Belleville Personal Injury Lawyers
Hipskind & McAninch, LLC: Extensive Trial Experience, Impressive Client Dedication
Mounting medical expenses, permanent injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering—for many accident victims, these things can become their reality.
But it doesn’t have to be yours.
If the negligent or reckless actions of another party injured you or a loved one, filing a personal injury claim can help you recover your losses and get your life back on track.
At Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, we know how to win personal injury claims, even against large and powerful insurance companies.
John Hipskind and Brady McAninch have worked on the side of both defendants and plaintiffs in personal injury cases. This experience gives us unique insight into the tactics insurance companies use to diminish their client’s liability. In other words, we’ve read the insurance industry’s playbook. Let us put this knowledge and experience behind your claim so that you can get the compensation you deserve.
Still, experience isn’t the only thing you need to look for in a personal injury attorney. You also need a team you can trust, and someone who genuinely cares about your case’s outcome. We do. It’s why we give every client our cell phone number—because important questions and emergencies don’t always abide by business hours.
To find out more about your legal rights and options, call our office for a free consultation. Dial (618) 641-9189 today.
Their Insurance Company Offered Me a Settlement. Should I Take It?
Absolutely not. In fact, we advise you not to speak to the at-fault party’s insurance company. All communications with insurance companies should be handled by your attorneys. Insurance companies are very good at getting you to slip up and say something that they can use against you later. For that reason, if an insurance company tries to contact you, refer it to your attorney.
Insurance companies don’t care about the physical, financial, and emotional straits their client’s actions have put you in. Their priorities are minimizing payouts and maximizing profits. They will offer you what seems like a reasonable settlement, but we can tell you from experience that it is not.
As seasoned personal injury attorneys, we know that the true costs of an injury go far beyond your current medical bills and lost income. Many injuries require long-term treatment that could last for years. Injuries also affect the future of your career and your ability to earn a living. And then there are the emotional and psychological effects, such as the loss of enjoyment of life, lingering symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other issues that can impact your relationships with friends and family. We will take all of these matters into account when deciding how much compensation you deserve.
Personal Injury Compensation: How Much Do I Stand To Win In Damages?
Each personal injury claim is different, and the amount of compensation that you’re entitled to will depend on the type and severity of the injury you sustained, the impact it’s had on your life, and the culpability of the party at fault. Damages that can be awarded include:
- Current and future medical bills
- Cost of household and vehicle modifications needed to accommodate your injuries (wheelchair ramps, lifts, etc.)
- Permanent injury or disability
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional duress
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of a limb
- Lost wages
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Costs of career retraining
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Punitive damages
Illinois and Missouri are “comparative negligence” states: if you are partially at fault for your injury, it will diminish the amount of compensation you can be awarded.
Let’s say you were injured in a collision with a drunk driver who was speeding. But, the accident happened at night and witnesses testify that one of your headlights was out. A court may decide that you were 15% at fault for the accident, while the defendant was 85% at fault. If your total damages were $100,000, you would only eligible to receive $85,000. The better the case your attorney makes for you, the greater your potential compensation will be.
At Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, we understand how difficult the aftermath of an injury can be, which is why we urge you to let us handle your legal issues while you concentrate on recovering. Since we work on a contingency basis, you won’t have to pay any retainer fees, upfront costs, or out-of-pocket expenses. We only get paid if we’re successful in recovering compensation on your behalf.
To get your personal injury claim underway, call us at (618) 641-9189 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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Because of these serious issues, it is important that you find an experienced lawyer to assist you in handling your claim. We represent clients who have suffered from various injuries, including: