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Auto Accidents

 
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DUI

 
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Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice

 
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Criminal Defense

 
Other practices include:
 
  • General & Business Litigation
  • Business & Transactional Law
 
  • Property & Contract Disputes
  • Workers Compensation
 
  • Appellate and DCFS Cases
  • Family Law - Divorce / Child Custody
 
  • Employment Law
 
 
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Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice

A personal injury is any type of physical or emotional injury to the person. Personal injuries can be temporary or permanent in nature. Personal injuries can result in death.

Personal injuries can result from a motor vehicle accident. Motor vehicle accidents include those accidents and injuries resulting from an automobile accident, a motorcycle accident, a motor scooter accident, a truck accident, a bus accident, a train accident, a boat accident, a personal watercraft accident, a snowmobile accident, an all-terrain vehicle accident, and even a golf cart accident.

Personal injuries can also result from a defective product. This area of the law is known as products liability. Types of products that have resulted in product liability recoveries are too numerous to list in full, but include defective motor vehicles, defective firearms, defective baby furniture, flammable baby clothing, defective medical equipment, defective medications, defective power tools, defective lawn equipment, and defective sports equipment.

Personal injuries can result from nursing home negligence. Personal injuries can also result from the negligence of assisted living facilities.

Personal injury claims can also be the result of falls which occur on property owned by businesses or other persons. The liability of the owner of the property is not automatic, however. It must be shown that the landowner was negligent and that the negligence caused the fall. For example, if you fall in a restaurant and can prove that the material on the floor that caused the fall was the result of something done by an employee or that it was on the floor for such a long period of time that it should have been recognized and removed, the restaurant will likely be responsible for your injuries. Similarly, if a landowner knows that there is a defect on his or her property that is not observable to guests, injuries caused by the defect may also be compensable.

Personal injuries may also be the result of negligent medical care provided by a health care provider. If a nurse, doctor, podiatrist, chiropractor, surgeon, etc. fails to meet the applicable standard of care and that failure results in injury to his or her patient, the health care provider will be responsible for all of the patient’s damages. These include out-of-pocket expenses, such as lost income and additional medical bills, as well as past and future pain and suffering.

In summary, if an injured person can establish that their injury resulted from someone else’s negligence or misconduct, then the wrongdoer may be obligated to pay compensation for those injuries and the other losses sustained.

In order to establish that you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence it would be necessary for your lawyer to carefully understand and evaluate the facts surrounding your injury. Your attorney should discuss the facts of your injury with you and, with your assistance, determine whether or not your injury and damages resulted from someone else’s misconduct.

Such misconduct can usually be found where someone breaches a duty or breaks a rule imposed upon by them by law. For example, a stop sign imposes a duty or obligation on a driver to come to a complete stop before entering an intersection. If someone breaches that duty and goes into the intersection without stopping, they are liable for any damages caused by that breach. Similarly the law imposes a duty on the manufacturer of potentially dangerous products to design and manufacture those products in a reasonably safe manner. If the manufacturer fails to design or manufacture those products in accordance with those standards, and a purchaser or user of that product is injured as a result, the product manufacturer can be held responsible for those injuries or damages.

This same kind of analysis applies to medical, legal, architectural and accounting malpractice cases. Those professionals all are required by law to meet certain minimum standards of competence in their professional practice. If their actions fall below that standard of professional care and an injury or damage results from that failure, then the patient or client may be entitled to money damages.

When evaluating a potential suit based on personal injuries the first and most important thing your lawyer should do with you is evaluate the facts and circumstances of the events in question. Your lawyer should be able to work with you to determine whether or not your injuries were directly caused by someone else’s actions. The lawyer then should evaluate the claim with you to determine whether or not those injuries or damages resulted from the breach of some duty by that other person.
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DUI

Arrested for driving under the influence? We can help!

One of the most nerve-wracking experiences you can have when driving is to see those red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. Getting pulled over is an unpleasant experience on its own, but it is even worse when you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). Drunken driving is extremely reckless and causes hundreds of fatalities in Illinois each year. Police officers are quick to arrest anyone that they suspect is intoxicated, but this often leads to wrongful charges. If you’ve been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), we can help.

DUI Penalties in Illinois

The penalty you could receive if convicted on charges of driving under the influence depend on factors including your prior criminal record and whether you are accused of causing an accident:
 
First-Time DUI

Driver’s license suspension of at least 1 year

  • Up to a full year of jail
  • Fines of up to $2,500
Second DUI

  • Driver’s license revocation of at least 5 years
  • A minimum of 5 days in jail or 240 hours of community service
  • Up to a full year in jail
  • Fines of up to $2,500
 
Third DUI

  • Driver’s license revocation of at least 10 years
  • Mandatory imprisonment of 18 to 30 months, which may be served periodically
  • Up to 7 years in prison
  • Fines of up to $25,000
DUI Causing an Accident

  • Minimum 1-year driver’s license suspension
  • Mandatory imprisonment of 10 days or 480 hours of community service
  • Up to 12 years in prison
  • Fines of up to $25,000
 
In addition to the criminal penalties of a DUI conviction, you must also take into account the ramifications that this situation could have on your life. For example, you can expect to be paying significantly higher rates for car insurance over the next several years. Furthermore, a driver’s license suspension could throw your life into disorder, as you are suddenly prohibited from commuting to work, driving your children to and from school and even driving to the grocery store. Don’t take chances with the outcome of this situation.

Defense Against DUI Charges

There are numerous defense strategies that may be available for your DUI case. Police mistakes are common, such as an unlawful police stop or errors in the administration of a field sobriety test or breath test. Each attorney at in our firm knows what police officers can and cannot do when investigating a suspected drunk driver and when making a DUI arrest. We can thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your arrest and can fight the evidence against you in order to reduce your charges or get your case dismissed.

Don’t Wait, Get Help Today

If you are convicted of DUI, your license will be suspended and you will face high fines and possible time in jail. In aggravated cases, such as multiple DUI, DUI with injury or vehicular manslaughter, you might even face a felony conviction. Our attorneys can fight to save your license and your reputation from the consequences of a conviction. We have more than 100 years of combined legal experience, contact one of our attorneys today.
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Criminal Defense

Specialties of the Criminal Defense Team

 
  • Murder
  • Drug Offenses (Possession, Trafficking, and possession with intent to distribute)
  • Federal and Felony Charges
 
  • Illinois DUI Attorney and Chicago DUI Lawyer
  • Weapons
  • Sex Charges
 

Embezzlement and Fraud

 
  • Assault and Battery
  • Juvenile Crime
  • Violent Crimes
  • Theft and Burglary
 
  • Domestic Violence
  • Probation Violations
  • Hit and Run
 
Traffic and Felony Traffic Offenses

Drug Related Offenses

Our team has defended people charged with drug and narcotics altercations in both State and Federal Court in Illinois for over 25 years. Drug charges defended by our expert legal team include:
 
  • Possession
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute
  • Trafficking
  • Felony Drugs and Narcotics Charges
  • Misdemeanor Drugs and Narcotics
  • Drug Cases involving cocaine, marijuana, prescription drugs, methamphetamines, opiates, ecstasy, LSD, controlled substances and many other drugs.
If you have been charged with or under investigation with any drug offense by the DEA, FBI, ATF, police, Illinois State Police, or any other agency call immediately for a consultation.

Every state in the nation has its own laws regarding narcotics and other illegal or controlled substances, but most adhere closely to federal regulations. 720 ILCS 570 is known as the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, and explains exactly what substances and drug-related actions are illegal. If you are accused of a drug crime, it could involve any of the following Schedule I and II drugs:
 
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
 
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamines
 
  • PCP
  • Prescription painkillers – codeine, morphine, etc.
 
Many people who have been arrested for a drug offense were found with such small amounts of an illegal substance that they honestly did not know they were committing a serious violation. If you are facing serious criminal charges, contact our office as soon as possible. Act today to start seeking the help you need and the relief you deserve.

Common Forms of Drug Crimes May Carry High Penalties

Our firm provides exceptional criminal defense for individuals who are facing all types of drug crime charges. No matter the circumstances of your arrest, we can collect and analyze evidence, challenge the prosecution’s claims, and stand up for your rights. Without our assistance, you could be punished with steep fines and extended jail times for the following common drug-related offenses, and more:
 
  • Possession
  • Use
  • Sale
 
  • Cultivation
  • Manufacturing
 
  • Distribution
  • Trafficking
 
Prescription drug crimes can also result in imprisonment and high fines, as it is illegal to obtain or issue a prescription using deception or fraud. Additionally, if you use a prescribed medicine with the explicit intent to abuse it, you could be charged for committing a drug crime violation.

Successfully Defending Against Drug Charges

If you are caught with drugs in your possession, you may feel like the case against you is ironclad. In truth, there are many strategies that can be used to successfully defend against drug charges and secure an acquittal or reduced charges. We are skilled in handling misdemeanor and felony drug charges of all types including:
 
  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Possession with Intent to Deliver
 
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Manufacture and Delivery of Drugs
 
  • Operating a Meth Lab
 
No matter what the charge, we thoroughly investigate the circumstances of every case in order to prepare the strongest possible defense. With drug charges, questions regarding the legality of the search that uncovered the illegal substance(s) are often applicable. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about Illinois search and seizure laws and skilled in making Constitutional arguments. We often succeed in excluding incriminating evidence against our clients thereby weakening the case against you. We are experienced in dealing with drug charges related to all types of illegal substances including:
 
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Ecstasy
 
  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine
 
  • OxyContin and Oxycodone
  • Prescription Drugs
 

Traffic Offenses

MCF & G has defended Traffic and Vehicle Offenses ranging from misdemeanor driving offenses to felony charges including Driving Under the Influence. An Illinois dui is defined as driving under the influence and oftentimes a dui is the charge for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of controlled substances. If you are charged with a dui in Illinois there is no time to waste, call our office immediately to schedule a consultation, your driving privileges could be at risk of suspension.

Weapons Charges

Illegal Possession, Sale, Purchase & Use of Firearms

Over the past few decades, the possession and use of firearms has become a point of extreme controversy. Whether you have been accused of a weapons crime because of someone’s overreaction or for any other reason. Illinois has very strict laws regarding the sale, purchase, carrying, and use of firearms and other dangerous weapons. We defend against all types of weapons charges, including the following:
 
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm
  • Unlawful use of a firearm
 
  • Unlawful sale of a firearm
  • Reckless discharge of a firearm
 
  • Endangerment of a minor
 
You Could Be Facing High Penalties for Weapons Crimes

Most weapons crimes are categorized as felonies, even if no one suffered personal injury or if you did not act with any criminal intent. If you are convicted, you could face extremely harsh punishments, including:
 
  • Up to $25,000 in fines
  • 1 to 3 years in prison
 
  • Restraining or barring orders
 
  • Loss of employment
 
When you have been accused of a weapons crime, your most important course of action is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact one of our attorneys today.

Violent Offenses (or crimes of violence)

Violent crimes are some of the most serious crimes a person can be charged with committing. Usually involving some form of aggravation or menacing intimidation, violent crimes carry severe legal penalties, no matter their form. If you have been arrested for a violent crime, time is of the essence. Contact one of our attorneys today.

What are the most common forms of violent crimes?

Anything that involves violence, aggravation, and harmful intent can be considered a violent crime. It is due to this umbrella-effect that there is a certain amount of controversy surrounding this area of criminal accusations. Regardless of the circumstances of your arrest, you could be facing harsh punishment if you have been arrested for any of the following offenses:
 
  • Assault and battery
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
 
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping
 
  • Theft with the use of force
  • Armed robbery
 
Take Immediate Action to Defend Yourself from Serious Charges

Homicide – or murder – is absolutely one of the most severely punished crimes in the nation. Just the allegation is enough to fill people with prejudice and unfair bias towards the accused. If you have been arrested on murder charges, it is of utmost importance that you contact one of our attorneys immediately. You can be sure that the prosecution is not resting, and neither should you.

Murder in the First and Second Degree

If you have been accused of the severe crime of homicide, you should first understand that there are two degrees of murder recognized by the Illinois Compiled Statutes.

Second-degree murder is defined in 720 ILCS 5 / 9-2 as killing another person intentionally or while trying to cause them serious bodily harm when under a sudden and intense passion. This passion must have been the result of serious provocation by the victim or other person that the defendant intended to kill, provided that the provoking actions would be sufficient to cause similar outrage in another person of reasonable temperament.

First-degree murder is defined in 720 ILCS 5 / 9-1 as killing someone intentionally or when intending to cause great bodily harm. In most cases, you must have had full knowledge that your actions created a strong probability of your victim’s death, or at the very least that they would suffer catastrophic injury. It can also be categorized as first-degree murder if you kill someone while attempting or committing a forcible felony, excluding second-degree murder.

Homicide Convictions Carry Life-Changing Consequences

Whether you are convicted of murder in the second or first-degree, you are facing a felony conviction that is sure to have negative effects on the rest of your life. Penalties applied to your case will be severe and may include:
 
  • 4 to 15 years in prison for second-degree charges
  • 20 to 100 years (life sentence) for first-degree charges
 
  • Up to $25,000 fines – not including nominal damages
  • Death penalty for aggravated murder charges
 
Start Building a Strong Case Today

Our attorneys can provide you the focused and experienced representation you need when facing some of the most serious criminal charges that exist. Our lawyers will work together to build you a reliable case and fight tirelessly to reduce your charges in any way possible. Or, with proper evidence and preparation, we can seek to obtain a dismissal of your case altogether.

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Sex Crimes

Sex offenses are some of the worst crimes that a person can commit. When someone commits a sex crime, victims are violated on the most personal level. Such serious crimes can only be penalized with some of the harshest sentencing in the state. In Illinois, sex offenses range from misdemeanors to felonies depending on the offense. Lesser sex offenses include public indecency, solicitation of a prostitute, and prostitution itself. Misdemeanor sex offenses incur up to $2,500 in fines and a jail sentence of up to one year. Most sex offenses are felonies, however, and result in much more severe penalties.

Criminal sexual assault, also known as “rape,” is one of the most serious sex crimes under the Illinois Compiled Statutes. Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony that can land you in prison for up to 15 years. Aggravated criminal assault, which involves a dangerous weapon, bodily harm to the victim, or other aggravating factors, is a Class X felony that can land you in prison for up to 30 years. Certain aggravating factors can add on another 10, 15, 20, or 25 years, or result in a life sentence.

Sex crimes are different than any other crime in that they result in lifetime sex offender registration along with criminal sentencing and fines. Sex offenders must provide their personal information to be made available for public viewing in an online database. This allows others to know where convicted sex offenders live at all times. Sex offenders are also restricted from living within a certain distance of a school, playground, or other area where children regularly congregate. This makes it difficult to find a place to live after being convicted of a sex crime. Employers are also hesitant to hire individuals with a sex offense on their criminal record, making it difficult to succeed in a career.

Aggressive Defense for Those Charged with Federal Crimes

While it is always daunting to face the investigative and prosecutorial resources of the government, federal charges are especially serious. Federal criminal offenses tend to be serious crimes that carry long terms of imprisonment without an option for probation. Investigations of these charges are conducted by federal law enforcement agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Justice Department (Department Of Justice) and other agencies. These law enforcement agencies have virtually unlimited resources to investigate alleged criminal offenses. Federal sentencing guidelines also typically entail far harsher sentences.

Our team of experienced Federal criminal defense attorneys and have the expertise and experience to effectively defend clients who have been the subject of long-term investigations. We analyze and evaluate voluminous financial records, witness interviews and other evidence typically gathered by federal law enforcement agencies.

A. Federal Drug Crimes

Under federal law drugs are classified into five schedules based on their level of addictiveness, harmful effects and legitimate therapeutic applications. Federal drug crimes relate to the possession, distribution, sale, manufacturing, trafficking, possession, sale and trafficking of controlled dangerous substances. The penalties for federal drug crimes are based on the classification of the controlled substance, the quantity and the type of drug related offense. Federal drug crimes cover street drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana and heroin, as well as prescription drugs like Oxycodone and Vicodin.

If you are charged with a federal drug crime, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney represent you because many federal drug offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences. This means that the judge has no discretion to sentence those convicted of these federal drug offenses to a more lenient penalty. If you are charged with a federal drug crime, our experience help you defend your rights, including challenging unreliable informants and identifying improper search and seizures.

B. White Collar Crime

In general, any offense that affects the economic stability of another person or business, or of the government, is considered to be a “white collar crime.” Most of these offenses involve some form of fraud and are treated as serious theft offenses, since the ultimate goal of the white collar criminal is to deprive another entity of money, assets, profit, stocks, and other such property. Some of the most common white collar crimes include the following:
 
  • Bribery
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
 
  • Fraud
  • Identity theft
 
  • Money laundering
  • Tax evasion
 
Start Protecting Your Reputation & Career

As a person who has been placed in a position of responsibility over the finances of another, you cannot afford to allow charges of a white collar crime to ruin your reputation. You need to act quickly and fight your charges before your peers and employer lose their faith in you. Our firm has a history of success in all types criminal defenses and can provide the representation that you need. We also represent clients during the pre-charges investigations and therefore may be able to prevent white collar crime charges from being filed against you in the first place.

C. Federal Sex Crimes & Violent Crimes

Federal sex offenses like human trafficking or violent crimes like kidnapping are aggressively prosecuted by federal prosecutors and can result in both long prison terms and a devastating impact on your reputation.

Whether you are under investigation by a federal law enforcement agency or have been charged with a federal criminal offense, our team is committed to aggressively protecting our clients from incarceration and damage to their reputation.

Juvenile Crimes

When a child is arrested and charged with a crime, a parent’s instinct is to protect that child. And so it should be. The consequences for juvenile offenses can be harsh, and a conviction can negatively affect your child’s life for many years to come. We understand what is at stake when handling juvenile cases. We seek to protect our juvenile clients from the harsh consequences of a criminal conviction so they have the opportunity to turn their lives in a positive direction.

Dealing with the juvenile justice system can be challenging for a family. We seek to ease the process by providing sound legal advice and aggressive representation. We understand how important it is to be available to answer questions and address concerns whenever they arise. Our attorneys are highly accessible and ensure our clients and their parents are well informed throughout the duration of your case.

We provide skilled and compassionate legal counsel and representation in a wide variety of juvenile law matters including:

Drug Charges

Drug crimes are strongly prosecuted in Illinois, but there is a lot of discretion in how prosecutors and the Court treat drug offenders. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime, it is crucial to hire an attorney who has experience in Drug Court. We understand how to build strong defenses against drug charges and how to leverage our cases to secure the best possible outcomes for our clients.

In all cases we strive to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. As skilled trial attorneys, we are never afraid to take your case to court to argue for an acquittal if that is in your best interests. Likewise, we are skilled negotiators practiced in arranging favorable plea deals that protect our clients’ freedom and futures to the greatest extent possible.
 
  • Underage drinking
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Property Damage
 
  • Vandalism
  • Gang-related activities
  • Weapons charges
 
  • Violent Crimes
  • Sex Offenses
 
We are always prepared to fight for dismissal and acquittal in court where appropriate. In some case, however, it may be in the child’s best interest to pursue an alternative sentence program. Unlike adult court, juvenile court is often more focused on the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. Consequently, juvenile prosecutors and judges are often open to creative sentencing options such as good behavior programs, traffic school, and drug programs. Our team is focused is on protecting the freedom and criminal records of our juvenile clients to ensure they have every opportunity for a bright future.

If your child has been arrested and charged with a crime, contact us to schedule a case evaluation. We will go over the circumstances of your child’s arrest, answer your questions, and advise you on the best steps forward.

We Can Stop Your Charges Before They're Even Filed

Have you been accused of a criminal offense? Even if charges have yet to be filed against you, there is legal action that you can take in your defense. Law enforcement agencies often conduct investigations before official charges may be filed. In such an investigation, police officers may knock on the accused individual’s door and speak with them about the alleged offense in an effort to gather information and, most importantly, to incriminate the suspect.

What few people realize is that no one is required to comply with the police during these investigations. Furthermore, you can hire a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights even before criminal charges are officially filed. If you believe that you are under investigation for a crime, you can take action right away to put an end to your legal trouble, contact us (insert Link)

Understand Your Rights with Experienced Representation
It is not uncommon for evidence to be collected against the accused without them even knowing it is going on. Law enforcement officers may attempt to trick you into saying something that could affect your defense before any charges are officially filed. While you certainly have the right to remain silent – as included in the Miranda Rights – police officers are specially trained to convince or lead suspects into speaking so that the individual says more than is good for them, resulting in the filing of criminal charges and a difficult defense. Instead of giving into the officer’s demand to answer the questions, you may respectfully decline to do so and request the representation of an attorney before the investigation continues.

Expungement, Sealing, Pardons & Clemency

Don’t Let a Single Arrest Ruin the Rest of Your Life!

Understanding the differences between expungements, sealing, pardons, and executive clemency can be tough, which is why our attorneys are here to help. We understand that this can be a confusing topic, but pursuing a clean record can be an effective tool for your future. Let us guide you through the process today!

Permanently Clean Your Record with Expungement

If you have been arrested and convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, it will remain on your record. However, arrests, certain types of supervision, and other alternative sentencing can be removed from your record permanently through expungement. This means that it can never be seen by the public and you will not be required to disclose your prior arrest and conviction. Even police officers will not able to pull up this information in a regular background check with a special court order.

It is important to note the following:
 
  • Even if you were found not guilty of a crime, all of your arrests remain on your criminal record.
  • Your record will not expunge arrests on its own.
 
  • Most felony convictions cannot be expunged.
  • If your case was dismissed you still have a record due to your arrest.
 
Use Sealing to Conceal Your Criminal Record from the Public

While you cannot expunge criminal convicts in Illinois, some misdemeanors and felonies can be sealed, which means your criminal record cannot be released to non-law enforcement personnel. Though you will still have a criminal record, it will be unavailable to the public without a court order.

Executive Clemency and Governor Pardons Can Clear Your Name

A pardon will forgive your crime and clear your criminal record. This is done by submitting a Petition for Clemency with the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. A pardon or clemency is the only way to clear your record if it cannot be expunged or sealed. Even if you were not given a prison sentence but were given probation, you may still file a petition.

Having an experienced defense attorney can dramatically help your chances of removing or sealing your criminal record from public view. Our attorneys can help you prepare your petition and fight to clear your name. If you have been arrested and convicted, you do not need to forfeit your future. Contact us today.
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Auto Accidents

If you are struggling with tremendous physical pain and emotional trauma from a car or truck accident you did not cause, are away from your job to recover in a hospital and living in fear that medical expenses will bankrupt you and your Central Illinois family — fear no more.

In Central Illinois, our experienced personal injury and a wrongful death law firm aggressively safeguards your interests, start to finish — and holds negligent drivers and their insurers accountable, in courts of law if necessary.

Our personal injury attorneys protect your rights when you are seriously injured or a loved one is killed in motor vehicle accidents caused by:
 
  • Drunk drivers
  • Distracted drivers
  • Uninsured and underinsured motorists
  • Hit-and-run drivers
  • Drivers who hit pedestrians and bicyclists
 
  • Drivers of large commercial vehicles whose overweight loads are not properly secured
  • Drivers of buses, vans, cabs and other public transportation
  • Vehicle rollovers
  • Dangerous, poorly maintained roads
 
While you recover from your accident, the last thing on your mind should be the cost of our quality representation. Our team will deliver our hard work strictly on a contingency fee basis. You owe no attorney fee unless we win your case.

Motorcycle Accidents

If you sustained a brain injury or spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident caused by another motorist’s negligence in Central Illinois — or if a family member was killed when a careless motorist struck his or her motorcycle — we are the experienced personal injury lawyers who work hard to protect your rights and bring you the justice you deserve.

Our quality representation of injured persons in auto accidents and motorcycle accidents has built a recognized reputation for positive results. Our attorneys safeguard your interests with an in-depth investigation of your accident, skillful negotiation with insurers and, if necessary, aggressive litigation in court.

We know the challenges that motorcycle accident injury victims face every day: lost income from time off the job, mounting medical expenses, bike repair and replacement costs, pain and suffering and emotional trauma that can last a lifetime. Contact our office to schedule your initial consultation.We can come to you if you are too injured to come to us.

Lawyers For Motorcycle Accident Victims — With Experience That Wins In Central Illinois

Serious motorcycle mishaps typically occur because drivers do not accord your fair share of the road, or fail to see motorcyclists in the first place. Other causes are poorly marked road construction, road defects, slick roads and intersection collisions.

Since motorcyclists travel unprotected from the elements, their injuries sometimes require a lifetime of expensive treatment and ongoing special needs, not to mention the emotional burden on your family. Therefore, you need maximum financial compensation that can help you move on with your life.

To eliminate any concerns you might have about the cost of our representation, and to allow you to focus on a complete recovery from your motorcycle accident injuries, we provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis. You owe no attorney fee unless we win your case.

Dont hesitate to contact or call us immediately to schedule your initial consultation. We reply promptly to your email.

When Drivers Are Inattentive, Biking Can Be Deadly

In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data that revealed that cycling deaths accounted for roughly 2 percent of all fatalities even though bicycle riders only accounted for 1 percent of road traffic. Due to the lack of safety features on a bicycle, riders are more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries or death in an accident.

While a bicyclist might be cushioned by a helmet, heavy clothing, and elbow and kneepads, the bicycle itself offers no protection in an impact. Our team has represented countless injured Illinois clients. Whether your accident was caused by a car drifting into the bike lane or a driver failing to see you in an intersection, our personal injury attorneys are ready to represent you.

A Century Of Legal Experience

Bike accidents can be severe, leading to serious, long-lasting injuries. An accident can result from numerous situations, including:

  • Cars failing to yield at an intersection: It is not uncommon for a vehicle to stop at an intersection and look both ways for other vehicles. Unfortunately, the driver will simply not see a bicyclist before turning or crossing the intersection.
  • Cars entering a roadway: When exiting a parking lot, parking garage or even a driveway, it is not uncommon for drivers to fail to see bicyclists.
  • Cars driving into a designated bike lane: When turning, entering a roadway or attempting to pass a turning vehicle, it is possible for a driver to strike a rider.

These, and numerous other situations, can lead to devastating accidents. If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident in Peoria or other communities through Illinois, call our firm.

Discuss Your Matter With A Skilled Attorney

As a personal injury firm, we take cases on contingency, so you will not pay any attorney fees until we obtain a verdict or settlement for you. Contact us to schedule your initial consultation.

Trucking Accident Litigation In Illinois

An accident involving an 18-wheeler can be a life-changing event. You could be dealing with serious physical and emotional pain and suffering, the challenges of paying for medical expenses and covering other costs, especially if you have lost wages from work due to your injuries.

These and other fears are common for people after a motor vehicle accident. With our experienced and trusted team, you can put your fears to rest.

Complications In Truck Accident Cases

In general, truck accident litigation is much more complicated than most other motor vehicle accident claims. For one thing, bigger vehicles lead to bigger injuries. Most truck accidents involve catastrophic or even fatal personal injuries, as well as significant property damage.

Further, the trucking industry is heavily regulated by federal law, state law and the industry itself, which can complicate the litigation.

Another complicated aspect of truck accident cases involves the physical research and accident reconstruction. Because of the catastrophic nature of these accidents, truck cases involve intense research to uncover evidence of liability.

Our team carries extensive experience with all aspects of semi-truck and tractor-trailer accident litigation in Illinois, and we are connected with a network of accident reconstructionist, forensic experts, and other experts to help us build strong cases for our clients.

We work hard for our clients on a contingency fee basis, so you will not pay attorney fees until we obtain a favorable outcome or settlement on your behalf.


You can discuss your semi accident case with a lawyer from our firm by calling 217-753-4242 or sending us an email.

Pedestrian And Bicycle Accident Litigation

The physical and emotional recovery from serious injuries after a motor vehicle accident can be a tremendous challenge. The injuries and challenges are only increased if you were walking or riding a bike when hit by a motor vehicle. Without the protections afforded to automobile drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists often suffer severe injuries in these accidents.

Our lawyers have more than 100 years of combined legal experience representing clients.

If you have been injured or if someone you love has suffered a wrongful death as a pedestrian or bicycle accident, our attorneys can help you obtain the compensation you need.

Handling All Types Of Pedestrian Accident Claims

We represent clients in all types of pedestrian and bicycle accident claims, including accidents involving:

  • Crosswalks and parking lots: With a new outdoor mall in Peoria and a number of major shopping centers in the area, we see a significant number of accidents in parking lots.
  • Low speed injuries: Even if your accident does not seem major, it is critical to seek medical attention immediately, because some major injuries are not immediately obvious.
  • Bicycle accidents: With numerous bicycle trails and an enthusiastic bicycling community in the area, we represent clients injured in bicycle accidents.

Do not let the anxiety about physical recovery, medical bills or lost wages overwhelm you after a pedestrian or bicycle accident. Our attorneys can help you through the process. We will handle your case with dedication and care, and we take cases on contingency, so you will not have to pay any attorney fees until we are successful in your case.
Call us today at 217-753-4242 or email us to schedule a initial consultation with an experienced lawyer from our firm.

Rollover Accident Litigation Attorney

Driving a car, truck or SUV that rolls over is a traumatic, life-changing experience. In addition to the intense physical pain and suffering, many rollover accident victims experience some form of post-traumatic stress, as well as the anxieties involved with medical bills and lost wages. Let us ease your anxiety and help you get back on your feet.

We help clients in SUV rollover accidents, commercial vehicle rollovers, and other rollover accidents. Our attorneys understand the challenges you are dealing with after a tragedy of this kind, and we are committed to helping you get the best results we can.

Every case is unique. We have the experience and knowledge to seek out every possible avenue to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

Maximizing Compensation

For most auto accident victims, a lawsuit stemming from an auto accident is not about striking it rich. Maximizing accident compensation is usually more about finding a way to cover medical expenses, lost wages, property damages, and the pain and suffering of an accident while still making ends meet.

Step One: Get Medical Attention

The first and most important step is to receive appropriate medical care. Even if you don’t feel any pain or don’t know about any serious injuries, it is critical to seek a sound medical opinion, because many injuries are difficult to detect immediately. Our lawyers can help you find an exceptional doctor who will help us assess the immediate and long-term injuries and costs.

Step Two: Start Your Claim

It is important to get in touch with a lawyer right away to start your claim. In addition to the possibility of losing your right to bring a claim due to the statute of limitations, the passage of time can result in the unavailability of witnesses and lost evidence that could be critical to your claim.

Step Three: Obtain Compensation

Our lawyers explore every option for maximum compensation, including:

  • Uncovering all available insurance coverage: our lawyers seek compensation first from the other driver’s insurance policy. Then, if that proves inadequate, we also seek compensation from the client’s insurance company or other insurance policies held by other parties involved in the accident.
  • Lien holders: We have tremendous experience handling the complex negotiations that arise when lien holders come into play as we’re seeking compensation for our clients.
  • Multiple claims: In addition to the primary auto accident claim, other claims could present themselves depending on the circumstances, including a product liability claim if one of the automobiles in the accident was defective, a dram liability claim if the other driver was intoxicated, or a worker’s compensation claim if the accident occurred while on the job.
  • Other options: Although the above three are the most common sources for compensation in accident litigation, other sources also arise in some cases.

We are committed to exploring every possible option to obtain maximum compensation for our clients.


Do not wait. Call us right away at 217-753-4242 or email us. We will be happy to schedule your in-deothconsultation and we take cases on contingency, so we will not charge you any attorney fees until we win your case.