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Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer

An experienced personal injury attorney can help if you have suffered serious personal injury due to negligence of another person. At McDevitt Law Offices, P.C. we experience representing clients who have suffered serious personal injury or death as the result of someone else’s mistake. We work to secure for our clients the compensation they deserve for the serious injuries they have suffered

We have experience handling a wide range of personal injury cases including cases involving car, truck and motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability cases and other causes of serious injury or death. Choosing the right attorney can make a difference in your case. We combine the resources and track record of a larger firm with the personal attention of a boutique. We can answer your questions and get your case moving in the right direction. We have experience resolving cases before litigation or in litigation through mediation, arbitration or trial. Contact our office to discuss the details of your case and what we can do to help.

Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

With significant experience handling a wide range of personal injury cases in Chicago our personal injury lawyers are well equipped to manage your personal injury case. If you are uncertain of your rights, you can call us or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. We will answer your questions and help you make an informed decision as to whether you should hire a personal injury lawyer. We personally answer our client’s phone calls and handle every aspect of their claim. Our clients receive our full attention and we pride ourselves on being accessible before and after business hours. 

You are not charged an attorney fee of any kind unless we recover compensation for you. We offer a free consultation available by phone, in our office or we can travel to you.  Contact us today at 312-332-0072!

Below are answers to common questions prospective clients have asked which you may find helpful.  

Do I need a lawyer?

If you were seriously hurt (broken bones, torn ligaments or anything which may be long-lasting or permanent) or if you required significant medical care, such as a hospital stay or extensive evaluation, it is important to speak with a lawyer.  If your injuries were minor and resolved quickly, a lawyer is probably unnecessary. 

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Who will pay the medical bills?

If you have health insurance it is important that you provide that information to the hospital or doctor.  It is preferable that the bills be paid by the health insurer as the health insurer will likely receive a discount of the amount to be paid on your behalf.   Some doctors and hospitals will not submit the bills to a health insurer if there may be a claim against some other party.  Your auto insurance may also cover some of your medical bills if you have medical payments coverage on that policy.  Sometimes, the medical payments coverage must be exhausted before health insurance will cover the bills.  This is an issue a lawyer can address on your behalf.  

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How much is my case worth?

The value of a personal injury claim is driven by the nature and extent of the injury, the medical care received and whether the condition is long-lasting and/or permanent.  Whether the other party was clearly negligent will also impact case value.  Other important factors include whether wages were lost, and what other impact the injury had or will have on the person’s life in the future. 

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The other insurance company is calling and wants to talk, what do I do?

You are not obligated to provide a statement to the other party’s insurance company or to actively participate in their claim evaluation.  In cases when you will need a lawyer it is preferable not to give a statement without a lawyers help.  A sworn statement given to the other party’s insurer can be used against you.  There is no advantage to providing information and being cooperative if ultimately litigation is likely and you will have to give a deposition in the future.

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My own insurance company is calling, what do I do?

If your own insurance company is involved in handling your property damage claim or requires your assistance, it is important to cooperate.  Most insurance policies require that you cooperate with your insurer as requested and needed.  Failure to cooperate with your own insurer can impact your insurance coverage.

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What about time missed from work?

Lost wages are an important element of damage that can be pursued as part of your claim. Unfortunately, compensation for lost wages is available only at the conclusion of the claim and not as the claim pends.  This can cause severe financial hardship.  Some employers provide short and long-term disability benefits on their employees behalf.  Some people have their own personal disability policies as well.  If the injury suffered is severe, disability benefits may be available through the Social Security Administration.  Whether you are eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits is driven by the type of injury and permanency of the condition.  A lawyer can explore all of the potential disability benefits with you. 

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I received a questionnaire about the accident…

Most health insurance policies provide that if benefits are paid on your behalf because of an accident caused by someone else, the health insurer is entitled to get their money back if you recover money from the other party.  There are companies that health insurers hire to review claims and investigate.  Many of them look at billing codes for ER care or other bills associated with trauma and then send questionnaires to follow-up.  It is important to cooperate with your health insurer as your policy likely requires it.  Some policies require cooperation with the investigation before benefits will be paid which may include completing a questionnaire or speaking with a representative.   

Although the policy may require that the health insurer be reimbursed, the insurer is not typically repaid for every dollar paid on your behalf.  A lawyer can typically negotiate a reduction of the amount to be repaid although the type of plan and plan language is important.  A lawyer can review the plan language and negotiate a reduction on your behalf. 

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How is McDevitt Law Offices, P.C. paid for representing me?

Most attorneys who handle personal injury claims charge a contingent fee of one-third of the total amount recovered.  The fee is “contingent” because no attorney fee of any amount is charged if money is not recovered for you.  Similarly, McDevitt Law Offices, P.C. will pay litigation expenses on your behalf for things such as court filing fees, obtaining medical records, court reporting fees and if needed expert witnesses.  McDevitt Law Offices, P.C. is reimbursed for those amounts only if money is recovered for you.  McDevitt Law Offices, P.C. does not require any type of retainer or other amount up front before representing you. 

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What materials does a lawyer need initially to get the case started?

The attorney will want to discuss the injuries suffered and the treatment received to date.  The attorney may also have questions regarding your medical history and whether you had suffered any similar type of injury before.  The lawyer will want to learn more about your work history, whether you are able to work as well as the amount of medical bills incurred to date.  The lawyer will want to know what the doctor has suggested you will need in the future and whether you are continuing to receive medical care.  Finally, the amount of insurance coverage at issue and whether you have as yet given a statement or otherwise taken any action with the other insurance company will be important.  If you were seriously hurt and required significant medical care it is important to speak with an attorney. 

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What should I look for when hiring a personal injury attorney?

How long has the attorney been in practice and how long have they been handling claims like this?  Does the attorney handle only personal injury claims or other types of cases as well?  Does the lawyer represent plaintiffs and defendants or exclusively plaintiffs (people who are hurt)?  Is the lawyer actively litigating cases now and have they taken cases before a jury?  What is their success rate?  Are they AV rated by Martindale Hubble?  What does their profile look like on sites such as AVVO? What do the firm’s clients say about them?  Answers to these questions give you the best chance to find a lawyer capable and qualified to handle your case. 

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Why Choose McDevitt Law Offices, P.C.?

  •   Verdicts and settlements exceeding $100 million recovered for our clients
  •   Free case consultation available by phone, our office or we can travel to you.
  •   No attorney fee unless we recover money for you.
  •   Substantial experience representing seriously injured victims of personal injury.
  •   Personal attention and a track record of proven results.
 
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