Our Veteran Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys Represent Those Injured in Public Transportation Accidents
The Chicago attorneys of the Phillips Law Offices have been obtaining justice and compensation for clients injured in shipping accidents for over 65 years. This includes collisions involving many different vehicle types, including:
Ask Our Lawyers: How Many People Are Injured in Public Transportation and Bus Accident Cases?
The statistics on injuries and deaths caused by accidents involving shipping vehicles are breathtaking and troubling. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
Nearly three million people are injured each year in U.S. motor vehicle crashes;
There are over 42,000 are fatalities annually;
For years, motor vehicle crashes have been the leading cause of death for people ages 4 to 33 years old.
At Phillips Law Offices, our years of success on behalf of clients rest on two critical things:
You will never be treated like a number. Every case is handled as if it were a member of our family who has been injured.
We are not afraid to fight. When people are seriously hurt or killed in a shipping accident, cases often are complex, and representatives of those responsible are skilled at limiting your possible compensation. We are committed to using all of the resources necessary to advocate that you get the compensation to which you are entitled.
Common Questions After an Accident: What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
A personal injury lawyer is one that deals primarily in accident and injury cases, involving individuals who are injured or even killed as a result of another person’s negligence, recklessness or actions. Companies and municipalities can also be found liable in this type of civil lawsuit.
Personal injury cases can also involve a situation where the victim is injured due to a malfunction, defect or other flaw in a product, vehicle or even a medication. In these cases, the manufacturer or operator can be held liable. In cases where a personal injury case turns fatal, the case will typically proceed as a wrongful death lawsuit. This is the key distinction between a case involving personal injury vs. wrongful death.
Filing a Lawsuit: How Are Personal Injury Settlements Calculated?
When filing a personal injury lawsuit following a bus accident or other public transportation accident, your attorney will work with you to calculate a sum that you will seek in a lawsuit or settlement. This figure includes many different expenses, including:
your past and future lost wages;
your past and future medical bills;
your pain and suffering;
the cost of rehabilitation and therapy; and
the cost of adaptive equipment and home alterations.
For those who will suffer lifelong effects from the injury, your attorney may work with experts who can help calculate future expenses — a task that can be challenging since the cost of living (and the costs of goods and services) evolve and change with time.
Common Legal Questions – How Are Personal Injury Settlements Paid Out?
Whether the jury awards you a sum at trial or if you settle out of court, you can generally expect that there will be some discussion concerning the payment arrangements. If you reached an out of court settlement, the matter is typically reported to the court and an order of settlement is issued. The paperwork must typically be completed within 30 to 60 days (the timeframe varies according to location.) Once this paperwork is complete, the other side’s attorney will prepare a release form, essentially outlining the terms of the settlement and releasing the other party from any further liability. In some cases, your attorney may agree to the release or your attorney may object. There are cases where the release is the subject of significant negotiation until both sides arrive at an agreeable rendition of the form.
Before disbursing personal injury settlements and judgments, it is customary to tend to medical bills, legal bills and other lien holders first. Once these debts are satisfied, the victim will receive their funds. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
On occasion, you may encounter a situation where a defendant pays the settlement installments, although this is relatively rare, particularly involving public transportation accident lawsuits, whereby the liable party is a transportation agency and their insurance company.
It should be noted that if you received a jury award at trial, there will likely be a delay if the other side opts to file an appeal — a common course of action. It could be as long as one to two years before a victim receives the funds, assuming the jury’s verdict is upheld.
Moving Forward From Your Bus Accident With Help From a Personal Injury Lawyer
Establishing liability and evaluating the circumstances of an accident and its aftermath are why you need accident lawyers with experience in motor vehicle accident law, supported by a team of experts to establish the full extent of your damages.
We work with experts in a number of different areas, including:
Calculating current and expected financial expenses and losses (wages, benefits, etc.)
Traumatic brain injuries
The stresses of being injured in a transportation accident can be overwhelming. The Phillips Law Offices want you to know that you do not have to face this alone. A lawyer with our law firm will work with you directly, helping you recover compensation for your current and expected losses so you can concentrate on recovering your physical and emotional health.
Set Up a Free Consultation with Our Chicago Bus Accident Lawyers Today
Your life has been shattered, possibly permanently altered, and you should never have to settle for less than you deserve. From offices in Chicago, the attorneys of Phillips Law Offices offer the highest quality legal services to the injured and their families throughout Illinois. Trust your case to one of the top law firms in the midwest. Call (312) 346-4262, or contact us online today for a free evaluation with an attorney.
Steve came very highly recommended to me for representation in a wrongful death case. He was excellent to deal with, very helpful and professional. I would recommend Steve and his law office to any one in need of any type of legal representation.
We can’t say enough about Steve Phillips and everyone in his office!! His first priority was for our daughter and helping us make sure she had the best care. His second was for us, as parents, to help us be able to give her what she needed throughout her life. I will recommend Steve and his law office forever!!
I was given Mr. Phillips name by my new doctor (another very satisfied former client of his) after I told her that my case was turned down by 2 other VERY WELL KNOWN law firms because the case was too difficult and that no one would ever testify against the previous doctor who permanently injured me. I called, met with Mr. Phillips and some of his staff, and they were willing to handle the case. Through his and his firm’s hard work, we were able to recover a large sum. The money will never bring my health and condition back to where I was before the malpractice, but now at least I can afford to have live-in nursing care.
Mr. Phillips is #1 in my experience with a wrongful death auto accident case. He was compassionate, professional, patient and prompt in returning my calls to answer my questions in representing my family’s case. I would tell anyone who needs legal representation, that Mr. Phillips is TOP in his field to get the job done!!!!
I was in an auto accident. I received Mr. Phillips name from a friend of mine who is also a lawyer. He said that Mr. Phillips was one of the top lawyers in Chicago. I did some research on the internet and found out that everything my friend had said about him was true. Although my case was rather small compared to most of the cases that he normally handles, he treated me with the utmost respect. He was patient, listened to all my questions, provided answers and was very responsive whenever I called. I felt like I was a family member, the way he treated me. I was extremely pleased with the results of his work. I would HIGHLY recommend him to ANYONE who needs a personal injury lawyer!!!