Preventable injuries injure about one person in America every second, according to the National Safety Council. Approximately 442 people lose their lives every day because of the negligence or intentional behaviors of someone else. Motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, and work-related injuries account for the largest portion of preventable injuries and deaths.
Injuries affect infants, adults, and the elderly: no one is immune from the effects of recklessness, incompetence, and deliberate acts. Unless proper legal steps are taken after an accident, your ability to be compensated for your injuries may be compromised. The personal injury lawyers at DePaolo & Zadeikis are here to help make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
Our lawyers work hard to make sure you are fully compensated for accidents.
DePaolo & Zadeikis focuses on the following types of cases:
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claims
Our workers’ compensation attorneys will fight for your legal right to be financially compensated when you are injured on the job. Employers in Illinois are required to hold workers’ compensation insurance to protect injured workers and they are prohibited from retaliating against your for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Employees like you experience a wide range of injuries and illnesses while working in Illinois. While dangerous occupations make up a large percentage of work-related accidents, you can suffer severe physical and emotional injuries at any type of job. Slip and fall accident, unsafe equipment, chemical exposure, workplace violence, and other types of dangerous conditions can happen in many workplaces. Whether you’re an office worker or retail clerk, a construction worker, employed in manufacturing, or a healthcare provider, our workers’ compensation lawyers will work hard to make sure you are fully compensated for workplace accidents.
Workers’ compensation pays for the medical costs of job-related injuries and diseases. Almost all workers in Illinois are covered. Coverage begins when employment starts.
The types of coverage you may receive includes temporary total disability (TTD) benefits, temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits, permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, and permanent total (PTD) benefits.
In addition to these benefits, you may also be entitled to lost wages, a wage-loss differential, and vocational training.
Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases include most injuries that happen outside the workplace. It is critical that you consult with our personal injury lawyers as soon as possible. We will protect you from the insurance companies, ensure you’re getting proper medical treatment, and hold all responsible parties accountable. And remember, there’s never a fee for our services unless we collect on your behalf.
Here are some of the more common types of cases we handle:
Motor-Vehicle Accidents – Thousands of motor-vehicle accidents occur on Illinois roads every year. Whether it was a fender bender that caused minimal property damage or a major crash, the effects can leave you disabled, disfigured, and unable to work or enjoy life the way you previously did. When you’ve experienced a car, truck, motorcycle, or boating crash that caused injuries or death of a loved one, life will never be the same. Although no amount of money can turn back the clock, financial compensation can help pay for necessary treatments, cover daily expenses that lost wages will no longer cover, and relieve some of the stress that accompanies these major changes in your life.
Slip and Falls—Premises Liability – Slip and fall injuries are among the most common personal injury cases. Whether it happens at a Wal-Mart, in a parking lot, or at a neighbor’s house, the owner of the property may be held liable for damages if the owner didn’t take necessary precautions to keep the property free from dangerous conditions or, at a minimum, properly warn off the hazard.
Slip and falls can happen indoors or out, on private property or public, like on a wet floor in a shopping center. If the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, there will likely be liability.
Slip and fall cases can get complicated quickly. We can sometimes discover responsible defendants that aren’t obvious to the injured person. That’s why after a slip and fall, it is so important to contact our office as soon as you’re medically able.
Whether you are injured at work, in a motor-vehicle accident, or because of another traumatic event, go to the emergency room first, and then call us. Don’t jeopardize your ability to recover appropriate compensation by talking to the insurance company. Adjustors are paid to minimize your injuries and collect information that may cause your claim to be denied or convince you to accept less than your case is worth.