Edwardsville Personal Injury Lawyer
If you live in Edwardsville (or attend school here at Southern Illinois University), you know that hazardous situations aren’t limited to big cities like St. Louis. In the seat of Madison County, traffic and pedestrian accidents can occur anywhere motor vehicles are, and just a dusting of snow can lead to slip-and-fall injuries. And, of course, being so close to the intersection of Interstates 55 and 70 brings the risk of semi-truck accidents close to home. In fact, Interstate 55 was recently the scene of a 10-car chain reaction crash. The cause? “Inattention.”
Regardless of where you live, a serious injury can result in mounting medical bills, lost wages, and major changes in your lifestyle. If your injury was caused by another person’s recklessness or negligence, it just isn’t right that you should be burdened with the costs of your recovery. To get adequate compensation from the party that caused your injury, you need an experienced Edwardsville personal injury attorney.
When you file a personal injury claim, you generally don’t deal with the defendant directly; you deal with his or her insurance company—which is why it is so important to have an attorney. Insurance companies are giant corporations with deep pockets and armies of lawyers whose sole mission is to deny or reduce the amount of money they pay out on behalf of their clients.
The attorneys at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, formerly worked on behalf of insurance companies, so we’re familiar with the tactics they use to avoid large payouts. With our representation, you won’t have to worry about an insurance company taking advantage of your lack of legal knowledge. To find out more, call our office for a free consultation at (618) 230-3069.
Compensation in a Personal Injury Claim
Depending on your injuries, and the impact they will have on your future, you can seek the following damages in a personal injury lawsuit:
- Present and future medical bills
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Permanent injury or disability
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of a limb
- Household and vehicle modifications to accommodate your injuries (wheelchair ramps and lifts, etc.)
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Psychological therapy related to your injury
- Lost wages from missed work
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Wrongful death damages, if you lost a loved one
Remember, Illinois Is a Comparative Fault State
Comparative fault is a legal concept that shared liability affects the amount of compensation an injury victim can receive. For instance, if you were suing a grocery store where you slipped and fell on a wet floor, in most cases you would have zero liability for the accident. However, if witnesses testified or surveillance cameras showed that you were visibly drunk or engaging in risky behavior when the accident occurred, a jury could decide that you were 20% at fault for your injury. Therefore, if the total cost of your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages amounted to $100,000, the most you would be able to collect would be $80,000.
Many victims never get the compensation they deserve, because they either don’t think they have a strong enough claim or think they can’t afford a lawyer.
Don’t make that assumption.
Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, will listen to the details of your case for free and let you know if your claim is worth pursuing. In addition, our firm does not require any upfront charges, retainer fees, or out-of-pocket expenses. We only get paid if we win compensation for you.
Call (618) 230-3069 today for a free consultation. Still not sure? Let our former clients tell you why they’re happy they spoke to John Hipskind and Brady McAninch. No matter what your legal matter is in Edwardsville, we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.