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What to Expect

Taking the Fear of Filing a Personal Injury Claim

It’s probably safe to say that there are very few people living in Chicago , or anywhere for that matter, who get excited about the idea of hiring an attorney and being involved in a personal claim or lawsuit. We’ve all seen fictional court hearings, on TV and in the movies, where the plaintiff is put on the witness stand and intimidated and yelled at until they eventually crack under pressure, and walk off crying.

That’s not how things happen in the real world. At least not when Attorney Charles Adler is representing you.

Knowing full well that making a personal claim against an individual, or some other organization, is unfamiliar territory for most people, Charles Adler prides himself on taking his attorney responsibilities to the next level. He is committed to providing the utmost professionalism, knowledge and skillful representation, in order to protect your rights and obtain maximum results for you.

To show you just how simple it is to hire Attorney Adler, to represent you in your personal claim, we’ve created this easy to follow, step ­by­ step guide.

Step 1 – Determine if Charles Adler is the right type of attorney for your needs.

Unlike many large law firms, who boast they will represent anyone, for just about any situation, our goal is different. And better. Rather than be a “Jack of all trades—Master of none”, we have made the conscious choice to concentrate our efforts in just a few selected areas; areas where we know we can provide you with the best attorney representation in the Chicago area.

If you are looking for an attorney to represent you in a personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability or other related matter, then Charles Adler is the attorney you want representing you. If you are uncertain, whether or not your situation falls under one of these categories, feel free to call us at 312-236­-2700 and we would be happy to help you determine if we are the right fit for your needs.

Step 2 – Call us to Schedule an Informal Office Visit with Charles Adler.

Charles would love the opportunity to meet with you, face to face, so that you can feel comfortable and confident that he is the right attorney to represent you in your personal claim.

During this office visit, you and he will discuss, in detail, the events leading to your claim. If it is a personal injury case, we will want to look at the course of medical treatment you’ve been given thus far. We will ask you to bring a list of your medical providers, medical bills and any documents relevant to the cause of the injury, such as an accident report, photographs and names of witnesses.

During your first office visit, we will also draft a “road map” of the issues that we need to prove, in order to be successful in the prosecution of your claim, and what evidence we will need to achieve that success.

Step 3 – We Start Building Your Case

From the very onset, we will begin preparing your case for trial, even though it is our goal for you to receive a settlement without having to do so. Personal injury matters generally are comprised of two factors; liability and the nature and extent of your injuries.

As to the issue of liability, we will, from the outset, outline the evidence we need, to prevail at trial and/or to convince the opposing side that we are entitled to a significant settlement.

We Begin Gathering Evidence to Win Your Personal Claim

We will investigate whether or not there were any witnesses to your accident and if necessary, have an investigator interview those individuals.

If there are any tangible objects involved in your accident, we will inspect them and if necessary retain an expert in whatever the relevant field of science that is involved. As we proceed, we will take such measures that are necessary to preserve any evidence such as the taking of visual recordings, recorded witness statements or, if necessary, file court proceedings leading to the entry of an order directing that any physical objects be preserved in the condition that they were at the time of the accident.

We will begin obtaining all relevant documents related to your damages. If it is a personal injury case, we will obtain your medical records, medical bills and all other relevant documents related to your damages. We will contact the offending party’s insurance carrier, if there is one, and begin discussions as to their insured’s liability.

As each case warrants we will have an investigator take photographs of the accident scene, the objects involved in the accident and interview any witnesses. While you are still receiving medical treatment we will aggressively build our evidence on the issue of liability.

We employ experts in various backgrounds as necessary to aid the analysis of the liability issues and if necessary to testify at a trial. As an example, we will employ the services of the accident re­constructionist in those motor vehicle cases where our client as a result of their injuries has no recollection of the accident.

To help us determine your total damages we will obtain copies of all your medical records and billing statements. As those are received, our staff will make an analysis of the records and will chart your treatment as it progresses. Our examination of your records, in part, will be for the purpose of ascertaining the nature and extent of your injuries and your prognosis. Those factors are essential in determining the value of your claim. Here again, if we feel it is necessary, we will retain the services of medical experts to act as consultants, and expert witnesses to provide testimony at your trial.

Keeping You Informed of Your Personal Injury Claim Status at all Times

As we proceed with your claim, we will consistently stay in contact with you, so you are kept informed all throughout the process. We have established a dedicated e­mail address for you, in order to better communicate with you. We have found this to be most convenient for clients to use, and it allows us the ability to scan your updates into your computer files.

We maintain office procedures that keep you fully informed as we proceed. We will forward to you, regular status reports, either by the U.S. Mail or e­mail depending upon which mode of communication is more convenient for you. We will constantly be analyzing your claim and will discuss with you our view of your claim at various stages of the proceedings.

When we undertake the representation of an individual we require the individual to fully cooperate with us in providing ongoing information that we feel is necessary to the successful outcome of their claim.

It is common for us to hear, from clients of other attorneys, that their attorney does not keep them informed of the progress of their case and does not return phone calls. Our goal is to not place you in that position. We will keep you informed at all stages of the proceeding and if necessary return your phone calls late into the evening hours.

Step 4 – Determining the appropriate settlement for you.

Once you have completed your medical treatment we will discuss with you, formulating an appropriate settlement demand. The settlement demand will then be given to the offending party. If your claim cannot be settled, we will decide, with you, whether to proceed to file a lawsuit on your behalf.

Personal Injury

A personal injury is defined as any violation of an individual’s right, other than his or her rights in property. Although the term personal injury usually refers to physical injuries, that is not always the case. Some examples of personal injury lawsuits that are commonly filed are:

  • Auto accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Railroad accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Slip ­and ­fall accidents

Premises Liability

If you have suffered an accident or injury, which occurred on another person’s property, the owner of that property may be legally responsible for what happened. If you’ve suffered an injury of this type, and you believe it is a result of another person’s negligence, you may want to file a personal claim against them for your injuries, damages and costs. Your costs may have been incurred due to medical bills, lost earnings, disfigurement, pain, emotional distress or some sort of physical disability.

Some personal injuries that can occur on another person’s premise or property include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Dog bites or maulings
  • Exposure to toxic or hazardous substances such as lead or mold
  • Drownings

Construction Accidents

If you are a construction worker, you should know that there are special laws that were put in place to ensure that an employer and other related parties are responsibly protecting your health and safety on a construction site. If they are not and you have been injured, you have the right to file a personal claim in order to receive benefits and compensation owed to you. The claim may be against your employer or even against other parties that are liable.

Construction accidents can be severe and life altering. At Adler Law Offices, we understand that after going through such trauma, your goals are to make sure your medical bills are paid and covered, you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and that your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injury. We will provide a comprehensive review of your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.

  • Crushing accidents
  • Dangerous chemicals
  • Dangerous behavior by other workers
  • Defective power tools or misuse of tools
  • Electrical fires and electrocution
  • Explosions
  • Failure to provide proper safety equipment
  • Falling objects and debris
  • Impaling accidents
  • Scaffolding falls
  • Welding accidents

Wrongful Discharge

Although there are a few exceptions to the rule, in Illinois most employers have the right to fire an employee at will. This makes it very difficult to successfully file a wrongful termination claim against an employer.

With that said, there are a number of circumstances whereby an employer may be liable for wrongful discharge or termination of an employee. There may be contractual terms affecting your employment or statutory rights granted to you.

If you feel, in being fired, that your employer may have violated a state or federal law, public policy or your employment agreement, you should contact Adler Law Offices.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Typically when discussing motor vehicle accidents, one thinks of a rear end accident with simplified issues of negligence. However, motor vehicle accidents can and quite often involve extensive issues of proof, damages and recovery. It is not just the issue of the crash itself that is involved but instead the circumstances of the accident that can call into consideration numerous state and federal statutes.

If a motor vehicle is hit by an under-insured or uninsured motorist, the claim will involve not only a negligence action against the offending party, but also a claim under the victim’s insurance coverage which can lead to a second cause of action to arbitrate a claim against the insurer for uninsured or under-insured motorist coverage. If a motor vehicle is hit by a train at a crossing, both state and federal statutes and regulations come into play. This is where contacting a lawyer dedicated to doing more for their clients is important.

Trucking Accidents

Large truck accidents can involve multiple liable entities. The assistance of a skilled injury law firm can ensure that all responsible parties are held liable.

Boating Accidents

When a negligent party causes a boating accident, our team can help you recover the costs for medical treatment, lost wages and more.

Dog Bites

When vicious dogs attack in Chicago, Arlington Heights and surrounding communities, negligent owners can be held liable for medical expenses, lost earnings, emotional trauma and more.

Wrongful Death

If you have a relative who died as a result of someone else’s misconduct, you may be able to file a claim against the wrongdoer to recover monetary damages. Adler Law Offices has represented clients in numerous cases of this nature and has been able to obtain the policy limits of the offender’s insurance coverage in a number of them.

In addition to the claim for the death of a loved one, the surviving family members may have a claim for their loss of support, affection and society. Adler Law Offices can successfully protect the rights of the deceased and surviving family members.

Contact us for a free case consultation