Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect FAQ's
Our extensive experience, knowledge and dedication to helping the catastrophically injured have helped us recover millions of dollars for our clients. In fact, we’ve been successful in recovering more than $400 million for our clients, with dozens of cases exceeding $1 million, with our largest verdict in November 2009 of $22.3 million. But there’s another equally important reason. Simply put, we care. You can be assured that we will deliver the utmost attention, perseverance and care into helping you win your case.
We look closely at each and every case and give it the utmost consideration. If for some reason we are not able to accept your case, we may refer you to one of our partnering law firms.
Like you, we are eager to move the case forward as quickly as possible – but at a pace that will not comprise the maximum recovery for your injuries or loss. Some courts operate more quickly and efficiently than others. The complexity of the issues in your case is also a factor. Out-of-court settlements have sometimes been reached in just a few months, while more complex cases may take one or two years.
After you sign a contract, we immediately get to work on your case. We obtain copies of your medical records and medical bills as well as gather as much evidence as possible. Once our initial investigation is complete, we will determine whether to facilitate an out of court settlement or move forward with filing a lawsuit.
Yes. You may also be called to testify along with the defendant, witnesses and expert witnesses.
Depositions, which typically take place in an attorney’s office, are a way for attorneys to get detailed information about a case. The person being deposed takes an oath to answer truthfully. Each spoken word is recorded by a court reporter, and sometimes, the deposition is videotaped.
Yes, the rules governing practicing lawyers in Illinois state that any communication about a case or a potential case is confidential, even if the lawyer is not retained.
Sometimes it is necessary to hire expert witnesses to testify, especially if the case involves medical malpractice or a highly technical issue. We go to great lengths to hire the best experts possible.
Compensatory damages cover the actual damages or costs to a person who has been injured or suffered a loss, while punitive damages – which are in addition to compensatory damages – cover damages against a defendant as a deterrent or punishment to redress an egregious wrong perpetrated by the defendant.
This is a law that sets forth a period of time for you to file your claim.
Our attorneys earn their fees on a contingency basis, meaning that the fee is based on a percentage of what you are awarded in the case. If the case is not successful, we receive no fee, nor do we receive payment for any costs that we may have incurred in preparing for your case.
Depending on whether there are liens associated with your settlement, probate court, and other factors, your settlement check and your proceeds should be received within 14 to 90 days after settlement is reached. It is our intention to do everything possible to get your funds to you as quickly as possible, however.
A structured settlement is a financial or insurance arrangement that includes periodic payments as a way for a client to resolve a personal injury claim. Our attorneys can assist you with this step as part of our total care package.
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