Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois

Q: I was in a car accident that was caused by the other driver. I was injured.

I can't afford an attorney and I can prove fault was on the other person despite the police reports findings. There were also factual errors in the police report. Can anyone help me or am I out of luck and a car? I am living below poverty level. I am a single income home for a family of 5.

3 Lawyer Answers
Steve McCann
Steve McCann
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: If you were injured and did not cause the collision, many of us would be willing to represent you on a contingent basis in regards to your personal injuries, meaning you would not have to pay anything out of pocket for legal services. The attorney you retain would be compensated by way of a percentage of the recovery.

That being the case, I recommend organizing everything in your possession that is relevant to this matter, including the police report and medical records, and contacting a personal injury attorney directly. Many of us offer free consultations, so it will not cost you anything out of pocket to obtain the representation and guidance of an experienced professional who will work with you to maximize your recovery.

Jeremy Wang , Evan S. Sloan and Matt Schmoldt agree with this answer

Matt Schmoldt
Matt Schmoldt
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Logan, UT

A: Steve McCann provided an excellent answer. I believe that you should call an injury lawyer in your area. Most injury

lawyers will provide a free consultation. Look for an injury lawyer that will not charge you anything up-front. One thing to keep in mind is that police reports are not perfect. I have had success working with police departments to get corrections to accident reports. Do you know if there were any witnesses to the accident? A non-biased witness would help tremendously as long as they corroborate your story.

Evan S. Sloan agrees with this answer

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: Call a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn for the county where it happened. They give free consults, precisely so that ANYONE who is injured can know their rights.

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