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Payless shoe store accident ends in child’s death

When parents take their children out to run errands or have fun, the last thing they expect is for something to go wrong and their children to end up in the hospital or lose their lives. Sadly, accidents occur and families lose loved ones during everyday situations. Consumers in Illinois and elsewhere should understand that if an accident was preventable, store owners or other negligent parties could be held responsible for their expenses and pain and suffering.

Recently, a tragedy involving a Payless ShoeSource store made national news. A mother was shopping at the store with her two children when a full-length mirror fell on her 2-year-old daughter, crushing her. The little girl was rushed to the hospital, but tragically did not survive. Understandably, the family is devastated, and they want answers and assurance that an accident like this will not affect other families. An investigation showed that the mirror was not fully secured to the wall, leading to it breaking free and falling. Payless officials are cooperating with authorities and say they hope to find out how the accident was allowed to happen.

Fatal Crash in Elmhurst Kills 1, Injures 3

On March 2, 2018, around 2:00 p.m., three semi-trucks and four cars were involved in a fiery crash on inbound I-290 in Elmhurst, near St. Charles Road. Immediately after the crash, a fire spread between multiple truck cabs and cars involved in the pileup. Witnesses told reporters that the crash "sounded like an explosion" in the neighboring areas. Illinois State Police arrived and immediately closed all inbound lanes of the Eisenhower, which remained closed until 3:00 a.m. Friday morning.

Mathys & Schneid Wins $7,250,000 Settlement for Medical Malpractice Victim

Mark W. Mathys and Mark T. Schneid recently obtained a $7,250,000 settlement for our client in a failure to diagnose medical malpractice case in Cook County, Illinois.

Mathys & Schneid Secures $47,500 Settlement in Dooring Lawsuit

Daniel R. Chaidez of Mathys & Schneid recently obtained a $47,500 settlement for a client injured in a bicycle-car crash. The incident happened on July 11, 2015, when our client was riding his bicycle in Chicago and the driver of a parked car opened his door directly in front of the bicyclist. Our client hit the door and suffered a fractured collarbone, but luckily made a quick and full recovery.

It is a good idea to stay updated on potential recalls

Many of the products that people buy in the United States are safe, as long as consumers know the potential risks and how to safely use or operate them. There are some products, however, that may be unsafe if they were made defectively or if the instructions are unclear. It is wise for consumers in Illinois and elsewhere to regularly check on potentially dangerous products in case there have been injuries or dangerous incidents, or to see if there were any recalls.

Recently, some consumers have claimed that certain Instant Pot products are overheating and causing melting damage to parts of their cookers, which could create a burning hazard. The Instant Pot company issued a reassurance that the popular Instant Pot cooker is not the affected appliance. Instead, those who own the Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker may be able to replace their product for a safe one. The company has not yet issued an official recall, and has advised people who own this model to immediately stop using the product.

How can I show that a driver was texting?

States such as Illinois ban texting while driving, but of course, that does not stop some drivers. Nor do the statistics that show how deadly texting while driving can be. So, it can be especially frustrating when you are injured in a car wreck by someone who was on his or her cellphone.

Adding to the frustration may be the fact that in many cases, it is tricky to show a driver was texting or on a cellphone when the crash occurred or immediately before, leading to the crash. However, here are some possible ways to show this was the case.

$1,360,000 Settlement for Head-On Crash in Kane County

Mark W. Mathys of Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid recently obtained a $1,360,000 settlement for a woman who was seriously injured in a head-on motor vehicle accident in Kane County.

The dangers of working on or around scaffolding

If you make your living working in construction, mining or another industry where you frequently rely on scaffolding, or elevated, temporary work platforms, to perform your job duties, know that there are inherent risks involved in doing so. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about 65 percent of all construction workers use scaffolding regularly, and this means that about 2.3 million are at risk of suffering scaffolding-related injuries or fatalities every year.

Just how do scaffolds endanger American workers?

What must I prove in a wrongful death suit?

If you are an Illinois resident who recently has lost a loved one due to an accident and/or injury caused by someone’s negligence or malice, you may be considering filing a wrongful death action against the person and/or entity who you believe is responsible for your loved one’s death. As FindLaw explains, the personal representative of your loved one’s estate can file a wrongful death claim for many reasons, such as medical malpractice, a vehicular accident, a workplace injury or someone’s criminal behavior.

To prove wrongful death, you will need to prove the following four elements by a preponderance of the evidence:

  1. A human being died.
  2. The decedent’s death was caused by someone’s negligence or intent to cause harm to him or her.
  3. You and other family members are the decedent’s survivors and are suffering economic damage as a result of his or her death.
  4. The decedent’s estate has an appointed personal representative.
  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.



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