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1 man dies in Illinois after 5-vehicle pileup

A man has been killed in Illinois after he was involved in a five-vehicle pileup. He was riding in an SUV near a construction zone at the time of the crash. That SUV was then struck by a semi-truck, resulting in his death. The man who was killed was 74 years old, and his wife, who was behind the wheel, was 71.

Can I get fired for filing a workers' compensation claim?

Oftentimes, this is one of the most common questions clients have and one of the greatest fears of injured employees. Employees go to great lengths to avoid filing a claim, including using their health insurance for doctor visits and using any sick days or short-term disability time they have.

Man confesses to deadly Illinois crash due to delusions

Back in 2008, a woman in Joliet, Illinois, was hit by a car. Witnesses said that the car's brake lights did come on and the driver did swerve, indicating that he or she may have attempted to avoid the crash but struck the woman anyway. The driver then sped away from the scene of the crime and was never found. Other drivers stopped and found the woman's body in the road, and she passed away from her injuries.

Safety advocates and law makers debate truck safety after Morgan crash

The truck accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and several others and killed a person is spurring new interest in the national debate about how to improve truck safety and reduce truck driver fatigue in the United States. The accident happened when a truck driver slammed into the back of a limo bus that Morgan and several others were riding in on a New Jersey highway.

$500,000 Recovery for Trip and Fall Victim in Kane County

Mark W. Mathys from Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid obtained a $500,000 recovery for our client who tripped and fell due to a dangerous condition in a parking lot, commonly referred to as a premises liability case. On May 6, 2009, our 64 year-old client exited the passenger front seat of her daughter's car after they parked in a marked parking space at the Jalapeno Grille restaurant in St. Charles, Illinois.  Unknown to our client, the striped border of that marked parking space was only 17 inches from the edge of the parking lot surface and that the parking lot surface was actually a foot higher than the sidewalk direclty below the parking lot edge.  There were no railings or warnings to alert or protect customers from this dangerous drop.  Not only was there a signficant drop-off, but the edge of the raised parking lot surface was deteriorated and crumbling making this condition even more dangerous.  As our client stepped out of the car, her heel slid off the crumbling edge of the parking lot, causing her to lose her balance and fall down onto the sidewalk below.  As a result, our client sustained serious leg injuries that required surgery and a long recovery.

General Motors Recalls Record Number of Vehicles

General Motors is in the midst of recalling its most vehicles in a given year, surpassing 13 million vehicles in the US alone. Driving a defective vehicle can be extremely dangerous, as it puts you and your family at risk. If you've been injured due to a defective vehicle, contact a personal injury attorney today.

Can I receive workers' compensation benefits for missing a second job?

If you had a second job that you worked on the date you were injured, you may be able to include earnings from your additional job when computing your "Average Weekly Wage" (AWW). You must have had the job on the date you were injured, your employer must know of the second employment and the employment must be a typical job unlike self-employment. Last, the job must be documented by check pay stubs or tax withholdings. Undocumented jobs will not likely count as concurrent employment.

$1,700,000 Settlement of Cook County Infant Wrongful Death Case

Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid recently obtained a $1,700,000 Dangerous Drugs settlement for a family whose 2-month old son died due to side effects of a prescription medication that was prescribed by his pediatrician.

Two die after SUV and motorcycle collide

A man and woman died early Sunday after their motorcycle collided with an SUV in Bridgeview, Illinois during early morning hours on June 1, 2014. The man was the driver of the motorcycle and the woman was a passenger. The crash occurred near 85th and Harlem after their motorcycle was struck by an SUV heading in the opposite direction. The driver of the SUV was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. At this time, no charges have been filed related to the accident. Bridgeview police are continuing their investigation.

Drugmaker settles for $650 million after dangerous product claims

A German drugmaker accused of marketing an unsafe medication in the U.S. has agreed to pay a whopping $650 million for a settlement in the case. Official reports show that the company, which resolved the matter in a federal court in Illinois, anticipates paying out more than $162,000 in civil compensation per case. The drug in question, Pradaxa, is a blood thinner. The company was accused of failing to warn consumers about the risks in consuming the dangerous product.

Motorcyclists and other drivers share safety responsibilities

Motorcyclists have the same rights on the road as other drivers do, but they are more likely to be injured or killed in vehicle accidents. Both motorcycle riders and drivers of other vehicles are responsible for staying safe on the roads. By following a few safety tips, all drivers can help avoid motorcycle accidents.

Dangerous Train Station Parking Lot Case Filed in DuPage County

A Premises Liability lawsuit was filed by Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid on behalf of a woman who was seriously injured when she was caused to fall due to dangerous potholes at a train station parking lot. 

Why You Should Not Trust The Insurance Adjuster

When you are injured in a car accident, or have any other injury incident, very soon after your injury an "Insurance Adjuster" will try to call you and send you letters.  You do not have to talk to any insurance adjuster and there are several reasons why you should not trust the insurance adjuster.  Your safest move after being injured is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you avoid making any mistakes with the insurance adjuster.

  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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