Personal Injury - Hurt at the Hands of Another

When Injured by the carelessness of someone else, you want fair compensation and your questions answered. You have come to the right place. 

Delivering Peace of Mind After a Serious Accident

You are probably here because you have been seriously hurt in an accident, or maybe you are looking for information on behalf of  someone that you care about. We understand that at the heart of every personal injury case, is the person and the pain that they carry. We do not represent insurance companies but rather the person who was the victim of someone else’s carelessness, the person who deserves a smart and compassionate advocate who will work for him or her. While we cannot take away the pain from your injury, we are here to make the legal aspect go as smoothly as possible.  We understand that this is not where you want to be, but that the legal part of your recovery requires skilled attention. Let us help you become legally ready to deal with what inevitably lies ahead.

Personal Injury Cases We Handle Include

Let us Handle the Insurance Company

Before you speak to the insurance company of the person or company responsible for your injuries, please get in touch with us. No matter how nice the sweet lady on the phone is at the insurance company, the person who works for the insurance company is not your friend. Make no mistake about it, their job is to help maximize profit for the insurance company at your expense.  They are very well trained at their jobs and want to pay you as little as possible, if anything at all. From the moment they get you on the phone, they begin to build a case against you.  Be aware. Beware.

How can I afford an injury lawyer?

If you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid. No money is due up front and we are paid at the end of your case from the money that we recover for you from the at-fault party.  Almost all injury lawyers work on what is called a contingency fee basis which means that our fees are determined by how much compensation you receive, usually expressed as a percentage. Most law firms charge a 1/3 fee (33.33 percent) and some charge 40% if the case goes to trial. We charge a straight 1/3 even if the case ends up in court. 

Do I have a case and if so, how much is it worth?

Not everyone has “a case”, nor do we accept every case. We will, however, be happy to discuss the matter with you and provide an understanding as to the direction we recommend. There are many components to a personal injury case and no ‘one size fits all’ answer. What you should do early on is to document everything that you remember about what happened, including details about what happened and how you felt in the moments, days, weeks and months following the incident since memories tend to fade with time. Share this with your lawyer in confidence. You will also want to keep track of medical appointments, any time that you had to miss from work, prescription medications that you needed to take following the incident, and so forth. It is a very good idea to discuss these details with an attorney before you try to deal with the insurance company yourself, for an honest assessment of what you may be facing. In any personal injury case, you must prove that the other party was at fault (or mostly at fault) and that you suffered some for of damages, like a physical injury, as the result. We are happy to have provide you with a confidential strategy session with the attorney, at no cost to you, to help  you decide what your next step should be.

It is impossible at the outset to tell you how much your case is worth. If anyone tries to tell you on day one how much your case is worth, run the other way because it is too soon to tell until the facts have been investigated and your medical treatment has ended. There is an old rule of thumb that you may have heard about, that cases are worth 3 times your medical bills, but this often has no basis in reality. Your case can be worth a lot more, or a lot less. There are so many factors to consider and there simply is no formula. The insurance company for the responsible party, however, will be very quick to tell you what they want you to think your case is worth, if they are willing to put a value on it at all. They want to settle with you quickly before you realize the full extent of what you might be legally entitled to and they will try to get you to agree to a number before you talk to an attorney. Do not trust the insurance company. They do not work for you. 

What can I be compensated for in a personal injury case?

Every case is different, but if you were injured by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to some or all of the following:

  • Medical Expenses, including ambulance bills, hospital and doctor bills, physical therapy and chiropractor bills
  • Prescription medication
  • Medical Devices such as crutches or slings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages if you had to miss work because of your injury
  • Loss of a normal life, in other words, compensation for adjustments that you had to make in your daily living as a result of the accident or injury
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • In cases of the wrongful death of a loved one, additional compensation including funeral expenses, etc. 

How can I begin the Process?

At O’Connor Cadiz Law, we work with seriously injured victims who were hurt by the fault of another. We help with the legal aspect of their recovery and are invested in helping obtain a fair compensation. You are not just another “case” and we understand how deeply personal these matters are. At our boutique law firm, you won’t find the “law-mill” mentality that exists at many of the larger law firms with a one-size-fits-all approach.  As a one attorney law firm, we are selective in who we work with and we get to know our clients very well – their story and their injuries, as no two cases are alike. Fill out our contact form and we will be in touch very shortly.  Give us your story. If you prefer, call us at 630 250-8813.

Carol O'Connor Cadiz
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Attorney & Owner at O'Connor Cadiz Law: Bankruptcy, Injury, Real Estate & Mediation