What Does That Mean?

The language of personal injury law.

Arbitration – an alternative structure, outside of the court system, to resolve a case in which both sides of the case present arguments to an attorney or retired judge who decides the case

Complaint – a written document submitted to the court that starts the litigation process, explaining an injured person’s reasons for bringing a case and requesting justice

Contingency Fee an arrangement for attorney’s fees where an attorney is paid at the end of the case and receives a percentage of the money recovered

Counsel & Opposing Counsel – the attorney who represents a person in court and the attorney representing the other side

Damages – the harms caused to an injured person for which they can recover money, such as medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering, and loss of normal life

Defendant – a person or entity being sued by an injured person

Deposition – a formal question and answer session of a person under oath outside of court as part of the information gathering phase of a case

Discovery – the information gathering phase of a case where both sides exchange and obtain evidence to use at trial

Evidence – the proof, such as photographs, medical records and testimony, gathered and presented by either side to use at trial to convince the judge or the jury

Hearing – a formal meeting to decide issues in a case that can take place through the court system or arbitration 

Insurance Claims Adjuster – an insurance company employee who reviews a case and decides the amount of money the insurance company is willing to pay an injured person

Lawsuit – a legal action brought in the court system by an injured person against another person or entity that will be decided in court

Litigation – the process of resolving a dispute through the court system or arbitration 

Mandatory Arbitration Hearing – a proceeding similar to a mini-trial that the court system sometimes requires to try and resolve the dispute between the two sides of a lawsuit

Mediation – a process to resolve a dispute in which both sides discuss the dispute with a trained impartial third person, such as a retired judge, in an effort to reach a settlement 

Medical Lien – an agreement between a patient and the patient’s medical provider, similar to an IOU note, that allows for the patient to receive medical care right away and for the medical provider to be paid at the end of the case directly from the money recovered

Party – either side of a legal action brought through the court system or arbitration 

Plaintiff – the injured person who brings a lawsuit against another person or entity 

Pretrial – a process to resolve a dispute in which both sides discuss their dispute with a judge in the court system in an effort to reach a settlement

Statute of Limitations – a deadline imposed by law that limits the amount of time a person has to begin a legal action in the court system 

Testimony – the oral evidence given by a witness under oath at deposition or trial 

Trial – a legal process through the court system where each side presents the case to a judge or jury who reach a decision, called a verdict, about the dispute 

Witness – a person with personal knowledge about certain aspects of a case such as an accident, a person’s injuries or complicated concepts requiring expertise

A Healing  Justice Who’s Who

Guess who gets into most accidents?​

People who cannot afford to be hurt.

Guess who fails to take responsibility?

Insurance companies that are specifically paid to cover accidents.

Guess who’s on the losing end of that equation?

People who were injured through no fault of their own.

Guess who’s changing that narrative?

Lindsey Seeskin.

Lindsey can help.


What to Expect in a Personal Injury Case


A personal injury case can be resolved within as little as several months or may take as long as a couple years.

The Process


An accident occurs.


The person who was hurt or represents a person who died (the plaintiff) hires an attorney to investigate the accident and pursue a case against the person or entity who caused the accident (the defendant).


The plaintiff and their attorney will oftentimes try resolving the dispute through settlement negotiations with the defendant’s insurance company before filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.


If settlement cannot be reached, the plaintiff’s attorney files a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the defendant.


The plaintiff’s attorney and the defendant’s attorney gather evidence and witness testimony regarding the claims made in the lawsuit.


The plaintiff’s attorney and the defendant’s attorney present their cases in a courtroom at a trial where a judge or jury decides who is at fault and what damages will be awarded.


The defendant, almost always through their insurance company, pays the damages ordered by the court.

Case Value

It’s usually impossible to determine case value at the beginning of a case, before knowing the details of the accident and the full extent of a person’s injuries. Once the facts necessary to make that determination are known, Lindsey will discuss with you what she thinks is the most likely case value.

Communication & Phone Calls

Lindsey very often takes calls as they come in. However, if she’s in court or in a deposition, she promises to return your call right away. She will always keep you updated on your case. If you have questions, thoughts or concerns at any point during your case, reach out via phone or email without apology – Lindsey loves discussing clients’ cases with them!


Lindsey does not get paid until and unless you recover money. Once a resolution has been reached, payment typically follows within approximately 45 days.

A horrible event already happened to every one of my clients. I am dedicated to making sure their legal case is a positive experience. I want to remove their stress and give them back the control over their life that they lost when the injury occurred.
- Lindsey Seeskin

What To Do & What Not To Do When You Are Injured

How you can contribute to your own best outcome after an accident.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident call SEESKIN LAW LLC at 312.605.4100 for a free consultation.

Do you or someone you love need a different kind of attorney for another situation?

For instance…

Were you discriminated against on the job?

You could use an employment attorney.

Was a relative arrested for a drug offense?

They need a criminal defense attorney right away.

Is your landlord threatening to evict you?

You should speak with a landlord/tenant attorney.

Do you need help writing a last will and testament?

You could use an estate planning attorney.

Do you need to incorporate your business?

You should speak with a business attorney.

Please ask Lindsey for a referral. In each of the areas listed above and more she knows someone you can trust to do what’s best for you.