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Every year, thousands of people in Illinois suffer injuries from car accidents, medical malpractice, or other accident caused by another’s negligence. At Bucklin Law Office in Springfield, IL, we are proud to be one of the leading attorneys in the area with decades of experience with personal injury claims. Don’t be left with emotional and physical distress; get compensated for your injuries with help from our Central Illinois legal team. Keep reading below to find answers from our team on important questions asked by our personal injury clients.

Why Should I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

When suffering an injury, often, the victim is left unsure of how to recover physically, mentally, and financially. When medical bills pile up, and you are left to pick up the pieces after your accident, a legal professional is the only way to receive rightful compensation. Insurance companies rarely pay out to injured victims and tend to drag out the legal process, making it an impossibly long and frustrating experience. Filing a personal injury lawsuit through Bucklin Law Office will provide dependable representation for your case and fight for your right to compensation.

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

In the state of Illinois, you have up to two years after your accident to file a personal injury claim. After that time runs out, neither you nor your attorney can submit a claim for your injuries. This is why it’s imperative to contact our office as soon as possible.

How Much Compensation Can I Receive?

There is no guaranteed amount of compensation an individual can receive for a personal injury case. There are several factors taken into consideration by insurance companies to determine your level of suffering. The severity of your injuries, medical costs, pain levels, loss of enjoyment, and the fault of the accused party will determine your estimated compensation. Many personal injury cases settle for hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars, depending on the claim.

How Long Will My Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?

When working with our Springfield, IL attorney, many personal injury claims are settled within a year from the start date that the claim is filed. Depending on your case, this may take less or more time to ensure you receive rightful compensation. For serious injuries, many cases have lasted 2-5 years. For an estimated timeline, sit down with Bucklin Law Office for a personalized consultation.

What Can Compensation Cover in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

There are several factors that are discussed in a personal injury lawsuit to help victims receive compensation. These are just a few of the most common damages that can count towards your compensation amount: pain and suffering (physical and emotional), medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, punitive damages, wrongful death, loss of companionship, loss of ability to work, and more.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

Our goal with your personal injury case is to make it as simple and fast as possible so that you can receive rightful compensation. Many times, we do this by settling with insurance companies before having to go to trial. When insurance companies choose to fight your claim, your case may go to trial; however, it is our job to ensure it stays within the legal process.

How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help?

Personal injury lawyers have several years of schooling and experience to fight for your claim. We have connections in the business and can work directly with insurance companies to represent your case. Bucklin Law Office will assess your personal injury claim and help you gather all the information needed to negotiate the largest settlement possible.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

Our personal injury attorney at Bucklin Law Office works for Springfield, IL clients on a contingency basis. This means that if we do not win your case, you can avoid paying legal fees. We get paid a percentage when you get paid. Many law firms charge hourly, making it even harder for clients to catch up financially when dealing with a personal injury. For more information on our legal fees, contact the office of Bradford Bucklin to discuss your legal needs.