Wrongful Death

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Recover for Grief and Sorrow

Cook and Lake County liability occurrences which cause the wrongful death of a loved one have devastating consequences upon spouses, children, and family members.  In addition to causing loss of financial support and companionship, wrongful death claims can also cause tremendous grief, suffering, and sorrow.

In Illinois, emotional damages stemming from wrongful death claims are recoverable and deserve to be compensated. Compensating these damage elements requires eliciting testimony from family members, grief counselors, and psychiatrists.  Proving emotional suffering can also involve presenting mementos of a loved one such as birthday cards, family movies, and gripping memories.
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Friday, January 27, 2017


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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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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence in Illinois: What You Need to Know

How prevalent is nursing home negligence in Illinois? And what signs should I look for? 

Nursing home abuse and neglect is sadly emerging as one of the more common personal injury scenarios in the United States. Unfortunately, experts believe that the phenomenon may be even more prevalent than is actually reported – as many victims are simply too frightened or unsure of the scenario to alert authorities or their family members. 

In Oak Forest, Illinois, the surviving family members of an alleged victim of nursing home abuse filed a wrongful death action against Symphony of Crestwood, a nursing home located in Crestwood, Illinois. According to allegations, the victim – a 53 year-old woman suffering from extreme multiple sclerosis – was left untended to, resulting in falls, bedsores, and immobility. Due to her physical limitations, she was administered a feeding tube for nutrition. In the spring of 2013, her feeding tube became dislodged – at which point staff reinserted the tube without the use of medical imaging. As a result, the survivors allege, the feeding tube was improperly placed and liquid nutrition spread throughout her body – killing her 11 days later. 

In March, 2015, three suspicious deaths occurred at the South Holland nursing home, with one being ruled a homicide. As a result, several staff members were terminated, and police are investigating the facts surrounding the deaths of each elderly resident. With regard to one already ruled a homicide, a 98-year old was administered a fatal dose of pain killers in violation of her prescription and care plan. So far, the causes of death for the other two are listed as “unknown causes,” which could change pending the outcome of the forensic review. 

Nursing home abuse and neglect can manifest any number of ways, and could involve any combination of physical, sexual, mental or financial abuse. Unexplained bruising, genital infections, or misplaced fear of facility workers could be a sign that abuse is occurring. Likewise, sudden changes to an estate plan or large asset transfers to a caretaker could indicate undue influence, also known as elder financial abuse. 

If you suspect abuse or neglect against your loved one, do not delay – contact authorities immediately. From there, contact the Chicago, Waukegan and McHenry, Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys at Ryan Ryan & Landa, to get started on a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of the victim. You can reach our office by calling (847)416-1989 today. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Daughter of Woman Killed in Illinois Crash Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Could you be compensated if your loved one was killed in a car accident?

As common as it is, driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors we can engage in.  Not only do we have to be concerned with our own driving, but we must be worried about all of the other drivers on the road.  When another driver or drivers act negligently and cause personal injuries or death, the person injured or his or her family might be entitled to compensation.  Recently an Aurora, Illinois woman was killed due to the negligence of other drivers and her family has agreed to a large settlement.

In April of 2013, Carmen Cantu was driving her Nissan eastward down Interstate 88 in Illinois.  She was rear-ended by another car driven by Spencer Johnson and then hit by a commercial truck operated by Duane Buell and owned by Breckenridge Trucking Inc.  Cantu died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.  Johnson was charged with traffic violations relating to his failure to slow down and was found guilty, while Buell was not held criminally liable.

Cantu’s daughter, Veronica Cantu, brought a wrongful death lawsuit, not only against Johnson and Buell, but also against Breckenridge Trucking. Both Johnson and Breckenridge are now paying out after reaching a $1.25 million dollar settlement. Of the $1.25 million dollars, Breckenridge will pay out $1 million while Johnson’s insurance company will be responsible for $250,000.  As Cantu had two daughters, Veronica and Evelyn, the court will decide how the proceeds from the settlement will be divided.

Automobile accidents happen every day and some are more serious than others.  If you have sustained personal injuries or your loved one was killed in an accident, it is imperative to obtain the advice of a seasoned attorney. The Chicago, Waukegan and McHenry personal injury attorneys at Ryan, Ryan & Landa have years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.  Call (847) 416-1989 for a consultation today.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Victim's Family Sues Drunk Driver and Bar That Served Him Alcohol

A drunken driving accident that caused the death of a 77-year-old man has now resulted to a lawsuit against both the driver and the bar that served him the drinks that led to his intoxication.

Josef Brzek's daughters, Pawe and Anna, and his wife, Ewa, are the plaintiffs in the seven-count suit filed in Cook County court.  It alleges wrongful death and negligence in Brzek's death.  Ewa was at the wheel and Josef was a passenger in their 2002 Ford Taurus when 42-year-old Nicholas Raspanti drove into oncoming traffic and hit the Brzek's car in a head-on collision.

The accident occurred at 6:45PM on July 1.  Josef Brzek died at 9:19AM the following morning.  The autopsy showed that multiple injuries caused his death, with heart disease cited as a secondary factor.  The medical examiner ruled the death an accident.

The wrongful death action seeks at least $350,000 in damages and names both Raspanti and the establishment that served him, Kowal’s Bar and Grill in Hickory Hills, as defendants.  According to Cook County Sheriff’s office and the police, Raspanti has been charged with two counts of aggravated DUI and is being held with bail set at $500,000.

Under Illinois law, plaintiffs can sometimes recover damages from a bar if they can prove, among other things, that the bar sold alcohol to a patron who harmed them; that the alcohol caused the patron's intoxication; and that the intoxication had a causal role in the harm the plaintiffs suffered.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by the negligent conduct of others, you may be entitled to damages, both from those directly responsible and from those who played a contributing role.  The personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Ryan, Ryan & Landa have experience handling all types of accidents and injury claims, including lawsuits for wrongful death after an automobile accident.  For a free consultation, call us today at (847) 416-1989.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Tragedy in South Loop

Tragedy struck the south loop area of the city yesterday as a 34 year old mother was struck and killed by a stone that fell from the wall of a downtown church.  Our condolences are with this individual's family in this time of need.

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.  

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