Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions in Indiana and Illinois
Answers from an accomplished legal team in Merrillville
When you or a family member have been hurt in Indiana or Illinois, you may want to seek compensation but don’t know how or who you can trust to help. At Schlyer & Associates, P.C. our firm treats you like family. We provide you options when you have been hurt and need help covering related expenses. We fight on your behalf so you can focus on healing and moving beyond a devastating incident. Since 1988 we have helped families, businesses and individuals after all kinds of vehicle accidents. We even have a strong background in airplane accident law and one of our attorneys is a seasoned pilot and trained airplane mechanic.
- What do I do if I’ve been injured in an accident?
- What should I do about the insurance companies involved in my personal injury claim?
- Why do I need a personal injury attorney?
- How long will my personal injury lawsuit take?
- What evidence of personal injury is necessary?
- How much is my personal injury claim worth?
- What does a personal injury lawsuit cost?
Contact a seasoned team of injury attorneys who answer your questions
Schlyer & Associates, P.C. is a personal injury firm that serves Northwest Indiana and Southeastern Illinois. We provide personalized attention and free consultations. To make a confidential appointment, call 219-757-0225 or contact us online. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, with after-hours appointments available upon request. Our staff is bilingual — we speak English and Spanish.
When you have been in an accident, your first priority is to get immediate medical care! Even if your injury isn’t life-threatening, see a physician as soon as possible. Make sure that you get all the information you can at the time of the accident — even if you have to ask a witness to help you. Get the names and contact information of anyone directly involved. If you are hurt in a place of business, try to find out who manages the store, the business or the property. Try to take pictures of the scene on your cell phone, or ask someone to take pictures and send them to you. Finally, make sure that you ask for copies of all your medical records.
Keep in mind that insurance companies want to save their money, and that may not be in your favor. Do not blindly accept an offer without having your attorney look at it. Do not sign anything, and never admit any fault when you speak with insurance company representatives. As your advocates, we handle the insurance company for you to protect your rights.
An attorney acts as your advocate. At Schlyer & Associates, P.C. we protect you from being cheated of fair compensation. Our experienced team knows the insurance industry and its practices and can assess whether an offer from an insurance company or other party is appropriate and fair. At our firm, we also have the added security of an on-site physician. Our Dr. Aldolph Yaniz can determine whether you have had the appropriate treatment, and if you need more medical care, he can advise you of your options. We then aggressively fight for comprehensive compensation for all of your expenses.
That depends on the circumstances of your personal injury case. As your advocates, we only get paid for our attorneys’ fees if — and when — you win, so we a strong incentive to work hard for you. Sometimes we can negotiate a quick. nonlitigated settlement, but other times we have to go to court. The important thing is that you get proper compensation!
When you have been in an accident, it is important to start collecting as much information as possible as soon as you can. You should start by collecting relevant:
The answer depends on the type of claim. Auto accidents are different from workers compensation or wrongful death claims. If you are seeking compensation for lost wages, this will, of course, depend on your level of income. There are also different limitations depending on whether you are dealing with Indiana, Illinois or US federal law. As “Hoosiers who know Illinois law” we advise you of the applicable law, statute of limitations and other factors relevant to your needs.
We handle personal injury cases on a “contingency fee” basis. This means that we don’t charge for our time unless we win. In some cases, other charges may be passed on to you, but our staff will inform you of this possibility in advance. Please note that if you are engaging us for bankruptcy or aviation law, these are not contingency-fee areas of our practice.