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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: The lady nxt door scratch bumper of my brand new car I want her to pay for the damage
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on May 10, 2024

Unless your neighbor has an ASSIGNED parking spot adjacent to the scratch; you have surveillance video of your neighbor scratching the car; an eyewitness saw your neighbor scratch the bumper; or your neighbor admitted scratching the car (in a text, email, in front of a witness, or on video); AND... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: I didn’t settled my car accident case until 2021 but I am have to get my leg cut off due to the accident I’ve had the

Same surgery 2 times I feel the first dr should have done better is there anything I can do cause this has changed my life forever I never knew it would of turned out this bad

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Feb 19, 2024

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If you are asking about reopening the car accident, you CANNOT do that. That said, given the extent of your injuries, the insurance carrier probably surrendered their policy limits. That is to say that you probably received ALL available money.

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: I was in a car accident in 2019 I settled my case but now I may have to get my leg amputated can I do anything else

Or can I take the lady to small claims court

Adam Maksimovich
Adam Maksimovich
answered on Feb 17, 2024

It’s unlikely due to both the statute of limitations (since accident was in 2019) and the fact that there was a settlement. However if the amputation has some additional cause (medical negligence perhaps?), then it might be possible to recover in some other way. It’s best to contact a lawyer to... View More

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Q: I was in a car accident in 2019 I settled my case but now I may have to get my leg amputated can I do anything else

Or can I take the lady to small claims court

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Feb 19, 2024

Apparently, you posted the question about settling your claim in 2021. When you settle a claim, you release the Defendant from any liability that is in any way related to the events that took place on that date. As noted in my other answer, you probably received the policy limits. Contact the... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: I was in a car accident in 2019 I settled my case but now I may have to get my leg amputated can I do anything else

Or can I take the lady to small claims court

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 20, 2024

As my colleagues point out, it's possible the terms of the release and the timeline could present challenges. Most releases are worded to preclude future claims (unless you mean a claim based on med mal, which is usually a separate matter). This is something you should discuss with the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: can you sue an insurance co in illinois pro se
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 14, 2024

You could. It could depend on a person's skills, knowledge, confidence, complexity of the claim, and determination of the carrier to defend. Many people have successfully handled their claims and saved on attorney fees. If the claim is complex (you post under bad faith, which could have its... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Police have held my car on hold since 3/18/23 and I tried to get info on it but the police report doesn’t even exist

I was passenger in the vma and my “friend” driving My car crashed & left me there. When police arrived I was unconscious so I went to the hospital as trauma 1. He has since been in jail and I have tried to get information for my Insurance but all I have is a report number that doesn’t... View More

Lindsey Seeskin
Lindsey Seeskin
answered on Jan 5, 2024

I'm very sorry to hear what you have been through. It's possible the police report number you were provided is incorrect. If that's the case, please know you can also search for police reports using the name of your "friend" and/or your own name, the date of the crash, and... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Police have held my car on hold since 3/18/23 and I tried to get info on it but the police report doesn’t even exist

I was passenger in the vma and my “friend” driving My car crashed & left me there. When police arrived I was unconscious so I went to the hospital as trauma 1. He has since been in jail and I have tried to get information for my Insurance but all I have is a report number that doesn’t... View More

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Jan 8, 2024

If I understand correctly, you were a passenger in your own car at the time of the accident. Your friend who was driving is currently incarcerated, and your car was impounded and has remained impounded for 10 months. Sadly, the towing and storage fees on your car may far exceed its fair market... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Police have held my car on hold since 3/18/23 and I tried to get info on it but the police report doesn’t even exist

I was passenger in the vma and my “friend” driving My car crashed & left me there. When police arrived I was unconscious so I went to the hospital as trauma 1. He has since been in jail and I have tried to get information for my Insurance but all I have is a report number that doesn’t... View More

Scott K Walker
Scott K Walker
answered on Jan 24, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your accident and hope everyone is recovering well. Here's are some things you can try to obtain information about your accident.:

Illinois State Police (ISP) Crash Reports: You can request a crash report from the ISP online at...
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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Lets say i'm a pedestrian in chicago IL, Apon taking a picture of the cities skyscrapers I begin crossing the side walk

I assume its my turn but I wasn't a 100% sure because I was mostly trying to take pictures but no cars were driving on toward me. Apon looking left I look right and I see a sedan flying by possibly speeding and almost hitting me, What would have happend if i got hit and who would have been... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 27, 2023

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Both of you would be liable to some extent - the vehicle for speeding (and other possible reasons, depending on whether it was in a crosswalk, traffic control device, etc.). You would be liable for being distracted... View More

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Q: How long will it take to get a settlement check after signing release form?

I just sign my release form last week. How long will it take?

Lindsey Seeskin
Lindsey Seeskin
answered on Nov 3, 2023

Illinois law gives at-fault drivers/insurance companies 30 days to get you your settlement check from the date they receive your signed release. However, there are other factors that sometimes extend that time frame. For example, if you are working with an attorney and your attorney is negotiating... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Rolled my truck over on load and my employer refuses to cover the damages to my truck. Is it worth going after him?

I have a few questions; I recently rolled my truck over while on load. I’ve been paying my employer 2k a month for insurance and he’s refusing to cover any damages to my truck or tow.

Also, the spot in which I rolled over, when I delivered my load one of the men there said I’m the 3rd... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 23, 2023

Addendum - You mention other truckers encountering this road condition. If you contemplate pursuing entities involved in the design of the road, there could be notice of claim issues (short deadlines). If that is applicable, a local attorney could advise in more detail. Good luck

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Rolled my truck over on load and my employer refuses to cover the damages to my truck. Is it worth going after him?

I have a few questions; I recently rolled my truck over while on load. I’ve been paying my employer 2k a month for insurance and he’s refusing to cover any damages to my truck or tow.

Also, the spot in which I rolled over, when I delivered my load one of the men there said I’m the 3rd... View More

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Oct 19, 2023

There is no fee for consultation. Your employer must have provided you with an insurance card. Did you call the insurance after the incident? Did they refuse to pay the claim? If they did refuse, why? We had a recent incident where a trucking company purchased insurance for two of its own... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: How long does it take attorneys to write up settlement release forms?

My settlement settle September 18th. I haven’t heard from them since the settle date.. I was wondering how long would it be for them to send me the release forms

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Oct 15, 2023

It would depend on how the settlement was reached and whether it was with an insurance company or private individual. Insurance companies take longer than a private individual. If it is a Court settlement, it is not suppose to take more than 30 days. If it is a private settlement, it is based on... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: How long does it take attorneys to write up settlement release forms?

My settlement settle September 18th. I haven’t heard from them since the settle date.. I was wondering how long would it be for them to send me the release forms

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 17, 2023

It could depend on the firm and the carrier. Some carriers want their own release forms to be used, so it's possible your attorney is awaiting a form from the carrier. For very complex cases, they could require some detailed attention. For more cookie-cutter cases, they can be boilerplate. Good luck

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: While driving my truck got ticket from police that i moved before school bus goes(stop sign arm put back in) in indiana

Trial set in march. But i live in illinois. Got a lawyer from indiana but he said doesnt know about illinois law so should hire illinois attorney. Also he is asking about photo or video of that day and it happened year ago. Nothing know about yet. What should i do? Does anyone know conviction that... View More

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answered on Oct 7, 2023

He can file a motion for pretrial discovery of the video.

If you are convicted, your Illinois drivers license will be revoked. You will need to obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation complete all necessary classes and have a hearing with the secretary state. If you refuse the testing that...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: While driving my truck got ticket from police that i moved before school bus goes(stop sign arm put back in) in indiana

Trial set in march. But i live in illinois. Got a lawyer from indiana but he said doesnt know about illinois law so should hire illinois attorney. Also he is asking about photo or video of that day and it happened year ago. Nothing know about yet. What should i do? Does anyone know conviction that... View More

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Oct 8, 2023

Illinois and Indiana are driver license compact states which means that they share information concerning driving convictions. Mr. Harvatin already explained the consequences you face under Illinois law if you are convicted in Indiana. Many school buses are equipped with video for the express... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Had accident 2 1/2 years ago They say im at fault but i dont remember much from accident they are sueing me for 60000

What can i do and what about statute of limitations?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 17, 2023

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Notify your insurance carrier of the lawsuit. Make a copy of the papers that you were served with - your insurance company will probably want the originals after you send them some preliminary scans of the summons... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Illinois on
Q: I am having problems with my car insurance company they are telling me that I have to accept the offer but not have sign
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 31, 2023

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Accepting an offer is up to you. Insurance companies don't usually tell people they have to accept an offer - they might say that the offer is as high as it's going to get, and if they claimant doesn't... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Can a vehicle lienholder be held liable when the borrower is uninsured and causes a crash?

The uninsured driver hit a bicyclist. Uninsured driver is completely at fault.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 22, 2023

It's unlikely. Lienholders are not treated as insureds or registrants. However, if the car is declared a total loss, the salvage end of the claim can involve the lienholder. Good luck

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