We are open during the coronavirus outbreak but are working remotely In accordance with the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Governor Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home order. For information about how to reach us as well as court closures and continuances and COVID-19 resources, click here.

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Practicing Personal Injury Law During Covid-19

In these unprecedented times of COVID-19, we hope you and your loved ones are safely sheltering in place, practicing social distancing guidelines, and wearing face masks and other protective gear if you need to leave home.
Here is some information which we believe you will find helpful.

 

Office Operations and Contact Information

Our office is fully operational with attorneys and staff working from home, but we have access to all our systems and files through a secure server. If you have a question about your case or are a prospective new client seeking an attorney, you can reach us at (312) 815-6455. One of our attorneys will be in touch.

Court Closures and Continuances

In mid-March, the Circuit Court of Cook County announced it had issued court continuances for civil jury trials for 30 days and most status hearings for 60 days. Other counties and the federal court system have similar continuances in place. These orders and continuances change frequently, and we monitor their websites on a daily basis.

Useful COVID-19 Resources

The following links will take you to key sites that provide up-to-date information on the status of Covid-19 mitigation efforts, and recommended safety precautions for social and business interaction:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
State of Illinois Coronavirus Response
City of Chicago Coronavirus

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How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or injured at work and wish to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney, Smith LaCien LLP will evaluate your case at no cost to you or your family. We'll help you to determine whether you have a personal injury case to pursue.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

For most personal injury cases, you have two years from the time the accident occurred to file your claimHowever, certain types of cases have a shorter time period so please do not delay in contacting knowledgeable counsel.

How much is my case worth?

Every situation or case is different, so an early suggestion of a specific amount should be viewed with caution.  Depending on the circumstance, general thoughts based upon extensive experience may be possible following initial in-depth discussion. It is impossible to know what kind of settlement to expect before investigating the extent of any injuries sustained, medical costs, lost wages, future expenses, and pain and suffering. It is important that you hire a lawyer who will complete a thorough investigation and who will never advise you to accept a settlement for less than you truly deserve. Each case is unique, so the best way to learn about what compensation you may be entitled to is to call or message us and talk with a lawyer at Smith LaCien LLP

How are attorney fees paid in a personal injury case?

Almost all personal injury attorneys take cases at no charge, collecting their fee as a percentage of any settlement or judgment they obtain for you. If you get nothing from the case, neither does the attorney. Attorneys fees usually are contingent on success and are usually 33 percent. However, individual circumstances in a given case can alter that favorably for the client.