East St. Louis

Personal Injury Attorneys for Victims in East St. Louis and Surrounding Communities

East St. Louis is located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. In this Metro-East region of Southern Illinois, East St. Louis was once a bustling industrial center, and it is now home to approximately 27,000 residents. Currently, the city boasts a waterfront with the second-tallest fountain in the world, the Gateway Geyser. It is traversed by several busy highways, including Interstates 55, 64, and 255. When people in East St. Louis need legal guidance after being injured in an accident, the skilled personal injury attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck can help. We represent individuals and their families as they pursue legal damages from the parties that caused their harm. Our East St. Louis personal injury lawyers have extensive experience advocating for people injured in the workplace or by the negligent conduct of other drivers, for example.

Car Accidents and Other Personal Injury Claims

Car accidents are unfortunately common in East St. Louis, both on city streets and on highways such as the I-64 corridor. Since a high number of vehicles are on the road at commute times, which average about 25 minutes according to the 2016 U.S. census, there is an increased risk of collisions during these periods of the day. When drivers are careless and cause an accident, victims have the right to pursue a personal injury claim for compensation. Filing a legal claim provides injured individuals with a method to recover costs, including medical bills and missed work wages, associated with the accident.

While there are many causes of vehicle crashes, the majority of collisions result from driver negligence. Negligence is a legal term referring to a breach of the standard of care. Since all drivers are expected to drive reasonably and avoid causing foreseeable harm to others on the road, when a driver speeds or drives while intoxicated, for example, they are likely breaching this duty of care. A breach that directly leads to a collision and injuries usually will support a finding of negligence.

The types of monetary compensation that can be recovered by accident victims after suffering injuries in East St. Louis include economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that can be readily quantified, such as missed work wages, medical bills, and property damage. Non-economic damages refer to emotional pain and suffering that affect the quality of life for the victim. Our East St. Louis personal injury attorneys can help you illustrate the full scope of the damages that you sustained.

Workers’ Compensation

Illinois law provides a legal remedy for employees to receive compensation and benefits after they have been injured at work. Some workers suffer harm in a one-time accident, while others are exposed to carcinogens or harmful irritants in the workplace over time, causing lung conditions or other health hazards. By filing a workers’ compensation claim, these workers can recover benefits from their employer, or their employer’s insurance company, for their job-related harm.

Filing a claim for workers’ compensation immediately after suffering harm is an important aspect of successfully pursuing a claim. This allows for the employer to be notified of the incident or injury. Additionally, it is necessary for the injured worker to prove causation between the workplace and the harm. While workers’ compensation claims do not require that an injured employee prove fault, the employee must show that their harm was directly caused by workplace conditions or that they were harmed in the course and scope of employment.

Social Security Disability

When illnesses or physical limitations prevent people from working for a specified period of time, they may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The Social Security Administration oversees claims for disability benefits and maintains that individuals may file a claim after experiencing an injury or illness for 12 months, or expecting it to last for 12 months or longer. However, not all individuals who file a claim for SSDI will be able to secure benefits. In fact, many claims are initially denied by the Social Security Administration. A skilled Social Security lawyer, familiar with necessary paperwork and medical requirements, can assist with meeting the elements of a successful claim.

One critical aspect of filing for SSDI involves providing strong medical documentation showing that a condition prevents a disability claimant from working. The impact and the condition itself can be detailed through medical information provided by a professional. Then, a lawyer can rely on this documentation as well as other evidence at a hearing before a judge.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in the East St. Louis Area

For decades, the skilled lawyers at Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck have provided compassionate, personal attention to individuals and families facing the devastating aftermath of a car accident, workplace injury, or disability that prevents them from maintaining a job. We are prepared to hold accountable all of the responsible parties, and we work with medical and vocational rehabilitation experts to strengthen legal claims for compensation. By maximizing recovery for our clients, we help them achieve financial stability. To better understand your legal rights and obligations, you can reach us by calling (800) 444-1525 or contacting us online.