Personal injury is quite broad – it covers construction injuries, car accidents, defective products, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, corporate negligence, dog bites, environmental exposures, work accidents, riverboat accidents, railroad accidents and much more. In fact, personal injury refers to any injury to the body or mind.
Most lawyers who concentrate in personal injury law will either represent the injured person (plaintiff) or the employer (respondent) or entity(s) that are allegedly responsible for the injury (defendant).
If you have been injured, then you want to hire an attorney who focuses solely on representing the injured – also known as a “plaintiff’s lawyer.” Furthermore, you want to find a plaintiff attorney that has a reputation of trying his or her cases to a jury, commonly referred to as a “trial lawyer.”
Researching is probably the most tedious step in finding a lawyer but also the most important. Start by looking at the lawyer’s biographical page. Do they have experience in the area of practice that you need? Do they represent injured people and not insurance companies? Do they belong to associations for personal injury trial lawyers such as the American Association for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Million and Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forums and so on? Do they belong to peer-reviewed groups like SuperLawyers and LeadingLawyers that their fellow peers in the field of law have voted them into? Do they have a proven track record of success? Do they secure record verdicts?
An experienced personal injury lawyer will prepare your case as if it’s going to trial. They understand how to prosecute and develop your case. They understand how to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company and, if not fair, properly try your case to jury verdict, a task that takes extraordinary effort and work.
With a long history of record-setting verdicts, Horwitz Horwitz & Associates obtained what was the largest verdict in Illinois history for a personal injury claim. A free consultation with our experienced personal injury lawyers can help ease your fears and protect your rights. If appropriate, we’ll arrange for an immediate investigation while evidence is fresh, including taking photos and statements from witnesses and the defendant. Horwitz Horwitz & Associates invites you for a free telephone or in-person consultation to discuss your accident and any questions you may have. You can also email us or even speak with us right now on LiveChat.
Even if you don’t wish to retain an attorney, we can set you on the right path for free. Most of our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience and we have an outstanding track record of helping our clients and creating a strong trust relationship, as you can see in our success record.
Please call our Chicago office at (312) 372-8822, our Joliet office at (815) 723-8822 or our toll-free number at (800)-985-1819.