Whether at work, shopping or traveling, accidents can happen when you least expect it. Count on the advocates at McCready, Garcia & Leet to fight for your Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation case.
Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation cases are more than a mountain of paperwork, phone calls and doctor visits. The other side will attempt to delay, deny and put up road blocks to you getting what you are due. We know the landscape, and will navigate your case to get the best results.
Life happens. Accidents, injuries and workplace negligence occur everday, and when you least expect it. When a mishap happens to you, you'll have medical, financial and legal questions.
McCready, Garcia & Leet helps clients get answers today. We'll help you navigate the legal maze and get the justice you deserve.
Automobile accidents are the most common type of accident in the United States. In our country alone, a person dies every 12 minutes in a vehicle collision and the majority of victims are 35 years of age or younger. The types of injures that can occur as a result of an automobile accident range from minor to critical, from short-term to life debilitating. You need an attorney to help you recover all that you deserve.
Handling a personal injury case is difficult and full of rules and procedures that the common person is unprepared for. Allow the expert attorneys at The Law Offices of McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. to assist you with your case and claim.
Facing a semi barreling out of control towards you with nowhere to go seems like a scene out of a movie.
For most people involved in a truck accident, the scene is all too real and the last moments are a blur. As a result of your accident, you may be experiencing scarring, burns, disfigurement, brain injuries, severed limbs or spinal cord injuries to name a few. The force of the impact, with the tonnage of the semi, tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler, should only be known in a movie.
Truck accidents require the special expertise of The Law Offices of McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. We defend your rights. Our lawyers are significantly versed in the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations as well as the state commercial vehicle regulations. We know exactly what to look for when this type of accident happens. We can determine liability or negligence. We also know that more than one party could be responsible for your accident.
Our truck accident specialists will investigate the accident scene and gather evidence to determine all of the factors in the collision. We examine the truck's maintenance records and the driver's log to determine the possible safety violations such as driving longer than is legally allowed.
The day you retain us, we take immediate action for recovery money so that you can pay your bills and resolve your case. We want your long-term recovery guaranteed.
Motorcyclists are a special breed. They are adventuresome and fearless on the open road with nothing more than a helmet, padded leather and boots and their own driving skills to protect them.
When your pleasure on the bike unexpectedly turns to horror due to an accident, you are one of the more than 80,000 riders each year who need help. Most importantly, the lawyers of McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. recognize that motorcycle riders have equal rights on the road and are dedicated to proving that.
When you are thrown from your bike into a ditch, another vehicle or oncoming traffic, you may have had your last ride. Our team of personal injury lawyers and medical staff are determined to protect and fight for your rights. The day you retain us, we start fighting for you. We contact the negligent party's insurance company. We investigate the crash scene when necessary, get you a medical evaluation, and assess your damages to secure as much recovery as you deserve.
Your last seconds of joy and freedom on the road may have ended with a life threatening or life altering experience. When negligence or attitude on someone else's part have now changed your life, call the Law Offices of McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. for help. We not only fight for your compensation, our medical staff can refer you to the medical experts you need for the best recovery.
I've been hurt on a CTA bus, what should I do?
CTA buses are involved in hundreds of accidents every year. Even more people are injured on CTA buses each year. Whether you can make a recovery for injuries on a CTA bus depends on how the accident happened.
Who caused the CTA bus accident?
If you are hurt in a CTA bus crash, it is important to determine who caused the accident. Did the bus driver cause the accident or was the bus accident caused by another car or truck? In an Illinois accident, the person who causes the accident is usually responsible for paying for your medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. If the CTA bus driver did not cause the accident, the CTA is not responsible for your injuries. But, the insurance company for the person who caused the bus accident is responsible for your damages. If the CTA bus driver caused the accident, the CTA would be responsible. Sometimes, a Chicago auto accident is the fault of a combination of the CTA bus driver and another car or truck. In these cases, you can make a recovery for personal injury from both drivers.I've been hurt on a CTA train. What should I do?
CTA trains are involved in accidents much more frequently than people imagine. However, most people are injured on CTA trains as a result of driver negligence or poor maintenance of the CTA train. When you pay a fare to travel on a CTA train, the CTA makes a promise to safely transport you from one stop to another. If you are injured on the train, the CTA is probably responsible for your injuries.Sudden Stop or Sudden Acceleration on a CTA Train.
Many people are hurt when a CTA train conductor suddenly accelerates or slams on the brakes of the train. A CTA conductor is supposed to operate the train in a reasonably smooth manner and obey all track regulations. This includes waiting until passengers are safe before gradually accelerating and slowly coming to a stop by decelerating evenly. If you are injured as a result of negligence by a CTA train conductor, the CTA is responsible for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Be careful, you only have one year to sue the CTA.
Anyone who has been on a CTA train knows they can get pretty dirty. Trash is left, food is spilled, and snow, water and dirt are tracked onto the trains. The CTA has an obligation to make sure their trains remain clean and safe. If you slip and fall on a CTA train, you may have a claim for your injuries, including your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Animal attacks, such as dog bites, can lead to huge amounts of medical bills, pain, and lost work. Further, animal attacks can lead to long-term effects and scarring.
An attorney at The Law Offices of McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. will help you determine whether the owner, or some other person, is liable for the attack. Also, we will find out if there is insurance involved and guide your case through the various complicated procedural requirements.
Our experience assessing damages stemming from an injury incurred as a result of an animal attack along with our ability to prove an animal owner's negligence have helped us recover monetary settlement in many animal attack cases. Call The Law Offices of McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. today to discuss your case.
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Premises liability holds the owners and occupiers of property responsible for injuries that occur on that property. The types of premises liability injuries which occur are wide ranged and often recovery is possible. As long as you are legally on the property and you can prove that the person in control of the property is at fault, you can and should recover.
The owner/occupier of property must exercise reasonable care for the safety of the visitor. This reasonable care is violated when the owner/occupier fails to inspect the property for dangerous conditions, fails to fix dangerous conditions on the property, or even fails to discover or warn of dangerous conditions. These are just some of the considerations that an attorney looks for.
Only an experienced attorney can adequately evaluate the various factors in determining whether a premises liability case exists. The attorney will consider whether the owner/occupier of the land acted with reasonable care, and whether the injury could have been avoided. An attorney at The Law Offices of McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. can best determine through the law and prior decided cases whether you have a case. Often it does.
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A slip and fall injury can occur anywhere, from private property, retail stores and on the job to public sidewalks and parking lots. The injuries sustained as a result of slip and fall accidents can be very serious and sometimes unrealized. It is important to immediately take the proper actions in first, ensuring your injuries are properly diagnosed and treated, and second, the party or parties responsible are proven to be negligent.
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Trip and fall injuries in apartments or houses are very common. If you have had a trip and fall accident at your apartment or someone else's house, you may be able to make a legal recovery for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, simply because you are injured does not automatically mean you are entitled to a legal recovery. You must prove what caused you to fall and that the property owner was negligent. Here are a few examples of trip and fall cases which we have represented:
Worn or defective stairs
No stairway hand rails
Rotten wood on porches
If the defect which caused you to fall is not as obvious as the examples above, contact us to discuss whether we can make you a recovery for what caused you to fall. This is not an exhaustive list and you should consult with McCready, Garcia & Leet regarding and any trip and fall. Another common condition which causes people to trip and fall are sidewalk and driveway cracks and defects. These types of cases are so common that we have written about them separately.Investigation in trip and fall cases.
It is very important to document what caused you to fall. Ideally, you should take photographs of the condition which caused you to trip and fall at a house or apartment. However, we realize that taking photos after you fall is probably the last thing you are worried about after you fall. McCready, Garcia & Leet will send our investigators to photograph and document what caused you to trip and fall. Oftentimes, we can discover a defect which you may not have realized caused your fall. This is important because you must prove that the property owner is responsible for the condition which caused you to fall. Additionally, there may be building code violations which contribute to your fall. A building code violation will strengthen your chances at recovery for your injury. After handling thousands of trip and fall cases, we have the experience to investigate and pursue your trip and fall case.
In trip and fall cases, it is important not to talk to the insurance company about what caused you to fall or your injuries. The insurance company is not concerned about paying you for your injuries but in saving money. They will often ask you questions in such a way which can hurt your case. When you hire McCready, Garcia & Leet, we handle all aspects of your case. We help prove what caused your trip and fall and deal with the insurance company so that your rights are protected. To see how we can help or answer any questions you may have about a trip and fall case, please feel free to contact us.
When you fall, determining the cause of the slippery condition is the last thing you are concerned about. But from a legal perspective, it can make the difference between a recovery for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering and no recovery. Consulting with McCready, Garcia & Leet following a slip and fall on snow and ice will help in making a recovery.Slip and fall cases are hard to prove.
We have represented people throughout Chicago in slip and fall on snow and ice cases. Some of the locations where our clients have been injured include:
Store parking lots
Stairs and landings
Each of these locations have unique challenges in order to prove a legal case. As you can guess, proving a slip and fall legal case can be difficult. For this reason, you should never give a statement to the insurance company about how the accident happened or your injuries. The job of an insurance company is not to pay claims, but to save money. Oftentimes, and insurance adjuster will ask questions in such a way that can hurt any chance you have to make a recovery.
When you hire McCready, Garcia & Leet, our job is to make sure your legal rights are protected and prove your case. We handle all aspects of your case, including dealing with the insurance company. We will investigate your case in order to make a recovery for you. To see if we can help you or to discuss your slip and fall on ice or snow case, please contact us.
Why are so many people hurt while shopping for groceries?
Slip and fall accidents in supermarkets are very common. There are many hazards particular to grocery stores. Slip and falls can occur in the following locations:
Produce aisleEach of these locations provides a different challenge for a personal injury lawyer to make a recovery for a slip and fall. What few people realize about a slip and fall in a grocery store or supermarket is that the store is not automatically responsible for your injuries. In order to make a legal recovery, you must prove that the store was negligent, or at fault, for causing your injury.
Frozen food section
Refrigerated food section
Dry goods aisle
How to hold grocery stores responsible for your injuries.
There are two primary ways to prove a store is negligent for causing a slip and fall. First, you can prove that the store created the condition which caused you to fall. If a store employee causes a condition which causes you to slip and fall and sustain injuries, the store will be legally liable to you. Some examples of cases which McCready, Garcia & Leet have handled where employees of the store were responsible for the condition which caused our client to slip are as follows:
Failure to place wet floor signsThe second way to prove a store is negligent is more difficult. You must prove that the store should have known of the dangerous condition and did not fix it. As stated earlier, a store is not automatically responsible if you slip and fall. For example, if a customer is pushing the cart and spills something and you come along ten seconds later and fall, the store is not responsible for that. The store cannot follow every customer and clean up after them. However, if someone spills something from their cart and the store allows it to remain on the floor for a period of time without discovering it or cleaning it up, the store can be held legally liable. This is called notice. If the slippery substance which caused you to fall was on the floor for a long enough period of time that the grocery store should have discovered it and cleaned it up, they can be held legally responsible. Here are several ways McCready, Garcia & Leet have proven that a supermarket was responsible for our clients' injuries because they should have known of the slippery condition and failed to clean it up:
Spilling produce while re-stocking
Negligently stacking groceries on the shelves
Footprints through the substanceWhat you should do if you are hurt at a grocery store or supermarket?
Shopping cart tracks through the substance
As you can see, slip and fall accidents are not easy to prove. For this reason, you should never give a statement to the insurance company when you slip and fall. The insurance adjuster will ask you questions in such a way that it will hurt your chances of making a recovery for your injuries. You may not realize the questions will hurt your case, but the insurance adjuster for the store is only interested in saving money, not paying your claim.
When you hire McCready, Garcia & Leet to represent you for your slip and fall accident, we handle all communication with the insurance company and make sure your interests are protected. Our job is to prove your legal case and make sure you receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us to discuss how we can help prove your case or if you have any questions about a slip and fall in a grocery store or supermarket.
Trip and fall injuries are very common. Sidewalks are often cracked or have broken concrete which can result in a trip and fall. Some parking lots have more pot holes than asphalt. However, just because you trip and fall does not mean you are automatically entitled to a recovery. In fact, trip and fall are some of the most difficult cases to prove. Whether a city sidewalk, a private home or a store parking lot, it can make a difference where you trip and fall. In order to make a legal recovery for a trip and fall on a cracked sidewalk, you must prove that the condition existed for such a period of time that the owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition and did not repair the cracked sidewalk. This is not always easy to prove, especially when it comes to a sidewalk owned by the city or town.What property owners must do to protect you from injury.
Property owners must keep adjacent sidewalks, parking lots, driveways and pedestrian ramps in proper repair, free of defects and trip and fall hazards. The law does not say precisely what is a trip and fall hazard, but a landowner must keep their property in a reasonably safe condition and be free from negligence. It is particularly important to keep areas where people walk reasonably safe.Examples of trip and fall hazards.
There are countless examples of defects which present the potential of causing someone to trip and fall. We have made recoveries for our clients under the following circumstances:
Deviation of more than ½ inch between sidewalk slabs
Pot holes in parking lots
Tree roots causing an uneven surface
Improper sloping of driveways and sidewalks
Bolts or other hardware protruding from the walkway
If the defect which caused you to fall is not as obvious as the examples above, contact us to discuss whether we can make you a recovery for what caused you to fall. This is not an exhaustive list and you should consult with McCready, Garcia & Leet regarding and any trip and fall.Trip and fall cases can happen anywhere.
Anywhere you walk, there is the potential of tripping and falling. The law does require you to watch where you are walking and it is a defense if the defect is considered open and obvious. Here are examples of places where McCready, Garcia & Leet have been successful in making a recovery for our clients in trip and fall cases:
Sidewalks on private property
pot holes in parking lots
sidewalks at stores
sidewalks at restaurants
When you hire McCready, Garcia & Leet to represent you for your trip and fall accident, our lawyers and team of investigators will photograph and investigate the area which caused you to fall. If legally actionable, we vigorously pursue the responsible parties and make sure your interests are protected. Our job is to prove your legal case and make sure you receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us to discuss how we can help prove your case or if you have any questions about a trip and fall injury on a sidewalk, parking lot or driveway.
Slip and fall on ice and slip and fall on snow are very common ways to sustain injury. Every winter, we represent many people who slip and fall on snow and ice. What people often do not understand is that simply because you slip and fall on someone's property does not make them automatically responsible for your injuries. You must prove that the property owner was at fault.
The law recognizes that in the winter, snow and ice are commonplace. If you slip and fall on naturally occurring snow or ice, there is no legal case. You must prove that the snow or ice which caused you to slip and fall was the result of an unnatural accumulation.
Here are a few of the ways we have proven that snow or ice was not naturally occurring and how we have made a recovery for our clients:
Ice formed from a gutter or down spout
Snow plowed, melted, and re-froze causing ice
Snow not shoveled properly
Sidewalks not properly salted
These are just a few of the common ways we have proven the cause of the slippery condition which caused our client's injuries. It is always important to obtain photos in a slip and fall on ice case. Ideally, photos of the actual icy condition which caused the fall are best. Let's face it, after you slip and fall, you probably are not thinking about taking pictures of what has caused you to fall. In most cases, our investigators will go to the location and take photographs. Often we are able to determine what caused the condition even if it is not readily apparent to you.
After representing thousands of injured workers & accident victims over the years, most new clients have similar questions about their lives, health and future. Here you'll find answers to most questions concerning your injury or accident. Every case is unique.
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