Personal Injury in Suburban Chicago
There are certain times in life when you need legal representation, plain and simple. When trauma occurs, it is only natural for us to want to deal with the aftermath quickly, so that we can just forget about the whole thing and move on with our lives as soon as possible. However, this is not always the best approach.
If someone else has caused you an injury due to his or her lack of care and attention, your life can be drastically affected. It is important that you realize that you may have a valid right to be compensated from that person or his or her insurance company for your injuries and damages. This is not a time to sit back and “settle” in an effort to get things done as quickly as possible so that you can move on with your life. This is a time when you need an experienced personal injury lawyer to advise you and to fight for your rights, even if this takes some time.
What types of accidents do you handle?
At the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd., we have handled many different types of personal injury cases. Some of the most common accidents that we see are automobile accidents. The road can be a dangerous place anywhere you go, but Chicago is known for very busy and congested traffic. We have helped clients recover compensation for their injuries after traffic accidents, such as car, motorcycle, and truck accidents. We are familiar with the regulations that govern commercially operated motor vehicles as well as non-commercially operated vehicles and will apply our knowledge and experience to build a strong case for you and represent you aggressively.
We also represent clients who have been injured on the job. When most people think of workers’ compensation claims, they think of labor-intensive jobs, like construction work, factory jobs, or other manual work. While it’s true that these are particularly dangerous occupations, it is also true that other more sedentary and less physically demanding jobs can be just as injurious to the human body. Desk jobs and office work places can cause their fair share of injuries, such as lower back, upper back, neck, and shoulder issues. To obtain financial compensation for a work-related injury, you must file a workers’ compensation claim against your employer, which can be an uncomfortable and, sometimes, a complex process. Our firm has 30 years of experience handling these types of cases.
We list construction work accidents separately from other work injuries because they must be handled differently. There are oftentimes many different employers and companies that are working on the same job site. If you are injured on a construction site, there may be several liable parties, including your direct employer. If you are within the scope of your employment at the time you are injured, you most likely have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. For all other liable parties, you can bring a lawsuit against them in court (also known as a third-party case). It is essential that your personal injury attorney is familiar with the standards set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). At the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd., we have a history of successfully representing clients in construction accident cases. For questions regarding our process for these types of cases, please do not hesitate to call our offices.
We also represent victims of dog bites and attacks. These can be traumatizing experiences, and victims are entitled to financial compensation for their physical damages and possibly emotional damages as well. As long as the victim was not trespassing and was not provoking the dog, then he or she is most likely entitled to compensation. Dog owners are responsible for their dogs’ actions. Under Illinois law, dogs are no longer allowed “one free bite.”
We also handle wrongful death claims; slip, trip, and fall claims; nursing home injuries; and pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Please explore our website and contact us with any questions or for a free consultation.
What all can I receive compensation for?
You have to keep the future in mind—and not just the near future. Your injuries could be permanent and could result in a significant physical or mental impairment for the rest of your life. Any settlement you make with the adverse insurance company is a full and final settlement of all of your claims.
You should be receiving compensation for all of your damages. This includes much more than you might think, from pain and suffering, to disability, to future lost earnings and medical care—and more. This is why it is essential that you have a personal injury attorney representing you throughout the process and fighting for full compensation for all of your damages: past, present, and future.
How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?
It is important to keep the statutes of limitation in mind. With any personal injury claim, you have only a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. Generally speaking, after that time frame, the courts will not consider your case. Over the years, we have seen many people contact our office who have not been able to recover the compensation that they would otherwise be entitled to, simply because they waited too long to contact a lawyer.
Don’t make the same mistake. The quicker you contact a personal injury lawyer, the better your chances of receiving full compensation for your injuries. See our table of the statutes of limitations for different claims in the state of Illinois. If you have a question about whether or not you can still file a lawsuit for a personal injury claim, always contact a personal injury attorney. Statutes of limitations questions can be complex and should be addressed by an experienced lawyer. Any information on this website is not to be used as a substitute for legal advice.