Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer
An attorney who knows how to help you recover compensation
Accidents happen every day in Champaign, Urbana and throughout Central Illinois. If you were hurt in an accident caused by another’s negligence, you deserve financial compensation. The legal process is complicated, however, and insurance companies will work against you. The Cerasa Law Firm P.C. can help you get justice.
Personal injury attorney Michael Cerasa used to work for big law firms, where he gained valuable experience and learned how to win against powerful insurance companies. He soon felt that clients deserved more personal attention from their lawyer. So, he started his own firm to help guide the injured through the legal process every step of the way.
Our firm handles cases involving premises liability, slip and fall accidents, farm accidents, boating accidents, wrongful death and other personal injury accidents. When negligent parties deny responsibility and insurance companies don’t want to listen, attorney Cerasa gets to work. He knows how to build strong cases that insurance companies must take seriously.
An accident can leave you hurt and unsure about what to do next. All you want is for things to get back to normal. Attorney Cerasa listens to understand how your life has been impacted. Then, he fights to make sure insurance companies treat you fairly so you can recover the compensation you deserve.
What is a personal injury accident?
It is any type of accident caused by negligence that results in injury. This negligence can be a specific action that was taken – or not taken – by a negligent party (or multiple parties). Personal injury cases may involve slip and fall accidents, defective drugs and medical devices or boating accidents.
These accidents can result in serious injuries that affect victims and their families physically, mentally and financially. If you were hurt in a personal injury accident, you have the legal right to seek compensation for the damages you have suffered, but the legal process can be complicated.
You are not required to have a lawyer to handle your case – but keep in mind that the insurance company will definitely have one. They will do everything they can to pay you as little as possible or even nothing at all. Having an experienced lawyer on your side gives you a much better chance of recovering the compensation you deserve.
An attorney can investigate your accident to gather evidence and help build a strong case. A lawyer will also be able to determine the total damages you have suffered and deal directly with the insurance company on your behalf. The attorney can then negotiate a settlement that meets your needs or fight for you in court, if necessary.
There’s no simple answer to that question as every case is different. In general, you can seek financial compensation for damages you suffered as a result of the accident. Depending on your situation, these may include medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, property damage and pain and suffering.
Other factors can determine how much compensation you are able to recover. These include the seriousness of your injuries, whether you were left with a permanent disability and any future medical treatment you may need. Another factor is insurance policy limits. An experienced lawyer can give you a better idea of how much you can expect to recover.
It is common for insurance companies to make a settlement offer to resolve a personal injury claim. This may come at a time when your medical expenses are becoming overwhelming. There may also be less money coming in if you can’t work because of your injury. That settlement offer can seem tempting, especially if they promise quick payment.
The problem is that their offer will fall far short of covering all the damages you suffered as a result of the accident. Their lowball offer is a way for insurance companies to try to save money. They know that once you accept the offer, your claim is closed. That’s why you should always talk to a lawyer before accepting any insurance company offer.
Attorney Cerasa is ready to work with you on your case. Insurance company tactics don’t intimidate him. He investigates your accident to get the facts that prove you were injured due to negligence. Then, he helps you push through barriers until you get the compensation you need and deserve.
It costs nothing to get started. If you’ve been hurt in a personal injury accident in Champaign, Urbana, or Central Illinois, you need trusted legal advice. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. If we do represent you, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you owe us nothing unless we recover compensation.