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Car Accidents Can Still Happen During COVID-19 Lockdown

Posted in Car Accidents, Personal Injury on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Like millions of other Americans, the COVID-19 lockdown has likely changed your life more than you could have imagined. You’re working from home, your kids are not going to school, you can’t go socialize with your neighbor, and your dentist even had to cancel your routine dental exam. While many people are staying in their houses waiting for life to return to normal, drivers are still on the roads. Essential workers still need to go to work, households still need food and other goods, deliveries are being made, and some people are even out for a drive to quell their boredom and pass the time. 

The bottom line is, car accidents can still happen while the coronavirus cripples our country. If you are injured in an accident, you need a skilled Illinois car accident lawyer to fight for your rights. 

How an Illinois Car Accident Attorney Can Help

Everyone is experiencing a lot of stress right now, and suffering injuries in a car accident only stand to increase that stress. You might think that filing an insurance claim and letting the insurance companies work it out is the best thing to do. The truth is that insurance companies generally have one goal in mind: to pay you as little as possible for your claim. When you hire an Illinois car accident lawyer, you have someone on your side to represent your interests in your claim. Your attorney can:

  • Handle communications with the insurance company’s
  • Gather the necessary evidence needed to prove to liability
  • Organize your medical records and bills
  • Communicate with your medical providers to get missing records
  • Reach out to your treating healthcare providers to make sure they provide the medical information you need so that you can demonstrate damages in your claim
  • organize and present the evidence in order to prove liability and damages
  • Negotiate with lien holders on your claim to possibly decrease the amount of those liens
  • Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance adjuster or defense lawyer
  • Litigate your claim in court if necessary

Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Claims

While it might be tempting to not worry about your claim until this lockdown is over, be aware that you only have a limited amount of time to file a legal claim. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. Under the Illinois Compiled Statutes 735 §5/13-202, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. If you file a claim after this date, you will not have the legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries. The sooner you contact an Illinois car accident attorney, the better the chance that your claim will be filed on time and that vital evidence can be collected before it disappears.

An Illinois Car Accident Attorney Can Still Help During the COVID-19 Lockdown

If you’re in an auto accident, don’t neglect to get medical attention. Once your physical condition is stable, call an experienced Illinois car accident attorney to schedule a consultation. We are here to help, despite the COVID-19 lockdown. Attorneys are considered essential services and have the ability to work remotely. Just as accidents are still happening, we are still here serving our clients in any way we can. We are here to assist you by telephone, email, or video conferencing. Contact Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino to schedule your legal consultation today.

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