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$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.

Mathys & Schneid filed a lawsuit in Kane County, Illinois against the Jalapeno Grille and the property owners and their insurance companies vigorously defended the case.  The insurance company blamed our client for "not keeping a proper lookout" and even blamed our client's daughter for parking in the space that they marked for customer parking!  Due to Mathys & Schneid's tenacity and preparation of the case for trial, those responsible for our client's injuries were finally forced to take responsibility for their actions and settled the case for $500,000.

Mathys & Schneid is proud that we were able to recover this significant amount of compensation for our client, that we made those responsible held accountable and that our client will now be able to get the assistance at home that she needs and deserves.  Mathys & Schneid continues to represent premises liability injury victims in Cook, Kane, DuPage, Will and all surrounding counties.

  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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