handing over checkThis the next post in a series of articles addressing pedestrian accident cases in Peoria, Illinois. My last article discussed damages in pedestrian accident cases. When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, the injuries they sustain are often severe. They likely will incur extensive medical bills and possibly lose the ability to work. Unfortunately, these accidents can result in the death of the victim. It is imperative to retain an attorney to assist you if you have been injured or lost a loved one due to such an incident. This article will address the process of settling a pedestrian accident case in Illinois. If you or someone you know has been the victim of such an incident then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.

In order to determine an accurate monetary award for a victim’s damages, those damages must be reasonably ascertainable. This means the parties must know the nature of the injuries and can reasonably predict what costs the victim will incur in the future. Additionally, the victim may lose valuable aspects of their life such as their employment, enjoyment of their favorite hobbies, or time with their family. Compensation includes not only current lost wages and medical expenses but also those in the future. If a settlement is reached too quickly, it may cause the plaintiff to lose out on compensation that they need to address their injuries in the future. Therefore, a settlement demand must not be made until the full extent of the victim’s injuries are known and the long-term impacts are assessed by experienced medical professionals.

From the time an accident occurs and the insurance carrier of the at-fault party is contacted by a lawyer, the insurance adjuster will often be seeking to settle the matter promptly. The sooner the insurance carrier can settle, the less attorney’s fees and costs they will incur. It is important for accident victims to understand that the insurance adjuster is not acting in their interest. They may be pressuring the victim for a resolution before they are able to determine what their full compensation should be. For example, if a victim has a traumatic brain injury from being struck by a commercial vehicle, it can take months to years to know the full extent of the injuries. A TBI injury can result in significant changes to the most basic functions of the victim. Even after they recover their physical functions, the impact to their brain, memory and personality may continue to be affected. Only after rehabilitation is attempted and medical professionals give their opinion as to the victim’s likelihood of recovery can compensation be accurately determined. Every case is different and the recovery of a plaintiff is specific to each case.

My office is dedicated and committed to representing the rights of injured parties. We devote our time and resources to assisting those who deserve compensation for the damages caused by another. We understand this is a complicated process and we are ready to assist you. Contact us online or by phone to speak with a Peoria pedestrian accident lawyer today. My office also services clients in Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington.