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Michael Agruss

Written and Reviewed by Michael Agruss

  • Managing Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer at Mike Agruss Law.
  • Over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury.
  • Over 8000+ consumer rights cases settled.
  • Graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2004.

When you have been harmed by someone’s negligence and have suffered financial losses and physical pain as a result of their actions, then you are eligible to recover compensation for your damages under Illinois personal injury law.

Aggressive Personal Injury Lawyers Serving The Elmhurst Area

You may think that your case is straightforward, and it is obvious who the liable party is, but personal injury cases are rarely ever without some kind of complication. It is never advised to represent yourself, and since we do not charge you a penny unless we win for you, there is no risk in calling Mike Agruss Law today to talk to an attorney about your Elmhurst personal injury.

We Represent You In Front of the Insurance Companies

Insurance companies are businesses that protect their interests by aggressively going after fraudulent claims. Unfortunately, they can be overzealous in this mission and offer a settlement that is too low or deny a claim outright. They are notorious for tricking accident victims or giving them false information, such as telling them that they automatically lose any right to damages if they are at fault. Illinois is a comparative negligence state, so you could still receive damages even if you were partially at fault for the accident.

They may try to get you to say something over the phone that could be misconstrued as you accepting responsibility for the accident. Or they will claim that your injuries are due to another condition rather than the accident or crash. However, Mike Agruss Law has a strong reputation in the community, and insurers won’t treat us the way they will treat you. Let us handle the insurance company for you.

Advice On What To Do

One often overlooked aspect of a personal injury claim in Chicago that we advise people to consider is disabling their social media accounts while their claim is pending. The reason is that the insurance companies are known for hiring private investigators to look up social media accounts for people who have filed injury claims, especially for large amounts of money following expensive medical care. You may have many friends in the community or may be a member of groups who found out that you were in an accident and want to know if you will be okay.

It may seem reasonable to let them know that you will be fine, but that could be misconstrued or twisted by the insurance adjusters as an admission of good health. If there are pictures of you smiling, standing, or not appearing to be injured, then the insurance company will use those photos against you. However, people smile through their pain, and it is not indicative of your actual health. It’s best to shut down social media until the conclusion of your case and only discuss your accident privately with a few people.

Types of Cases We Handle

Mike Agruss Law has recovered millions for injury victims in Elmhurst and has a five-star rating from over 1,400 client reviews. We are a personal injury law firm that primarily focuses on getting justice for victims of medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, and wrongful death.

Doctors and hospitals take out massive medical malpractice insurance policies to protect themselves, and they hire aggressive attorneys to represent them when faced with a lawsuit. Therefore, you need an attorney who has successfully won fair and large settlements for their clients who have been harmed by a doctor or healthcare provider’s negligence, failure to act, or criminal intent. The types of medical malpractice cases we have won include birth injuries, nursing home abuse, surgical errors, and misdiagnosis.

In 2021 there were 1,342 fatalities from 1,218 crashes in the state of Illinois. Of those fatal crashes, 162 involved a motorcyclist, 215 involved pedestrians, and 130 were caused by a semi-truck. Mike Agruss Law is ready to represent you if you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s recklessness and negligence.

Landlords and property owners are legally obligated to provide a safe environment for guests who legally enter their property. When they breach this duty of care, then they can be held liable for the damages they caused. Premises liability law covers a wide gamut of harms such as animal attacks, swimming pool accidents, assault and battery, building code violations, and slip and falls.

Products that you use should work as intended when used as intended. If they have any inherent danger, such as prescription drugs or tools, then they should come with a warning and explanation on proper use. Companies are ethically obligated to design products so that they are safe. Manufacturers must comply with relevant laws and guidelines to prevent manufacturing errors that could cause accidents and injuries. When you have been hurt by a product in Elmhurst, call 888-572-0176.

Wrongful death cases are devastating to families and loved ones. We provide expert legal services with compassion for surviving family members filing wrongful death cases in Elmhurst. We can help you recover costs related to the deceased’s medical care before they died, burial expenses, and lost wages.

Receiving Compensation For Your Injuries

You may be wondering what types of compensation you could be eligible to receive from your personal injury claim. There are three types of compensatory damages: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Punitive damages are levied in an attempt to deter future behavior and as a punishment. Punitive damages are not always sought in car accident cases, but if the driver was drunk or doing anything illegal, then you may be able to recover them. Whether or not you are eligible to receive punitive damages is something that you need to discuss with your attorney since they are not as common as economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages are your financial losses. Any money you have spent or debt that you have accrued due to your accident can be recovered. They include:

  • Medical expenses: your ambulance ride, ER visit, any surgeries or diagnostic testing you require, hospital stay, prescription medications, medical devices, and rehabilitation physical therapy
  • Lost wages: you can be compensated for the amount of time you have missed from work. You will need to provide proof of your wages or salary. If you are an independent contractor, then an attorney can help you.
  • Future lost earning potential: if you continue to miss work due to your injuries or your injuries prevent you from returning to your career, you can recover the amount you would have made.
  • Property damage: if your car was totaled, then that could be thousands of dollars in property damages that you could receive.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses: this includes anything that you wouldn’t have had to pay for or needed had your injuries not limited you, such as childcare or transportation or outfitting your home for wheelchair use

Non-economic damages usually refer to pain and suffering. Although no amount of money could ever truly compensate you for the time you spent suffering or give you back the health you had before the accident, the law does provide some redress for your physical suffering and emotional distress. If you have lost the use of a limb or a function of an organ, enjoyment of your life, or have developed anxiety or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, you should talk to your attorney about receiving damages for pain and suffering.

Contact Mike Agruss Law

Call 888-572-0176 to schedule your free case evaluation. We will listen intently to why you believe you are entitled to damages from your accident, provide you with free legal advice, and explain the personal injury process. We advise you to bring documents to your initial consultation that can help us serve you better. The documents we’d be happy to review for you include:

  • The police report, if applicable, or the incident report from the property where the accident occurred
  • Your medical records and bills related to your emergency room visit and injury treatment expenses
  • Photos or videos from the scene of the accident
  • Receipts for out-of-pocket expenses such as child care, grocery delivery services, and public transportation
  • Any documents or receipts regarding your personal injury

After hiring Mike Agruss Law, we conduct an investigation into your accident by reviewing photos or video footage from the accident scene, witness testimony, and expert witness testimony. We then send a demand letter to the insurance company with a settlement amount and an explanation for how we reached that number. The insurance company then sends back their response to the demand letter, and negotiations continue from there. This process can be stressful and complicated for injury victims to handle on their own, but we do this every day. Let us talk to the insurance company for you so that you can focus on your healing. You can rest assured that we will stop at nothing to get you what you deserve.

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