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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I have an injury lawyer?Attorneys are trained legal professionals who can explain the laws to you; help you evaluate your options; negotiate or mediate conflicts with other people; prepare letters, court forms, or other legal documents for you; and represent you in court. For those seeking compensation for a personal injury claim or worker’s compensation claim, many attorneys, including Bizzieri Law Offices, offer free initial consultation in order to understand your particular matter and make an informed decision.

What happens at my first meeting with the attorney?You will tell the lawyers everything that happened regarding your personal injury claim or worker’s compensation claim and provide any documents you might have. At the end of the discussion and meeting, the attorney should be able to let you know whether you have a valid legal claim or not.

What documents should I bring with me when I meet with an attorney?When meeting with any personal injury attorneys, it is important to bring as much information as possible. Try to write down everything that happened so as not to forget, and bring with you any documents that might be relevant to your matter, such as accident reports, medical reports, signed contracts, photographs, and any other written materials you might have regarding the matter. If you are seeking compensation for a personal injury claim or worker’s compensation claim, this will allow your attorney to ascertain if your claim will be successful. If you have not collected any documents at the time of your first meeting, your injury lawyers should be able to get them at a later date.

What are the differences between civil and criminal cases?There are several notable differences between civil and criminal cases. In a criminal case trial, the state, through a prosecutor, commences a lawsuit against a person who has committed a crime as defined by the legal system. Criminal cases are handled in criminal courts. A civil case is commenced by an individual who has been aggrieved or injured, and is handled in civil court. Unlike the criminal trial in which the focus is processing the accused, a civil case focuses on the damage done to the victim and on compensating him or her for physical, emotional, and financial losses. An individual can go to jail only in a criminal case, while in civil cases the remedy is often financial.

A civil action can obtain compensation for personal injury claims and other civil actions to pay for medical expenses, counseling, lost earnings, lost earning capacity, in addition to pain and suffering. Sometimes civil actions can be an option when a case is not viable for criminal prosecution.

These are the basic differences between civil and criminal cases. The injury lawyers of Bizzieri Law Offices represent those in Chicago and Illinois seeking compensation for personal injury claims and worker’s compensation. If you understand the differences between civil and criminal cases, and you think you may have a civil case that could result in compensation for a personal injury claim, the injury lawyers from Bizzieri Law Offices offer a free initial consultation in order to understand your particular matter and evaluate it.

What types of outcomes can I expect if the attorney accepts my case and it is filed in a court of law? The case might settle or go to court for trial and verdict either by a jury of your peers or a judge. This process can take months or years, depending on your particular matter. If the case settles, then you will not have to go to trial and will receive compensation for your personal injury claim according to the terms of your settlement. If the case goes to trial, you might win at trial or lose. The decision to go to trial or to settle will be made together by you and your attorney.

What is a contingency fee?A contingency fee is a fee for services provided where the fee is payable only if there is a favorable result. In the law, it is defined as a “fee charged for a lawyer’s services only if the lawsuit is successful or is favorably settled out of court…. Contingent fees are usually calculated as a percentage of the client’s net recovery. At Bizzieri Law Offices LLC, our fee is 33.33% for personal injury claims (non FELA), 25% for FELA claims, and 20% for worker’s compensation claims. The industry standard is anywhere between 33.33% and 40%.


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