records are vital in your case, as they help your attorney describe the extent of your injuries to a jury.

 

STEP #4: FILING THE LAWSUIT

Soon after investigating and requesting your medical records, we will file your lawsuit in the appropriate venue. We always prefer to file cases, instead of trying to settle with the insurance company first. Why? In general, the court system will streamline your case to resolution. Filing your claim also preserves your rights to pursue compensation from the other party.

 

STEP #5: PLEADINGS & MOTIONS PRACTICE

Once we have filed your case, both parties (Plaintiff and Defendant) begin engaging in pleadings and motions practice. A pleading demands that another party does something, while a motion requests that the judge do something in the case. This process occurs throughout the case until it has been resolved through settlement or a jury verdict.

 

STEP #6: WRITTEN DISCOVERY

After your case is filed, each party will send requests for information and documents from the other party. This process is called written discovery. Your attorney will ask you to provide specific details, records, and sign documents during this phase.

 

STEP #7: DISCOVERY DEPOSITIONS

At some point, you will attend a “discovery deposition.” Our attorneys will prepare you ahead of time and guide you through the process. This deposition allows the defendant’s lawyer to ask you questions. It also allows you to tell your story to the other side and explain how the accident has impacted your life.

 

STEP #8: SETTLEMENT

Your case may settle at any point during the lawsuit. We send “offer of compromise” letters to the insurance company many times throughout your case. These letters list the facts of the situation and attempt to resolve the claim based on the damages you’ve experienced as a result of the car accident.

If the insurance company makes a fair offer, we will discuss the offer with you. Ultimately, you have the choice as to whether you accept the offer or not.

 

STEP #9: TRIAL

If we are unable to negotiate a fair settlement, we will try your case in front of a jury. Our attorneys will present the facts of your case and tell your story to the jury. You will be asked to testify at the trial. Once the trial is over, the jury will deliberate. If they find for you (the Plaintiff), they will set an amount that the defendant should pay you for your damages.

More Car Crash FAQs:

Without knowing the facts of your case, it’s difficult to know whether or not you have a claim against the other driver. In general, if another driver seriously injured you, you likely have a case. If you were in a fender bender and no one was hurt, you may not have a case. However, there are shades of grey between those examples.

Our attorneys at Shannon Law Group would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your legal options. Our consultations are always free. Call us today at (312) 578-9501 to schedule your appointment. We will come to you if you’re unable to come to our Chicago or Woodridge office.

In every state across the U.S., there are laws that state-specific deadlines for people to bring a personal injury lawsuit against another individual or party. These deadlines are called the statutes of limitations.

In Illinois, the statute of limitations varies depending on what type of party you’re filing suit against. To sue a government entity like a county or city, you generally have to file a lawsuit within one year.

For most Illinois car accident cases, you have two years to file an injury lawsuit from the date of the crash.

Because the statute of limitations can be tricky, we recommend contacting a reputable Chicago injury law firm like Shannon Law Group after a car accident. Don’t wait until the last minute to contact a lawyer—or else you may hurt your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.

Car crashes often put a financial strain on you and your family, especially if someone was hurt and needed months of treatment to get better. At Shannon Law Group, we understand your situation. That’s why there are no immediate fees associated with hiring our experienced trial law firm to represent you after a catastrophic car accident.

At Shannon Law Group, we never send bills directly to our clients for any time we spend on their cases. Why? Because our accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis.

When you hire us, our lawyers agree to accept a fixed percentage of the compensation we obtain for you at the end of your case. This fee is contingent on the fact that we must come through for you first before we are paid for our work on your case.

If we don’t come through for you, we will absorb the costs of your case. You will never receive a bill from our office for any outstanding fees.

Sometimes, the driver liable for an accident doesn’t have auto insurance. This situation happens more often than you’d think, especially in Illinois. You still have a car accident claim, even if the police say that the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance.

When the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance, you can file an uninsured motorist (UM) claim under your insurance policy. This type of insurance coverage is included in most Illinois automobile insurance policies unless you explicitly stated that you did not want to purchase uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.

Through an uninsured motorist claim, your insurance company will compensate you for any damages you sustained from the accident, up to your UM policy limits. However, collecting the compensation you deserve from your insurance company can be just as tricky as obtaining payment from the at-fault driver’s insurer. 

That’s why we highly recommend contacting a car accident lawyer like Shannon Law Group to review your case. Our team will investigate the accident to determine if the at-fault driver is insured. If not, we will pursue an uninsured motorist claim through your insurance policy. We will hold your insurance company accountable and demand that they pay you what you justly deserve.

No. Before you sign any forms that the insurance company sends you, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer. These forms prevent you from pursuing a lawsuit against the other party in the future.

For a small fee, you can request a redacted copy of the police report after an Illinois crash. Click here to get started.

When you meet with our attorneys, we will often request a copy of the police report for you as a courtesy – regardless of whether you hire us. If you have any questions related to your accident, call Shannon Law Group today at (312) 578-9501. We’re available 24/7 to speak with you. 

If the police didn’t file a report of the car accident, go to the police station and file a report for the accident no later than ten days after the collision. You must submit a report of the accident to the Illinois Department of Transportation if there was more than $1,500 in property damage or if someone was injured or passed away in the crash.

If you don’t file the report, then you may face penalties such as fines or having your license suspended.

The hardest part about car accident lawsuits is that you don’t receive any compensation until the very end of your case. Many people think that the at-fault driver’s insurance will pay their medical bills—but that’s not how it works. Their insurance company won’t pay a dime until the case resolves through settlement or a trial. Sometimes, you may have to wait two or three years before you’re compensated.

We understand how difficult it is to wait for your case to resolve, especially when your medical bills are piling up, and you can no longer work. When we sit down with clients in a similar situation, we tell them to explore the following options:

Medical Payments Coverage (MedPay)

If you have auto insurance, you may have Medical Payments (MedPay) Coverage under your policy. This coverage helps pay for accident-related medical bills up to the limits of your policy. Look at your insurance policy’s declaration page to see how much MedPay coverage you have. Your insurance company will issue you a check when you or your attorney submit your medical bills to them.

Make sure that your medical providers bill your health insurance

Doublecheck with all of your medical providers to make sure they’re billing your health insurance company. Sometimes, healthcare providers will send the entire bill directly to the car insurance company. Why? Because they know they can make more money that way. However, it saves you more money in the long run if they bill your health insurance directly.

Check your eligibility for financial assistance programs

You may qualify for several financial assistance programs through the government. In the past, our car accident clients have applied for Medicare, Medicaid, disability insurance benefits, Social Security Disability benefits, and more. Our lawyers can help you apply for these programs as well.

When it comes to insurance companies, they have a nifty formula they use on a computer to calculate the value of your car accident claim. However, this formulated settlement offer is rarely accurate.

At Shannon Law Group, we can tell you one thing: Your case is worth significantly more with an attorney than without—especially if you sustained permanent injuries as a result of the crash. Why? Because the insurance company knows that you likely don’t understand the full value of your case. On the other hand, an experienced personal injury attorney will understand the value of your case—and they won’t settle for less when the insurance company makes a lowball offer.  

Other factors that may impact the value of your case include:

  • The amount of medical bills you’ve accrued while treating any crash-related injuries.
  • The amount of lost wages or income you have from not being able to work after the accident.
  • The type of injuries you have and what type of treatment and care you need to live a normal life. For example, because of your injuries, you may need surgery or 24/7 at-home care that you otherwise wouldn’t have needed before the crash.

The short answer is yes: You can still file a lawsuit against another driver if the police said you were at fault for the accident. Sometimes, the responding police officer doesn’t have all of the evidence before issuing a citation. That’s why it’s crucial to hire an attorney to investigate the crash and obtain the evidence.

When we investigate an accident at Shannon Law Group, our attorneys gather any evidence of the crash, including surveillance videos and photos.

Even if you were partially at fault for the crash, you could also file a lawsuit. In Illinois, you can still receive compensation if you’re found less than 50 percent at fault for a car accident.

Who decides what percentage at fault you are? A jury.

Let’s say a jury finds you were 30 percent liable for the crash. Therefore, the total amount of money awarded to you will be reduced by 30 percent. If you’re found more than 50 percent liable for a car accident, you will not receive an award from the jury.

If a drunk driver hits you in Illinois, you might have a personal injury case against the bar or restaurant that served alcohol to the intoxicated driver.

Under the Illinois Dram Shop Act (AKA the Illinois Liquor Control Act), an injured plaintiff can sue the bar or restaurant if they prove the following:

  • The bar or restaurant sold alcohol to the driver;
  • The sale of alcohol proximately caused the driver’s intoxication; and
  • The driver’s intoxication contributed to the plaintiff’s damages.

In Illinois, you typically have one year to file a lawsuit under the Dram Shop Act. If a drunk driver hits you or someone you love in Illinois, don’t wait. Contact our accident lawyers today for a free consultation. We’re available to speak with you 24/7 at (312) 578-9501. You can also text Attorney Joe Shannon directly at (312) 847-2428.

Your auto insurance company should pay for all or most of the costs associated with repairing your car after an accident. Follow these steps to get your car in the shop as soon as possible after a crash:

  1. Contact your insurance company and make a claim as soon as possible.
  2. Choose a highly rated repair shop that has experience with fixing collision damage.
  3. Transport your vehicle to the shop, either by a tow truck or driving it yourself (if it’s safe to do so).
  4. Rent a vehicle while your car’s in the shop if you have rental car coverage on your insurance policy.
  5. Follow up with your insurance company and the repair shop.
  6. Confirm repairs with the mechanic, and review the bill. Check to see if the final itemized bill matches the estimate they gave you.

Pay for repairs. You may have to pay your deductible for the repairs

If your vehicle is deemed a “total loss” after an accident, you will receive payment from your insurance company based on your car’s current market value. Insurance companies may use different calculations to determine your car’s value.

If you disagree with the amount they’re offering you, you can negotiate with them. However, you will have to prove to the insurance adjuster that your vehicle is worth more. First, look up your vehicle’s market value on websites like Kelley Blue Book. Verify that the price they quoted you matches the value price listed on these websites.

Second, if you made any improvements to the car that increased its value, provide receipts and photos to the insurance company.

It may be an uphill battle to negotiate the insurance company’s offer. At Shannon Law Group, our lawyers will negotiate the offer for free if we’re handling your personal injury case. Call us 24/7 at (312) 578-9501 for more information.

MOST COMMON TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN ILLINOIS

 

Every year, several types of motor vehicle accidents occur on Illinois roadways. In this section, we’ve broken down some of the most common car accidents that happen in the Land of Lincoln.

 

Commercial motor vehicle crashes

When you hear the phrase “commercial motor vehicle,” you probably think of an 80,000-pound big rig barreling down the highway. In reality, any vehicle weighing over 10,000 pounds may be classified as a commercial motor vehicle and subject to federal regulations.

Federal regulations also apply to any vehicle that transports more than eight passengers (including the driver) for compensation or any vehicle carrying more than 15 passengers (including the driver), not for payment. Under this definition, a roadside service truck or a Ford-350 pickup towing a trailer may be considered commercial motor vehicles in the eyes of the law.

In 2018, there were over 13,000 Illinois crashes involving semi-trucks alone. There were thousands of other collisions involving smaller commercial motor vehicles. That’s why you must hire a personal injury lawyer with experience handling truck accident cases if you have a car accident case. Your claim may be a truck accident case – and you don’t know it yet.

Truck accident lawsuits are different compared to car accident cases in the eyes of the law. They require thorough investigation, knowledge of federal regulations, and more. At Shannon Law Group, we have investigated and tried many truck accident cases successfully.

To learn more about these types of cases, click here. You can also download attorney Patrick Cummings book How to Avoid a Trucking Nightmare.

 

Uber or Lyft accidents

Many people in Illinois are now using rideshare services like Uber or Lyft to get around instead of driving themselves. Because of this, there are significantly more cars on the road driving for Uber or Lyft. You might have a case against Uber or Lyft if a rideshare driver injured you as an Uber or Lyft passenger. You may also have a claim if you were struck by an Uber or Lyft driver while walking or driving your car.

Why are Lyft and Uber accident cases different from other crash cases? Because rideshare companies have additional insurance policies that may cover the accident. If you were in an Uber or Lyft crash, contact Shannon Law Group today to schedule your free consultation with an attorney.

 

Bicycle vs. car accidents

In 2018, over 2,600 bicyclists were injured, and over 20 were killed in Illinois accidents. A majority of these bike vs. car accidents happened in cities like Chicago. These accidents have become more common today now more than ever, thanks to distracted driving.

 

Drunk driving crashes

In 2018, alcohol played a role in 27 percent of all fatal Illinois motor vehicle crashes. About 280 people lost their lives due to drunk driving. That’s one death every 27.5 hours.

If a drunk driver hits you, call us today at (312) 578-9501 to speak with a lawyer. There are strict time limitations when it comes to drunk driving cases, especially if there’s a bar or restaurant involved.

 

Hit-and-run car accidents

If someone hits you and then runs away, they may be subject to criminal and civil penalties. In Illinois, a hit-and-run is a misdemeanor. If the hit-and-run causes severe injury or property damage, it is a felony.

If another driver hits you and they fled the scene, you can still receive compensation from your insurance policy thorough uninsured/uninsured motorist coverage, if the authorities are unable to catch the driver.

 

Pedestrian vs. car accidents

In the United States, more and more pedestrians are dying in car accidents than ever before. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, over 5,900 pedestrians were injured, and over 160 were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018. Over 5,000 of these pedestrians were struck by cars in cities like Chicago, where drivers often have to yield to pedestrians crossing the street.

Pedestrians are often seriously injured in the crashes and often need a lot of therapy and treatment to recover. If you or someone you love was struck by another vehicle, we’re ready to help you move forward.

 

Distracted driving accidents

Today, there’s no doubt we have more distractions in the car. Between our smartphones and interactive center consoles, there’s no shortage of technology tempting us to take our eyes off the road.

However, taking your eyes off the road for five seconds can be deadly. According to the Illinois State Police, using a cell phone while driving increases your chance of getting into a crash by over 400 percent. If you are texting while driving, you are 23 percent more likely to cause an accident.

In Illinois, it’s illegal to text or use a hand-held cell phone while driving – but that doesn’t stop people from doing it. If a distracted driver injured you, you have rights that should be protected. There are specific deadlines for filing a lawsuit against another party, so don’t wait to speak to an attorney.

 

Motorcycle vs. car crashes

It’s a fact: Other drivers often don’t see motorcyclists when on the road. In 2018 alone, over 3,000 motorcyclists were injured, and about 120 bikers were killed in Illinois accidents. What’s more, motorcyclists are susceptible to severe injuries because they lack protection. Their bodies absorb a lot of impact from the collision, as opposed to their vehicle in a typical car vs. car crash.

 

T-bone Collisions

This type of accident happens when the front of one car crashes into the side of another vehicle. Broadside or T-bone collisions often occur at intersections when one driver fails to yield to another at a stoplight or stop sign.

 

Rear-end accidents

This kind of collision occurs when the front of one car crashes into the back of another vehicle. Common causes of rear-end accidents include distracted driving, tailgating, and weather.

 

Head-on collisions

This type of crash happens when one vehicle strikes another car head-on when traveling in opposite directions. Often, head-on collisions occur when a car attempts to pass another on a two-way highway or when a vehicle takes the wrong highway ramp on an interstate, driving against the flow of traffic.

 

Rollover accidents

A rollover crash happens when a driver loses control of their vehicle. As a result, the car “rolls over” due to the momentum. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 85 percent of all rollover crashes only involve one vehicle. Common causes include speeding, driving while under the influence, and location.

5 SERIOUS INJURIES TO WATCH OUT FOR AN AUTO ACCIDENT

 

After a car accident, you may be fortunate enough to walk away from a few scrapes and bruises. Other times, you’re not so lucky. Here are the top five serious auto crash injuries you should know about:

 

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can change your life forever. TBIs happen when your brain is suddenly damaged. When you have a severe TBI, you may experience the following symptoms, on top of the typical signs of a concussion:

  • A headache that does not go away
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions of seizures
  • Unable to wake from sleep
  • Dilation in one of both of your eye’s pupils
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness in your legs or arms
  • Loss of coordination
  • Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation

If you have any of the above symptoms, seek treatment immediately. You may need surgery or other procedure to remove or repair ruptured hematomas or contusions in your brain. Traumatic brain injury patients often suffer permanent damage, which may impact their ability to think, communicate, and regulate their emotions.

 

Broken Bones

People often sustain broken bones in car accidents. Why? Because of the immense force of the collision, which may cause your bones to break under pressure. Depending on the severity of the break, car crash victims may need several surgeries and therapy to recover from the accident.

 

Fractures

Like broken bones, fractures can happen when bones undergo immense pressure and force in an auto accident. Sometimes, fractures heal on their own. Other times, they require treatment such as surgery.

 

Herniated Discs

Your spine is composed of discs, individual bones called vertebrae, and most of your spinal cord. In a collision (especially if another driver rear-ends you), your spine may sustain an injury from the force of impact. One of the most common spinal injuries you can get from a car accident is a herniated disc.

Herniated discs happen when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the exterior casing. As a result, the bugling disc can irritate and place pressure on nearby nerves. Symptoms of a herniated disc include pain, numbness, or weakness in your arm(s) or leg(s). Often, these symptoms take days or weeks after the crash to appear. Treatment for a herniated disc includes pain medication and surgery.

 

Internal Bleeding

Sometimes, a car accident causes internal bleeding (AKA internal hemorrhage), which is a severe injury that requires immediate treatment. Internal bleeding happens when blood vessels inside your body are damaged, causing blood loss.

Symptoms of internal bleeding include:

  • Vomiting or coughing up blood
  • Bleeding from the ears, mouth, nose, etc.
  • Passing black or bloody stools
  • Going into shock

This type of traumatic injury often requires surgery to repair the broken blood vessel. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, seek treatment immediately.

Our Experienced Car Accident Lawyers Will Fight for You

Chicago Accident Lawyers Shannon Law Group

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an Illinois car accident, the stakes are high. Your health and financial future can be on the line, so your family will need attorneys who possess the knowledge and tenacity to get the job done.

At Shannon Law Group, PC, we pride ourselves on our relentless pursuit of justice and compensation for our clients. Our commitment is demonstrated in our results, which includes the highest recorded truck accident verdict handed down in Will County.

While other lawyers may take the easy way out and accept a settlement right away, our attorneys will fight to get you the results you deserve. Our team will work tenaciously on your behalf, so you can use your energy to get well and rebuild your life.

Call our office today at 312-578-9501 to schedule a free consultation. You can also take a moment to fill our online contact form, and one of our team members will be in touch with you soon.

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Dan Reo
21:45 28 May 20
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01:09 25 Apr 20
My wife is represented by Shannon Law Group. In my opinion, Jack Cannon is one of the best attorneys in the business. He is very knowledgeable, communicates well and extremely helpful. Jack cares about his clients. He completely explains the situation with relevancy and clarity in this challenging time. Jack stays in contact with updates even on weekends. I feel the Shannon Law Group puts their clients first and fights hard with their best interest in mind. I have recommended Jack to several people who are also very pleased. Jack Cannon and Shannon Law Group get the job done.
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Rodney Mikesell
00:26 19 Mar 20
I have had the good fortune of getting to know Joe Shannon through our involvement in a law firm owner group. In short, with Joe, what you see is what you get. Joe's word is his bond. He has an unwavering commitment to his faith, his family and his friends. Why is that relevant to someone looking for the right attorney? Because, at the end of the day, the attorney-client relationship is about trust and commitment. With Joe and his firm, you get both, in spades.
Paul Odegaard
Paul Odegaard
15:56 16 Mar 20
After doing many phone interviews to decide on an attorney to represent me, Jack Cannon was by far an easy choice. Easy to talk to, professional, respectful, knowledgeable and able to answer all my questions. He promptly returns my phone calls. I'm very thankful to have him representing me.
vickie clark
vickie clark
17:10 04 Mar 20
Joseph Shannon is not only an amazing attorney, but a kind and caring person as well. He took the time to explain everything related to my case and was always willing to answer questions or provide clarification. From our very first meeting, it was clear my interests were his first priority, and he established a great working relationship based on security and trust. I highly recommend Joseph Shannon and Shannon Law Group to anyone in need of a personal injury lawyer.
India Gordon
India Gordon
20:11 20 Feb 20
Joe is a superb attorney but even better person. In my opinion, the most important considerations in an attorney-client relationship are trust and reliability. There is no attorney I trust more to provide a careful, thorough analysis of a legal matter and then offer thoughtful recommendations that consider the “big picture” and focus on my best interests. He is a pillar of the local community as a lawyer, philanthropist and father and is widely respected as a straight shooter who vigorously represents his clients while maintaining his civility.
Jeff Mote
Jeff Mote
15:22 19 Feb 20
I worked with Joe Shannon for 15 years and we have maintained the friendship for another 15 years since then and I can unequivocally say he is a man of the highest integrity. He is "real", easy to talk to and sincerely interested in what you have to say. The phrase I think of most often when I remember him is that he feels "he is living the dream". This humble expression applies not only to his passion for his law firm and clients, but also his passion and loyalty to his family and his faith. He is the real deal.
Barbara Gyarmathy
Barbara Gyarmathy
13:24 18 Feb 20
Very friendly, and helpful! Even though you're not in my state, you answered my questions quickly and were honest. Then you followed up with an e-mail and gave me some help and referrals which was very helpful. May GOD continue to BLESS you and ALL of your staff.
Kim Harvey
Kim Harvey
13:14 18 Feb 20
Joe will always give your case an honest and through review. He tells it like it is and is one the greatest advocates I have ever worked with. As a practicing attorney for over 25 years that does not take on personal injury matters, I refer all my friends to Joe without hesitation!
Charles Rego
Charles Rego
13:06 18 Feb 20
Honesty, integrity, tenacity. These professionals responded to my needs in a prompt and compassionate matter. I am fortunate to have yoked up with these down-to-earth people who strive to make their clients feel like they are valued and heard. I recommend them highly.
Patsy Shannon
Patsy Shannon
00:27 18 Feb 20
Joe Shannon's firm is of the highest professional stature. Joe and his firm have endured the test of time as an elite Chicago personal injury law firm. Probably Shannon Law Group's biggest strength is their dedicated commitment to their clients' causes and pursuit of the best possible results.Daniel W. Sherman, Attorney At LawDaniel W Sherman PCValparaiso, IN 46385 (licensed in IL and IN)
Dan Sherman
Dan Sherman
20:52 17 Feb 20
Joe Shannon’s firm worked hard to help our family. Everyone is genuine and sincere with our concerns and questions. I HIGHLY recommend!
Erin Koenig
Erin Koenig
15:52 25 Nov 19
Compassionate listeners Joe Shannon and Patrick Cummings helped our family out when my daughter was injured in a car accident. They understand the the long term health consequences that your child may face and they seek fair and maximum compensation. They handled the insurance company for us and in return we are truly GRATEFUL for everything they did on our behalf!
Susan Jennings
Susan Jennings
19:02 18 Nov 19
Patrick Cummings and Shannon Law Group represented our daughter in an employment contract dispute. Our daughter was so frustrated, and Patrick immediately reassured her that the law was on her side despite what her employer told her. Patrick was able to get her back pay that added up to more than 10% of her annual salary. He did this professionally, respectfully and quickly. In a way that allowed her to continue in a job she loves with out creating unnecessary tension. It is fortunate that Patrick can practice in Wisconsin. We are very grateful Pat was able to help our daughter.
Regina Cummings
Regina Cummings
19:16 20 Oct 19
The whole team of Shannon Law Group were great throughout my entire case. Each member diligently did their part and kept me thoroughly informed with what was going on. Each member was always willing to answer my questions anytime of the day. At the end, the Shannon Law Group helped me come out on top. Thank you Shannon Law Group for all of your hard work.
Michael Heatherly Ii
Michael Heatherly Ii
21:40 10 Oct 19
I was involved in a car accident earlier this year and Shannon Law Group assisted me through every step of the process. This team educated me on my options and offered me agency after a stressful life event. I really appreciate the urgency in which these lawyers handled my case. I felt my case was prioritized by Shannon Law Group from the start to the resolution. I would highly recommend their services to anyone!
Maureen Cummings
Maureen Cummings
20:56 10 Oct 19
They never stopped fighting for me until they won my case! My family is so grateful!
Erin Huls
Erin Huls
18:22 16 Jul 19
I have worked with the Shannon Law Group for years. The firm is based on integrity and being available. They will give you honest and expert feedback and always take calls or get back to you right away. They are super friendly to work with and do a great job.
Robert Nell
Robert Nell
14:35 30 May 18
I've known Joe Shannon personally and professionally for 20 years and have referred friends and family members to him. He is intelligent, strategic, personable and a person of great integrity. I highly recommend Joe Shannon and his team.
Julie Carballo
Julie Carballo
15:36 24 Feb 18
I was involved in a head on collision with a wrong way driver. My car was totaled and my life was saved by safety restraints. Much to my surprise, my insurance company failed to properly represent me and I engaged Joe Shannon's services to recover my losses. Joe resolved the matter in a quick and cost effective manner. I have since referred a number of other individuals to the practice and they have all had very positive experiences and outcomes with Joe's firm. Joe is also very active in supporting the local community. I would recommend him without hesitation.
Daniel McMullen
Daniel McMullen
21:18 22 Feb 18
I had an excellent experience with the Shannon Law Group. Joe Shannon is a man of high integrity and compassion. When I contacted Joe, he quickly got back to me. He provided great legal advice and support during the case. I highly recommend the Shannon Law Group!
Laura Freeman
Laura Freeman
20:28 18 Feb 18
The Shannon Law Group should be your 1st choice for an attorney to represent you.They have the resources to help you in your dispute with Insurance CompaniesThe Shannon Group will even the playing field.They get Results ! Take it from meA very satisfied client Highly Recommended
Anthony Aceto
Anthony Aceto
15:34 17 Feb 18
Joe Shannon is an incredible lawyer backed by an amazing team. I referred a family to him and have been amazed at how his team has helped them when no other lawyers would. He isn't afraid of the tough cases - he knows how to win them. He works more than hard for his clients. He and his team build innovative strategies and execute with integrity and courage. Their approach brings results for their clients that most firms could never get. They care. They will fight for you. They are the people you want in your corner during what may be one of the most difficult challenges you face.
Sarah-Eva Marchese
Sarah-Eva Marchese
04:34 25 Jan 18