Personal Injury FAQs

The personal injury lawyers at Marquardt & Belmonte, P.C., represent accident victims in Wheaton and throughout DuPage County. Here are some questions our clients often have about personal injury claims. Read our personal injury FAQs.

What should I do immediately after an accident?

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, your first concern should be to get medical attention. Whether you were injured in a car crash or on someone else's dangerous property, your health should be the top priority.

Not only will appropriate medical care help your condition; a record of your medical treatment can be used to prove the extent of your injury and help maximize the amount of compensation you receive.

After you get medical care, contact a personal injury attorney at Marquardt & Belmonte, P.C. Our lawyers collaborate with medical experts to build strong personal injury claims.

Other than medical records, what kinds of evidence are used in personal injury cases?

After an accident, it is important to document what happened. Whether it's a police report, a witness statement, pictures on your phone or a surveillance video from a retail store, these kinds of evidence can be used to strengthen your personal injury claim. A personal injury attorney can investigate your case and gather the appropriate evidence to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.

Should I accept the insurance company's settlement offer?

No. Speak with a lawyer first. Insurance companies are generally in business to make money — not necessarily to pay accident victims all of the compensation they are entitled to.

Often insurance companies present a "low ball" offer, which may not cover the full extent of your injury. Instead of accepting that initial offer, consider the full range of costs resulting from the accident. Depending on the circumstances, those costs may include medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, disability and emotional suffering. A good insurance settlement can cover all of those costs.

How can a personal injury attorney help?

In addition to gathering evidence and helping you build a solid injury claim, a personal injury lawyer can handle all communications with the insurance company while you focus on healing. If the insurer refuses to provide full and fair compensation for your injury, an experienced trial attorney can fight for your rights in court.

How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?

In Illinois, you generally have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. That statute of limitations typically starts on the date of the accident or when you discovered your injury.

However, it is important get medical treatment, document the accident and file a claim as soon as possible after an accident. Evidence is time-sensitive, and waiting to file a claim or a lawsuit can reduce the amount of your compensation or prevent you from receiving any compensation at all. A personal injury attorney can take swift action on your behalf to ensure that your rights are protected.

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For a free initial consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact us online or call us locally at 630-517-3279 or toll free at 888-349-0695. The law office of Marquardt & Belmonte, P.C., is conveniently located near the courthouse in Wheaton, Illinois. We advise and represent clients in DuPage County and throughout the Chicago area.