When you’ve been injured, a lot of times it can be difficult to determine whether or not you need a personal injury attorney. In the moment, you could have complete trust in the insurance companies to act in your best interests. Maybe you don’t think your injuries or losses are enough to have a long term impact on you and your loved ones’ lives. Here at the Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. our experienced trial attorneys are here to fight for your rights and get you the care and compensation you deserve. Here are five reasons why you need a personal injury attorney after you’ve been injured.
The Insurance Companies Are Not Working In Your Best Interests
It’s always best to remember that while insurance companies have to operate within certain laws and guidelines; at the end of the day they are a business that isn’t concerned with you as an individual more than they are concerned with their bottom line. They also have teams of attorneys in their corner managing negotiating the lowest settlement possible for a claim. It simply isn’t a fair fight if you go it alone. You deserve to have a competent trial attorney in your corner who will not only level the playing field, but also work tirelessly for your rights.
The Damages You’ve Sustained May Be More Serious Than You Think
When an injury occurs, no one has a crystal ball to see into the future of how that injury will impact your life for years to come. While you may feel fine today, issues can pop up at any time down the road, and you should receive appropriate care and compensation to treat your injuries. There are laws that protect victims of another’s negligence to receive compensation for intangible damages, such as pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. The personal injury attorneys at Parente & Norem can best assess these damages and work to get you the best relief possible.
Our Biggest Priority Is Your Recovery
The Law Offices of Parente & Norem will be there to guide you through the recovery process from the moment you seek medical attention for your injury through negotiations with the at-fault parties to get you fair compensation. If the offer isn’t favorable to our client, we take the case to trial. That’s what we mean when we say experience, dedication, and proven results.
Sometimes Liability Is Unclear
There are times when an incident with injuries occurs, and who is at fault or negligent can seem ambiguous. If liability is unclear, you will need someone willing to compile a substantial amount of evidence to prove your innocence and that the other party was negligent. In the case of a car accident, for example, police records, photos of the accident, the official accident report, medical records, and eyewitness testimony are all pieces of evidence you must collect, organize, and use to make your case. This is why having an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner is so vital when it comes to seeking justice.
Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney Saves You Time
Your life after being injured should be solely focused on recovery. It takes hours upon hours to collect things like medical records, police reports, accident/incident reports, interviewing experts, and dealing with insurance adjusters. Let the professionals handle this process so you can focus on recovering and returning to the life you had before getting injured.
As you have read, there are several reasons to hire a personal injury attorney. Between insurance negotiation, knowing how to look out for injuries, and having a deep understanding of the law, a personal injury lawyer is much better equipped to earn you your due care and compensation. Call or text Parente & Norem today at 312.641.5926 for a free case evaluation. At The Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. your path to justice begins with us.
This article is strictly informational and should not be considered legal advice.
Memorial Day kicks off the summer travel season. This year’s volume on the roads is expected to be especially high as COVID-19 restrictions are rolled back and people are anxious to get out and see the world again after two years of staying close to home.
According to the NHTSA, over 9,000 fatal motor crashes occurred between the months of June through August in 2019. While not every motor vehicle accident is preventable, there are some things you can do to lessen the chances of an unfortunate incident occurring. Here are five summer travel safety tips to get you safely to your destination this summer.
Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Be sure every passenger is restrained in their seat in an age appropriate manner. Children under thirteen should not ride in the front seat. Be sure to have all car seats, boosters, and other devices properly installed and secured. Never leave children unattended in the vehicle, and when the vehicle is not in use be sure to keep the doors locked and keys out of reach of children so they aren’t tempted to play inside the car.
Stay Alert and Avoid Risky Behaviors
Be sure that all licensed drivers are well rested and ready to drive. Leave plenty of time for stops so you can stretch, walk around, eat, and answer emails, calls, and texts. Do not text and drive or drive distracted. It is always illegal to drive impaired on any substances whether they are legal or not. Always pull over if you are not feeling alert and up to driving.
Make Sure Your Vehicle is Up to Date On All Services
Before hitting the road, be sure your vehicle is up to date on all services including oil changes and emissions. Check for any recalls your vehicle may have, and have those addressed as well. Always drive with the gas tank close to full whenever possible, and check the condition of your tires and tire pressure often.
Complete a Vehicle Safety Checklist Before You Leave
Make sure the following items are running well before you take off on your trip:
- Lights (Including brake lights and turn signals)
- Cooling System
- Oil Levels
- Belts and Hoses
- Wiper Blades
- Air Conditioning
- Floor Mats (these can bunch up under the gas and brake pedal if not installed properly)
Communicate Your Route And ETA With At Least Two People
Phone service and wifi isn’t consistently available in rural areas, so be sure to let at least two people know what route you are taking, how long you plan to take on your drive, and check in with them each time you stop to give any updates or changes to your plans. That way if something goes wrong, they will have an idea of where you might be and how long it’s been since they last spoke to you.
We at the Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. hope all of you have a safe and happy summer travel season. Be sure to save our number, 312.641.5926 into your phone should you need our services at any time.
Parente & Norem Trial Attorney, Dennis Lynch, explains what you need to do if you’re involved in an accident involving a commercial truck.
At The Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C., your case is about a person who needs justice. You are never only a file or a number. In this video, trial attorney Cole Munvez, explains why he believes getting justice for those impacted by a Wrongful Death is so meaningful.
In this video, Parente & Norem trial attorney, Dennis Lynch, explains why it is imperative to have a personal injury attorney on your side when you’ve been injured.
What does it mean when you choose a law firm with Experience, Dedication, and Proven Results? Partner Chris Norem explains why this sets The Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. apart from the rest.
Experience. Dedication. Proven Results.
That’s what you can expect from The Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C.
Workers Compensation is a specialized area of law that has a lot of misconceptions and myths. Here at the Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. our experienced attorneys will evaluate your case, and explore every possible avenue to get you the treatment and compensation you deserve. Our experience, dedication, and proven results will ensure you will never fall prey to the misinformation out there about Workers’ Compensation.
In this article, we will cover three facts about workers compensation you may not know. While every case is unique and our team will go over details that apply to only you, these three facts are universal in the eyes of the law.
Who’s At Fault In Your Workers Compensation Case Doesn’t Matter
Workers Compensation is ‘no-fault’ meaning it doesn’t matter who is responsible for your injury. Whether you made a mistake, or your employer did, neither matters when seeking compensation. However, you can be disqualified from making a claim if you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, engaging in horseplay or illegal activity when the injury occured.
There Is A Time Limit To Your Claim
When you’re injured on the job, it is imperative that you report the injury to your employer immediately, or as soon as possible. There are time limits to worker compensation claims, known as the statute of limitations. If you wait too long to report your injury or file a claim, you could be deemed ineligible.
Remote Workers Are Entitled To Workers Compensation
COVID-19 changed the landscape of many workplaces, causing people to work remotely from home or other satellite locations. Workers Compensation has nothing to do with the location you are in when your injury occurs. The only thing that matters when filing a Workers Compensation claim is whether or not you were on company time. If you were injured on company time while working remotely or at a satellite location due to unsafe conditions, you may be entitled to even more compensation by filing a third party claim.
The best way to get the most accurate information on your Workers’ Compensation claim is to contact us here at the Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. today for a full case evaluation.
Broker and Shipper liability is a highly specialized and often missed area of commercial trucking liability cases. The reason this area of the law is so important is because many people believe the liability in commercial trucking accidents ends with the insurance maximums of the carrier. Here at Parente & Norem, P.C. we can analyze your case to see if Broker and Shipper liability exists, thereby increasing the amount of insurance to pursue. It can be complicated for the layperson to understand. In this article, we will break down the basics.
Carriers, also commonly known as the drivers of commercial trucks, are typically independently owned and operated by individuals who contract out their services to brokers and shippers to get their goods from point A to point B. Carriers carry insurance, but that insurance policy usually has a maximum benefit payout. This is why it is imperative to investigate if other factors could have been involved.
Brokers are the companies who hire the drivers or carriers. By law, they are legally responsible for driver negligence based on the control they retain and exercise over the driver. While drivers are often listed as independently owned and operated, oftentimes, brokers control the drivers from beginning to end. They can be held legally responsible for hiring bad or incompetent drivers. Parente & Norem, P.C. will review your case to see if the brokers had control of the truck driver (carrier) at the time of the incident, and determine how much liability they hold.
Shippers are the companies that own the cargo being transported by the carrier. Shippers should be analyzed in your case to determine if they have any liability when it comes to the cargo. Cargo can be loaded improperly by the shipper, the trailer can become overloaded making it unsafe, and the cargo can also fail to be secured to the trailer. The shippers can also be negligent in vetting their carriers for unsafe records.
At Parente & Norem, P.C. all of these factors will be taken into consideration when we evaluate your commercial trucking case. It’s our experience, dedication, and proven results that have had our clients awarded millions of dollars. We win BIG CASES!
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, stomach, heart, and sometimes other organs. This is a serious disease that often doesn’t reveal itself until several years after asbestos exposure. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important to have a law firm like Parente & Norem, P.C. on your side.
Symptoms of mesothelioma appear when the cancer has grown large enough to press against the chest wall and abdominal cavity. These symptoms can include: shortness of breath, chest pain, dry cough, respiratory complications, fever and night sweats, fatigue, muscle weakness, and fluid around the lungs. The most common form of mesothelioma is found in the lungs. Mesothelioma is a very rare incurable condition affecting approximately 20,000 people per year. Once diagnosed, the prognosis is usually poor for these patients with a life expectancy of around twelve months.
Since symptoms take so long to present themselves, mesothelioma cases can bring certain challenges. Our Chicago Area mesothelioma lawyers at Parente & Norem, P.C. have the experience with these cases and know how to overcome any of the unique barriers these cases can present. Our team will research and dig deep to get you the compensation you deserve to pay for medical treatment and other expenses your illness may incur. If you were exposed by a third party’s negligence, we can represent you to hold them accountable as well.
Mesothelioma is caused by long and prolonged exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, however, once its fireproofing properties were discovered it was widely used in many industries at the start of the Industrial Revolution, and not regulated by the government until the 1970’s. It was also used by every branch of the military. While in its origins, the use of asbestos was in keeping workers safe, however, asbestos continued to be widely used by manufacturers even after it was shown to cause harm. Even today, the use of asbestos is not illegal. Products that once contained large amounts of asbestos included cement, auto brake pads, thermo insulation for homes and offices, and roofing materials just to name a few.
Because Parente & Norem, P.C. is well versed in both Workers Compensation and Personal Injury law, we have two different avenues to explore for your full and fair compensation. When we evaluate your case, our team will determine which path best suits your case. Sometimes it can be both Workers Compensation and Personal Injury.
Founded in 1996, The Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. has had a history of experience, dedication, and proven results. We have a reputation for securing compensation for those injured through negligence. That’s the level of trusted knowledge on your side when you choose a skilled Chicago Area Mesothelioma Attorney.