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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ryan, Ryan & Landa Settles Nursing Home Case for $450,000.00

Ryan, Ryan & Landa attorney Michael Viglione recently finalized confidential settlement of a nursing home case that earned a Lake County resident $450,000.00.


The case involved allegations that nursing home employees and staff physical therapists improperly stood a 76 year old resident despite admonitions from her family not to do so, and despite the nursing staff's assessing her as unsafe to be stood.  Plaintiff alleged that this improper standing culminated in a broken right ankle that eventually developed gangrenous ulcers due to complications from her diabetes and required a below the knee amputation.


Defendants argued that Plaintiff, who was diabetic, suffering from COPD, right-side paralyzed due to multiple prior CVA's, non-ambulatory, non-communicative, and severely osteoporotic, could not pinpoint the time or place she suffered the ankle fracture, and that the fracture could have occurred independent of any wrongdoing.   Defendants also questioned the loss of normal life to an individual who lost their right leg after admittedly being unable to stand, bear weight, or otherwise use the limb for approximately 10 years. 


Viglione stated that: "This settlement is confirmation that mistakes were made in my client's care and treatment.  It also confirms the profound effect the loss of her leg had, despite her long-standing physical limitations.  It was a pleasure to represent her."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wrongful Death Suits Against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

The number of children that die while the subject of an investigation by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) or while being monitored by the agency has gone up in recent years.  Now, two wrongful death suits have been filed against the state agency on behalf of children that died while in the system.  Wrongful death is a death caused by the negligent, reckless or willful conduct of another.  Wrongful death is a civil wrong and those liable can be responsible for monetary damages.

The first case was brought on behalf of Gizzell Ford.  Gizzell was 8 years old and living with her father and grandmother when she died in July 2013.  A caseworker visited the home soon before Gizzell was found dead.  Three weeks before she died, a state pediatrician noted a bruise on the child, but, did not report it.  Gizzell’s mother and grandfather have brought a wrongful death suit in Cook County Circuit Court claiming that Gizzell lived in an unsanitary environment and was tortured before she died.  The basis of the suit is that DCFS missed signs of abuse that eventually led to the child’s death.

The second case involved Gina Presley.  Gina was three years old when she died from injuries sustained in her home.  Before the child’s death in March 2013, Gina’s maternal grandfather made multiple reports to DCFS and the Oak Forest police that she was being abused by her mother’s boyfriend.  The child’s death was caused by blunt force trauma.  Gina’s paternal grandfather has now brought suit against DCFS claiming that the agency is responsible because they failed to prevent the child’s death even amid allegations of abuse.   DCFS claimed sovereign immunity, in other words, that they could not be sued for wrongful death because they are an arm of the state.  The plaintiff’s attorneys then discontinued the suit and plan to file a new action in the Illinois Court of Claims.

If you are the loved one of the victim of wrongful death, it is imperative that you seek the advice of a qualified personal injury attorney.  Contact the Chicago attorneys at Ryan, Ryan & Landa for a consultation today by calling (847)416-1989.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

U.S. District Court Judge Has Given Preliminary Approval of Settlement In NFL Concussion Case

Approximately 4,500 former professional football players have filed a class action personal injury lawsuit against the National Football League for concussion injuries sustained while playing. After various attempts at a settlement, United States District Court Judge Anita Brody has given her preliminary approval for a historic deal.
Many former NFL players who suffered concussions during their time in the league are currently suffering from neurological and cognitive illnesses such as Lou Gehrig’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Others who have not shown any symptoms to date are at risk to develop these illnesses in the future.  Some NFL players have even died as a result of concussions they suffered while playing.  

In this case, the original negotiations revolved around an $870 million dollar settlement.  Compensatory damages were to be capped at $675 million with the rest of the funds going to testing, research and education as well as attorney’s fees.  This cap on compensatory damages was rejected and the NFL agreed to remove it from the settlement.  The result is a settlement that both parties are happy with.  Without a cap, parties are compensated based on a payment schedule that takes into consideration their age and condition.  Players or their families will be compensated at varying amounts up to $4 million dollars.  Families of those who died as the result of a concussion will receive the highest compensation.  

Some opponents of the settlement are saying that since the NFL has revenues around $10 billion dollars a year that this deal does not provide enough compensation.  But, if the class action proceeds to trial it will most likely take years and the plaintiffs will have to prove that their injuries were the result of concussions suffered while playing in the NFL and at no other time.  Some, like former Dallas Cowboy Tony Dorsett, say it will never be enough.  He has stated that no amount of money can compensate him for the loss of quality of life he will eventually suffer.  

Your personal injury case does not have to be the subject of a class action suit in order for you to be compensated.  If you have suffered injuries due to the negligent or reckless behavior of another, call the Chicago attorneys Ryan, Ryan & Landa at (847)416-1989 for a consultation today.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

City of Chicago Pays Out in Negligence Cases

Recently, there have been multiple large settlements in cases accusing the City of Chicago of negligence.  It seems that the City would rather settle the cases outside of court than take the chance with a judge and jury for fear of even larger settlement amounts.

In March, the city settled a case with a 37-year-old cyclist who was injured by a 40-foot limb that fell from a tree.  Prior to the accident, the tree was the subject of many complaints and was inspected but never removed. As a result of the accident, the woman was paralyzed. Chicago paid out a $5.75 million dollar settlement in this case.
A few weeks later, the City settled a case with a man who was injured in a car accident.  The man was hit by a car when a driver lost control after hitting a patch of ice caused by a water main break.  The man lost his leg.  He was compensated by the City of Chicago with a $5 million dollar settlement.

The City has also proposed settlements in other recent cases.  These proposals are in line to be approved by the City Council.  One of these cases involves a 23-year-old man who was injured when riding his bicycle after a night of drinking.  He hit a barricade that had been set up to warn motorists and cyclists of a collapsed sewer basin.  In this case, it seems the City knew the weight of the evidence was against them.  The light on the barricade, which would warn drivers of the hazard, was not working.  The barricade was set up in the actual hole and not before or around it.  Also, the City had notice of the condition and was planning to fix it.  All of these factors point towards liability on the City’s part. The man suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in quadriplegia.  The City has proposed a $1.5 Million settlement.

Another proposed settlement in the works is involves a 42 year old woman who was injured when she tripped and fell on a damaged Chicago sidewalk.  The woman suffered from a badly broken ankle and ongoing complications stemming from the fracture.  The proposed settlement is for $350,000.

If you have been injured as a result of negligence on behalf of the City of Chicago or any other entity or individual, call Chicago personal injury attorneys Ryan, Ryan & Landa at (847)416-1989.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Boating Safety

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, many people will celebrate the weekend by relaxing and having fun on lakes.  It is important to keep in mind while boating, water skiing, jet skiing, etc. that lakes have rules for boating activities that are every bit as clear and important as the rules of the road.  It is vital that people keep an adequate number of life preservers on their boats, travel in the correct direction around the lake they are on, and observe all applicable safety precautions.  Doing so can help avoid tragic accidents that can mar this great holiday weekend. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dealing with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are extremely serious and debilitating.  Recently, the NFL concussion litigation has provided a profound example of how head injuries of this sort can have catastrophic, lifelong impacts upon even the most elite athletes.  Memory loss, confusion, insomnia, rapid mood swings, and inability to concentrate are but a very few symptoms that can accompany a TBI.

Individuals who experience a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident caused by a third party are entitled to compensation so that they can obtain any and all necessary medical care to remedy their symptoms to the greatest extent possible.  No one should be forced to live the rest of their life in a decreased cognitive state and at risk for future impairments such as early onset dementia due to a severe head injury.  

Accident victims should stay vigilant for signs that they have experienced a traumatic brain injury, and should also contact experienced attorneys in order to obtain the compensation necessary to safeguard their future.  At Ryan, Ryan & Landa, we have the experience and knowledge necessary to accomplish that goal. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lawyers Make a Difference

The number one goal in a personal injury case is always to secure compensation for your client's injuries to the fullest extent possible under the law.  A secondary goal, however, is to ensure that dangerous products, business practices, and/or negligent conduct is corrected.

The General Motors litigation that has recently dominated the national news is a great example of this secondary goal of personal injury law.  GM's malfeasance with respect to hiding known defects in vehicles it produced was uncovered by Plaintiffs' lawyers searching for answers as to why clients' relatives were needlessly killed and/or seriously harmed.  Eventually, through these individuals' tireless efforts, it was revealed that GM hid known defects with the ignition switches of vehicles that cost people their lives.

In this instance, in addition to securing compensation for families harmed by GM's reprehensible conduct, Plaintiffs' lawyers' work exposed GM's completely improper actions and forced a recall of a plethora of unsafe, defective vehicles.  This constituted a positive change for consumers and the public who were taken out of harms way of future accidents and potential serious injury.

Far too often personal injury attorneys are cast in a negative light.  The insurance lobby rallies hard against lawyers who seek to hold individuals and corporations responsible for catastrophic injuries they cause others.  It is extremely important that the public recognize that Plaintiffs' lawyers fulfill a very important societal role in taking wrongdoers to account for improper conduct and seeking to have it corrected in the future.  In this way, personal injury lawyers secure positive change for everyone.    


Monday, June 30, 2014

Hurt at Work?

Most individuals harmed in workplace accidents realize that they are entitled to Worker's Compensation benefits to compensate for their injuries.  However, a lesser known fact is that individuals harmed while on the job may also have third party liability claims.  When a third party causes you to suffer an injury--even if it occurs while you are at work--you may be entitled to monetary benefits in the civil litigation arena.  In the event of a workplace injury, it is essential that you contact an attorney immediately to determine what parties may bear responsibility for your damages.  Ryan, Ryan & Landa attorneys are experts at assessing workplace accidents to determine whether you have an independent tort claim.  Contact us today. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Medical Malpractice

It is a simple fact that almost all individuals are not qualified to determine whether or not medical malpractice has been committed during their own care and treatment or during that of a loved one.  It is also a fact that a bad outcome in a hospital setting does not equate to malpractice.  

That being said, people are cognizant of situations where diagnostic test results are not communicated for substantial amounts of time, seemingly routine procedures lead to horrific results such as brain damage or death, or where information communicated to medical providers is ignored with dire consequences.  Oftentimes, in the aftermath of these situations, patients will not be provided with answers as to what exactly went wrong during their medical care.

It is your right to demand answers when your or your loved one experiences life altering injuries in a medical setting.  At Ryan, Ryan & Landa, we will demand and obtain those answers for you.  If those answers reveal malpractice, we will litigate your claim from start to finish and demand accountability from those who caused you injury.  

Please contact us today for a free evaluation of your medical malpractice claim.



Monday, May 19, 2014

Injured in auto accident - what should I do?

The most common mistake individuals harmed in auto and motor vehicle accidents make is believing that the insurance company of the driver that hit them, as well as their own insurer, are out to protect their interests.

Insurance companies have very specific goals following this type of occurrence: to negate your ability to prove liability; to confirm you are not hurt (before you may truly know one way or the other); and to devalue your potential claim.  This includes your own insurance company, which will be adverse to you if you have an uninsured (UM) or underinsured (UIM) motorist claim.  For people injured by a hit and run driver or who are harmed by someone with state minimum coverage, this will likely be the case. 

If you are injured in an auto accident you should first immediately seek medical help.  This ensures you receive all necessary care and also documents your injuries right away.  Be sure to document your injuries with photographs and videotapes that will illustrate the immediate consequences of your accident.  Avoid giving statements to any insurer regarding the facts of your accident or your injuries.  Instead, contact a lawyer who is experienced with representing injured victims and can begin protecting your rights.

At Ryan, Ryan & Landa, we are experienced in dealing with insurance companies on behalf of injured victims and achieving maximum possible recovery.  We can and will protect your rights.  Please contact us today.



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