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Woman sues Bayer for selling dangerous product after coma

Many Illinois residents rely on Alka-Seltzer to help eliminate their cold and cough symptoms, but one woman says that the medication caused such severe side effects that she was in a coma for 31 days. The victim, who purchased the dangerous product in January 2013, said she was seeking relief from her cold symptoms, so she took the Alka-Selzer product before going to bed. She says she developed a serious reaction that started with blisters in her mouth and led to a horrific coma and illness that left her with much of her skin missing.

Can I switch doctors after a work-related injury?

The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act provides that an employer is liable to pay for medical services initially chosen by the employee and any subsequent provider of medical services in the chain of referrals. The employer is also liable to pay for all medical services provided by a second physician chosen by the employee and any subsequent provider of medical services in the chain of referrals.

Woman claims medical malpractice after fake cancer treatment

An Illinois woman is seeking financial damages for medical malpractice after a physician reportedly lied to her about a medical condition and gave her unapproved drugs. The woman was told that she had "pre-leukemia," according to news reports. In many cases, we talk about the failure to diagnose a legitimate medical condition -- in this case, the physician diagnosed a condition that did not even exist!

How to Get the Medical Records of a Family Member Who Died

Because medical malpractice errors are the third leading cause of death in this country, family members often have questions about whether their loved one received the proper care by healthcare providers before their loved one passed away.

Relatives of officer killed in crash file wrongful death suit

Family members of an Illinois police officer who died in the line of duty have filed a civil suit in connection with the fatal 2013 accident. Reports show that the parents of the 29-year-old officer are seeking financial compensation through a wrongful death suit against an intoxicated motorist, that man's employer and the establishment where he allegedly became drunk. The family is seeking damages over $50,000 in connection with the loss of a loved one.

¿Cuánto Vale Mi Caso de Lesiones Personales?

No hay dos casos que valen la misma cantidad de dinero. Cada caso es único para cada individuo. Es posible que los hechos de su caso puede parecer similar al caso de otra persona, pero las circunstancias que crean sus daños y pérdidas son únicos para usted. Un abogado con experiencia en lesiones personales puede evaluar su caso y ayudarle determinar la cantidad de dinero justa y razonable para recuperar los daños y pérdidas que usted sostuvo.

How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

No two personal injury cases are worth the same amount of money.  Each case is unique to each individual.  Even if the facts of your case may seem similar to somebody else's case, the circumstances that create your harms and losses are unique to you.  An experienced personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and help determine the fair and reasonable amount of money it will take to balance the harms and losses you sustained.

When should I tell my employer I was hurt at work?

In Illinois, it is important that an injured worker report a work accident to the employer as soon as possible after the accident. Timely notice is crucial to avoid a disputed workers' compensation claim.

¿Qué Puede Esperar en su Primera Reunión con un Abogado de Lesiones Personales?

Si usted ha sido lesionado en un accidente de automóvil, usted debe consultar con un abogado de lesiones personales lo más pronto posible y antes de hablar con cualquier ajustadores de seguros. No pierda su tiempo hablando con abogados que no tienen experiencia con casos de lesiones personales.

How Can I Protect Myself From Medical Malpractice in Hospitals?

A recent study published in the Journal of Patient Safety found that 440,000 people die EVERY YEAR after suffering medical errors in U.S. hospitals.  That's over 1,000 people dying every day as a result of medical malpractice and is the nation's third leading cause of death, trailing only heart disease and cancer.  And these numbers don't even include people who die from medical malpractice outside the hospital setting.

$750,000 Recovery For Medical Malpractice Victim in Kane County

Mark W. Mathys from Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid obtained a $750,000 recovery for the family of a client who was a victim of medical malpractice.  Doctors at Dreyer Medical Group in Aurora failed to diagnose a rare fungal infection in our client, a 47 year old woman.  As a result of their failure to timely diagnose and treat this fungal infection, the infection slowly destroyed our client's lung tissue requiring it to be surgically removed.  Unfortunately, the surgery did not successfully stop the infection from spreading and our client ultimately died of respiratory failure two years later.

The Danger of Aged Tires- Product Liability

A common product liability issue is the danger caused by car and truck tires that are aged 5 years or more.  Tires, like any other rubber product, have a limited service life regardless of the amount of tread depth left and regardless of how much you used the tire.  Tire manufacturers have known for decades that tires become dangerous as they age past 5 years.  After 5 years, the tire becomes vulnerable to having a tread separation blow out failure that can cause a driver to lose all control of the car, SUV or truck and have an accident.  As tires age, they deteriorate internally but usually no damage or problems can be seen by looking at the outside of the tire.

What to Expect In Your First Meeting with a Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone close to you has been injured in a car accident, you should consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible and before talking to any insurance adjusters or insurance claims people. Do not waste your time talking with attorneys who are not experienced personal injury attorneys.

Wrong-way driver facing felony charges in Lake Shore car accident

A Chicago man accused of driving the wrong way down Lake Shore Drive has been arrested and charged with several serious DUI violations. The 23-year-old man is officially charged with felony aggravated DUI causing an accident or death, along with other charges, in connection with a fatal car accident he caused while disobeying traffic rules. The man is accused of striking a taxi head-on while driving drunk.

How do medical expense liens impact my personal injury settlement?

A lien on a personal injury claim is a legal right that somebody has to the proceeds from any judgment or settlement. When your doctor, hospital or other medical care provider gives you medical care but hasn't been paid by you or your insurance company, they can have a medical expense lien on your personal injury case so that they get paid when you collect on your case. Therefore, addressing your medical liens is one of the most important services a personal injury attorney can do for you when negotiating settlement.

$100,000 recovery for car accident injuries in Will County

Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid recently settled a Will County car accident case involving neck and back injuries from a rear end crash in December 2011.  The case settled for $100,000, which was limits of the other person's insurance policy.

Who pays my medical bills in a car accident?

If you're injured in a car accident, your medical bills can become an overwhelming responsibility. Should your car insurance or health insurance pay? What role does the at-fault driver's insurance company play? Should you pay your bills out-of-pocket?

Failure to diagnose risk factors leads to birth control stroke

An Illinois woman who suffered a serious medical event after taking the birth control pill Yasmin has been awarded $14 million by a civil jury. The woman, age 37, suffered a stroke less than two weeks after she began taking the medication in 2007. She is paralyzed on her left side and has difficulty communicating. Further, the woman's husband must stay home with her round-the-clock, so he is now unable to work.

  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.
    -Jennifer

  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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