Alton Personal Injury Lawyers
Personalized care for personal injury victims in Southwestern Illinois and Missouri
In a best-case scenario, an accident will be a minor inconvenience – on from which you’ll walk away safe and sound. But for a lot of folks, this isn’t the case. When someone else’s negligence causes you harm, you shouldn’t have to shoulder that burden alone.
When you choose Glisson Law, you’re choosing trial-tested personal injury lawyers in Alton who know what it takes to build a case for your recovery. For the last 25 years, we’ve put the best interests of our community first, tackling the tough cases and fighting for our clients’ futures. From “fender benders” with injuries that heal to catastrophic accidents that change families forever, we have the resources and the experience you want on your side. Call us today to get started.
How can we help?
- What does an injury lawyer actually do?
- What kinds of injury claims do you handle?
- Do your Alton injury attorneys take car, truck, and motorcycle accident cases?
- Can you help if I get hurt on someone else’s property in Illinois?
- Do you take cases involving dangerous products?
- Do your Alton injury lawyers handle medical malpractice?
- Can you help if I get hurt at work?
- How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Illinois?
- How will I pay for my Alton personal injury lawyer?
- What kinds of compensation can I get in a personal injury lawsuit?
- Do you have a personal injury lawyer near me?
What does an injury lawyer actually do?
Personal injury attorneys do more than just take cases to trial; our job is to ensure that your story is told, either during settlement negotiations or in front of a jury. We analyze the circumstances leading to you injury, establish liability (AKA, figure out who is at fault), and work with financial and medical experts to show the true scope of your injuries and resulting losses.
But we also help with the day-to-day challenges of living with an injury. We handle the insurance companies so you don’t have to, and help you plan for a future that you didn’t quite expect. We prepare you for every step of your case, such as the types of questions you might be asked on the stand, and even what to wear to court. We are your guardians through the process of making a claim or filing a lawsuit, and your advocates in courtrooms and boardrooms alike. In short, our Alton personal injury attorneys represent your best interests, today and every day.
What kinds of injury claims do you handle?
Glisson Law is equipped to represent folks with every type of injury that results from acts of negligence, including:
A serious injury claim usually involves multiple injuries, not just one. A car accident, for example, can result in broken bones, organ damage, AND head trauma. A birth injury can cause nerve damage and brain damage. In the most tragic cases, the victim will succumb to the injuries.
Our job is to not only identify your exact injuries, but also to determine the true costs. When we file personal injury and wrongful death claims for clients, we make it very clear just how much folks have lost – physically, emotionally, financially – because of someone else’s negligence.
Do your Alton injury attorneys take car, truck, and motorcycle accident cases?
Vehicle accidents are a leading cause of injury and death across the country. While some types of crashes and collisions tend to be more catastrophic than others, even vehicles moving at slower speeds can do untold damage. Our vehicle accident lawyers can help. Contact us today if you, your child, your spouse, or someone under your care has been injured in a:
- Drunk Driving Accident
- Distracted Driving Accident
- Speeding Accident
- Uber/Lyft Accident
- ATV Accident
- Ferry Accident
- Limo Accident
- Taxi Accident
Can you help if I get hurt on someone else’s property in Illinois?
Property owners and managers owe their visitors a duty of care. That means that when you visit a place – as a guest, as a shopper, in a work-related capacity, and so forth – you should be reasonably protected from injury. Failure to keep properties safe (or to warn of potential dangers) can result in the owner or operator being liable for the injuries you sustained. Glisson Law’s premises liability lawyers handle a wide array of injury claims stemming from:
- Elevator and Escalator Defects
- Broken Lights
- Inadequate Security Measures
- Negligent Hiring Practices
- Parking Lot Accidents
Grocery stores, “Big Box” chains, restaurants, hotels – even schools and daycare centers – must protect the people they serve. If you were injured on private property, public property, or even government property, we can help.
Do your Alton injury lawyers handle medical malpractice?
If we’ve learned everything over the past few years, it’s just how fragile our healthcare system is. Doctors and nurses can and do make mistakes, and many times those mistakes are caught and fixed so quickly that the patient does not suffer harm.
But when they aren’t caught and addressed, or when a patient suffers losses because a medical professional was negligent or reckless, you could have a medical malpractice claim. Our firm has the resources to take on these complex claims. Many of our clients and other attorneys have turned to us for help with cases involving:
- Surgical Errors
- Medication Errors
- ER Negligence
- “Never” Events
- Anesthesia Errors
- Hospital Malpractice
You can suffer life-altering injuries in any medical setting, from private practices to VA hospitals. Glisson Law reviews cases involving walk-in clinics, chiropractors’ offices, outpatient surgical centers, and more. Contact us today to see if we can help.
Can you help if I get hurt at work?
Employees who are injured on the job (from sprains and strains to brain trauma and limb loss) or who develop work-related illnesses (like mesothelioma or cancer) are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois. This no-fault system allows you to collect wage loss benefits, pays for your medical treatment, and may assign compensation for disability if you are eligible. We can help you with these claims as well as with appeals, if your claim was denied. We also represent barge and railroad employees in FELA claims.
Sometimes, though, workers’ compensation isn’t enough on its own. And sometimes, what starts as a workers’ compensation case turns out to be a negligence case or product liability claim instead. Glisson Law can help you chat the best path forward.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Illinois?
The time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Illinois (called the “statute of limitations”) can vary based on the type of case you file. It is generally two years from the date you were injured or reasonably could have known you were injured, but there are exceptions. Children under the age of 18 have until their 20th birthday the latest to file a claim, whereas claims against the government must be put in motion within 180 days.
Medical malpractice and wrongful death claims are also generally two years. Products liability cases are typically two years from the date of purchase, so you may have less time than you think. It’s one of the reasons why you want to call us as soon as you can.
How will I pay for my Alton personal injury lawyer?
Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no fee until we make a recovery for you. It costs you nothing to speak with us, either; our initial consultation is free, and we don’t charge up-front for any additional consultations, trial prep, or depositions.
We only take our fee after we’ve won your case. You never dip your hands in your pockets for anything. And for the record? Personal injury awards are tax-free in Illinois, too.
What kinds of compensation can I get in a personal injury lawsuit?
When you file a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim, you’re seeking damages: compensation for the losses you have sustained. Those typically fall into three categories:
Economic damages, which are countable, financial expenses you have accrued. Things like medical bills and expenses, lost wages and loss of future earning capacity, property damage, expenses for future care, and other tangible losses all fall int this category.
Non-economic damages, which are things like pain and suffering, loss of consortium (companionship), mental and emotional suffering, disfigurement, disability, and loss of society.
Punitive damages, which are only appropriate in situations where the at-fault party has acted with a “reckless disregard for the safety and well-being of others.” These are rarely awarded, and under the law, you may be entitled to them “only if actual damages are awarded.”
Do you have a personal injury lawyer near me?
Glisson Law is located at 111 East Fourth Street, Suite 400, in Alton, IL. We’re only a block away from City Hall, and there is plenty of parking across the street. There’s also a bus stop right outside our office. Glisson Law conducts phone and video conferences when applicable, and makes home and hospital visits if you cannot travel to us.
Experienced personal injury lawyers serving Illinois and Missouri
Dealing with immediate and long-term effects of a serious personal injury can be hard; choosing the right team to represent your best interests shouldn’t be. Glisson Law has been helping the people of Alton and the surrounding communities for more than 25 years. Call or fill out our contact form today to schedule your free consultation. Proudly serving Belleville, Edwardsville, St. Clair and Madison County, and all of Southwestern Illinois.