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About Carlson Bier Associates

When faced with personal injury, you need a lawyer who understands your plight and is ready to defend your rights — that’s where Carlson Bier comes in. Known for its stellar reputation in Illinois, this law firm stands unmatched when it comes to experience and knowledge in the field of personal injury cases. They tirelessly work for their clients’ best interests, relentlessly pursuing justice on your behalf. The esteemed attorneys at Carlson Bier have an intimate understanding of how devastating accidents can be, which drives their dedication towards battling insurance companies and negligent parties. Their commitment extends far beyond office walls; whether you’re within or outside Cowden city limits doesn’t limit the comprehensive legal services they offer. A recommendation? Choose Carlson Bier as your trusted partner amidst personal injury struggles – their track record speaks volumes about their ability to triumphantly navigate through complex litigation processes while keeping clients informed every step of the way. Select Carlson Biers– with them by your side you are assured not just representation; but results.

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Personal Injury Lawyers in Cowden

If you are seeking legal representation in Cowden, consider Carlson Bier. As a premier personal injury law group, Carlson Bier provides utmost dedication to your case with unparalleled professionalism. With vast experience in diverse personal injury scenarios – from traffic accidents to medical malpractice, slip-and-fall incidents to wrongful death suits – we bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Choosing Carlson Bier means benefiting from individualized attention that caters directly to your unique situation and needs; this includes rigorous investigation processes and aggressive representation in court if necessary. Our goal is achieving the maximum compensation you deserve. We pride ourselves on our ability to understand the complexities of each case while providing insightful guidance throughout every turn — making us not just any team but THE team when it comes to all your personal injury law requirements.

Attorney Services in Cowden

Areas of Practice in Cowden

Bicycle Crashes

Proficient in legal services for individuals injured in bicycle accidents due to responsible parties' carelessness or dangerous conditions.

Thermal Wounds

Extending specialist legal services for patients of grave burn injuries caused by events or indifference.

Clinical Incompetence

Delivering dedicated legal advice for victims affected by clinical malpractice, including surgical errors.

Products Accountability

Taking on cases involving dangerous products, providing skilled legal services to clients affected by defective items.

Nursing Home Malpractice

Supporting the rights of aged individuals who have been subjected to mistreatment in elderly care environments, ensuring fairness.

Fall and Stumble Injuries

Professional in tackling stumble accident cases, providing legal services to victims seeking compensation for their harm.

Childbirth Traumas

Providing legal assistance for relatives affected by medical incompetence resulting in childbirth injuries.

Vehicle Mishaps

Collisions: Concentrated on guiding clients of car accidents secure equitable remuneration for injuries and impairment.

Bike Mishaps

Committed to providing legal services for bikers involved in bike accidents, ensuring adequate recompense for injuries.

18-Wheeler Collision

Extending expert legal support for clients involved in semi accidents, focusing on securing just recompense for losses.

Construction Accidents

Engaged in advocating for laborers or bystanders injured in construction site accidents due to safety violations or negligence.

Head Traumas

Expert in extending compassionate legal advice for patients suffering from brain injuries due to negligence.

Dog Attack Wounds

Specialized in addressing cases for people who have suffered injuries from dog bites or wildlife encounters.

Pedestrian Collisions

Specializing in legal services for joggers involved in accidents, providing comprehensive support for recovering compensation.

Wrongful Fatality

Standing up for families affected by a wrongful death, delivering sensitive and expert legal support to ensure restitution.

Spinal Cord Damage

Dedicated to representing individuals with vertebral damage, offering expert legal assistance to secure settlement.

Testimonials from Clients

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Excellent
Based on 58 reviews
Mydjianie Savary
mydjianie savary
2023-12-12
I went to a car accident with my husband and they’re was very helpful. I love them so much.
Judy Canchola
Judy Canchola
2023-12-06
This law office was helpful, consistent and professional. I highly recommend!
Francisca Rojas
Francisca Rojas
2023-11-29
So happy to work with this attorney, they resolve my case very fast!
April Bartlett
April Bartlett
2023-11-09
Jeff Bier at Carlson Bier is a great injury lawyer! Jeff was very hands on with my case. He kept me updated on any and all developments. He was a pleasure to work with.
Daniel Vivian
Daniel Vivian
2023-10-30
Jeff and his team were great. Everyone on his team were helpful and informative while we navigated the process after our accident. Would use him and his team again if ever needed. Thank you to everyone at Carlson Bier who helped us.
Justin Scott
Justin Scott
2023-10-25
CarlsonBier handled my personal injury lawsuit... They were amazing and I highly recommend if you're in a motor vehicle accident
Shanta Nash
Shanta Nash
2023-10-16
I really love you guys Yall the Best 🥰
Kevin Calloway
Kevin Calloway
2023-10-16
Jeff handled my recent car accident case. He was always just a phone call away to answer my questions. Thanks for making such a stressful situation easier to deal with.

Notable Appellate Wins

Moruzzi v. CCC Servs., Inc., 2020 IL App (2d) 190411, 171 N.E.3d 61
Background: Insured motorist filed action against insurer for declaratory judgment seeking construction of automobile insurance policy issued to insured and that was in effect when insured was injured by an underinsured driver. The Circuit Court, DuPage County, Bonnie M. Wheaton, J., granted the insurer's motions for summary judgment. Insured appealed.Holdings: The Appellate Court, Zenoff, J., held that:1 medical payments reduction clause in automobile insurance policy conflicted with underinsured motorist provisions so as to render reduction clause ambiguous, and thus medical payment benefits were deductible from insured's damages;2 law firm representing insured did not create common fund or common funds when it reached settlement with underinsured motorist, and thus law firm was not entitled to recover fees under common-fund doctrine; and3 collateral estoppel did not bar automobile insurers from litigating whether common-fund doctrine applied in insured motorist's declaratory judgment action.Affirmed in part and reversed in part.
Maier v. CC Servs., Inc., 2019 IL App (3d) 170640, 132 N.E.3d 795
Background: After insured, who was injured in automobile collision with another driver, recovered full liability limits of driver's policy, she filed amended complaint for declaratory judgment against her own automobile insurer, alleging that insurer breached contractual duty to pay for insured's damages in accordance with uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage in insured's policy and that insurer acted in bad faith in denying insured such coverage. The Circuit Court, La Salle County, Troy D. Holland, J., granted the insurer's motion to dismiss claims as time-barred. Insured appealed.The Appellate Court ruled that neither the insurer nor the insured could add amended policy provisions to the court record. It was decided that the policy's requirement for a written arbitration demand applied to both uninsured and underinsured motorist claims. The court found that a letter from the insured's attorney to the insurer wasn't a valid arbitration demand nor a proof of loss to toll the statute of limitations. Finally, the insurer was permitted to use the defense based on the two-year statute of limitations period. The court's decision was affirmed.
Econ. Premier Assurance Co. v. Country Mut. Ins. Co., 2021 IL App (1st) 192364-U
Holding: The circuit court's order that granted defendant's motion for summary judgment and denied plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment was proper where defendant had no duty to indemnify its insured with respect to the underlying complaint and therefore plaintiff was not entitled to recover against defendant on its subrogation or unjust enrichment claims; affirmed.
Country Preferred Ins. Co. v. Westerheide, 2023 IL App (5th) 220343-U
Holding: The court affirmed judgment of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff where the defendant failed to make a written demand for arbitration within two years from the date of the accident as required by the underinsured provisions of the defendant's automotive insurance policy.
Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Olsak, 2022 IL App (1st) 200695, 216 N.E.3d 291
In a complex legal case, an insurer sought to avoid defending or indemnifying a hockey player under a policy issued to the player's stepfather after the player was sued for assaulting his coach. The initial Circuit Court ruling favored the insurer, but the Appellate Court reversed this decision, leading to a protracted legal battle. Ultimately, the Appellate Court determined the insurer was liable only up to the $3 million policy limit and found the insurer's four-year delay in seeking a declaratory judgment to be reasonable. This case highlights important aspects of insurance litigation and policy limit liabilities.
Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Durkin Elec. Co., Inc., 2022 IL App (1st) 210293-U, appeal denied, 199 N.E.3d 1187 (Ill. 2022)
Holding: The circuit court's order that denied plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment and found that defendant was an additional insured under the policy was proper. The circuit court's order that denied defendant's motion for summary judgment and found that plaintiff did not have a duty to defend or indemnify defendant under the policy was proper; affirmed.
Country Preferred Ins. Co. v. Groen, 2017 IL App (4th) 160028, 69 N.E.3d 911
Background: Uninsured motorist (UM) carrier brought action against insured for declaratory judgment that it owed no benefits since workers' compensation received by insured exceeded policy limits. The Circuit Court, Sangamon County, Chris Perrin, J., entered summary judgment in favor of the carrier. Insured appealed.Holdings: The Appellate Court, Harris, J., held that:1 employer's medical payments entitled carrier to setoff, and2 setoff clauses were enforceable.Affirmed.
Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Frobish, 2021 IL App (3d) 190473-U
Holding: Allegations in the underlying complaint that a township employee caused property damage by excavating and digging out a ditch failed to impose a duty to defend under township employee's individual farm insurance policy.
Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Jones, 2018 IL App (1st) 173154-U
Holding: The judgment of the circuit court of Cook County is affirmed; plaintiff is entitled to summary judgment on its claim for a declaratory judgment that it has no duty to defend or indemnify its insured against the underlying complaint because the loss claimed in the underlying complaint is subject to an exclusion. The court held that it would also enter judgment for plaintiff because the underlying complaint does not allege an “occurrence” causing bodily injury within the meaning of the policy.
Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Schmitt, 2021 IL App (5th) 190173-U
Holding: The appellate court reversed and remanded the judgment of the circuit court where plaintiff had no duty to defend its insured and thus was not stopped from raising policy defenses to coverage for the underlying tort action contained in the amended declaratory action.
Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Livorsi Marine, Inc., 222 Ill. 2d 303, 856 N.E.2d 338 (2006) (the late Keith Carlson)
Liability insurer brought action against insureds for a declaratory judgment based on failure to provide timely notice of lawsuits against them. The Circuit Court, Cook County, Stephen A. Schiller, J., entered judgment for the insurer. Insureds appealed. The Appellate Court, Wolfson, J., 358 Ill.App.3d 880, 295 Ill.Dec. 665, 833 N.E.2d 871, affirmed. Leave to appeal was granted.Holdings: The Supreme Court, Garman, J., held that:1 if the insurer did not receive reasonable notice of an occurrence or a lawsuit, the policyholder may not recover under the policy, regardless of whether the lack of reasonable notice prejudiced the insurer, overruling Rice v. AAA Aerostar, Inc., 294 Ill.App.3d 801, 229 Ill.Dec. 20, 690 N.E.2d 1067, and Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Baur's Opera House, Inc., 296 Ill.App.3d 1011, 230 Ill.Dec. 624, 694 N.E.2d 593, and2 insured did not need to prove that it was prejudiced by delayed notice of lawsuits.Affirmed.
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Personal Injury Lawyer FAQ

Hiring a personal injury lawyer can provide you with legal expertise, representation, and support. A lawyer can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, gather necessary evidence, calculate fair compensation, and, if necessary, represent you in court. Additionally, having a lawyer increases the likelihood of securing a higher settlement or award.

You may need a personal injury lawyer if you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional harm, and you are seeking compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. A lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and advocate for your rights and interests.

Many personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you receive a settlement or award. Typically, they will take a percentage of the compensation received, usually around 25-40%. It’s essential to discuss fees upfront and read the fee agreement carefully.

Personal injury lawyers handle a range of cases, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, product liability, workplace accidents, dog bites, and wrongful death cases.

After a personal injury accident, prioritize your safety and seek immediate medical attention. Report the incident to the relevant authorities and collect evidence, including photographs and witness information. Avoid discussing fault or signing any documents from insurance companies without consulting a lawyer. Contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.

In Illinois, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally two years from the date of the accident. However, there may be exceptions or special circumstances that can alter this timeframe, so it is essential to consult with a lawyer promptly.

To prove a personal injury case, you may need medical records, accident reports, witness statements, photographs, and any other evidence that can substantiate your claim. Your lawyer will help gather and present the necessary evidence to support your case.

The personal injury lawsuit process generally includes consultation, investigation, negotiation with insurance companies, filing a lawsuit if necessary, discovery, trial, and settlement or judgment. The duration and complexity of each case can vary, and having a lawyer can help streamline the process and ensure all legal protocols are followed.

The chances of winning a personal injury case depend on the specific circumstances of your case, including the evidence available, the degree of negligence involved, and applicable laws. An experienced lawyer can help evaluate your case and advise you on your chances of success.

It is challenging to state an average settlement amount as each case is unique and depends on various factors such as the severity of the injury, medical costs, lost wages, and the degree of negligence. A personal injury lawyer can help assess your case’s value based on these factors.

The time it takes to settle a personal injury case can vary widely, from a few months to several years, depending on the complexity of the case, the willingness of parties to settle, and court schedules. Most cases settle before reaching trial, but some may require litigation.

If offered a settlement, do not accept or sign anything without consulting your lawyer. Insurance companies often offer lower settlements initially. A lawyer can review the offer, negotiate on your behalf, and work to secure a fair settlement.

If your settlement is denied, consult with your lawyer to discuss the next steps, which may include filing a lawsuit against the responsible party. A lawyer can help you understand your options and guide you through the legal process.

If you lose your case, you typically won’t receive any compensation for your injuries or damages. Discuss the possibility of an appeal or other legal options with your lawyer.

Typically, if you lose, and your lawyer is working on a contingency fee basis, you do not have to pay attorney’s fees. However, you may still be responsible for certain costs, such as court fees or expenses related to case preparation. Review your fee agreement carefully to understand your obligations.

To find a good personal injury lawyer, seek recommendations from friends, family, or professional associations, research online reviews and ratings, and schedule consultations with prospective lawyers to discuss your case and assess their experience, approach, and compatibility.

During your consultation, ask about the lawyer’s experience with cases similar to yours, their success rate, their fees and payment structure, their availability, and their proposed strategy for your case.

 In your first meeting, expect to discuss the details of your case, your legal options, and potential outcomes. Bring all relevant documents and be prepared to answer questions about your case. The lawyer should explain the legal process, fees, and what to expect moving forward.

Communication preferences should be discussed during your initial consultation. Lawyers usually communicate through emails, phone calls, or meetings, and should provide regular updates on your case’s progress.

To help your lawyer, provide all relevant information and documents promptly, attend all medical appointments, follow your lawyer’s advice, and communicate any new developments or concerns.

Compensation may include economic damages such as medical expenses and lost wages, non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, and sometimes punitive damages aimed at punishing particularly egregious behavior.

Damages are calculated based on economic damages like medical bills and lost income, and non-economic damages, which are subjective and may include pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. A lawyer can help determine the fair value of your claim.

Generally, compensation received for personal physical injuries is not taxable, but there may be exceptions, such as interest on the award or compensation for lost wages. Consult with a tax professional to understand your specific tax obligations.

Winning a case against a trucking company can be challenging due to complex regulations and the involvement of multiple parties. The outcome will depend on the specifics of your case and the evidence available. Consult with an experienced lawyer for an assessment of your chances.

Damages for slip and fall accidents depend on the severity of the injury, medical expenses, lost income, and the degree of negligence involved. Consult with a lawyer to assess the potential value of your case.

Consider using your settlement to cover any outstanding medical bills, rehabilitative services, or other injury-related expenses, and invest the remainder judiciously. Consult with a financial advisor for personalized advice based on your individual circumstances.

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