Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs Answered by Our Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have questions about your case, whether it's a general legal question or a question about a specific case type, take a look at our FAQs. We've divided up the questions by case type and provided information as specific as possible (while still applying to every case). If you have specific questions about your claim, feel free to call us for a free, no-obligation consultation for your legal case.
Why do I need an attorney?
Everyone has the right to represent themselves. However, if you are not an attorney, it is very difficult to accurately determine the value of a case. In one case, a caller contacted our firm regarding a case that he was about to settle for $65,000. The caller felt that his case was worth about $30,000, so $65,000 was much more than he expected, and he felt quite happy with the sum. The caller was also feeling pressured by the insurance company, which was eager for him to accept the offer of $65,000 and settle the case.
However, after our attorneys evaluated the circumstances of his accident and the severity of his injuries, it became clear that his case was worth far more than $65,000. Perhaps that's why the insurance company was so eager to settle. The Pintas & Mullins Law Firm filed suit and prepared the case for trial. The court awarded our client $235,000 for his injuries. Without the experience from handling thousands of cases, clients are ill-equipped to evaluate their cases or fight insurance companies without an attorney.
What if I am not happy with my current attorney?
Do I need any money to hire your firm?
Can you represent me in any state?
Attorneys are able to represent clients in any state either through the reciprocity of a state's bar rules, court approval, or through local co-counsel. In 25 years, the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has represented thousands of clients across the US
How do I know if the negligent party has enough insurance?
If I was hurt at work do I have to sue my employer?
How do my medical bills get paid for?
Using your health insurance, if available, is normally your best option. If you do not have health insurance, there are still other available methods to pay your medical bills. For example, if your injury involved a motor vehicle accident, some policies contain provisions just for medical bills.
Also, in some cases, the medical provider will wait until your case is settled before seeking any payment. There are still other possible options, such as federal paid benefits as well as certain types of medical loans which may be available to you. We can better discuss your options after we know more about your case.
How long will it take for my case to be concluded?
What is the Statute of Limitations for my case?
My car was rendered a total loss; does the responsible insurance company pay the balance of my car payment?
I was involved in a car accident and the negligent driver's insurance company is delaying in paying for the damages to my vehicle-what are my options?
I was hit by a driver who does not have enough insurance to pay for my damages, what are my options?
If you have underinsured motorist coverage you may proceed with a claim through your own insurance. Our firm recommends that you carry at least $100,000.00/$300,000.00 in liability, uninsured/underinsured coverage. This type of coverage protects you and your family in cases where you are injured by an uninsured motorist or by a motorist who carries low liability policy limits.
You may also want to investigate the negligent driver's assets. It is rare that someone with large assets would have low vehicular liability policy limits but it is possible. If a negligent driver has a large amount of assets, you may waive your rights to his/her policy limits and proceed directly against him/her.
Medical Malpractice Claims
Do I have a case?
How long do I have to decide to file a lawsuit?
Slip & Fall
What are typical examples of negligence in a slip and fall case?
- Water, ice, or snow which was not naturally accumulated
- Cracked or uneven floors
- Poor lighting
- Lack of handrail where required
- Holes, gaps, and other hidden hazards
- Ripped or torn carpeting
- Polished or slippery floors