See Automobiles – UC Vehicles for information about how you are insured when driving UC vehicles to conduct University business. As long as you are properly using a University vehicle at the time of an accident, the UC Auto Insurance Program will pay all costs except the deductible. Your department will be charged directly for the deductible. The University, through the Risk Management office and the Claims Administrator, SedgwickCMS, will deal with the other parties to the accident.
All of our medical professionals are dedicated with providing you with the absolute best care possible. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s likely that you’re already stressed out by all of the different things you need to get done. We are happy to provide you with a variety of patient resources that can make a difficult situation a little bit easier.
The amount of your accident compensation is mostly determined by how severe your injuries were. And the severity of your injuries is measured by the amount of your medical bills, the type of injuries you have, and the length of time it takes for you to recover. As the amount of your potential compensation increases, the range within which that compensation may fall becomes wider. In such cases, it may be worth the expense to have a lawyer handle your claim and make sure you receive compensation at the highest end of the range.
The first thing that the lawyer will do is thoroughly interview you about how the accident happened, your background, and your medical condition and medical treatment. The lawyer wants to know everything that you know about the accident and your injury and treatment. Lawyers don’t want to be surprised, so make sure to answer all questions as completely as you can.
In the United States, for federal taxes payable to the IRS, the money awarded in a personal injury settlement as compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses and property damage is not ordinarily taxable. Exceptions may apply, for example, if a plaintiff took a tax deduction in a prior year for medical expenses that are recovered through a later judgment or settlement. 
After you have received the necessary medical treatment, it is best to start looking into your legal options. Litigation is a recourse for people who were injured through no fault of their own. If you didn’t cause your accident, you shouldn’t have to foot the bill for your medical expenses, time off work, and otherwise. Evidence can become more difficult to track down with each passing minute, so start this process as soon as you can.
Often mediation works, but, if it doesn’t work, the case is scheduled for trial. A personal injury trial can last a day, a week, or even longer. The length may be increased because, in many states, trials are held for only half a day instead of over a full day. That doubles the length of a trial, but also lets the lawyers and judges get other things done in the afternoon.
Having the right personal injury attorney on your side can mean the difference between winning and losing your case, so choose yours carefully. Ask the attorney about his or her level of expertise and track record handling your type of case, their policy regarding communicating with clients, and any other questions you might have. At the initial meeting, the attorney will ask you many questions in order to get a full understanding of your case. Be wary of any attorney who, during the initial meeting, makes promises about how much money you can expect to receive. Good lawyers need more time to truly evaluate the value of your case, and they sometimes need to get experts involved too.
See Automobiles – Personal Vehicles for information about how you are insured when driving personal vehicles to conduct University business. If you are using your personal vehicle to conduct University business and you are in an accident you must still report the accident to the University as described above. However, since your coverage comes from your personal automobile insurance policy, you must also contact your own automobile insurance company and advise them if someone has been injured or there has been third party property damage.
A fall on a premises can occur anywhere at any time but most frequently we see them occur at department stores, in parking lots, grocery stores and often on city sidewalks. While many, including insurance companies and their lawyers, don’t think slips and falls are serious matters, the consequences of a fall can be devastating, even deadly. A slip and fall accident may result in closed head or brain trauma, injuries to the spine, shoulder injuries, wrist and hand injuries, knee injuries, coccyx fractures, as well as muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries.
When the case is finally ready for trial, many courts require the attorneys to meet with a judge for a settlement conference where the judge tries to help the parties reach a settlement agreement before going to trial. In some places the parties are referred to mediation before a case can be set for trial. In mediation the parties themselves might be present and the session is directed by a mediator instead of a judge.
Punitive Damages: Making an Example of the Defendant Plaintiffs in certain states could be eligible for punitive damages, a type of award that punishes defendants whose injurious actions were particularly egregious. This differentiates this type of compensation from other damages, which are primarily designed to make the injured plaintiff whole again.
Usually party depositions and lay witness depositions can be completed within a few months of the first phase of written discovery being completed. Expert and medical depositions take a little longer due to scheduling issues and oftentimes many of the expert depositions are not needed until the case gets close to trial. Expert and medical depositions can get very expensive, therefore, we generally recommend holding off on these depositions in an effort to control case costs. This is a strategy that is discussed with the client and a final decision is then made.
If liability is assessed against the defendant, the judge or jury will then determine the appropriate amount of money damages to be awarded to the plaintiff. The amount of personal injury damages will depend on a number of factors, such as the specific legal claim, the circumstances of accident, the extent of the victim’s injuries, the impact of the victim’s injuries, and the laws of the jurisdiction. Personal injury damages may include compensatory damages, including: medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and emotional distress.
After an injury, if the damages appear to be more than the small claims court limit (around $5,000, depending on the state), most plaintiffs will seek out an attorney. The typical plaintiff’s personal injury attorney will consult with the plaintiff for free. If, after the initial consultation, it appears that the plaintiff might have a case, the attorney may agree to conduct an exploratory investigation, including whether or not the defendant has applicable insurance and/or sufficient assets. If the consultation and investigation lead the attorney to conclude that the case is viable, he or she will enter into a fee agreement with the plaintiff and officially become the plaintiff’s attorney.
At Ankin Law Office, our experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers understand the complexities involved with personal injury cases, as well as the importance of presenting adequate supporting evidence. We will work with you to compile the necessary documentation and we will consult with medical experts, as necessary, so that we can effectively pursue your personal injury claim. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers are dedicated to getting clients the most favorable recovery possible, whether filing a personal injury lawsuit, submitting a claim for worker’s compensation or requesting social security disability.
While past results don’t guarantee future outcomes, what these verdicts show is that we will fight for you to potentially get the compensation you need to cover your bills and keep you from financial ruin. If you or a loved one were injured, you shouldn’t have to worry about keeping a roof over your head while you recover and get your life back on track.
Common types of personal injury claims include road traffic accidents, work accidents, tripping accidents, assault claims, and product defect accidents (product liability). The term personal injury also incorporates medical and dental accidents (which may lead to medical negligence claims ) and conditions that are often classified as industrial disease cases, including asbestosis and peritoneal mesothelioma, chest diseases (e.g., emphysema, pneumoconiosis, silicosis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic obstructive airways disease), vibration white finger, occupational deafness, occupational stress, contact dermatitis, and repetitive strain injury cases. Of these, the most common are automobile collisions. Personal injury cases may also include toxic torts, in which a contaminant transmitted by air or water causes illness, injury, or death (as in John Grisham's book, A Civil Action).
A plaintiff may, of course, choose not to hire an attorney. Because of the complexity of litigation, this may not be a wise decision, particularly if the stakes are high and the defendant is likely to hire his or her own attorney. Considering most plaintiff-side personal injury attorneys work for a contingency fee (i.e. they only get paid if the plaintiff does), hiring an attorney is usually a good idea.
In California, attorneys typically receive contingency fees of 35% of the total recovery obtained before a lawsuit is filed, and 45% if the recovery occurs after filing the complaint. In some types of cases, the judge handling the case may determine the total percentage of the settlement or the payment to the attorneys. Treating doctors or health care profession and/or insurance companies, Med-Cal, or other program paying for medical treatment may assert a lien against any recovery for what was paid to treat the plaintiff. These liens are paid once a settlement is reached or a judgment is received.
In the United States, each state has different statutes of limitation, and within a state different types of injuries may have different statutes of limitation. Rape claims, for example, often have a much longer statute of limitation than other injuries. In some states such as Colorado, the statute of limitations starts to run once the injury is discovered. For example, if you were in a car accident and then 6 months later started having severe back problems, the statute would start when you noticed the injury.
In the 1990s, Hans Monderman's studies of driver behavior led him to the realization that signs and regulations had an adverse effect on a driver's ability to interact safely with other road users. Monderman developed shared space principles, rooted in the principles of the woonerven of the 1970s. He concluded that the removal of highway clutter, while allowing drivers and other road users to mingle with equal priority, could help drivers recognize environmental clues. They relied on their cognitive skills alone, reducing traffic speeds radically and resulting in lower levels of road casualties and lower levels of congestion.
For example, you might have been treated and released from the hospital emergency room. The other driver’s insurance company may want you to agree to a quick settlement for the medical expenses you incurred up to that point. However, from a medical standpoint, you may not be fully aware of the extent of your injuries. Sometimes the symptoms of injuries don’t appear for weeks, even months, after a car accident. If you enter into a quick settlement with the insurance company, and then find out that you need more medical treatment for your injuries, you cannot go back to the insurance company and ask for additional compensation.
After a car crash or traffic collision, you are vulnerable for several reasons. Dealing with insurance companies can be tricky, stressful, and even risky. They are businesses, first and foremost, so your well-being is not a priority. Insurance companies have been known to illegally deny, delay, or reduce claims, and a lawyer can protect you and help you with the complicated filing procedure.
In the early 1970s, British Leyland started an intensive programme of vehicle safety research, producing a number of prototype experimental safety vehicles demonstrating various innovations for occupant and pedestrian protection such as air bags, anti-lock brakes, impact-absorbing side-panels, front and rear head restraints, run-flat tires, smooth and deformable front-ends, impact-absorbing bumpers, and retractable headlamps. Design has also been influenced by government legislation, such as the Euro NCAP impact test.
My philosophy is that my clients are courageous people who temporarily have been removed from their normal life due to the failure of someone else to abide by important safety rules. My job is to help you find sources of income if you are temporarily out of work and also facilitate the recovery from your accident with some measure of grace and ease. Ideally, we can work together to help you go from a breakdown to a breakthrough. Obtaining justice for my injured clients is my top priority.
I know that my office will do a great job for you. I'm so sure of it that I'll make you a no-risk guarantee. If you decide after meeting me and my co-workers that you want us to handle your personal injury case and are later dissatisfied, you can walk away from your contract with me in the first 60 days and owe me nothing except any costs that I'm out of pocket. That seems only fair. If you don't think my office is doing a top-notch job, I want to make it easy to walk away. I do this because I'm confident you'll see we are a good match. You deserve a personal injury attorney that you trust and feel confident in.