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John Hipskind was amazing! He was reliable, honest, and made me feel confident. John was always there when I had questions and very responsive…Cori H.
I can’t say enough good things about John. He truly cares about providing the best possible representation for his clients. I would highly recommend him!John F.
Brady did an outstanding job. I didn’t have to do anything or miss any work due to his exceptional service!! I would recommend him to anyone!Erin H.
I had a wonderful experience with my attorney Brady. He showed compassion and was always there to answer any of my questions.Charlotte D.
Brady helped facilitate my medical appointments, and made sure everything went smoothly. He settled my claim in a relatively short time.Jeffrey M.
John Hipskind was always a phone call or text away (we heard back from him within minutes). We are so pleased! You will be happy to have chosen him!Jess M.
NotA LawyerYour Lawyer
Injuries can be life-altering, and getting the personal care you need after an accident is not easy. If you’ve been hurt, you need more than a corporate law office that treats you like a number. You need an injury lawyer who cares about your wellbeing—physical, emotional, and financial. We do. That’s how we get results for our clients.
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Why You Need a Belleville Injury Lawyer at Your Side
When you’re injured, you want not just help, but high-quality help. Your health and safety have been compromised, so you need your best chance at success.
We measure success by the difference we make in our clients’ lives. Success is knowing that all of our online reviews are five stars. It’s knowing each of those reviews means we’ve turned a hard situation into a new beginning.
We don’t measure success by the degrees on our walls or the years of experience under our belt. Sure, experience does matter—we have a lot of it. But when you’re looking for an attorney, you need to look at more than that. You need an experienced attorney who cares. About you. About your case. And about winning for you.
Why should you choose Hipskind & McAninch, LLC for your case? Because we care about you, and we’ll do everything in our power to build the argument that will get the best outcome for your case.
Not Just Any Personal Injury Attorney
When you’re fighting for compensation after an accident, you need to know that you have someone on your side. Fighting for your claim is tough already. Fighting alone is overwhelming. You need a firm that’s ready to fight for you. You need a lawyer who cares.
That’s why our approach is different. We like to know our clients and know what we’re fighting for. From our first meeting, you will be our focus. Getting your life back is our purpose. You’ll get direct access to our partners, John Hipskind and Brady McAninch—contact us day or night at 618-230-3016 or by completing our contact form for a free case evaluation.
When you’re defending your right to full compensation, you need to know that you have your Belleville injury lawyer’s help. It’s easy to find an attorney, but you want someone who cares about your case. Without the right representation, it’s tough to build your case and get the full compensation you deserve.
The process can feel impersonal when you’re the victim of someone else’s carelessness. That’s why you need a lawyer who understands your situation.
“You need a firm that’s ready to fight for you. You need a lawyer who cares.”
A Compassionate Legal Team You Can Trust
Dealing with the impersonal nature of the legal system can be difficult. It’s meant to cover everyone—not your specific, unique case—so it can be tough to navigate. Many injury victims feel overwhelmed before they find the right legal team.
Worse, you’re already hurt, and you need someone who understands. Juggling your claim, the aftermath of the injury, and the injury itself is difficult and complex. You need personal attention from personal injury lawyers in Belleville who understand what you’re going through.
A strong, aggressive legal strategy is important for getting compensation, but compassion is key to us. We want our clients to recover as fully as possible.
Car crashes are terrifying, and victims may struggle to recover for months or years. While you handle your injuries, your lawyer can help you sue the at-fault party or parties.Learn More
Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers are massive, which is why truck crashes are so dangerous. When truck drivers are careless behind the wheel, they need to be held responsible for their actions.Learn More
Slip & Fall Injuries
You should be warned of dangers on someone else’s property, such as a business or store. If you’re harmed on private or public property, you could be entitled to compensation.Learn More
Motorcycles provide little protection, so a crash on one of these machines can be devastating If another person caused your accident, you may need a lawyer’s help to recover compensation.Learn More
When a bar or other establishment serving alcohol doesn’t serve drinks responsibly, people may be seriously injured. These cases can be difficult to prove, so you may need legal guidance.Learn More
Losing a loved one is a shocking, painful experience, but what if someone else was responsible for their untimely death? An attorney can help you get fair compensation and closure.Learn More
Nursing Home Negligence
When we leave a loved one in the hands of a nursing home, we expect them to get the care they need to stay healthy. Abuse and negligence are unacceptable.Learn More
Our furry friends aren’t always safe to be around. When a dog bites or otherwise harms you without provocation, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.Learn More
Some injuries are devastating, leaving you struggling financially and physically for years to come. You may never recover in full, so you deserve maximum compensation for all you’ve been through.Learn More
Car crashes are terrifying, and victims may struggle to recover for months or years. While you handle your injuries, your lawyer can help you sue the at-fault party or parties.LEARN MORE
Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers are massive, which is why truck crashes are so dangerous. When truck drivers are careless behind the wheel, they need to be held responsible for their actions.LEARN MORE
Slip & Fall Injuries
You should be warned of dangers on someone else’s property, such as a business or store. If you’re harmed on private or public property, you could be entitled to compensation.LEARN MORE
Motorcycles provide little protection, so a crash on one of these machines can be devastating If another person caused your accident, you may need a lawyer’s help to recover compensation.LEARN MORE
When a bar or other establishment serving alcohol doesn’t serve drinks responsibly, people may be seriously injured. These cases can be difficult to prove, so you may need legal guidance.LEARN MORE
Losing a loved one is a shocking, painful experience, but what if someone else was responsible for their untimely death? An attorney can help you get fair compensation and closure.LEARN MORE
Nursing Home Negligence
When we leave a loved one in the hands of a nursing home, we expect them to get the care they need to stay healthy. Abuse and negligence are unacceptable.LEARN MORE
Our furry friends aren’t always safe to be around. When a dog bites or otherwise harms you without provocation, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.LEARN MORE
Some injuries are devastating, leaving you struggling financially and physically for years to come. You may never recover in full, so you deserve maximum compensation for all you’ve been through.LEARN MORE
Brady McAninch is a founding member of the firm. He graduated magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law before working as a trial lawyer. Earlier in his career, he fought on the side of big corporations, and he now brings that experience to his personal injury practice.
A founding member of the firm, John Hipskind practiced as a private-sector defense attorney before focusing on injury victims who need a compassionate defense. He brings his experience with large corporations to the table for his personal injury clients.
Brady McAninch is a founding member of the firm. He graduated magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law before working as a trial lawyer. Earlier in his career, he fought on the side of big corporations, and he now brings that experience to his personal injury practice.About Brady McAninch
A founding member of the firm, John Hipskind practiced as a private-sector defense attorney before focusing on injury victims who need a compassionate defense. He brings his experience with large corporations to the table for his personal injury clients.About John Hipskind
How We CanHelpYou
When you’re hurt, you need someone on your side to help you recover from your injuries and fight for full compensation for your damages. Fortunately, we have the tools to help you achieve success. You’ll need experience and resources to build a bulletproof claim, and we can provide the aggressive, compassionate legal representation you need.
When you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you’ll need to know who to name in your claim before you file. The at-fault parties should be the ones paying for your losses—not you. Unfortunately, they might not agree. That’s why you may need help fighting back.
“The at-fault parties should be the ones paying for your losses—not you.”
We’ll help you name the right liable parties, which will depend on the type of accident you were in. For example, if you’re hit by a careless driver, you’ll need to file a claim against that driver. Illinois is an “at-fault” state, which means that the at-fault driver is financially accountable for your damages.
Not all cases are so simple, however. The various accident and injury types could implicate one of several potentially liable parties. The following are some examples:
- A Property or Animal Owner – When you’re injured by dangerous building conditions, the property owner may be liable. If they didn’t warn you about the dangers, you should be compensated for their carelessness. Likewise, if someone didn’t keep you safe from their dog, they may be responsible for your damages.
- Employers – Sometimes, people are injured by others who are on the job. For instance, you might have been injured by a drowsy 18-wheeler driver. In these cases, the at-fault party’s employer may be responsible for compensating you.
- Government Agencies – In some cases, the government may be responsible for your injuries. Government agencies like the Department of Transportation are responsible for making sure the roadways and other public places are safe. If they fail to do that, they can be held responsible for resulting injuries.
When you’re trying to overcome a serious injury, it can be overwhelming to simply identify the person who is legally responsible for your suffering. A Belleville injury attorney at our firm can use his experience and knowledge to help you.
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“Guiding you to a successful outcome is our top priority. We’re here to win for you.”
A top-rated injury lawyer can cut through the confusion and win for you
Once you know who’s at fault for your injury, you’ll need to then know how to recover full compensation. Once you know who’s responsible, you’ve taken a major step, but the fight isn’t over yet. You’ll need to understand other factors and Illinois laws that will affect your claim. Here are a few key things you’ll need to discuss with your attorney:
- Illinois fault laws
- Time limits and deadlines
- Modified comparative negligence
First, your lawyer will focus on who’s at fault, as well as proving that fault. Because Illinois is an “at-fault” state for auto crashes, you’ll need to focus not just on the other driver’s negligence, but on your blamelessness in the crash. A top-ranked Belleville personal injury attorney will first focus on showing that you are not at fault for the crash.
Proving that the other driver was at fault will be vitally important, but you’ll also need to focus on showing that you weren’t at fault. You may have already proven that they’re financially responsible for your injury, but what about your part in the accident? Illinois law recognizes that it’s not always one person’s complete fault.
“Guiding you to a successful outcome is our top priority. We’re here to win for you.”
Let’s say you were hit by another driver while you were riding your motorcycle. They might have been the one to swerve and hit you, but you didn’t react in time to avoid the accident. If you were found to be doing one of the following things, your compensation might be reduced:
- Driving drowsy
- Using your cellphone
So, let’s say the other side accuses you of being 10 percent at fault for your crash. If you don’t fight back, you’ll only receive 90 percent of your compensation at most. When your damages total to hundreds of thousands of dollars, that’s a steep loss. You need every cent for your recovery, and that shouldn’t be taken away from you. Unfortunately, fault on your part will reduce your compensation.
Worse, you could lose your compensation completely. If you’re found to be more than 50 percent at fault, your claim can be dismissed. A dismissal will leave all the expenses on you to handle while also dealing with your injuries. That’s not fair to you, so protect your claim before the at-fault party unfairly puts the blame on you.
You’ll also need to ensure that you’re acting in time. In Illinois, personal injury claims must be filed within two years of the injury. If the injury couldn’t have reasonably been discovered until later, the clock starts ticking at the discovery date. Unfortunately, if you don’t file in time, you could lose your chance to file a claim for compensation.
Hipskind& McAninchFrequently AskedQuestions
Unless you’ve spent a lot of time in civil court or received a law degree, you’re probably going to have a lot of questions about your personal injury case in Belleville. You’ll need answers to get your claim started, and finding answers is difficult if you’re unfamiliar with your rights and the relevant laws.
Fortunately, we can get you the answers you need. We’ve gone ahead and answered some of the common questions our clients have below, but we’re happy to answer all of your questions during a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer. Just give us a call or fill out our contact form at the bottom of this page.
I was partly at fault for my accident. Can I still sue?
Even if you’re partially at fault, you may still be able to sue and recover compensation from another at-fault party. Illinois recognizes “modified comparative fault,” which means that your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault you’re found to hold. If you’re more than 50 percent at fault, however, your claim can be dismissed. An attorney can help you avoid accusations of fault.
Is there a time limit on my claim?
Unfortunately, you’ll need to act in a relatively short amount of time. Illinois injury victims will only have two years to file a personal injury claim. If you hesitate and that time limit passes, you may be unable to recover compensation.
How much time will I have to speak to my attorney during free consultation?
There is no time limit during your case evaluation. We make sure to walk you through the process and answer any questions you have. We cannot put a time limit on making clients feel welcome and at home. Our personal touch and winning record are why our clients think of us as more than just another lawyer—they think of us as their own on-call legal team. We’ll talk about your options and get you the justice you deserve.
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
What you pay will depend on how much we win for you. We’ll be paid through a contingency fee, which means that our payment only comes out of what we win for you as a percentage. Put simply, our Belleville injury law firm won’t receive anything until we win your case.
Will I have to go to court?
You don’t always have to go to court when you file an injury claim. In many cases, we’ll be able to settle your claim with the at-fault party outside of court. They may agree to give you the full settlement you deserve, giving you the chance to recover without a trial.
However, we won’t hesitate to fight for your claim in court. We know how important your compensation is, and if the other side won’t negotiate, we’ll take them to court. No matter the situation, we’ll make the process as simple and easy on you as possible.
Your Right to theCompensationYou Deserve
When you’ve been injured by another person, recovery isn’t easy. You may need to fight for the compensation you deserve from the initial claim filing to the courtroom. Unfortunately, the other side may be unwilling to pay. You’ll need to make sure your rights are protected, or you could be left with nothing to pay your bills. We’ll fight hard to make sure you get the full compensation you deserve.
What You Should Know Before You File a Personal Injury Claim in Belleville
When you’ve been injured, it’s easy to feel that you’re being taken advantage of by the at-fault party. And the insurance company might not be willing to help, leaving you victimized by big corporations (like commercial trucking companies, for example) and other parties. They’ll leave you struggling to recover.
That’s why you may need an experienced Belleville personal injury attorney to review your rights and make sure you’re protected.
First, keep in mind that the insurance company is not looking to protect you. Insurers don’t hesitate to do what it takes to avoid compensating injury victims. They may claim you were partly at fault, or they might claim your injuries aren’t as serious as you say.
That’s because insurance companies are for-profit businesses. While they’re supposed to protect you when the worst happens, they also want to make a profit. Multimillion-dollar settlements don’t help them achieve that goal, so you can expect trouble from them. We’ll be ready to fight for you when they try to avoid compensating you fairly.
That’s also why you should talk to a lawyer before you take the insurance company’s first settlement offer. You need a full settlement, but they might claim that your case isn’t worth as much as you think. You’ll need to know what you should receive before you get started. If they offer you a lowball settlement, your attorney will know how to fight back and get every cent you’re owed.
Unfortunately, insurers may also outright refuse to compensate you. Luckily, that’s not the end of your case. Instead, you have the right to fight back during negotiations or in court. With a Belleville injury attorney on your side, you’ll have a chance to get your full compensation when insurers refuse to pay.
Fortunately, we’ll be able to fight for the full compensation you deserve after an accident. While many states cap their damages, meaning you can only receive a certain amount for your injuries, Illinois residents have a right to full compensation. We’ll be ready to fight for the full amount you deserve—no matter what the other side tries to throw at you.
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Belleville Personal Injury Compensation
When you’re injured in an accident, you know that recovering full compensation is vital. But you might not know exactly what that means or includes. You need funds to help you recover, but you also need to know which damages are included and what you can expect from your injury claim.
First, keep in mind that there are two primary types of damages you can recover compensation for: economic and non-economic. These damages cover all costs associated with your accident, but it’s important to understand both types. Otherwise, you might believe you have all of the compensation you should receive, but instead you only have your hospital bills covered.
The economic damages, such as those hospital bills, will be the easier damages to calculate. These include any financial losses tied to your injuries, so if you can count up how much you’ve lost, it’s an economic damage. This damage includes money you would have received if not for your injuries. For example, if you’re unable to work while in the hospital, you should receive compensation for your lost wages.
You also deserve compensation for the emotional and mental toll of your injuries, but these non-economic damages are more complex to calculate. Because they’re not financial damages you can count, they don’t come with an obvious price tag. While they are intangible, these damages are important and should be covered.
These damages are calculated by their impact. For example, let’s say you broke your leg in a fall. You may be unable to work, but you’re also dealing with severe pain and the loss of enjoyment of life that comes with being unable to move around like you’re used to.
In some more extreme or malicious cases, we may seek out further damages called punitive damages. While the other types of damages are meant to compensate you for your losses, punitive damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer. These damages are rarely awarded, but we’ll fight for them if you’re eligible.
If you’re struggling to identify all of the damages you’ve suffered, remember that our Belleville personal injury attorneys will have the tools you need. Finding your claim’s full value isn’t easy, but our team can help.
Filing a Claim on Behalf of a Loved One
When you’re filing a personal injury claim, it’s usually because you’re injured. You’re an adult, you’ve been hurt by someone else, and you’re ready to fight back.
Unfortunately, you might instead have a case where the other person is not able or legally eligible to fight for what they deserve. Usually, this means that you’re dealing with one of these situations:
- The injured party is deceased.
- The injured person is a child.
- The injured party is unable to file on their own.
In any of these cases, you’ll need to know when you’re allowed to file and help the injured person recover.
In some cases, the injured person is unable to file their claim because the accident was fatal. That leaves you, as a family member, to deal with the aftermath and determine who’s eligible to file a wrongful death claim. When a loved one passes away, a personal representative of the estate must file the claim. This person may be a family member appointed by the court or one chosen by the deceased before their passing.
When the injured party is a child, they will not be able to file. Children don’t have the same legal rights as adults, which means they can’t sue on their own. If your child is injured, you’ll need to be the parent or guardian with legal custody over them to file a claim. A lawyer can help determine how the money will be set aside for the child.
Otherwise, there may be an adult in your life who’s unable to file on their own. Unfortunately, this may happen for those with older loved ones. They might have been left in the care of a nursing home only to be put through abuse or negligence.
If your loved one is unable to file, you’ll need to help them find legal representation. If you’re responsible for their care, that may mean helping them find a Belleville personal injury lawyer to fight for the compensation they deserve for their suffering.