DeWitt County Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have suffered an injury in DeWitt County due to the negligence of another party, you should not have to pay out of pocket for the medical bills, damaged property, lost wages, and other damages you’ve incurred. There is one firm that has made a name for itself by helping people just like you in Central Illinois, and it’s attorneys are ready to help you. That firm is Spiros Law, P.C..
Our compassionate team knows that an accident can disrupt your life and cause significant pain and suffering. You need justice, and we want to get it for you.
Since 2005, Spiros Law, P.C. has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts against insurers and businesses who are responsible for personal injuries. Our practice is successful because we constantly communicate the status of your case and recommend strategies that work. We never lose sight of those we are representing. If you think you have a personal injury claim in DeWitt County, call us today at (815) 929-9292 to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Our experienced Illinois personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning there will be no fees or retainers. We only get paid if you get a financial award.
About DeWitt County
DeWitt County is a mostly rural county northeast of the Illinois capital of Springfield. It has a population of 16,500 people. The major industries in the county are manufacturing, retail, and healthcare. The largest city in the county is Clinton, which was named after former New York governor DeWitt Clinton. DeWitt is a quiet, rural county where people enjoy fishing and boating at the Clinton Lake Recreational Area.
Cases We Handle
Spiros Law, P.C.’s personal injury practice has brought favorable settlements for many types of injuries, including but not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall injuries (premises liability)
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
We have extensive experience helping those who’ve been hurt in Central Illinois, and we have a track record of successful verdicts and settlements and satisfied clients to prove our dedication to our work. A few examples of successful legal outcomes we’ve secured include:
- A woman fell walking up the stairs of an apartment, which had not been maintained according to accepted standards. She put her hand through a window and suffered severe lacerations and damage to tendons and ligaments, resulting in permanent deformity to her arm and hand. Damage award: $202,269.
- A man was riding as a passenger on a jet ski when it collided with another jet ski. He injured his lumbosacral region and sustained a pelvic hematoma. Damage award: $275,000.
- An 82-year-old patient in a nursing home fell when leaving her room and fractured her hip. The doctor had ordered a bed alarm to prevent this type of occurrence, but the staff had not installed it. Damage award: $275,000
- A woman tripped and fell when exiting an elevator that had stopped below floor level. She fractured her knee cap, which became infected, and needed multiple surgeries. Damage award: $285,000.
- A man was at an annual carnival when he tripped over some electrical cables that were not covered or otherwise protected, injuring his leg. Damage award: $350,000.
- A woman was working in a convenience store when a beverage distributor opened a cooler door right into her the side of her head, knocking her unconscious. She suffered internal head trauma, depression, myofascial pain, and several other injuries. Damage award: $360,000, paid by the beverage distributor.
- A 52-year-old male was killed when a semi-truck failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the client’s vehicle. The family sued the trucking company. Damage award: $750,000.
If you have been injured by the actions or omissions of a third party, you want to get justice. You may have huge medical bills, the prospect of more medical care and rehabilitative services in the future, lost time at work, and damaged property, like an automobile, that you need to be repaired. You may have suffered a great deal of pain from the accident. Working with Spiros Law, P.C. can put you on the path to economic and physical recovery. If you’ve been injured in DeWitt County due to someone else’s fault, call the highly skilled personal injury lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C. right away so we can discuss your damage claim.
Negligence Laws in Illinois
The legal underpinning of personal injury lawsuits is the concept of negligence, which is the failure to act with a level of care that an ordinary person would exercise. This standard can result from the actions of another person or entity, or from the failure to perform some action where there is a duty to act.
Your lawyer will carefully examine the circumstances of the accident to determine if a personal injury claim is warranted. If someone failed in their duty of care and that led directly to the accident, a legal injury claim is justified.
Sometimes there is more than a single party involved, or there is fault on the part of the injured party in addition to third parties. A critical phase of a personal injury claim is to assess who was a fault and to what amount. Illinois is a modified comparative fault state, meaning if the court determines you were partly at fault, any damage award would be adjusted to reflect your portion of the blame. For example, if the damage award is $100,000, and the court decides you were 20% at fault, the award would be adjusted to $80,000. Illinois follows the 51% Bar Rule, which means that if your fault is found to exceed 50% of the total fault, you will not be eligible to recover any compensation.
Statute of Limitations in Negligence Claims
According to Illinois’ statute of limitations for claims involving personal injuries, you must file your claim within two years of the date of the accident. Failure to respect this statute of limitations will eliminate any opportunity to file a personal injury claim for your accident. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim begins on the date of death. With medical malpractice cases, the clock begins on the date of injury or when the patient became aware of the injury.
Compensation Available for Injury Claims
Every personal injury accident has a unique set of circumstances. The damages that you may be entitled to recover will depend on a variety of factors, including a variety of factors, including the facts of the case, the severity of your injuries, and the amount of insurance available to cover your losses.
Some examples of the types of compensation you may be able to recover after a personal injury accident in DeWitt County include:
- Medical bills (present and future)
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Property damage
- Loss of enjoyment in life
If someone’s negligence resulted in your family member losing their life in an accident or by an intentional act, you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and other losses related to the tragic accident.
Why do I need a personal injury lawyer?
If you are injured in an accident in DeWitt County, you need someone who knows the law and can be your legal advocate. If there was another party involved whose actions contributed to your injury, you need to file a lawsuit to get back medical costs, pay for property damage, and help you get compensation for pain and suffering. That is what a personal injury lawyer does for you. We gather evidence, and we have access to information and resources that most people do not have.
Our Illinois personal injury attorneys can help you decide if you want to pursue legal action against those responsible for your injury. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies to get you the settlement you need to heal and to restore your life to what it was before the accident. We know from experience that people who hire a personal injury lawyer get better outcomes and more compensation than those who settle with the insurance company on their own.
We will work with you to file a personal injury claim. That will initiate a civil process to get money from the defendant and/or the defendant’s insurance company. We will protect you from being pressured into accepting a low damage award because you need money quickly to pay for living expenses and medical care. Insurance companies, in particular, know when the plaintiff is vulnerable, in pain, and possibly willing to agree to a low settlement amount. But they will not take advantage of you if Spiros Law, P.C. is your advocate.
We will negotiate with the other side to come up with a fair settlement that covers your accident-related costs and any pain and suffering you experienced as a result of the accident. This phase of the injury lawsuit process involves determining an appropriate “multiplier” to reflect the pain the accident caused, a number from 1 (little pain) to 5 (maximum pain), then multiplying the aggregated medical and property damage figure to get the final damage award.
If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf. We are experienced trial lawyers, and we know that the possibility the insurance company and the defendants may end up in court often serves to focus the other side’s attention during damage negotiations. Trials can get expensive very quickly, and if the defendants lose, they have to pay court costs in addition to damages.
At Spiros Law, P.C., we offer free and confidential consultations where we review your case, including your injuries, the circumstances of the accident, the location, the actions of any third parties that may have contributed to your accident, and all the critical details that will be included in your accident claim. If we decide to work with you, we will work on a contingency basis. There are no retainers or fees. As we said, we will get our fee when your damage claim is paid.
Personal injury law exists to have a system to compensate victims in DeWitt County and elsewhere who are injured by the careless actions of others. Spiros Law, P.C. wants to help you receive just compensation for your injury. Call us today at (815) 929-9292.