Is It Going to Cost Me A Lot of Money to Pursue an Injury Claim?

Most of our clients want to know whether or not they will need to spend a large amount of money to hire us to pursue a personal injury claim. The answer is no. In virtually every injury case that we handle, you will not need to pay us a dime after the initial consultation to hire us until the case settles or a court award is issued. This is because Shunneson Law Office represents people on a “contingency” fee basis for personal injury and workers compensation claims. The Supreme Court of Illinois has long recognized that everyday people do not have infinite amounts of resources like the large insurance companies. In order to level the playing field, the law allows for people to hire attorneys by agreeing to allow the attorney to accept a percentage of the funds recovered at trial or settlement. This allows for clients to obtain the legal representation they deserve without worrying about how they are going to pay for an attorney in addition to their rent, food, gas, utilities, and other necessities of life.

We also agree to pay for all out-of-pocket costs associated with pursuing our clients’ personal injury claims in the vast majority of cases. The Supreme Court of Illinois requires attorneys keep track of these costs separately and obtain reimbursement for those costs at the conclusion of the case, whether by settlement or court award.

These costs are the bills associated with a lawsuit such as medical record bills, police reports, filing fees, court reporter costs, trial exhibits, photographs and/or videos, service of process fees, expert consultant and witness fees, deposition costs, photocopying, mailing and other related costs. These costs are only incurred when necessary to resolve claims and are almost always an insignificant amount compared to our clients recovery from an at-fault party (usually paid for by an insurance company).

We understand that injured persons, and surviving family members of someone fatally injured, are often living paycheck to paycheck and it is our philosophy our clients do not need the additional financial burdens placed on them to get payment from at-fault parties.  This allows clients to obtain the legal representation they deserve without worrying about how they are going to pay for rent, food, gas, utilities and other necessities of life.

The big insurance companies have virtually unlimited resources and we understand that people can’t afford to fight them on their own without a little financial help. There is no reason to take on the massive resources of big insurance alone. We will protect your rights and make sure you are not abused by the companies’ massive resources.

At Shunneson Law I am devoted to demanding an at-fault party’s insurance company cover injuries following accidents. Call (847) 693-9120 for more information or Contact us to schedule a consultation. Located in Lake County, Illinois, with meeting locations throughout Chicago, we have the ability to meet with you at any convenient Chicagoland location 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. However, evening and weekend appointments are available upon request by calling 847-693-9120.

-Drake Shunneson (copyright 2012)

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