06 Jan 2023
Admin | Choosing an Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer

The Cerasa Law Firm has the dedication and experience to win your case

It’s more than a little unfair that in the days following a bad car accident, many injured people are expected to put their recoveries on hold so they can run around looking for documents, collecting witness statements and negotiating with insurance adjusters. The Cerasa Law Firm P.C. can do that for you.


Any misstep could blow the case. If you can’t find a piece of key evidence, forget to file a form, or don’t fully understand the legalese and expert research cited by the insurance company – the adjusters and their lawyers are going to pounce. To justify rejecting or minimizing your claim, they will twist your words and use any excuse to blame you for the accident.

Hiring the right personal injury lawyer will protect your future and increase your chance of getting the maximum settlement you need and deserve to recover from a slip and fall injury or truck accident. Our firm takes accident cases on contingency, which means we don’t get paid until we win your claim.

So how do you find the right lawyer for you?


Get a free consultation

Most personal injury and defective product attorneys offer free consultations to potential clients. Take them up on that offer. Your attorney should listen to what happened in your accident, your concerns, and your needs. If you don’t meet your attorney during the consultation, take it as a red flag. Even if a firm says it has the best lawyers in the world, it isn't going to do you any good if none of them ever look at or work on your case. Pay attention to who is paying attention to you during your free consultation, it's a good reflection of how important your case is to the firm.

Lawyer Michael Cerasa will personally handle every aspect of your case from your first consultation until the final check is cut.


Look for experience

In your search for a lawyer, you may come across some small firms that work on accident cases, as well as handle family law or real estate transactions. Injury law can be very nuanced and complex, you’re going to want an attorney who is solely focused on accident victim rights.

Attorney Cerasa's entire practice is based on getting the maximum compensation for his clients.


Look for accessibility

An attorney who is too busy to help you understand your own case will not be of much use to you in negotiations. Your case does not have his attention. To get a proper settlement or verdict you need an attorney who knows the ins and outs of your specific case and what you want to get out of the claim. The insurance company will have fully investigated your claim before making you an offer. You’re going to want your lawyer to be more prepared for a fight than they are.

Attorney Cerasa prides himself on being accessible to his clients to answer questions and ensure that the process keeps on moving forward.


Look for honesty

Everyone wants to get the maximum payout for their injuries, but there are limits to how much a case is worth and how fast it can be completed.

If you have met an attorney who promises you a specific outcome or timeline, that might be a red flag. Calculating a proper compensation amount takes time and research and there are too many variables in each case to predict a definitive timeline at the outset.

Naturally, you’re curious about these things – how much money you can get and how long it will take. Your lawyer should be able to talk to you about outcome averages, estimates, and the way similar cases have been processed. If you’re consulting with an attorney who gives you a “guarantee,” he’s making a promise he knows he may not be able to keep.

You must have a lawyer on your side who you can trust to be upfront and honest with you about your legal situation.

You can count on attorney Cerasa to give you a straightforward appraisal of your case and provide accurate updates throughout the process. Accident and medical error claims aren’t always a clear-cut march to success. If something unexpected occurs, attorney Cerasa will be frank about what happened and explain his plan for how you can overcome it.


Read the reviews

The reviews and testimonials from past clients are good indications of the type of experience you’ll have with an attorney. A lawyer who is praised for his attention to detail, diligence, responsiveness, strength, knowledge, and skill is a good sign that you’ve found a competent representative. If you’re seeing a lot of comments about how lovely a firm is – and not much about the lawyer you’re evaluating – that may be a clue to move on. Yes, you want to work with a reputable firm, but it’s not the firm that will be negotiating or litigating for you – it’s a specific person.

Attorney Cerasa is dedicated to fighting for the rights of Central Illinois accident victims. He knows the Illinois court system, the local insurance adjusters, and how to win cases.

Everything changes after you, or a loved one, is injured in a serious accident. It may feel like you've been locked out of the life you had planned. Our firm is focused on helping you get the resources you need so you can recover from your injuries as much as possible.

Contact our firm today for a free case consultation.