Tough, Tenacious Car Accident Lawyers Serving Chicago And Beyond
At Anesi Ozmon, LTD, we represent individuals who have been injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents, as well as the surviving family members of fatal auto accident victims. Since 1955, our firm has successfully helped clients throughout Illinois recover the fair compensation they were owed and the justice they deserved after being harmed by the negligence of others. If you or someone you love was involved in a serious motor vehicle collision, reach out to our Chicago car accident attorneys right away to learn how we can help you get back on your feet.
How Anesi Ozmon, LTD, Can Help With Your Auto Accident Claim
Motor vehicle accidents can leave victims with serious injuries and permanent disabilities. Unfortunately, even if you have suffered a catastrophic injury or have lost a loved one in a truck or commercial vehicle accident, a car accident or a motorcycle crash, insurance companies often make it extremely difficult to obtain fair compensation. By working with an experienced lawyer like ours at Anesi Ozmon, LTD, you can better ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
We assist clients who have suffered all types of motor vehicle accidents and injuries. Our car accident practice includes:
- Distracted driver accidents
- Drunk driving/DUI accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Teen driving accidents
- Uninsured/underinsured motorists
Whether another driver, the vehicle manufacturer, a mechanic or another party was at fault in your accident, our attorneys can help you seek maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We focus our practice exclusively on helping injury victims. Since our founding in 1955, we have recovered substantial, often record-breaking verdicts and settlements for thousands of clients.
How Long Do You Have To File A Car Accident Lawsuit In Illinois?
In Illinois, you typically have two years from the date of the accident (or injury) to file a car accident lawsuit. This is known as the statute of limitations, and if it expires, you will be unable to sue the liable party for damages.
After a fatal car accident, eligible surviving individuals also have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or party responsible for the crash. In cases involving property damage only, you have five years to sue the liable person or party for damages.
When Should You Get An Attorney For A Car Accident?
If you were injured in a car accident, it’s always a good idea to reach out to a personal injury attorney who offers free consultations. Even if you think your injury is minor, you never know if that injury could lead to physical therapy, needing a specialist or other special treatment. An attorney can help you get the maximum compensation possible.
If you’re not sure you can afford treatment, your injury is serious (or you aren’t sure how serious it is), or you missed work due to your injuries, getting the opinion of a personal injury attorney is crucial. You will almost certainly have to deal with insurance companies, and they will focus on paying you the least amount possible. An experienced Chicago car accident attorney will take you seriously and represent your best interests.
Why Hire A Car Accident Lawyer?
If you were recently involved in a car accident, you are likely facing significant hardships. From getting proper medical attention to managing everyday expenses while out of work, you should be focused on taking care of yourself and your physical recovery – not on dealing with the insurance company and fighting for a fair settlement.
Unfortunately, insurance companies often do everything they can to avoid paying claimants the full amount they are owed. The insurance adjuster may try to assign you more than 50% of the blame, or they may insist that your injuries were a preexisting condition. This can negatively impact your recovery and may prohibit you from seeking compensation at all.
When you work with our attorneys, however, we can handle all interactions with the insurance company on your behalf. We know how to counter common insurance company tactics used to dispute or deny claims, and we have a long history of success in securing favorable settlements for our clients. If necessary, we are prepared to take your case to trial and aggressively advocate for your interests in court.
How Do You Calculate The Value Of A Car Accident Claim In Illinois?
The true costs of a car accident are often much higher than victims initially realize. That’s why it is important to work with an attorney who can help you accurately calculate your expenses and losses and seek full and fair compensation.
The legal term “damages” refers to money owed for harms suffered. The two most common types of damages in Illinois personal injury claims are economic (those with a direct financial cost) and noneconomic (those without a direct cost). Our highly experienced lawyers will accurately calculate the full costs of your accident and seek compensation for things like:
- Medical bills (present and future)
- Property damage and loss
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability
- Scarring and disfigurement
Although they are somewhat rare, personal injury claims sometimes include punitive damages as well. These are meant to punish the at-fault party for conduct that was grossly negligent or otherwise showed no concern for the safety of others.
When Should You Accept A Settlement Check?
If the insurance company knows that it cannot deny the claim, it will attempt to settle it as quickly as possible for as little money as possible. Insurance adjusters may even lead you to believe that this is the best offer you are going to get. Do not take their word for it – consult with your own attorney.
You should never accept a settlement check unless you are sure that it compensates you for the damages listed above. One reason to take your time (before agreeing to a settlement) is the simple fact that you likely won’t know the value of your claim until you consult with a personal injury lawyer. And remember: Turning down a settlement now does not mean you cannot accept a settlement later – often a much better one. However, accepting a settlement right away would bar you from future legal action for the same accident claim.
Request A Complimentary Consultation Today
If you or someone you love was involved in a serious automobile accident in Chicago or the surrounding areas, get in touch with our firm right away and put a powerful legal team on your side. At Anesi Ozmon, LTD, our attorneys offer a compassionate and collaborative approach, providing clients with direct communication and personal attention throughout the legal process. As a client, you will even receive our cellphone numbers, so you always have access to your attorney.
There are no upfront or out-of-pocket expenses when you hire our firm, and we take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if you do. To get started with a free, no-obligation consultation, call 312-997-5784 or contact us online.