Chicago IL Personal Injury Blog

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Highway Accident

Ryan, Ryan & Landa attorney Michael Viglione finalized a confidential settlement for a client injured in a highway accident in Cook County, IL.  The accident occurred when a tire from a homemade trailer came loose and flew through a driver's windshield on the expressway.  The occurrence resulted in a traumatic brain injury and corresponding deficits.  The at fault driver negligently constructed the trailer and subsequently failed to inspect the trailer prior to taking it on the highway.  The case was settled without a formal lawsuit filed. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Family Of Woman Paralyzed In Auto Accident Sues Driver Who Left Scene

When Philip Cho offered Kelsey Ibach and her friends a ride outside a River North nightclub, they accepted what they thought was a kind offer.  Minutes later, allegedly drunk and driving over the speed limit, he crashed the vehicle and left the scene, abandoning his seriously injured passengers.

Ibach, 25 years old, is now paralyzed from the waist down, confined to a wheelchair, and in need of intensive rehab.  Her family is suing Cho and the two nightclubs he visited before the accident.  They have also sued Cho's employer, an entertainment company.

According to reports, the speeding, intoxicated driver plunged his 2008 BMW through a fence and into a ditch below the road, where it landed on its roof.  He then failed to summon help before fleeing the scene of the accident.  A passing motorist found the wreck with two of its dazed passengers outside.  One had a severed thumb and another was later found to have broken vertebrae.  The most seriously injured, Ibach, was inside, trapped in the back seat, with broken ribs, a punctured lung, a blood clot on her brain, and a crushed spine and pelvis. 

According to one report, he allegedly told the injured passengers to tell police he had been carjacked.  When they pleaded with him to call an ambulance, he ignored them.

Cho is reported to have taken a cab to a location far from the scene.  He was charged with failure to report an accident and other traffic offenses.  He is currently out on bail, with a bond set at $200,000. 

Ibach was a journalism student at the University of Michigan.  Her friends have been raising money to help pay her medical bills, while she hopes to regain feeling in her legs and walk again.

Victims of any accident deserve compensation, particularly those involving reckless and wanton conduct.  If you have been injured by the negligence or wrongdoing of others, you are entitled to seek damages for your injury, rehab expenses, and other costs.  The experienced personal injury attorneys at Ryan, Ryan & Landa have successfully represented clients in all types of automobile accident cases.  For a free case consultation, call (847)416-1989 today.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Judge Rules Negligent Driver's Statements Admissible

A DuPage County judge ruled that statements made by a negligent truck driver to police following a collision wherein he killed an Illinois Tollway employee and badly injured a state trooper were admissible in court.  Renato Velasquez had asked the Court to bar statements he made to police following a January 27, 2014 trucking accident caused when he struck a broken down vehicle on I-88 near Aurora.   A link to the Chicago Tribune story concerning this development is below: 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Megabus Driving with Defective Windshield Wipers

A lawsuit filed by victims of the recent Megabus rollover crash claims that defective windshield wipers played a role in causing the occurrence.  Specifically, the suit alleges that the Megabus driver kept driving despite the bus windshield wipers being broken and not adequately clearing precipitation from the windshield.  It further alleges that this caused his inability to see traffic that was stopped ahead due to an earlier crash, which eventually culminated in his losing control of the vehicle.  

A link to the Chicago Tribune story concerning the crash is below:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Lawsuit Against Blackhawks After Spectator Injury

In August, we highlighted a lawsuit brought by a woman struck by a hockey puck at a Chicago Blackhawks game. It's happened again, this time to Chip Green, of Yorkville, Illinois, who suffered brain injuries from which he may never fully recover.  He is the third person to be injured by a stray puck at a Blackhawks game in less than two years.  

At a game in May, 2014, the puck flew over the safety glass surrounding the rink and struck Green in the head.  He now says he cannot do math and has experienced hearing loss and difficulty with language.  He can longer work to support his family.  His lawsuit against the NHL and Chicago's United Center seeks $200,000 in compensation.  The suit also asks that the team be required to improve its safety netting to protect fans.

The arena's safety netting was also called into question in the previous suit against the Blackhawks, when it failed to shield a victim seated in the 11th row.   The NHL mandated safety netting throughout the league in 2002, after the death of a spectator.  The NHL had been slow to adopt safety netting, though it had been in use in Europe and in other hockey leagues long before 2002.   Now it seems that the nets, which are 30 feet high, are not high enough, at least in the United Center.

Attending sporting events, from NASCAR races to baseball games, can come with some risk, but the repeated accidents at Blackhawks games seem unusual.  It remains to be seen whether the franchise's failure to improve safety after two previous similar incidents will become a factor in Chip Green's lawsuit.

If you have been a victim of the negligent behavior of others, you should seek the compensation and damages to which you are entitled, both to help you recover and to protect others in the future.  The Chicago and Waukegan law firm of Ryan, Ryan & Landa has experience handling all types of accidents and injuries. For an immediate, free assessment of your claim, call us today at (847)416.1989.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Megabus Accident

A Chicago-bound megabus crashed just south of Indianapolis on Tuesday after swerving to avoid a traffic accident that took place well in front of the bus.  A company spokesman for megabus' parent company, Coach USA North America, cited the bus driver's inability to see the traffic accident ahead of him as he approached it as the cause of the accident.

 A link to the Chicago Tribune piece on the accident is pasted below.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Accident Victims

Accident victims are oftentimes forced to miss significant amounts of work, incur high medical expenses, and deal with incapacitating injuries that affect everything about their normal lives. 

 When this occurs, people do not earn their normal wages, can be put into financial dire straits, and suffer immensely.  The next time that you hear someone espousing the position that personal injury plaintiffs should just "deal with" their injuries, or should receive finite recovery in court, try to put yourself in the position of someone who has been very seriously harmed. 

If you could not work for two years because a semi-truck that was speeding rear-ended you and fractured your neck, would you feel that the semi-truck driver's insurance company should pay your lost wages?  If you had your leg mistakenly amputated due to medical malpractice and were forced to spend years rehabbing your body to regain the ability to walk with a prosthesis, would you feel that the insurance company for the negligent doctor should pay your medical bills?  If a situation such as either of the above left you with no ability to ever run, play, or carry one of your children again, would you feel that a cap on your recoverable damages was appropriate?

One thing lawyers cannot do in court is to ask a jury to put themselves in an injured Plaintiff's shoes.  However, when you hear people talking about the frivolity of personal injury litigation or capping damages therein, you should most certainly put yourself in the shoes of someone that has been very seriously harmed and ask: If that were you, would you want your rights fully vindicated, or would you be willing to simply accept that your life was drastically worsened and move on? 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Auto Accident

Individuals harmed in automobile accidents will often find themselves receiving phone calls from both the at-fault driver's insurance company as well as their own insurer.  The temptation for any injured party is to explain the facts of the accident, the current status of their injuries, and try to provide relevant information to the callers.  To put it bluntly, don't do it.

Liability adjusters from insurance companies solely want auto accident victims to make admissions that will harm their ability to establish both liability and damages.  For example, getting an injured person to say they are "ok" in the immediate aftermath of an accident will later be used as evidence that problems which arose after this statement are either faked or not related to the accident itself. 

Furthermore, it is always important to keep in mind that talking to your own insurance company is not a good idea.  In the event you were injured by a driver with minimum insurance coverage, you will ultimately proceed against your own underinsured motorist coverage (and insurance company) to secure a recovery.  Your insurance company knows this and knows it is adverse to you.  

Be smart.  Contact an attorney to protect your rights and speak for you.   


Friday, October 3, 2014

Animal Attack Accident

Individuals injured in animal that attack accidents very often do not know their rights. 

People in this situation have recourse against the owner of the animal typically via two avenues.  

First, you may have a common law negligence claim if the owner knows that the animal has attacked in the past (or has vicious propensities) and fails to protect against it.  Second, the Illinois Animal Control Act provides relief against the animal's owner provided the injured party can prove who the owner of the animal is, that it attacked without provocation by the injured person, and that the injured person was lawfully in the vicinity of the animal at the time they suffered an injury.  This statute is extremely effective for Plaintiffs because it obviates the need to prove that the owner was aware its animal had previously injured someone else before injuring them.

As always, injured Plaintiffs in these situations proceed against the animal owners' homeowners' insurance policies (which will pay for the Plaintiffs' damages) and do not seek any monetary relief directly from the owners.

Animal attack accidents can be unfortunate and devastating for victims.  It is extremely important to know your rights and every avenue of recourse.





Friday, October 3, 2014

Handicap Accessibility Accidents

Handicap accessibility laws are established for a reason.

Namely, these laws reflect a general recognition that handicapped individuals deserve increased protection.  A common example of such a law in Illinois is the requirement that all handicap accessible parking spaces be maintained free of snow and ice.  All too frequently, this particular law is violated by entities such as businesses, condominium associations, and common carriers.

If you or a loved one has suffered a handicap accessibility accident it is extremely important to know your rights and understand the specific laws that may have been violated which caused the occurrence.

These laws were put into place to protect you and secure your rights.  You need to trust an attorney that knows how to enforce them in the event of an unfortunate incident.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Daughter Sues Doctor Who Failed to Tell Father of Cancer

A doctor's failure to communicate essential information to a patient can be as harmful as prescribing the wrong medication or botching a surgical procedure.  According to a medical malpractice lawsuit filed in Cook County, Illinois, a Lyons man died because his doctor failed to inform him that he had bladder cancer.

Edward Hines had gone to see to Dr. Alan Sadah, a urologist at an Oak Park clinic, for treatment of a bladder tumor. After removing the tumor, Dr. Sadah told Hines that he was free of cancer.  One week after the 2011 procedure, a pathologist's report showed that Hines still had bladder cancer.  In her lawsuit, Hines's daughter claims that Dr. Sadah never told her father. 

Hines did not discover his condition until a year later when he went back to the clinic complaining of pain and learned he had invasive bladder cancer.  He died at the age of 58 in 2013, after chemotherapy and surgery to remove his bladder and prostate.  

Hines' daughter says that, once his father knew about the cancer, he did everything medically possible to treat it. She believes the outcome could have been different if he had not missed a year of treatment while the cancer spread. 

In documents filed in court in response to the lawsuit, Dr. Sadah presents a different view of events.  He claims he told Hines that he had cancer but that Hines failed to follow up.  He also says Hines did not ask for the pathology report.

A physician Hines hired to review his treatment wrote that Dr. Sadah should have warned his patient about the high recurrence rate of bladder cancer and the need for vigilant monitoring and treatment.  The reviewing physician also wrote that patients should be notified when a pathology report discloses serious problems and an appointment should be set up for them.

A trial may be needed to decide whether Dr. Sadah's version can be believed or whether Hines was kept in the dark about his diagnosis until it was too late.

If your health or the health of a loved one has been adversely affected by a doctor's failure to inform you of a condition, or by any other type of negligent treatment, you should seek the compensation you deserve.  Ryan Ryan & Landa has represented clients in all types of medical malpractice suits.  For a consultation, call (847)416-1989 today.

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