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Willens Law Offices is a top-rated personal injury law firm headquartered in Chicago and serving all of Illinois. Representing the injured is all we do. We don’t represent corporations. We don’t represent insurance companies. We focus exclusively on representing individuals and their families who were injured by someone else’s negligence. Whether you have been in a car, truck, bicycle or motorcycle accident or whether you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, we can help. We want to help. Since we charge no legal fees, unless and until we succeed in obtaining a monetary recovery for you, you can count on us fighting hard to get you the compensation you need and deserve.
5 Reasons To Choose Willens Law Offices
The firm’s founder, Matthew L. Willens, is recognized nationally and by the Illinois legal community as the Best of Best Personal Injury Lawyer Chicago. For instance, nationally, he has been selected for membership into the National Association of Distinguished Counsel – The Nation’s Top One Percent of Attorneys. In Illinois, he is rated best and voted best by his peers, year after year. He is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in Personal Injury Law and a “Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyer” – an honor given to less than 1% of Illinois lawyers. While a majority of Illinois accident lawyers regularly attend legal seminars to learn from a top law firms in the personal injury field, Mr. Willens is frequently a speaker at them. If you ask Mr. Willens what his firm does to receive so many honors and accolades, he’ll tell you, “We just care more.”
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Over the past two decades, Mr. Willens and his team of Chicago personal injury lawyers has been instrumental in obtaining numerous million-dollar-plus recoveries on behalf of clients in a wide variety of injury cases such as car accident, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. One of the personal injury verdicts he was involved in was recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the Top 100 Verdicts in the country in the year in which it was tried. One of the verdicts he helped secure set a state record.
At Willens Law Offices, our philosophy is simple: Clients. Come. First.
We don’t churn out cases, settling them for a fraction of their full value. All clients get the attention and respect they deserve, whether they have a million-dollar-plus case or not. We answer our phones and promptly return e-mails. We communicate with you while we aggressively pursue justice for you. We dedicate the time and resources it takes to be successful for you. We Never Settle For Less.
We know that an injury case has the potential to take over a person’s life, making it difficult to move forward. Our award-winning team of attorneys and staff want to help people take control of their situation so they can focus on what matters most — getting back on track. People turn to us for the dedicated, caring help they require, regardless of the type of accident they were in or the type of injury sustained. It is no wonder that many of our firm’s cases come to us from other lawyers and law firms who trust us to handle their friends, family members and clients’ personal injury cases.
Former Insurance Company Insiders
The law firm’s varied and extensive experience with personal injury law, from both sides of the aisle, is a true asset for their clients. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys not only have years of litigation and negotiation experience working for victims of negligence, they also have Matthew L. Willens’ background as a former insurance company executive. Additionally, another accident lawyer at the firm, David Baez, spent the first part of his career as a defense attorney who represented insurance companies. As the firm’s clients sometimes say, “It’s like they know the other side’s playbook!”
Insurance Companies – NOT On Your Side
Insurance providers will try to get you to settle quickly. In the midst of your crisis, they might offer you what seems like a large dollar amount. The problem is they rarely make an offer of settlement for the true full cost of your damages. Don’t be misled, hospital bills aren’t the only things for which you will need compensation. You also need to keep in mind the suffering and pain associated with your traumatic event. Below are different types of damages you may be able to claim and include as part of your settlement:
A personal injury case refers to a legal dispute that results when an individual suffers harm or sustains injury from an accident that someone else may be legally responsible for. Such cases are often caused by the carelessness or the negligence of another. In some instances, multiple parties may be responsible, and so the victim may choose to sue all involved parties to recover the full amount of both economic and non-economic compensation needed for his or her injuries. Personal injury law typically focuses on the injuries caused to individuals first, and focuses on damaged property second. An experienced personal injury attorney can handle a wide variety of serious injury cases, and can help you obtain compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of consortium or companionship, and wrongful death.
Auto accidents are among the leading causes of death in the United States, resulting in tens of thousands of fatalities each year and serious injuries in the hundreds of thousands. Rollovers, head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, and T-bone collisions can lead to life-changing injuries such as loss of limbs, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain damage, and severe burns. Though a car accident can be caused by many different things, negligence is often to blame. Some examples of auto accident causes include speeding, texting while driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or running a red light. A knowledgeable attorney can represent you if you have suffered permanent disability, incurred lost wages, or suffered other harmful consequences due to a car accident.
When a passenger vehicle is involved in an accident with a massive truck, the damage can be catastrophic or even fatal due to the truck’s weight and size. Many factors can cause truck accidents to occur, such as truck driver fatigue, driver recklessness, driver inattentiveness, lack of driver training, following another vehicle too closely, speeding, unsecured cargo, poor truck maintenance, manufacturing defects, poor weather, or inclement road conditions. Truck accidents can be complex in nature as they often involve numerous parties. Such negligent parties could include truck drivers, trucking companies, and even logistics companies. A qualified truck accident attorney can examine the scene of the accident, police reports, driver’s logs, and all other materials that can help identify the negligent party or parties and ultimately help you recover full compensation.
Motorcycle accidents happen all too often on U.S. roads and highways, and are often a result of negligent and careless drivers who do not recognize the road rights and privileges of motorcyclists. Some causes of this type of accident are speeding, distracted driving, failure to yield, driving while fatigued, road defects, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Motorcycle accidents can cause serious to life-threatening injuries including traumatic brain injury, fractures, road rash, scarring, and disfigurement. By seeking legal representation from an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, however, you may be able to obtain full and fair financial compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, and reduced earning capacity.
When an accident with a motor vehicle and a bicycle takes place, disaster is likely to result—particularly for the rider who is more likely to sustain serious and even fatal injuries. Bicyclists can suffer injuries such as head trauma, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, internal injuries, damaged limbs, and road rash. The most common cause of bicycle accidents is the motor vehicle driver’s carelessness or negligence. Sadly, these accidents are often deemed minor incidents, and so local officials discount the cyclist’s side of the story. You must know that the negligent driver may be held legally liable for your accident-related costs. If you are a victim of a bicycle accident, seek legal representation from a reliable attorney who can ensure your rights are protected and who can help you obtain the best results possible.
No matter how friendly a dog may be, it is important to remember that any dog breed can attack a human. Hundreds of thousands of victims are brought to the hospital each year due to dog bites—though thankfully most injuries from this type of accident are not fatal. Some of the more serious consequences of dog bites include nerve and tissue damage, permanent disfiguration, scarring, emotional and psychological trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In some instances, a victim may need reconstructive surgery and physical rehabilitation. Some dog bite victims are hesitant to take legal action if they know the dog owner personally, not knowing that it is typically the owner’s insurance carrier that pays for the settlement as opposed to the dog owner. A dog bite attorney is familiar with how insurance companies assess such incidents and can do whatever is needed to maximize the value of your case.
Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are meant to be safe havens for the elderly—a place where they can be given quality short-term or long-term care, protected from all types of harm, and treated with utmost dignity. Unfortunately, all too many nursing homes are focused on earning a profit as opposed to providing the quality of care required by their patients. As a result, nursing home patients suffer from serious illnesses or injuries due to their caregivers’ negligent actions. Common signs of nursing home abuse are bedsores or pressure sores, medication errors and infections, improper wound care, unexplained bruising, dehydration, malnutrition, falls, dislocations, broken bones, and unsanitary living conditions. Nursing home patients may also be victims of physical, emotional, verbal, mental, sexual, and financial abuse. Cases of nursing home abuse may be complicated and lengthy, and it would be in your best interests to consult with a qualified attorney if you have reason to suspect nursing home abuse.
With thousands of workers either sustaining serious injuries or being killed in construction accidents each year, it is no wonder that jobs in the industry are among the most dangerous in the country. Even with strict safety regulations and standards in place, construction workers must face high risks of injury every single day from accidents such as falling materials, excavation accidents, lifting injuries, scaffolding accidents, cutting and welding accidents, ladder accidents, machinery and heavy equipment accidents, explosions, and exposure to toxic materials. As a result, workers sustain injuries such as fractured or broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, electrocution, burn injuries, and wrongful death. Construction accident claims require the thorough and immediate investigation of the accident site, as well as witness statements, medical records, and other factors. A competent construction accident attorney will take the steps necessary to protect your legal rights and help you obtain the maximum recovery possible.
Property owners have a duty to ensure the safety of all their guests and visitors and must therefore keep their premises in reasonably safe condition. This includes fixing dangers or warning visitors of slippery floors, uneven surfaces, and icy walkways. Liability may also extend to dog bites, elevator or escalator accidents, accidents due to insufficient security, poor lighting, or poor ventilation. As such, you have the right to expect that the public properties or private properties you are invited to are well-maintained and safe. However, premises liability cases happen all too often, sometimes resulting in serious injuries such as head injuries, broken bones, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, and electrical shock. In such instance, premises liability laws state that property owners are to be held accountable for any individuals harmed on their property. It would be most advantageous to seek help from a skilled premises liability attorney who can look into your case and help you receive compensation for your injuries.
As a consumer, you have the right to assume that each product you purchase is safe and that it will function as it is intended to. However, thousands of individuals are injured from dangerous or defective products every year, including automobiles, toys, sporting goods, prescription drugs, medical devices, household appliances, machinery and workplace equipment, and so much more. Not all consumers are aware that both local and federal laws are in place to protect consumers from such dangers. Whether you have sustained personal injury due to a badly designed product, a manufacturing error, or a product that lacked proper warnings or instructions, you may be eligible to obtain compensation for your damages and injuries. An experienced product liability attorney will be able to help prove negligence of the other party or parties and help you determine the best course of action to take.
As a patient, you place your life into the able hands of medical professionals and healthcare facilities, rightfully expecting to be provided a certain standard of care. In some instances, however, the negligence or error of a medical professional may cause your condition to worsen or result in additional injuries. Medical malpractice refers to actions where a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other healthcare provider, facility, or professional causes harm, injury, or death to a patient because of an act of omission or a negligent act. This type of personal injury may take the form of errors in diagnosis, treatment, health management, medication dosage, or aftercare of a specific illness. Common examples include misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, surgery errors, failure to properly administer medications, and negligent prenatal care. A proficient medical malpractice attorney can help determine whether your situation is in fact is a case and can help you recover ample financial compensation for your damages.
The process of pregnancy and giving birth can be extremely challenging, particularly since there are numerous things that can go wrong. Sometimes, a baby is born with a life-altering condition that health providers had nothing to do with. Other times, however, a birth injury may result from a poor decision made by a health care provider during delivery. Often, birth injuries cause mental or physical life-long disabilities, and can greatly affect the families who must care for the child.