There’s no doubt—serious injuries as a result of car accidents or other catastrophic events often change lives. Our personal injury attorneys at Shannon Law Group have witnessed this time and time again across Chicago.
When someone is injured in an accident, their “normal” life is gone through no fault of their own. Before the incident, they worked hard to provide a steady income for their family. Now, medical bills pile up on the kitchen counter, and they’re uncertain whether they’ll ever go back to work again.
They feel frustrated every time the insurance adjuster calls. Thoughts about their family’s financial future make them toss and turn at night.
If you’re currently in this situation, please know that you’re not alone. Our injury lawyers can help take the stress off your shoulders.
When you hire us, you’ll never have to speak to an insurance adjuster or defense attorney again. Our dedicated Chicago lawyers will deal with the insurance company and resolve your personal injury claim, so you can focus on what matters most—your health and family.
While we can’t undo the wrong that was done, we can make it right by fighting in the Cook County court system. Every day, our team takes on big insurance companies like State Farm and Allstate.
We hold firm against their armies of insurance adjusters and defense counsel. We don’t budge until they offer to settle a case for what it’s worth based on the damages. If they never make a fair offer, we let a Cook County jury decide what our client deserves.
If you or someone you love suffered a personal injury through no fault of your own, contact Shannon Law Group today. Our attorneys make a real difference in the lives of people just like you every day. (Don’t believe us? Check out our case results.)
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Types of Personal Injury Cases in and around Chicago
In 2018, over 320,000 vehicles were involved in crashes in Cook County according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. In addition, over 61,000 folks sustained serious injuries.
We proudly serve the people of Chicago and Cook County who need our help after a catastrophic accident. Cook County is home to one of the largest unified court systems in the world. It has about 400 judges who serve 5.2 million residents of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Over 1 million cases are filed annually.
Our Chicago office is located in the Bank of America building on South LaSalle Street, just blocks away from the Richard J. Daley Center. We open this location in October of 2019 to better serve our clients.
We handle several types of personal injury cases in Chicago, including:
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Is it worth hiring a Chicago personal injury lawyer?
Insurance companies often tell folks injured in accidents that it’s expensive to hire a personal injury attorney. That may be true in some cases where the accident only causes minor injuries like whiplash and there’s little property damage.
However, an insurance company prioritizes its bottom-line above all else. Studies from the Insurance Research Council show that the average person receives a settlement 3.5X larger when represented by a personal injury lawyer than without one.
So, when is it worth hiring a personal injury law firm, and when is it not? No two personal injury cases are the same. It’s always a good idea to schedule a free consultation with a local attorney.
In general, if the accident leaves you permanently and/or seriously injured, it’s worth hiring a personal injury attorney. If your injury resolves within a short amount of time with little to no treatment, it may not be worth hiring a lawyer.
Here’s an example:
Let’s say Mary was in an accident last week in downtown Chicago on Lake Shore Drive. A distracted driver rear-ended her Toyota Corolla.
Mary experienced immediate neck pain from the impact of the collision. She was transported via ambulance to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital. Initial imaging scans come back normal. There are no breaks or fractures in her neck. Mary’s sent home with pain relievers and muscle relaxers. She only missed a few days of work at the office.
Let’s say Mary’s neck pain resolves in a few weeks, and her primary care doctor tells her that she’s made a full recovery. She’s thinking about contacting a personal injury attorney in Chicago because dealing with the insurance adjuster makes her uneasy.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer. At Shannon Law Group, we meet with folks like Mary all the time. In this situation, however, hiring a Chicago injury attorney may not be worth Mary’s time.
Why? Because a lawyer won’t be able to add much value to her case. They’ll just write a letter to the insurance adjuster and accept the first or second offer. Mary will likely end up with more money in her pocket if she doesn’t hire a lawyer and negotiates with the insurance company herself.
In another scenario, let’s say Mary’s neck pain never goes away. An MRI later reveals that one of her cervical discs is herniated. A herniated disc is a serious and permanent injury that requires months of ongoing treatment. Her doctor prescribes pain relievers and physical therapy. Mary may need surgery down the road.
In this situation, the best thing Mary can do for her case is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney like Shannon Law Group. Her lawyer will add significant value to her case by:
- Conducting a thorough investigation of the accident.
- Filing her case to protect her rights to pursue compensation from the at-fault party.
- Gathering and preserving evidence of the crash.
- Hiring experts to determine any and all damages Mary’s suffered as a result of the rear-end collision, including economic and non-economic damages.
- Trying her case in front of a Cook County jury if the insurance company refused to settle her case for what it’s worth.
At SLG, we only take personal injury cases where we can make a difference. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Our attorneys are more than happy to explore the best course of action for your case. Call us today at (312) 578-9501 to schedule your free consultation.
Don’t Hire the First Personal Injury Attorney You Meet
It can be tempting to hire the first lawyer that pops up when you search “personal injury attorneys near me” on Google. However, know that you have options. In Chicago alone, there are thousands of personal injury attorneys competing for your attention.
We always recommend to “window shop” law firms before signing any forms. Why? Many personal injury lawsuits last several years—typically 2-3 years in Cook County. So, when you hire a personal injury attorney, you’re committing to a relationship. You want to hire the right lawyer that makes you feel comfortable.
Take your time, and ask plenty of questions during consultations. Read reviews online. Look at their past case results. Ask your friends and family if they have any recommendations.
At the end of the day, it’s your case, and you deserve nothing but the best representation in Chicago.
How to Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer
Meeting with a personal injury lawyer for the first time can be nerve-wracking. You don’t want to say the wrong thing or give the wrong impression. Also, injury victims may find it traumatizing to explain what happened to them.
Don’t worry, we have some tips for you! Here are three things to keep in mind when speaking with a personal injury attorney
- Be honest. Tell them everything about your case. Don’t hold anything back. The worst thing you can do is lie about the facts of your case.
- Come prepared. Bring any and all documents and photos. This includes your Illinois crash report, insurance policy information, medical records, and photos of your injuries or damaged car.
- Ask questions. Jot down some questions to ask the attorney the night before your appointment. Any experienced attorney will answer your questions without hesitating.