When do I need to file a police report for a car accident?
Always. Typically speaking, filing a police report will help make sure the facts are recorded. This way, both the insurance company and your lawyer will have something solid to work off of. If the other person involved in the accident urges you not to file a report, there’s usually something they’re trying to hide. For example, they may not have insurance. By making sure to document everything that happened, you can protect yourself and your finances.
I wasn’t hurt in the accident. Do I still need a lawyer?
That varies depending on the case. Sometimes injuries take a while to show, and so you should pay attention to anything unusual for the next several days after an accident. If, however, you are legitimately okay, then you can probably settle things without getting a lawyer involved.
Do you offer free consultations?
Yes. It’s important that people are able to determine whether or not they need a lawyer, and so the initial consultation is completely free.
How much should I cooperate with an insurance company?
If the insurance company is asking for information—such as if they can take pictures of the car—it’s important to speak to a lawyer first. This may seem strange because, after all, your insurance company is supposed to have your best interests at heart. However, that is unfortunately not always the case, and, depending on the situation, the information they obtain may actually be used against you. Make sure to speak to a qualified attorney because they can let you know what demands you should cooperate with.
Are there any restrictions regarding my case?
Generally, the most notable restriction to ask about is a time restriction, which almost every case may have. These restrictions may prevent you from filing for a certain amount of time. Additionally, there may be restrictions that you aren’t aware of. This is an incredibly important question to ask your attorney so that you don’t run into any problems down the line.
If I was injured while going to work, can I still get workers’ compensation?
No. Workers’ compensation is primarily for individuals injured while on the job. While driving to and from work, you technically aren’t on the job yet.
I don’t live in Illinois. Is there any way you can still help with my case?
Because we are a part of a network of law firms, we may be able to direct you to one in your state. If not, we can likely still answer questions and help you get a better idea of how to handle your situation.