Helping You Obtain Your Compensation Benefits Services Offered AUTO ACCIDENTS & TRUCK ACCIDENTS The most common type of personal injury or wrongful death claim involves traffic accidents such as car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and bus accidents. Traffic accidents may be caused by many factors such as driver negligence, defective equipment, or faulty warning systems. People traveling in these vehicles, however, are not the only ones at risk of being injured or killed. Thousands of innocent bystanders, including pedestrians and bicyclists, are killed each year by vehicles of all kinds. Unfortunately, this does not mean that all car accident cases are easy to settle, that insurance companies can be depended on to do the right thing, or that attorney representation is unnecessary. The value of a car accident case depends upon two main factors: liability and damages. Liability generally refers to proving that a car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident resulted from someone’s negligent conduct. Under the law, negligence means doing something that a reasonable person under similar circumstances would not do, or not doing something that a reasonable person would do. Once responsibility is proven for a traffic accident, the value of your injuries need to be determined. Did the car accident victim have surgery? Did the truck accident victim undergo physical therapy? How quickly did the motorcycle accident victim recover? How much time did the car accident victim miss from work? How do you place a figure on the pain and suffering you experienced? Will you require future medical treatment? Will you develop painful arthritis in the future? All of these questions, and more, will be answered by the auto accident attorneys at our law firm. Illinois law requires motorists to carry vehicle insurance. When there is a car accident, many questions arise about the adequacy of insurance coverage. What happens if the driver causing the auto accident has only the minimum coverage ($20,000) required by law, but your medical bills are $40,000? Can anything be done? Have you ever heard of under-insured motorist coverage? Most people haven’t and are surprised to learn that this coverage is automatically part of the liability car insurance you purchase to protect yourself in the event you cause an auto accident. If you are involved in a Chicago car crash, Chicago truck accident, Chicago motorcycle accident or other type of traffic accident and think you have a claim, it is best to first speak to an attorney before discussing the matter with strangers or outside parties. Call our law firm today for a free consultation with a Chicago car accident attorney at (312) 614-1076. WORKERS COMPENSATION BENEFITS In most instances, Illinois workers compensation benefits are paid for workplace injuries that are caused, in whole or in part, by the employee's work. Workers Compensation benefits may also be paid for aggravation of a pre-existing condition. Illinois work injuries are accidental if they happen unexpectedly, without plan or design. There are also work injuries brought on by the repetitive use of a part of the body (repetitive trauma injuries), as well as strokes, heart attacks or any other physical problems caused by work. What workers' compensation benefits are provided? Medical care benefits Illinois workers compensation petitioners are entitled to receive all necessary first aid, medical, surgical, therapy and hospital services reasonably required to cure or relieve the effects of the injury or disease. Where necessary, Illinois workers compensation petitioners are also entitled to receive appropriate physical, mental or vocational rehabilitation. Temporary total disability benefits Illinois workers compensation petitioners who lose time from work in order to recover from the work injury or disease are entitled to receive weekly payments until they are able to return to work that is reasonably available to them. The payments represent two-thirds (66 2/3%) of the employee's average weekly earnings during the year before the accident or last exposure. No workers compensation TTD is payable for the first three working days, unless the lost time continues for 14 or more calendar days from the date of injury. If TTD benefits are not paid within 14 days, and the employer cannot justify the delay in payment, the employer may be required to pay a penalty to Illinois work comp petitioners. Permanent disability, disfigurement and death benefits When an Illinois workers compensation petitioner has sustained an injury or disease which results in permanent disability, scarring or other disfigurement, additional benefits are provided to the employee. If the injury or disease results in the employee's death, certain members of the employee's family are entitled to benefits. Who administers the law? The Illinois Industrial Commissions responsible for administering the workers compensation laws, providing information and assistance to employees and employers, and resolving any disputes regarding employees' entitlement to benefits and the amount of benefits. The Industrial Commission does not pay benefits--this is the responsibility of the employer. Our Chicago law firm will help you obtain the above Illinois work comp benefits, even in the most difficult circumstances. If you have suffered a Chicago work injury, then call the attorneys at the Bryant Law Group for a free consultation on your Illinois workers compensation case, so our lawyers can get to work on obtaining the medical treatment and other benefits that your are entitled to. MEDICAL AND HOSPITAL NEGLIGENCE When a patient seeks medical treatment for an injury or illness, he or she has a right to receive competent and qualified care. Medical malpractice is the negligent act (or failure to act) by a health care professional that results in injury to a patient. Medical malpractice is not merely a “bad” outcome, but negligent medical care that fails to rise to the level that would be provided by a reasonably well qualified physician or medical professional under similar circumstances. If you have been harmed by the medical negligence of a health care provider, you may be entitled to compensation under Illinois law. The attorneys at our law firm will assist you in determining the merit of your medical malpractice case and pursue the best outcome possible for your medical negligence claim. Call for a free consultation at (312) 614-1076 WRONGFUL DEATH Wrongful death generally means a lawsuit is filed when the wrongful or negligent conduct of a person or entity results in the death of another person. Like personal injury, this area of tort can involve every area of tort practice such as car accidents, trucking accidents, construction accidents, work accidents to dangerous products on the market. Your first step should be to consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney. The wrongful death lawyer will help determine, first, who is the personal representative authorized to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a deceased person against the persons or entities responsible for the victim’s death. Unlike a personal injury case, where the injured person is one of the plaintiffs, in the case of a wrongful death action, the family members bring the lawsuit for the wrongful actions. Oftentimes, it is the victim’s surviving spouse, children, beneficiaries or dependents who are the plaintiffs and are entitled to monetary damages that result from the victim’s death. Generally, lawsuits are allowed under survival statutes which allow a victim’s survivors to bring a cause of action after the victim dies. Various types of monetary damages may be recovered in a wrongful death action and a wrongful death law firm can assess the merits of the case as well as the potential damages, including loss of companionship, sorrow and grief, which may be sought in such an action. For example, it is common to take the victim’s earnings at the time of his or her death and calculate the remaining years that person was expected to live to determine future lost earnings using life expectancy tables as well as experts who figure what is known as present cash value as well as the investment value of that money. The decedent’s will also must be examined. The wrongful death attorneys at our law firm can determine whether punitive damages are available. These damages are meant to punish a defendant for intentional or egregious conduct. Contact the attorneys at our the wrongful death attorneys at our law firm for a free consultation to discuss your wrongful death case at (312) 614-1076. ASBESTOS Information concerning the health hazards of asbestos began appearing in medical and scientific literature in the early 1900s. By the late 1930s, respected medical journals already contained articles describing how asbestos could cause asbestosis and cancer, indicating that the diseases took 15 years or more to develop (latency period); that the diseases were often progressive; and that asbestos disease could be fatal. In addition to the growing body of medical literature about the dangers of asbestos published throughout the early to mid-twentieth century, many asbestos companies had their own corporate memos, notes, letters, and scientific articles about the health dangers of asbestos exposure. Despite this large body of knowledge, asbestos companies failed to adequately warn those who would come into contact with their products about the health hazards of such exposure. This failure to adequately warn and protect those who could be exposed or come into contact with the asbestos emitted when the asbestos products were installed and/or removed is the basis for the negligence and strict liability lawsuits against these companies. Asbestos exposure can occur from drywall joint compound, insulation, roofing products, floor tile, ceiling tile, automobile brakes and brake linings among many others. Call the Chicago asbestos attorneys at our law firm if you would like to discuss any asbestos products you or a loved one have been exposed to. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, or is suffering from mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases, including asbestosis and lung cancer, call the Chicago asbestos attorneys at our law firm for a free consultation at (312) 614-1076. BUS ACCIDENTS Actions against a common carrier can involve the negligent conduct of the driver or inadequate training, or the condition of the bus itself such as improper maintenance or defective parts. Chicago personal injury attorney, Aaron Bryant, can help you investigate your bus accident injury to help to determine if there is negligence acts by the bus company. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident, certain time periods are required to be followed in filing a bus accident lawsuit. These deadlines are called statutes of limitations. They vary from state to state and certain common carriers that are owned by governmental entities such as federal, state, county or city governments may have special notices and statutes of limitations that must be given before filing a lawsuit. These time periods can be very short. Contact Chicago CTA accident lawyer, Aaron Bryant, and he can help you assess the time limits on your case. If you are involved in a bus accident, be sure to contact the police. If you are able, take down the bus driver’s name, address, date of birth, driver’s license number and expiration date. Get his or her phone number. Get the bus company's insurance information. Get the make, year, model, license plate number, and expiration date and vehicle identification (VIN) number of all vehicles involved in the accident. If the driver is not the owner of the vehicle, you will need all of this information of the owner of the vehicle. Be sure to get identification information of any passengers in any cars. Also, see if you can get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident. Even if the person will not offer the information, get that person’s license plate number. Call the Chicago bus accident attorneys at our law firm to help you collect the benefits that you deserve. TRAIN ACCIDENTS The Chicago CTA accident lawyers at the Bryant Law Group will investigate your claim whether it was a CTA accident, RTA accident, Pace accident or CTA bus accident. Our transportation accident attorneys work diligently in pursuing compensation on behalf of the injured victims of these common carrier accidents. CTA accident lawyer, Aaron Bryant has the legal knowledge and work ethic to pursue the appropriate settlement amount against the responsible parties. The Chicago area has historically been one of the nation’s largest rail hubs. Chicago land workers are served by Metra, operators of the nation’s largest network of commuter rail. In addition, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates a subway and elevated rail lines in the city, the Amtrak network travels across Illinois with destinations in Chicago, downstate, and beyond state lines, and many freight lines make the Chicago area a regular stop in their cross-country routes. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Illinois had 62 train-related deaths in 2007. The FRA also reported a total of 7,600 rail-related deaths nationwide from 1999-2008. Human error, mechanical malfunction, improper operating procedure, inadequate safety devices and negligence may be causes of railroad accidents. Contact train accident law firm, The Bryant Law Group, LLC for a free consultation on your CTA accident or Metra accident claim today at (312) 614-1076 MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Illinois, you have likely incurred substantial physical and financial losses: medical bills, costs of rehabilitation, disability or disfigurement, lost wages / income, and pain and suffering. Many motorcycle accident victims believe that their only recourse is their insurance provider. This belief is incorrect. Contact motorcycle accident attorney Aaron Bryant in Chicago, Illinois, free a free consultation on your motorcycle crash. Our law firm of represent motorcycle accident victims throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, including DuPage County, Will County, Cook County, and Lake County. The law firm will promptly address any concerns, aggressively prosecute your claim and work to maximize the compensation you receive. Often, other drivers fail to use necessary caution around bikers. A missing street sign, a malfunctioning traffic light, or poor road design or construction can lead to a motorcycle accident. Similar to a car accident or trucking accident, Illinois law requires motorists to carry vehicle insurance. When there is a motorcycle accident, many questions arise about the adequacy of insurance coverage. What happens if the driver causing the auto accident has only the minimum coverage ($25,000) required by law, but your medical bills are $40,000? Can anything be done? Have you ever heard of under-insured motorist coverage? Most people haven’t and are surprised to learn that this coverage is automatically part of the liability car insurance you purchase to protect yourself in the event you cause an auto accident. Call our personal injury law firm today and recieve a free assessment on your motorcycle accident case at (312) 614-1076. BICYCLE ACCIDENTS The lawyers at The Bryant Law Group, LLC. represent Chicago and Illinois bicycle accident victims who have suffered personal injuries , or who may be a survivor of a cyclist killed in a road accident as a result of the reckless or negligent conduct of another person. Personal injuries suffered as a result of bicycle accidents can be severe and life altering. You may have injuries to your head or neck, have nerve damage or spinal chord paralysis, broken or dislocated a bone or limb, or even have lost the use of a limb. Our law firm understands that the goal after going through such trauma is to get your medical bills paid and covered, make sure youare reimbursed for any lost wages, make sure the insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injury and for pain and suffering. The law firm will promptly address any concerns, aggressively prosecute your claim and work to maximize the compensation you receive. If you or someone you know has suffered from a bicycle accident in Chicago or throughout Illinois, then call Chicago accident attorney, Aaron Bryant, for a free consultation on bicycle crash case at (312) 614-1076. AUTO DEFECT There are many types causes for car accidents. One cause that is often neglected is an auto defect. If you have been injured in a serious car crash or car accident, then call the attorneys at the Bryant Law Group for a free consulation on your potential Illinois auto defect case. There are two types of auto defect cases. One type of auto product liability case arises when a car defect causes the accident which results in serious injury or death. These types of auto defects are referred to as crash causing defects. An example of a crash causing auto defect is the tread separation of a defective tire which results in the driver losing control of the vehicle. The other type of auto defect case arises when a vehicle fails to provide reasonable crash protection to its occupants. This type of case is often referred to as a crashworthiness case. Since approximately 1965, automotive manufacturers have been required to design crashworthy cars. The crashworthiness doctrine recognizes that accidents are statistically inevitable and that automotive manufacturers have a duty to eliminate unreasonable risks and provide reasonable protection to occupants in accidents. All crashworthy vehicle designs take into account the same five general crashworthiness principles. Specifically, a crashworthy vehicle must be designed to: (1) control energy from the collision; (2) maintain occupant survival space and minimize intrusion into the passenger compartment; (3) package or compartmentalize each seating position; (4) adequately restrain occupants and prevent ejection; and (5) prevent vehicle fires. Basic features utilized to improve a vehicle’s crashworthiness are seat belts, air bags, interior padding, crumple zones, laminated glass and strong roofs. These and other lesser known safety features are considered “on the shelf” technology and, in some instances, have been available for decades. As a result of the auto manufacturers’ failure to incorporate readily available safety features into their vehicles, thousands have been needlessly injured or killed in what should have been uneventful, survivable collisions. The important point to remember is that cars and their components must be designed and manufactured to be reasonably safe, taking into account all foreseeable crash modes, dangers and available safety features and alternative designs. Despite steady advances in automotive safety, auto defects are still widespread. Millions of defective cars capable of causing severe injuries and death in otherwise unremarkable accidents remain on the road today, but few realize the nature and scope of the problem. Given the devastating nature of the injuries often caused by auto defects, available insurance coverage is often insufficient to provide for the injured party’s losses and future needs, leaving an auto defect case against the auto manufacturer as the only hope for adequate compensation. If you or someone you love has been involved in an Illinois auto accident, then call Chicago auto defect attorney, Aaron Bryant, for a free consultation at (312) 614-1076. CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS A construction injury to either workers or visitors while on construction sites are often due to the unsafe nature of the work-sites. Power tools, partially built structures, scaffold falls, ladders, lifts, heavy machinery and rotating crews of tradesmen account for some of the hazards on construction sites. If the injured party’s employer is the cause of the injury and unsafe condition, the victim can file a worker’s compensation claim while recuperating from the injury. Many incidents, though, are complicated and involve numerous parties who were involved in the negligence on the job-site. Such cases require separate construction accident lawsuits to compensate the victim and his or her family for injury or death for the negligence. (312) 614-1076 on your construction accident or workers compensation case. PREMISES LIABILITY Premises liability accidents can occur at work, at church, at community events or shopping among other locations. As guests at these places, it is not reasonable to think that we can be aware of all the potential hazards on the property. Personal injury at any of these places falls into the legal category of premises liability. Premises liability refers to accidents that happen to a guest or trespasser and take place on another’s property. These premises include homeowners and business owners, and the injuries usually result from an unsafe condition on the land due to the negligence of the owner or some failure to warn of the dangers. Landowners retain varying degrees of responsibility towards their visitors, depending on the category of law into which the visitors fall: invitee, licensee or trespasser. These categories are usually determined by the nature of the visit -- whether it is for commercial or social purposes, whether it is by invitation or an intrusion. To determine liability, inquiries will be made into the creation of the hazard, the length of time the hazard has existed, whether the landowner knew of the hazard or whether the landowner should have know of the hazard. In addition to proving liability, you must also prove the value of your case, or damages to which you are entitled. Among the many elements which can be considered in determining damages are the nature and extent of your injury; the type of medical treatment you have received or will require in the future; the amount of your medical bills; your lost wages or earnings; your pain and suffering and disability. Our law firm knows how to properly present your doctor to testify at trial; your family or friends to testify about the impact of your injuries; and your employer to testify about your job duties, lost wages and benefits. These cases can be complex, and filled with unknown challenges to the unsuspecting. Giving a statement to an insurance adjuster, for example, can result in a denial of your claim, or minimize the damages to which you may be entitled. Call the attorneys at our law firm for a free consultation on your premises liability or slip and fall case at (312) 614-1076.