A Former Insurance Defense Lawyer Who Is Ready To Fight For You In Injury Cases
Injuries from car accidents and other mishaps can have far-reaching implications. When injuries occur because of someone else’s negligence, the injured party should not have to suffer the financial consequences.
At Norman J. Lerum, P.C., we advocate aggressively for injured parties in a broad range of personal injury lawsuits. While our focus in these cases is to recover the full amount of compensation our clients deserve, our services go well beyond the pursuit of money. We emphasize a personal approach, helping injured parties receive the medical treatment they need and removing the stress involved with dealing with insurance company representatives by handling all communications for our clients.
Our personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. You will only pay an attorney fee if we obtain a financial recovery for you, either through a settlement or a court judgment.
A Record Of Success
The firm’s founding attorney, Norman J. Lerum, has been an unwavering advocate for injured parties for more than 35 years. He has obtained a number of sizable settlements and judgments by developing strong cases that hold up to the insurance companies’ intense scrutiny.
He is an accomplished trial attorney who does not hesitate to go to trial if a fair agreement cannot be reached through negotiation. His trial experience is a key to negotiating from a position of strength in the effort to reach a fair settlement without litigating.
Mr. Lerum worked in insurance defense early in his career. That experience provides him insight into the tactics insurance companies use to deny or underpay claims. We are well-equipped to handle all types of injury lawsuits, including:
- Car and truck accidents — Including accidents involving bicycles and pedestrians
- Brain injuries and other catastrophic injuries — Victims frequently are permanently unable to return to work due to the severity of their injuries
- Fatal accidents — If a loved one dies as a result of an accident, we work to recover the full value of lost wages, medical bills, compensation for pain and suffering, and more.
Recent results include:
$3.0 million judgment plus significant settlement with other insurers and defendants for brain injured client after 10-day trial in 2019. Country Mutual v. Thomas Olsak, Circuit Court of Cook County, Case No. 05 CH 2618, and Joseph Pecoraro v. TIG Insurance, Circuit Court of Cook County, Case No. 09 CH 47038
$475,000 settlement for fractured ankle arising from a slip and fall incident. Henderson v. Lofts at Lake Arlington Town Condominium Assoc., 2018 IL App (1st) 162744
In the case James L. Wahle v. Duane D. Kolbrick, 14 L 816, Circuit Court of Lake County, Illinois. Mr. Lerum obtained a jury verdict and judgment on behalf of the plaintiff in the amount of $189,428 for a 79-year old plaintiff who suffered an inner ear injury in an automobile accident.
What You Can Recover
Illinois law allows injured parties to recover compensatory and punitive damages in personal injury cases. We help accident victims seek reimbursement for:
- Current and future medical costs related to the injuries, including rehabilitation
- Lost wages if you are unable to return to work
- Property loss
- Pain and suffering suffered during the accident and in its aftermath
- Emotional distress caused by more serious injuries or the death of a loved one
- Loss of consortium if the injuries permanently affect your relationship with a spouse
Call Us Immediately Following Your Injury Accident
Personal injury cases often hinge upon evidence collected at the accident scene or key details provided by victims or witnesses soon after the accident. It is critical to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following your accident. Do not provide details about the accident to an insurance representative (yours or anyone else) until you speak with your own lawyer.