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Recent Verdicts & Settlements

59 year old machinist crushed when a semi-truck rolled off hydraulic jacks because the parking brakes were not engaged.


42 year old mother sustained a torn rotator cuff when she was sideswiped by a defendant truck driver carrying 40,000 lbs. of bricks.


Our client suffered shoulder and ankle injuries when a teenage driver fell asleep at the wheel and crossed over the yellow line into oncoming traffic.


Our client sustained aggravation to pre-existing spinal stenosis after being rear ended on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

$475,000 SETTLEMENT​

Minor client suffered a knee injury on trampoline due to rocket bouncing requiring ACL reconstruction, medical and lateral meniscus repairs

$322,030.70 JUDGEMENT

Client was injured in an extremely complex pedestrian accident


Recovery made for estate of a talented young comedian who lost control of his vehicle while intoxicated.

$225,000 Settlement

Our client suffered a shoulder injury when he tripped over rusty tomato cages in the garage of a general contractor

$200,000 Settlement

57 year old mother suffered a fractured hip when she was t-boned by an intoxicated hit-and-run driver.


Our client tripped over a tablecloth at a municipal building and had been turned down by 3 other firms when she was finally referred to our firm.


Our client had a surgical tool left inside her body during an invasive surgery.


Our client was attacked and bitten by a dog while on her postal route.


We pride ourselves on being responsive to every client’s needs. We understand the challenges faced after being in a serious accident and the importance of attorneys being there for you. At Zayed Law Offices, ensuring every client receives the attention they deserve is our top priority.

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No Attorney?

Some people do not want to hire attorneys to handle their personal injury cases because they think it will cost too much, they think they can do it themselves, and besides, they say, they do not know any attorneys and aren’t sure how to hire the right one. These points turn out to be not reasons but excuses for not getting the help they all need.


Contingent Costs

Many if not all skilled and experienced personal injury attorneys charge no fee for an initial consultation to evaluate a case and determine its difficulty in proof and its worth in damages as fair compensation for the claimant’s injury. Not only does the consultation cost the claimant nothing, but in cases of clear merit the attorney may proceed on a contingent arrangement and charge the client nothing for representation, advice, and advocacy through the entire case unless and until there is a settlement or an award of damages, and at that point charge a fee as a proportion, typically a third, of the recovery under the contingency agreement. If there is no recovery for the client, there is no fee for the attorney. In any case, there is no cost up front for the claimant.


Hiring an Attorney

To hire the right attorney, claimants may ask about fees over the phone before coming in for the initial case consultation. During the consultation, they should feel free to ask as many questions as cross their minds and take note of whether the attorney answers them directly and completely. A consultation does not oblige the claimant to hire the attorney, nor is there any limit on the number of attorneys with whom a claimant may consult. The fee agreement, contingent or other, should be in writing.


Doing It Themselves

Those who say they can do it themselves should consider that insurance adjusters deal with personal injury cases every day with assistance from seasoned investigators, medical experts, and attorneys practiced in the arts of deception and delay. From experience, the adjusters know what the claimant’s case is worth, and they assume, usually accurately, that the claimant does not.


Dealing with Adjusters

In negotiations with claimants, insurance adjusters enjoy every unfair advantage. They offer absurdly inadequate settlements and then, if the claimants do not accept them, demand impossible proof to justify the claims. Negotiations may drag on so long that many claimants settle for much less than they should simply from discouragement and frustration. If they persevere, however, they may find that long delays make loss of evidence likely, and at some point important proof from witnesses, documents, photographs, and case artifacts is no longer available. In some cases, adjusters have prolonged negotiations with unrepresented claimants past statute of limitation deadlines, after which their claims are time-barred and worthless.


Process: Investigation

Personal injury cases vary in complexity, but the process typically involves investigation, negotiation, and, if necessary, litigation. The personal injury attorney studies all paperwork from the client and retrieves additional documentation as needed, contacts and interviews all witnesses, sometimes deposes them, subpoenas them to secure their testimony, and arranges for testimony from experts when required by law.


Along with a complete and thorough investigation of the facts, the personal injury attorney reviews the law to determine whether negligence or intent caused the injury and whether there is any issue or proof of contributory fault or negligence by the claimant.


Process: Negotiation


The personal injury attorney makes an honest effort in good faith to negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement from the defendant’s insurer before resorting to a lawsuit to enforce the claim for damages. At this stage of the process, claimants at first skeptical about the value of the personal injury attorney’s services come to appreciate them immensely. The insurance adjuster’s underhanded tactics and dirty tricks are of no use against a skilled, experienced attorney as comfortable and confident in a courtroom as in a conference room; discreet adjusters who realize that they stand to lose much more at trial to an attorney who may persuade a jury to award damages they would see as excessive are quick to settle on terms of full and fair compensation.


Process: Litigation

If a reasonable settlement is not possible, the case must proceed to litigation. The defense often files motions for dismissal or summary judgment on legal issues to which the attorney must respond to preserve the client’s claim and, if successful, proceed to trial with selection of jurors, presentation of evidence, cross-examination of defense witnesses, presentation of rebuttal evidence in some cases, and closing arguments on the issues raised by the evidence. The entire dynamically labor-intensive process demands powers of concentration acquired, as in any form of combat, only through experience. It is difficult to imagine how any unrepresented plaintiff could prosecute a trial successfully though there have been rumors of such cases.

Law Offices of Adam J Zayed PC, a leading personal injury trial practice law firm, represents clients and their families with devotion, due diligence, and determination to secure for them full and fair compensation for their injuries and losses. Call now to set up a free consultation at 815.726.1616 or 312.726.1616.


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The legal team at Zayed Law Offices is committed to achieving extraordinary results for ordinary people. We consistently secure favorable settlements and verdicts for people who have suffered physically, emotionally and financially because of the negligence of others. If you are a victim, call our Chicago personal injury lawyers at (815) 782-0784 or use our free case evaluation form. You will not pay for our legal services unless we obtain compensation for you and your family.

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