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Friday, December 23, 2016

HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY


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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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

NURSING HOME NEGLECT


A loved one has been inappropriately treated at a nursing home, what are their rights?

Nursing home neglect is a tragic and all too common occurrence.  Loved ones go into nursing homes for comfort, protection, and assistance during the later stages of their lives.  All too often what results is an overburdened staff that is inattentive and unresponsive to residents' needs.

Signs of nursing home negligence range from unexplained injuries, to pressure sore development, inadequate hydration and/or nutrition, and overall mental deterioration.  The effects of these injuries oftentimes cause significant impairment of qualify of life for people that can least afford it.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

UNDERSTANDING THE SYMPTOMS OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY


A loved one who has been catastrophically injured begins behaving oddly, what is going on?

A mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, or relative is seriously injured in an accident.  At first they seem ok.  Obviously there are orthopedic injuries, but thank god they are alive.  Then things begin to turn.  They develop sensitivity to light, sound, and smell.


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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

REAL FACTS ABOUT CIVIL LAWSUITS IN ILLINOIS

Tort reformers suggest that civil lawsuits in Illinois are out of control, what are the real facts?

Tort reformers, individuals aimed at curbing Illinois citizens' access to the civil court system and preventing catastrophically injured victims from holding those that harm them accountable, routinely tout a supposed state-wide lawsuit crisis in support of obtaining their goals. 

The real statistics pertaining to civil lawsuits in Illinois completely debunk tort reformers' claims and illustrate the fallacy of this movement:

Civil Case filings in Illinois have dropped 33% from 2010 to 2014.

Medical Malpractice filings in Illinois have dropped 43% since 2003.

Cook County Civil Case filings dropped by 40% from 2010 to 2014.

Medical Malpractice Cases make up only about 0.2% of all civil cases in Illinois.

Court statistics do show what groups actually sue each other the most frequently:

Tort cases consist of roughly 7% of all civil cases in Illinois.

Contract cases (mainly premised upon businesses suing other businesses or people) make up approximately 64% of all civil cases in Illinois.

The data regarding Illinois lawsuits is abundantly clear.  This state is not in the midst of a civil lawsuit crisis.  Quite to the contrary, civil lawsuits are in decline and have been for years.

Do not be fooled by tort reformers and their attempts to connect Illinois' struggling economy to personal injury lawsuits.  Their arguments would not hold up in court, which is exactly why they want to close the courthouse doors to you.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Lawsuits Against City Entities

I WAS INJURED BY AN AMBULANCE WITH NO LIGHTS OR SIRENS ACTIVATED TRAVELING WAY TOO FAST, DO I HAVE A CIVIL CLAIM FOR MY SEVERE INJURIES?

Short answer: yes, but it's complicated! 

Lawsuits against city and/or municipal entities can be complex.  The Illinois Supreme Court very recently abolished the "public duty rule."  This was a common law doctrine holding that municipal entities had no duty to citizens to provide police, fire, and emergency protection services.  

While the Supreme Court's decision is a victory for injured individuals, in that it holds such a duty now exists, this does not mean that a lawsuit against a municipal entity is 100% destined for success.  

The Illinois Lawsuit and Governmental Tort Immunity Act provides a host of immunities for the conduct of police officers, ambulance drivers, and a wealth of municipal employees.  These immunities can make civil claims against municipal entities and employees difficult.  

However, all is not lost.  Hiring an experienced injury attorney that is familiar with the Tort Immunity Act and that can navigate its various provisions is a necessary and vital first step in protecting your rights and securing a recovery.  Injury attorneys can defeat inapplicable immunity defenses and ensure reasonable compensation.

 Do not take on city hall alone.  Call Ryan, Ryan & Landa today to take your first step to overcoming any and all immunity defenses to your injury claim.  Our attorneys will provide a free case consultation and ensure your rights are protected.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

"Making a Murderer" Teaches Lawyering Lessons

Netflix docu-series "Making a Murderer" has exploded in popularity over the past several months.  The show, which chronicles the arrest and subsequent murder trial of Wisconsin resident Steven Avery, is a gripping commentary on the shortcomings inherent in our country's criminal justice system.

The show's heroes are Avery's defense lawyers, Jerry Buting and Dean Strang.  Although unsuccessful in defending Mr. Avery against first degree murder charges, Buting and Strang reveal themselves as fantastic and passionate advocates who are fiercely dedicated in defending a man that the public and media branded as guilty long before his trial began.

Buting and Strang's defense of Avery underscores the absolute importance of attorneys in preserving the rights of their clients in the face of criminal prosecution.  This role is no less important in the civil justice system, where personal injury attorneys serve a vital function in protecting the rights, well-being, and future of those harmed by corporate negligence, medical malpractice, etc. 

It would be impossible for anyone to watch "Making a Murderer" and imagine Avery tackling Ken Kratz, the Manitowoc Sheriff's Department, and even the FBI alone.  Accident and injury victims should not make the mistake of believing that in the civil justice system insurance companies and corporate wrongdoers will resolve claims simply because it is the right thing to do.  Find your own Buting and Strang by contacting civil attorneys Ryan, Ryan & Landa today.  We will work just as hard in securing your rights and recovery.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ryan, Ryan & Landa representing injury victims all over Illinois

Ryan, Ryan & Landa is pleased to announce its representation of injury victims in all Illinois counties.  The firm routinely represents injured individuals in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, Winnebago, Boone, and Sangamon counties, just to name a few.

Ryan, Ryan & Landa offers free case consultations to individuals harmed by medical malpractice, automobile collisions, anesthesia errors, workplace accidents, animal attacks, and all manners of negligent conduct, no matter what location you reside in Illinois.  It is absolutely vital that if you suffer personal injuries, you contact an attorney to discuss and immediately safeguard your rights.

Our attorneys are accessible and ready to discuss your injury case and securing your rights today.  Please call for a free consultation.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Attorney Michael Viglione named Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for 2016

Ryan, Ryan & Landa personal injury attorney Michael Viglione has been named an Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for 2016.  This marks the third straight year that Michael has been given this recognition, which is bestowed upon less than 2.5% of all attorneys under 40 (or who have been practicing less than 10 years) in the state of Illinois.

The "Rising Star" designation is given in light of Michael's success in representing personal injury victims harmed in/by automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, fall down accidents, handicap accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, and all manners of negligent conduct.  Michael is dedicated to zealously representing each and every one of his clients and achieving successful resolution of their injury claims.

Ryan, Ryan & Landa applauds Michael's accomplishment and wishes him sincere congratulations on this award.  


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Attorney Philip Ryan named Illinois Super Lawyer for 2016

Ryan, Ryan & Landa accident attorney Philip Ryan has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2016.  The honor, which is bestowed upon less than 5% of all Illinois attorneys, is in recognition of Philip's professionalism, skill, and compassion in representing injury victims for the last several decades.  Philip, who concentrates his practice in representation of medical malpractice victims, automobile accident victims, trucking collision victims, traumatic brain injury victims, and all manners of injury claims, is extremely well-deserving of this honor.  Philip has recovered multiple seven figure damages awards for his clients.  His legal knowledge and advocacy is simply unparalleled.

Ryan, Ryan & Landa wishes sincere congratulations to Philip for this wonderful achievement.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

I was injured in an auto accident and keep getting notices that I am in default on my medical bill payments

IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO AVOID BEING PUT INTO COLLECTIONS?

Incurring massive medical bills is an extremely common circumstance for automobile injury victims.  Just as common is when an injured person cannot afford to pay these bills and is immediately threatened with being put into collections by a hospital or bill collector.  These threats come in the form of letters, final payment notices, and constant phone calls.  Do yourself a favor and do not be victimized by these scare tactics.

Injury attorneys can absolutely put a stop to all threatening letters, phone calls, and improper collection tactics. Injury attorneys are vital in ensuring that all bills are compensated through medical insurance, or automobile medical payments or personal injury protection coverages.  

Furthermore, injury attorneys can stop improper attempts by hospitals to balance bill accident victims.  This involves an attempt to collect the difference between what health insurance covers versus what your total medical bill from a given hospital may be.  This tactic is completely improper and illegal if your health insurer has entered into a contract with the hospital in question where the hospital has agreed not to balance bill patients in return for gaining "in network provider" status with the insurance company.

Another common improper tactic utilized by hospitals is telling you that you are required to submit your bills to an at-fault driver's insurer.  Suffice it to say that hospitals know that the at-fault party's insurer will never pay your bills. Instead, what will happen, is that the bill will go unpaid and the hospital will create a lien upon any personal injury recovery you may have.  Medical providers do this because they figure the amount they can collect through a lien will exceed the amount your health insurer will pay them.

At Ryan, Ryan & Landa, we stop all improper collection tactics.  We fight to reduce any and all liens created upon your right of recovery and put the most money possible in your pocket.  An injured victim deserves fair and reasonable compensation.  That is exactly what we aim to provide. 

 

 


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hurt in a Car Accident

HOW DO I KNOW IF THE DRIVER THAT HIT ME HAS INSURANCE?

Although obtaining a copy of the police report from your accident can give you some indication, the only true way to know whether an at-fault driver has insurance coverage and the amount of that coverage, is through knowing your legal rights.

Specifically, Section 215 ILCS 5/143.24b of the Illinois Insurance Code requires an insurance company to disclose the policy limits of available insurance coverage to accident victims.  This is tremendously important for an injured party, because your ability to recover is premised not only upon fault for the accident lying with another, and upon your sustaining serious injury, but also upon the availability of insurance money to compensate your injuries.  This is almost always so as typical at-fault drivers do not have personal wealth capable of compensating catastrophic injury victims.  

Locating and ascertaining the full amount of available liability insurance is a tremendously important function of trial lawyers.  At Ryan, Ryan & Landa, we are experts in analyzing any type of accident, work-place injury, medical malpractice claim, or any manner of injury to determine what your best and fullest source of recovery is.

Let us take help you receive full compensation for your injuries by contacting us today.

 

 


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