Experienced Illinois Personal Injury Attorneys
A personal injury can derail your life in an instant, limiting your ability to work and triggering the need for extensive and costly medical care. When that injury occurs as the result of someone else’s negligence, the person or entity causing the harm should be held accountable.
Attorneys Steve Hanagan and Brian McGovern devote their legal practice to helping people who have been injured, are disabled, or have lost loved ones in negligence-related or work-related incidents. We are fully committed to helping people move forward after a serious injury or loss, receive top quality medical care, replace lost income, and pursue fair compensation.
We also know that it’s just as important to provide compassionate, supportive representation. Suffering a serious injury or losing a loved one is traumatic, and the last thing an injury victim needs is added stress. Our goal is not just to secure the best compensation possible for you, but also to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible. We’ll even travel to meet with you.
Negligence-Based Injuries in Illinois
People, businesses, and governmental entities are negligent in many ways—far more than we can list here. Some of the most common personal injury cases involve:
- Negligent operation of a motor vehicle, such as distracted driving, driving under the influence, or speeding
- Negligent maintenance of premises, such as failing to clear ice from a sidewalk or repair a broken sidewalk
- Failure to control pets, most commonly resulting in dog bite injuries
Of course, these are just a few examples. Injuries also commonly result from negligent care of children or nursing home residents, defective manufacture of products, failure to provide appropriate warnings or instructions, negligent security, and more.
If you’ve been injured or have lost a family member because someone else was careless or disregarded safety regulations, you may be entitled to damages. A free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney like Steve Hanagan or Brian McGovern can be the first step toward recovering the compensation you need to focus on healing and rebuilding your life without financial stress or worries about access to medical care.
You can schedule a free consultation right now. Just call 618-241-9251 or complete the short contact form on this page and experience the relief that comes with handing off complicated legal issues to a knowledgeable professional.
Damages in Personal Injury Cases
Your personal injury case is unique, for a variety of reasons. The compensation available in a personal injury case depends on the degree of fault attributable to each party, the seriousness of the injuries, whether the injuries are temporary or permanent, the cost of medical care and other related expenses, and more. Where lost income or earning capacity is at issue, the measure of damages will depend in part on the injured person’s age, education, previous income, and projected income if he or she had not been interrupted by the injury.
The best source of information about the damages that may be available in your case is an experienced local personal injury attorney. Though no attorney can guarantee you a specific settlement or verdict, an attorney who has handled many personal injury cases in the same area can provide insight into how the various factors will impact your case and explain how similar cases have played out.
Some of the most common types of damages awarded in personal injury cases include:
- Lost wages
- Projected loss of future earnings
- Reimbursement for medical care
- Projected future / ongoing medical expenses
- Compensation for property damage, such as a car totaled in an motor vehicle accident
- Costs of necessary supplies and modifications
- Compensation for pain and suffering
The Sooner You Seek Personal Injury Representation, the Better
Unfortunately, the process of recovering fair compensation for your injuries is fraught with pitfalls. The negligent party’s insurance company may try to talk you into a quick, inadequate settlement, cutting off your ability to receive fair compensation for costs like future medical care. Innocent statements or social media posts may be taken out of context and used against you. And, technical procedural requirements can be a barrier for an injured person without a legal background.
Retaining an experienced personal injury attorney early in the process can protect you from these pitfalls: your attorney will interact with the insurance company on your behalf, and will advise you about how to protect your claim as you move forward. In addition, an attorney who is involved in a personal injury case from the beginning often has a better opportunity to secure physical evidence, witness statements, and other valuable building blocks for a successful personal injury case.
Contact Hanagan & McGovern Right Now
Getting started is easy. We’ve been representing injury victims in Albion, Benton, Carlyle, Carmi, Centralia, Effingham, Fairfield, Flora, Herrin, Lawrenceville, Marion, McLeansboro, Mt. Carmel, Mt. Vernon, Nashville, Olney, Pinckneyville, Salem, and other communities throughout Southern Illinois for decades, and look forward to discussing how we may be able to help you.
Call us right now at 618-241-9251.