Personal Injury Lawyer Alton

No matter where or how the injury occurred, when you are suffering and trying to figure out how to pay your medical bills and get the medication as you need, it is simply overwhelming. Hiring a personal injury attorney is important for getting the money that you need in your settlement. The information provided below is not to be taken as legal advice but can give you a general overview of what to expect and what you should do if you have been injured in:

  • A car accident
  • At work
  • After using a product or taking a drug
  • Slipping and falling at a business

Areas Of Practice

Not all personal injury attorneys represent the same kinds of clients. You must choose an attorney who specializes in the types of accidents that are similar to yours. At Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, we help victims in Alton who have suffered from the following types of accidents.

Car accidents

Car accidents are some of the most common types of personal injury cases that lawyers work with. Our attorneys argue on behalf of drivers and passengers who have been injured so that the insurance companies can pay out what’s needed to cover the victim’s damages.

Car accidents can happen for a number of reasons, ranging from bad weather to bad decisions to intoxication. These can result in many different types of injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening. The worst car accidents result in a wrongful death or deaths.

Bus and truck accidents

Much like car accidents, the reasons for bus and truck accidents are varied, as are the consequences. But unlike car accidents, buses and trucks are much larger vehicles, which means that the injuries that can result from these types of crashes are usually much more severe than car accidents.

Product liability

If you have been injured because a product was designed poorly or there was a mistake in the manufacturing process, then the manufacturing company is responsible for compensating you for any losses you have suffered. If you believe that you have been injured by a medical device, drug, vehicle, or other product, give us a call at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC.

Worker’s Compensation

Your employer is responsible for keeping you safe while you work. When you have been injured while at work, give us a call so we can explain your rights and obligations under Illinois labor laws.

Slip and Fall

Businesses and homeowners have an obligation to keep their property safe from foreseeable harm. Hotels and businesses need to keep their pool areas safe, ensure that there are no wires or cables that could cause a tripping hazard in any hallways, and maintain a well-lit space.

What does a personal injury attorney do?

Your attorney investigates your claim and then argues on your behalf to the insurance company. They will look into your medical records and argue for your pain and suffering compensation based on what is known about your physical condition and what you have already suffered. They advocate on your behalf so that you are not left paying for expenses related to your accident.

If you were injured by another party, whether it was a government agency or employer or property owner, then your attorney can bring in an expert witness to testify on your behalf. Excellent personal injury lawyers have established relationships with a group of respected experts in various fields to review cases and give their professional opinion on the case after they have reviewed all of the evidence. 

There are many different types of expert witnesses, but in this particular area of practice, they tend to be doctors, physical therapists, and sometimes even engineers or accident reconstructionists. If there was a breach of care, an expert witness would be able to identify it and explain it. This is why hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer matters so much.

What is a statute of limitations?

In personal injury law the statute of limitations is how long you have to file a claim in the court of law to receive damages from the liable party for either from the date of the accident or from the date you discovered an injury. Every state sets its own statute of limitations for different types of personal injury cases, so it is important that you speak to an attorney in the state where you were injured so that you are advised specifically on Illinois or Missouri law that pertains to you. 

If you do not file your personal injury claim on time, then no matter how compelling the others is in your favor, the court will not hear your case. Unfortunately, a lot of people without any legal background wrongly assume that they have two years from the date of the accident to walk into a courthouse and file their claim. In fact, by then, it might even be too late. There have even been cases of statutes of limitation elapsing on personal injury cases while the victims were waiting to finish preparing their filing. This is why it is key to call us today so we can get started on your purse personal injury case so you don’t risk losing out on your compensation.

Why Choose Hipskind & McAninch, LLC 

Large law firms like to impress potential clients by talking about the big clients they have represented. When you’re working with a smaller law firm, however, you get more personalized service and can develop trust with your attorney.

Our attorneys have been recognized not only by their law schools but by professional organizations for their accomplishments and personal injury law. We believe in helping the people of East St. Louis to get the compensation they deserve so they can move forward with their lives. Call now for a free consultation.