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Your Cook County Personal Injury Lawyers

At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we are proud to say that we have obtained more than $1 billion on behalf of our clients in Cook County and throughout Illinois, including 215 cases involving a verdict or settlement of $1 million or more.

Our record reflects the hard work and dedication we invest in each and every case that our Cook County personal injury and wrongful death lawyers take on. We truly care about the clients we represent and strive to achieve the best possible results for them. We believe they deserve the highest level of service and attention.

If you have suffered harm or lost a loved one due to the negligence or other wrongful conduct of another, contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. to discuss how we can serve you. We assist clients in a broad range of practice areas, including:

When you reach us by phone or through our online form, you can expect to receive a free, immediate and completely confidential consultation about your case. Never worry about paying for our legal services upfront. We will charge you nothing unless and until we secure a financial recovery for you.

Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Cook County

Community Cook CountyPatrick A. Salvi established our law firm in 1982 with the goal of providing compassionate and highly professional service to accident and injury victims and their families in Cook County and throughout the state. As our list of successful results has grown over the years, so has the size of our firm.

Today, we feature a highly dedicated legal team of 15 attorneys and more than 30 staff members. We devote the full extent of our firm’s skill, experience and resources to each client’s case and strive to recover the maximum amount for them. We believe our firm can make a meaningful difference in our clients’ lives.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is regularly listed as one of the top law firms in Illinois, with the highest reported settlement totals in the annual Jury Verdict Reporter / Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Settlement Survey. Many of our verdicts and settlements have been the highest reported in Illinois for that case type or have established records in the county where the case was litigated.

For six consecutive years, our law firm has received a Tier 1 ranking in Chicago by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in the areas of Plaintiffs’ Medical Malpractice Law and Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation.

If you are a Cook County resident, you can easily reach our office in the heart of downtown Chicago. We are conveniently located in the 22 West Washington Street tower, at the corner of Washington and Dearborn streets, next to CBS News and across from the iconic Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza.

Cook County Traffic Crash Report Information

Because we assist victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents in Cook County, we stress the importance of requesting a copy of your accident report from the law enforcement agency that responded to your crash. You should expect to pay a fee ranging from $5 to $20. Law enforcement agencies which respond to motor vehicle crashes in Cook County are:

Cook County Sheriff’s Department
50 West Washington
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 603-6444

Chicago Police Department
3510 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653
(312) 745-5199

Illinois State Police
801 South 7th Street, Suite 700-A
Springfield, IL 63703
(217) 785-0614

If you have any trouble getting a copy of your accident report, we can get one for you. As your case moves ahead, the report can play a key role in our investigation.

Cook County Legal Information

Not every personal injury or wrongful death case that Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. handles in Cook County ends up going to court. In fact, through the years, we have been able to resolve the majority of cases through settlements, allowing our clients to move on with their lives with full and fair compensation in the most time-efficient manner as possible. However, if your case requires the filing of a lawsuit, you should be aware of the courts which serve Cook County.

Most civil cases arising from accidents and injuries within Cook County are pursued in the state court system. Your case would likely be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, which has a main courthouse located near the offices of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. in the Richard J. Daley Center at 50 West Washington Street.

In some situations, a lawsuit may need to be filed in federal court. Generally, these situations arise when the parties are from different states and the amount of money at issue is $75,000 or more. An example would be a defective products case in which the plaintiff is a Cook County resident, and the manufacturer has headquarters in a different state. The federal court serving Cook County is the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois located in the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse at 219 South Dearborn Street.

Our Cook County Personal Injury Lawyer Practice Areas

By focusing exclusively on representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death actions, our law firm has developed the ability to assist Cook County residents in a wide range of practice areas, including:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – Serious car, truck and motorcycle crashes occur every day on the busy streets, roads and highways of Cook County. You may be entitled to compensation if your crash was caused by the negligence of another driver such as speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving or driving while overly fatigued. We can help you to file a claim against the at-fault driver or seek a recovery through your own uninsured / underinsured motorist (UM / UIM) policy. Read about the $17.9 million truck accident verdict our firm obtained in Cook County. (The case settled for $14 million.)
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents – Despite strides which are being made to make Chicago and other communities in Cook County safer for foot and bike traffic, severe pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents still happen. These collisions can often be blamed on a car driver’s failure to keep a proper lookout or yield when the cyclist or walker has the right of way. Read about the $10.8 million pedestrian accident settlement we secured for a man who was left disabled after being struck by a car.
  • Medical Malpractice – We have an extensive background in medical malpractice litigation in Cook County. Through the years, we have helped clients to seek justice in a broad array of cases, including those involving birth injuries, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors and hospital-acquired infections. Our attorneys have a record of obtaining results for medical malpractice victims and their families, including a $29.1 million birth injury verdict, $17 million surgical error settlement and $12.5 million settlement of a misdiagnosis claim.
  • Premises Liability – We assist those who have suffered broken hips, traumatic brain injury and other serious harm after suffering slip and fall accidents due to the negligence of individual, commercial and government property owners in Cook County. These cases often involve slip and falls due to snow and ice. We also handle many other types of premises liability cases. See the Chicago Tribune’s report on a negligent security lawsuit that our law firm filed on behalf of a client in 2013.
  • Workplace /Construction Accidents – Our firm has a history of standing up for the rights of those who suffer injuries in construction accidents and other workplace incidents in Cook County. In many cases, a worker may be able to go beyond workers’ compensation benefits and file a claim against a negligent site owner or another third-party, non-employer. Read about the $15.2 million workplace accident verdict our firm obtained on behalf of a man who was struck and run over by a forklift at a job site. Our firm also assists those who have suffered mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in the workplace.
  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect – We understand the devastating impact of nursing home abuse and neglect on elderly victims and their families. We help families to hold negligent nursing home and other assisted living facility operators in Cook County responsible for the harm they cause. See the Chicago Law Bulletin’s report on the recent $1.6 million verdict we obtained for the family of a woman who died after suffering brain damage due to a fall in her group home.
  • Defective products – We strive to hold manufacturers of medical devices, prescription drugs and other defective products accountable when they make products that harm people when used as intended or when they fail to provide consumers with adequate warnings about side effects and other risks associated with their products. Our firm currently is focusing on helping those who have been harmed by the Xarelto blood-thinning drug.

What to Expect When You Contact Our Cook County Personal Injury Law Firm

When you contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. about your Cook County personal injury or wrongful death case, you can expect a phone call from our staff within 24 hours to set up your initial consultation. We will charge no fee to speak with us about your case. All information you provide will be strictly confidential.

During your consultation, we can learn more about what happened to you and the injuries that you or your loved one has suffered. We can also answer questions you may have about your legal rights and options such as:

  • What can I recover in my claim?
  • How long will my case take?
  • Will I need to go to court?
  • If I am partly at fault, can I still recover anything?
  • How will my lawyer be paid?

If we agree to work together, you can expect Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. to begin an immediate investigation into your case. We will work quickly to preserve and gather evidence, and we will consult with highly qualified experts in order to thoroughly analyze your case.

Our goal will be to prepare as solid of a case as possible on your behalf. We will then make a settlement demand, seeking full and fair compensation for your losses. A settlement can avoid the need to take your case to court and lead to a timely resolution of your case.

However, we will always be prepared to take your case to trial and present a compelling case to the judge and jury. Our lawyers thrive in the courtroom. If necessary, we can also represent you in post-trial motions or appeals.

The amount that can be sought in a claim depends on many factors, including the severity and extent of the harm you have suffered as well as available insurance coverage.

Damages which typically are sought in Cook County personal injury claims are:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income and diminished future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering.

If the actions of the person who harmed you went beyond mere negligence and involved gross or intentional wrongdoing, we may also seek punitive damages in your case.

In a wrongful death claim, a different set of damages may be sought. These damages can cover harm such as lost financial support and funeral and burial expenses.

If you are less than 50 percent at fault for the injuries you have suffered, you may still recover damages in personal injury claim in Illinois. However, your recovery would be reduced in proportion to the percentage of fault assigned to you. At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we will make sure that no undue amount of blame is placed on you.

We represent personal injury clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will pay no legal fees unless we obtain a verdict or settlement in your favor. We do not want any concerns about paying upfront fees to stop you from getting legal help. When we do obtain a recovery for you, we would be paid an agreed-upon percentage of your recovery.

Contact Our Cook County Personal Injury Attorneys Today

Compassion, experience, results and reputation – these are the qualities that distinguish the Cook County personal injury and wrongful death attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

If you have been injured or suffered the loss of a loved one, contact us today to get the high level of legal service that you deserve. While you focus on your health and your family, we can focus on all of the details of your case and seek a full and recovery for you.

Illinois law places limits on the amount of time you have to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. So, it is important to get legal help with your case as soon as possible. Don’t delay. Connect with Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. today.

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