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Friday, January 20, 2017


We routinely represent Waukegan and Lake County citizens that are injured by criminals attempting to evade arrest.  Know your rights.  Contact us today to discuss your motor vehicle, spine injury, and traumatic brain injury cases.  Just because an uninsured motorist trying to avoid the police hit you does not mean you cannot recover! 

Police: Man crashed vehicle after North Barrington burglary https://pitchengine.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017


Public disinformation campaigns by insurance companies and powerful corporations are designed to stoke prejudice and fear, and warp public understanding of how our civil justice system works. By manufacturing a mythical “lawsuit crisis,” they are trying to pressure policymakers into shielding wrongdoers from financial liability when their dangerous actions harm innocent people. The numbers prove there is no litigation crisis in our state or our country.

Civil Lawsuit Filings are Dropping Significantly in Illinois:

Civil case filings in Illinois have dropped 43 percent since 2010.

The number of medical malpractice cases in Illinois has been on a steady decline over the past decade, down 39 percent since 2003.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017


My husband was seriously hurt in a motor vehicle accident.  The hospital is telling me that his medical payments coverage on our auto insurance policy is his primary insurance and refusing to bill our health insurance for its services.  What should I do?

Answer:  Call an injury attorney.  Hospitals often take the position that medical payments coverage, personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, and/or the auto liability insurance coverage of the driver that caused your injuries, is considered "primary".  This is a fancy way of saying that hospitals will oftentimes try to send their bill to these sources of recovery as opposed to processing the bill through your health insurance.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Icy conditions cause a large amount of Lake County motor vehicle accidents and resulting injuries

Waukegan and Lake County motorists are reminded to be careful while driving.  Icy conditions over the past several days have caused a rash of collisions, some of which have been reported as the source of serious personal injuries.

Remember that driving the speed limit under difficult, dangerous conditions may not be safe enough.  Snowy, icy, and wet weather can merit drivers using extreme caution and even pulling off the road altogether unless and until it becomes safe to drive.  

Our attorneys are experts at proving liability in Lake County snow and ice automobile collisions.
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Train Accident

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Metra train near the northwest suburban Woodstock Station Sunday evening.

The person was struck on the Union Pacific-Northwest Line near the Woodstock Station sometime before 6:30 p.m., according to the rail agency. It occurred near the intersection of Calhoun Street and Madison Street.
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Medicare Set Asides

I am 65 years old and suffered catastrophic personal injuries in a Lake County, Waukegan, IL automobile accident.  The insurance company involved is telling me that any settlement of my claim will need to involve setting aside funds for Medicare.  What does this mean?  Is Medicare going to take my entire settlement?

Medicare is considered a secondary payor on personal injury cases.  This means that when someone 65 years of age or older gets into a motor vehicle collision or sustains injuries do to the fault of another, Medicare is considered secondary health insurance.  The at-fault individual's liability insurance is considered primary.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Officer Walks Away from Snowmobile Accident Unscathed

Be careful while driving on the icy roads and performing any winter sports activities.  We are thankful the officer involved is healthy and safe.

If you or a loved one are harmed in a winter driving, sports, or other activity, contact our experienced injury lawyers in Chicago, Waukegan, and Lake County today.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

I had an MRI which shows I do not have a herniated disc in my neck, but I'm still in pain.  My orthopedic surgeon is telling me I'm fine, is my injury case over?

Answer: Not necessarily.  Medical providers use MRI examinations as a diagnostic tool to assess for soft tissue injuries in accident victims.  The most widely known finding on an MRI involves a herniated disc.  

A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Ryan, Ryan & Landa is pleased to announce free one on one consultations for any and all Lake County injury cases in 2017.  We are able to accommodate all English and Spanish speaking potential clients.  This case consultation will include:

  • Assessment of liability on your case;
  • Determination of medical injuries;
  • Suggestions regarding steps that can be immediately taken to protect your rights;
  • Dealing with calls from insurance company representatives;
  • Obtaining compensation for damage to your vehicle and/or obtaining a replacement vehicle;
  • Explanation of what a personal injury case involves and how to begin your case immediately.

Our staff is ready, willing, and able to consult on your Lake County injury case either in person or over the phone.  Case consultations will be given free of charge.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Devastating Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries

A loved one suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle collision, what can we do?

The first step for anyone suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI), whatever the cause, is to seek immediate medical assistance.  Symptoms of TBI's include, but are not limited to, headaches, dizziness, amnesia, sensitivity to light (photophobia), sensitivity to sound (phonophobia), irritability, decreased concentration, depression, impulse control problems, attention deficit disorder, and a host of other complications.  Physicians can perform appropriate diagnostic testing, prescribe medications aimed at relieving the symptoms of a TBI, and place patients in appropriate therapy programs aimed at returning them to their pre-accident state of mental health.

For those that suffer TBI's in the context of motor vehicle accidents, trucking collisions, motorcycle collisions, construction accidents, or otherwise, contacting a lawyer is a vital next step.  TBI's can have devastating, life long impacts upon injury victims.
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Friday, December 23, 2016


Ryan, Ryan & Landa attorney Michael Viglione recently finalized settlement of a handicap accessibility injury case for $645,000.00.  The lawsuit alleged that a commercial building owner, management company, and tenant failed to remove snow and ice from the area surrounding a handicapped parking space.  It further alleged that the snow and ice was negligently plowed into the area by a company responsible for plowing and salting the store parking lot. 

The plaintiff was injured when she fell from a plowed mound of snow while trying to walk from the handicapped space into the store.
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