Accident Victims

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Do I have a case???

Contact Ryan, Ryan & Landa today to find out!

Our attorneys are available for a free one on one consultation concerning your personal injury case.  This includes discussion regarding liability, potential sources of insurance recovery, the injuries you have sustained, compensation of medical bills and lost wages, and what you can do immediately to protect your rights.

The insurance companies of individuals that harm you or a loved one are not going to inform your family that you have a viable motor vehicle accident, trucking negligence, medical malpractice, or premises liability claim.  Instead, you need to contact a personal injury law firm with over 70 years of combined experience to determine what your rights are and what you can do today to protect your future.

The consequences of catastrophic injuries and wrongful death are permanent.
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Sunday, January 22, 2017


How do I know if a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury and needs a Lake County injury attorney?

Catastrophic injuries are all too often the by-product of motor vehicle collisions, trucking negligence, and medical malpractice.  Understanding when a loved one has experienced a catastrophic injury is vitally important.  It can inform your family's choice to hire an experienced Waukegan and Lake County injury attorney to obtain full compensation.

While there is no specific formula for making this determination, the below criteria may be of assistance:

(1)  Was a traumatic brain injury involved?  The effects of a traumatic brain injury can be devastating.  Effects can include an individual's cognition being totally impaired to the point they require constant, daily medical assistance and care-taking.
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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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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.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians injured in collisions with automobiles oftentimes suffer devastating, permanent injuries.  The consequences of these injuries can be lifelong and create expensive medical bills, lost wages, and profound pain and suffering.  If you or a loved one has been victimized in a pedestrian accident, contact Ryan, Ryan & Landa today for a free consultation on your case and to begin preserving your rights. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Recreational Drone Use Might Lead to Injuries

Am I responsible for injuries caused by my flyaway drone?

Each day, you encounter numerous risks just walking down the street. You can be struck by a vehicle, slip on a poorly maintained sidewalk or be bitten by a passing dog. With the increasing popularity of drone use by the public, a new threat to your health and safety can come from above.

Drones -- remotely controlled unmanned aircrafts -- can be difficult to control, especially if the user is inexperienced, the drone is defective or damaged or the weather is not good.. A wayward drone could potentially land anywhere (one recently did on the grounds of the White House). It could fall on you or a loved one, possibly causing injuries.

According to one teacher of classes about unmanned aerial systems, an object flying at 400 feet, going about 140 miles per hour, would hit the ground with 2,200 pounds of force. That can be twice the force delivered in a punch from a top level boxer (studies show ranges of 447 to 1,300 pounds of force depending on weight class and skill level).

People using drones recreationally sometimes lose control of them, and the drones fly away never to be seen again. The Federal Aviation Administration has urged novice operators to avoid flying too close to planes and crowds.

There is a Chicago Area Drone User Group, and its organizer suggests keeping your drone under 400 feet. He mentioned Bluetooth devices that can help locate a drone within 100 yards, and a programming feature that would send the drone back to where it took off.

Accidents involving drones have been reported around the country, including crashes into buildings. Their frequency certainly might increase as more people become interested in drone use as a hobby.

Ryan, Ryan & Landa is a premier personal injury law firm for those in Chicago and the surrounding area. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury because of the negligence of another, call our attorneys today at (847)416-1989 for a consultation.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Wheelchair Accident

Ryan, Ryan & Landa attorney Michael Viglione recently finalized confidential settlement of a wheelchair accident injury claim.  The case involved an impalement injury that a terminally ill patient sustained in a hospital while being transferred from her bed to a wheelchair.   A protruding steel rod on one of the chair's legs stabbed through the back of the plaintiff's left leg and went all the way through the front of her leg.  The injury significantly affected the plaintiff's quality of life and caused profound pain and suffering over the final 6 months of her life.

Wheelchair accident injuries are commonplace and can have devastating consequences.  If you or a loved one have been harmed by a faulty wheelchair, or sustained injury while using a wheelchair, contact Ryan, Ryan & Landa today. We are skilled in litigating handicap accessibility accident claims and will provide a case consultation for free. 



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Serial Teaches Lawyering Lessons

The popular podcast "Serial" recently concluded its dynamic first season.  For those who are not familiar with the show, it informally reopened the investigation into a 15 year old first degree murder case in Baltimore, Maryland. Through exhaustive evaluation of witness testimony, cell phone records, motive, and just about everything pertaining to the case, host Sara Koenig presented a compelling argument for a "should have been" acquittal at trial.

In addition to elucidating the concept of reasonable doubt and how it pertained to that case, one extremely interesting thing Serial underscored is the necessity of immediate preservation of evidence.  For example, a key element of the trial was the State's argument that the accused, Adnan Syed, made a pay phone call to his friend Jay from Best Buy immediately after murdering his ex-girlfriend in the store's parking lot.  The defense questioned the existence of a pay phone at Best Buy and denied any crime took place in the parking lot.

What was left unsaid in Serial was that Syed's lawyers should have sought immediate preservation of all Best Buy surveillance tapes.  These tapes, both from interior and exterior cameras, could have definitively proven that the pay phone call and alleged parking lot murder never occurred.

This is a critical lesson for accident victims.  Once a catastrophic harm occurs, you immediately need a lawyer to preserve all accident footage, locate witnesses, and gather up every shred of evidence to prove your case.  Time is of the essence, as once this information is overwritten, discarded, or otherwise lost, it simply does not come back.  Try as hard as it might, the show Serial could not uncover the degree of truth that an unbiased camera likely recorded.     

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fall Down Accidents

As the winter season is upon us, it is important to remind people to be very careful while walking in icy, snowy, and/or slippery conditions.  

Unfortunately, both commercial and residential property owners often unwittingly contribute to slip and fall hazards.

Examples such as negligently plowing snow and ice into giant mounds individuals are forced to walk over, failing to properly salt and clear handicapped parking areas, and failing to fix gutter defects that cause unnatural accumulations of ice are but a few ways that property owners can cause or contribute to fall down accidents.

Contact Ryan, Ryan & Landa if you or a loved one experiences a fall down accident due to any of the above conditions or otherwise.  We are experienced in determining defects that cause fall downs, identifying all available insurance coverage, and ensuring you receive reasonable and fair compensation.   

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.

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