Every year, countless Illinois residents find themselves entangled in the complex web of personal injury claims. Despite this prevalence, there's a surprising amount of misinformation and misunderstanding surrounding these claims. At Leonard Law Group, we believe that an informed client is an empowered one. In this blog post, we'll debunk five common misconceptions about personal injury claims in Illinois.
#1: Personal Injury Claims Are Easy to Resolve
Many assume that filing a personal injury claim is as simple as submitting paperwork and waiting for a payout. However, the process can be far more intricate than it seems. It often involves gathering substantial evidence, liaising with insurance companies, and sometimes even court proceedings. A seasoned attorney can help navigate these hurdles efficiently.
#2: You Have Plenty of Time to File Your Claim
In Illinois, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years from the date of the accident. While this may seem like ample time, gathering evidence and building a solid case can take much longer than expected. It's advisable to start the process sooner rather than later.
#3: Minor Injuries Don’t Warrant a Claim
Even minor injuries can lead to significant medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. Don't underestimate the potential impact of your injury. It's always best to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can assess the full extent of your damages.
#4: You Can’t Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer
Many personal injury lawyers, including those at Leonard Law Group, work on a contingency fee basis. This means you only pay if we win your case. This arrangement ensures access to legal representation for everyone, regardless of their financial situation.
#5: The Person At Fault Will Always Pay
While we wish this were always true, the reality is that compensation often comes from insurance companies, not individuals. These companies have experienced lawyers working hard to minimize payouts. Having an experienced attorney on your side can help level the playing field.
Leonard Law Group Is Here for You
At Leonard Law Group, we're dedicated to demystifying the personal injury claims process and helping our clients achieve the best possible outcome. If you've been injured and need legal guidance, don't hesitate to contact us. Remember, clarity is the first step toward justice.