If you have suffered an injury at the hands of someone else, it is critical that you or your family act quickly.
At Capron & Avgerinos, we understand the trauma associated with personal injury. You could be confronted with pain, suffering, medical expenses, and a loss of income. At such a confusing time, you must be aware of your legal rights.
Whatever the cause, if you have suffered an injury at the hands of someone else, it is critical that you or your family act quickly.
This is where Capron & Avgerinos comes in.
While your immediate concern should be to receive prompt and proper medical rehabilitation and care, it is also critical that you know your rights arising from any serious injuries you have sustained.
From the start, it is crucial that you or your family take the appropriate steps to preserve your personal injury claim. Failure to properly handle the claim at the outset can result in a reduction in the recovery or denial of the claim in its entirety.
An early consultation with a Capron & Avgerinos attorney can help you avoid the pitfalls that could impact your personal injury claim. Proper counsel and documentation of your case could make the difference between fair compensation and unsatisfactory compensation for the following:
Medical expenses • Lost income • Permanent disability
Pain and suffering • Loss of enjoyment of life
Personal injury laws vary from state to state and determine to what extent a company or person can be held responsible and how much you may receive for your injuries. That’s why it is necessary to engage an attorney who is experienced with the laws of the state where the injury occurred.
Capron & Avgerinos has attorneys who have been admitted to practice in both Illinois and Iowa.
Injured in an Auto or Truck Accident in Illinois or Iowa? Count on the Attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos.
If you have been injured in an auto or truck accident, the attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos will review your case, consult with you personally, and help evaluate your options. Our experienced legal team has secured substantial auto and truck accident verdicts and settlements for our clients. In one case, we secured a settlement of $450,000 for an-over-the-road truck driver who was seriously injured by another truck. In another case, we secured a $245,000 jury verdict for an Indiana couple, injured by a drunk driver in Illinois--the largest recorded verdict in Montgomery County at that time.
Our attorneys represent clients who sustain injuries from a wide range of motor vehicle accidents, including:
- Head-on collisions; run-off-road collisions; rollovers; rear-end, angle, or side impacts
- Accidents involving commercial trucks, which may entail suing a corporation or other third party.
- Pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists who are hit by cars or trucks
Capron & Avgerinos attorneys also understand that the standards governing accidents with commercial trucks are different than those for passenger cars. Our attorneys have worked extensively with truckers and we know the laws regulating the commercial trucking industry. In some cases, third parties may be held responsible for the truck accident, such as a company that overloaded the truck, the owner of the truck or cab, or the company that supplied the trailer. The compensation for injuries in such claims can be substantial.
Some Steps to Take if You’ve Been Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident
We strongly advise motor vehicle accident victims to take a few critical actions following an accident.
• First, you should seek medical advice immediately and get treatment for any injuries. Many people feel that pain will go away eventually—or they might not feel pain at all. However, damage to the body can surface later, so you must ensure that the injury is documented.
• Second, you should seek experienced legal counsel. Our attorneys understand that gathering evidence is the last thing on your mind when you have been in a serious motor vehicle accident. But Capron & Avgerinos engages investigators to interview eyewitnesses, analyze accident debris, and review available evidence. Our goal is to substantiate your claim and win you just and fair compensation for your injury.
Our Attorneys Handle Motorcycle Accident Cases in Illinois and Iowa
The attorneys at Capron and Avgerinos have over 25 years of experience representing motorcyclists in personal injury lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, our attorneys in Chicago and the Quad Cities area are well prepared to take your case.
Recovering the Compensation You Deserve for a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident, it is crucial that you consult an attorney as soon as you can. Car and truck drivers and insurance companies, often try to place the blame on motorcyclists to avoid paying compensation, so it is critical to review the evidence in your case before it disappears. Capron & Avgerinos engages experienced accident investigators who will interview eyewitnesses and analyze the crash site and vehicles involved, as well as review the other crash evidence.
Capron & Avgerinos Supports Safety Education for Motocyclists
We number many motorcyclists among our clients, and we support groups that encourage safety education for motorcyclists, such as Rescue Riders in Illinois. We have also been contributors to the Illinois Toys for Tots holiday motorcycle parade, which gathers toys at holiday time for needy families. In sum, we understand the sport of motorcycling, but more importantly, we know the actions to take when a motorcycle accident has occurred: Our attorneys will give you personal attention you deserve and fight to get you just compensation for your injury.
Attorneys for Spinal Cord Injury Victims in Illinois and Iowa
If you or a family member has suffered a spinal cord injury through the actions of another, you will need to deal quickly with this terrible event. The attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos are ready to provide you with highly personalized attention, review your all options, and fight for your right to compensation. For more than two decades, we have helped spinal cord injury victims throughout Illinois and Iowa with personal injury claims for the damage they sustained. Every step of the way, we will be there for you.
Capron & Avgerinos’ attorneys often call upon specialists--neurologists, occupational therapists, vocational experts, and others--to help assess physical and the financial damages in your case.
Depending upon the specifics of the spinal cord injury, compensation for a personal injury lawsuit might include:
• Past and future medical expenses • Loss of earning capacity
• Emotional distress • Past and future pain and suffering
• Vocational and physical rehabilitation, if appropriate
• Other expenses related to the event, such as adaptive technology,
adjustments to your housing, or special equipment you might need.
When you have suffered the shock and pain of spinal cord injury, you cannot afford to wait for insurance companies to make good on a claim, as medical bills pile up. The presence of our knowledgeable litigation attorneys will often encourage defendants to settle out of court.
Moreover, if you are a worker who has sustained a spinal cord injury on the job do not automatically assume that you are entitled only to workers’ compensation. We have handled cases for employees who suffered spinal cord damage at work through negligence of a third party. If we determine that your on-the-job injury was caused by another party, such as an equipment manufacturer or subcontractor, our attorneys would proceed with a personal injury lawsuit.
Did You Know?
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, since 2005, the common causes of spinal cord injuries are:
- Motor vehicle accidents 39.2%
- Falls 8.3%
- Violence 14.6%
- Recreational Sports 8.2%
Wrongful Death Attorneys Serving Illinois and Iowa
If a loved one has died because of another party’s actions, your family is naturally filled with grief. Yet, when you are grieving, you and your family should not make any crucial decisions without consulting an attorney. You must understand your legal rights. At Capron & Avgerinos, our compassionate attorneys are here to provide you with personal legal counsel and secure your right to just compensation.
To File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit, You Need Experienced Legal Counsel
Laws governing wrongful death lawsuits are complex, technical, and administered on a state-by-state basis. Your legal team at Capron & Avgerinos is well versed wrongful death law in Illinois and Iowa and will thoroughly review the evidence in your case. According to Illinois and Iowa law, Capron & Avgerinos must be able to prove that the responsible party caused the death, and that if the victim had survived, he or she would be able to file a personal injury claim.
Wrongful death actions are brought about by the deceased person’s representative: an executor if there is a will, and an administrator, if there is not. Any recovery made is for the deceased’s spouse and next of kin. Damages may be recovered for grief, sorrow, and mental suffering. In addition, a survival action can be brought to recover damages sustained by the deceased from the time of injury up until the date of death. These damages can include pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Understand your Rights to Recoverable Compensation after a Wrongful Death
While no complex calculations can ever compensate you for the loss of a loved one, the court will consider the following factors when determining damages for a wrongful death, including: the life expectancy and wages of the deceased, how much you have suffered emotionally from the loss of companionship, and your relationship to the deceased.
Time limits apply to wrongful death suits, so it is imperative that families act quickly to protect their rights. In Illinois and Iowa, the statute of limitations for wrongful death suits can vary, depending upon who is the responsible party and the circumstances of the death. As a general rule, you should not sign any documents releasing an individual, corporation, or insurance company from liability for the death, until you speak with an attorney. The attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos will work with you personally to plan a course of action, so that your family receives just compensation for your loss.
Injured through a Property Owner’s Negligence? Turn to Capron & Avgerinos
Premises liability law is evolving rapidly and is determined on a state-by-state basis. That is why, if you have been injured on another’s property in Illinois or Iowa, you need the knowledgeable attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos. Our premises liability attorneys are experienced in Illinois and Iowa law and have recovered thousands of dollars in damages for people who have suffered an accident or injury on another’s property.
Premises liability suits can be difficult to litigate, because they may involve other issues such as local safety or construction codes. We would take steps to prove that the owner deliberately concealed the hazard, neglected maintenance on the property, did not adequately warn visitors of dangers, or created an unsafe environment, such as an unsecured swimming pool or defective playground equipment. Our attorneys may be able to recover damages for any lost earnings, medical expenses, compensation for permanent physical disability or disfigurement, or even death of a family member.
Premises liability lawsuits are confusing because families do not necessarily know where to place the blame for the injury. What’s more, the law for premises liability distinguishes between invited guests on a property and trespassers, as well as between the rights of adults and children. The premises liability attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos are well versed in the law, will handle all the details of your case, and will protect your rights to compensation. If you have suffered a premises liability injury, our attorneys are there to help.
Attorneys with Extensive Insurance Litigation Experience in Illinois and Iowa
In theory, when you purchase insurance, you expect that the insurer will pay you for damages or injuries covered in the policy. Yet in practice, that is not always the case. If your insurance company will not accept responsibility for an insurance claim, the attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos are here to assist you. Our litigation attorneys in Illinois and Iowa have successfully represented individual policyholders in recovering the insurance benefits they deserve.
You should not automatically accept your insurer’s determination as to why a specific claim has not been covered. Our knowledgeable insurance litigation attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos will analyze the terms of your policy and challenge the insurer to make certain that you will be treated fairly. If an insurer does not follow through on its obligations, our attorneys can file a civil lawsuit on your behalf to compel the insurer to pay. Lawsuits can be as straightforward as a breach of contract claim, or they can involve claims to prove that the insurance company, through “bad faith,” may have caused you excessive harm.
Capron & Avgerinos assists clients with a wide variety of insurance issues and a range of related problems, including homeowners, health, automobile, cancellation of insurance, and non-payment of death benefits, just to name a few. If you have any questions at all about your insurance policy or the actions of your insurance company, please contact us today.
You are seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash, and the driver who hit you does not have sufficient insurance to compensate you for the personal injury. You are in a car accident in which the driver at fault carries no insurance at all. Or, you are injured in a collision with a motorist who flees the scene. What should you do?
If you have experienced any of these scenarios involving an uninsured or underinsured motorist, the knowledgeable attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos have answers for you. In nearly 25 years of working with injured clients, our attorneys have found that many people do not know what uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is, how it works, or even what their coverage limits are. At the outset, we carefully review the details of your accident and your own insurance coverage, so we have the right information to pursue your claim.
Recovering Compensation for Your Accident
In practice, if you have uninsured motorist coverage, your insurance company should pay you compensation for the accident that you cannot recover from the uninsured motorist. In reality, once you establish that you have been injured by an uninsured or underinsured driver, your own insurance company can take an adversarial role and dispute your claim. You may have to demand arbitration against your own insurance company, or possibly file suit to recover compensation. Our attorneys aim to ensure that your insurance company does not prolong this process as your medical expenses and damages accumulate.
Capron & Avgerinos’ attorneys will help you through the maze of litigation surrounding accidents with uninsured or underinsured motorists, so that you receive the compensation you deserve. We know how to bring a claim to a panel of arbitrators. Furthermore, our insurance litigation experience can even encourage out of court settlements.
Accidents and insurance claims involving uninsured or underinsured motorists are complex contractual legal disputes. Particularly those involving hit-and-run drivers can put the burden of proof on the injured person. Without proper accident investigation, legal representation, and understanding of your policy, you could wait months for compensation, or the coverage you paid for could be lost. Let our attorneys review your policy and the details of your accident to determine the right course of action to take.
Our Injury Attorneys Work in Two States: Illinois and Iowa
We represent clients in the Greater Chicago area, Dubuque, and the Quad Cities, as well as throughout both states in communities such as Joliet, Wheaton, Rockford, Moline, and Clinton.
If you believe you have a claim or if you simply have a question, contact us or call us for a confidential no-charge consultation at (800) 535-4542.
We deliver on our word. We deliver results.