When someone causes harm to you and your family, you need aggressive, knowledgeable lawyers in your corner. At The Collins Law Firm, we pride ourselves in our ability to take the fight to powerful interests that take advantage of you. It is our privilege as Naperville personal injury lawyers to represent the injured and deliver the justice each of our clients deserves.
Most people seriously injured in an accident simply wish they could have their life back the way it was before they were hurt or disabled. Unfortunately, we do not have the power to turn back time here at The Collins Law Firm. What we do have are tough, experienced personal injury attorneys who will fight to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries. We realize that this is not the same thing as turning back the clock to a time before you were injured, but it does give you a measure of justice. Whether you or your loved one were harmed by a car accident, a defective product, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse or a slip and fall accident, we can help you fight for your rights against the person or company responsible. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys know how to deal with insurance companies, gather all the necessary evidence, prove the other party was at fault, and negotiate a just settlement for you--or argue your case in court, if the responsible party does not offer a just settlement. If you have been the victim of an accident caused by someone else's negligence, call our Naperville, IL personal injury attorneys and start fighting back.Car Accidents
Getting in your car and driving is becoming more hazardous every day. Drunk drivers, overworked and exhausted truck drivers, inexperienced rideshare drivers, distracted drivers (especially those on their smart phones), and irresponsible teen drivers can cause serious car accidents. These accidents happen every day in Illinois, and they wreak havoc in people's lives. In 2016 alone, 11,623 people were seriously injured in car crashes and 1078 were killed in traffic accidents in Illinois. Whether you have been struck while driving a car, riding a motorcycle, sitting on a bus or even crossing the street, our experienced Naperville car accident attorneys can help you prove that the other driver acted negligently and that you were injured as a result. We have decades of experience negotiating with insurance companies and getting the maximum recovery in car accidents. We will fight to get you fair compensation for lost income, medical bills, disability, and pain and suffering caused by the car crash, so you can focus on your recovery and move on with your life.Wrongful Death
There is no greater loss than losing a loved one. This tragedy is compounded when the death could have been avoided. Grieving families who lose a loved one as a result of another person or company's negligence want answers and may wish to pursue justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. This is where the Collins Law Firm can help. Our experienced attorneys will handle your wrongful death case with sensitivity and compassion. We are very familiar with all kinds of wrongful death claims--including those caused by car accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, and nursing home abuse--and know how to collect the necessary evidence to prove who was at fault. We will get you the answers you need and fight to get you the maximum compensation for your losses. Our compassionate wrongful death attorneys understand that this will never bring back your loved one, but we can give you a measure of justice, and, hopefully, help prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Many families have to rely on a nursing home to care for aging parents, and they agonize over choosing the right facility for their loved one. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is on the rise, and some facilities in Illinois fail to provide safe, adequate care for their residents. When nursing home facilities fail to select competent staff, patients may be physically abused by their caregivers and end up with broken bones, concussions, internal injuries or worse. Uncaring or dishonest staff may abuse patients emotionally or financially. Overworked, underpaid or inexperienced staff may also neglect patients, leading to bed sores, untreated infections, medication errors, serious falls or even death. Most of this abuse and neglect goes unnoticed and unreported, and families are shocked when they discover the truth. When this happens, families must deal not only with their sadness but also the guilty feeling that they might have prevented this tragedy. Our dedicated nursing home attorneys understand what families go through and stand ready to hold accountable any nursing home responsible for injury to your loved one.Medical Malpractice
When you are sick or injured, you turn to the medical profession for diagnosis and treatment, putting your trust in the doctor or hospital to get you well. Unfortunately, that trust is sometimes broken by the medical community, and your life can be forever changed as a result. Medical malpractice occurs when physicians or hospital staff fail to provide an acceptable standard of care to a patient, and that failure results in death or injury. And the sad fact is that this is not a rare occurrence. Thousands of people throughout the country die or are seriously injured every year by medical negligence. In fact, a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that medical errors were the third leading cause of death in the United States. That means that a staggering number of grieving families may have a medical malpractice claim. In tragic situations like this, families turn to The Collins Law Firm for justice. Our compassionate, experienced medical malpractice attorneys know how to navigate these typically complex cases, supporting the victim and family members while getting to the bottom of what happened, and making the physicians or hospitals take responsibility for the harm they have caused.Slip and Fall / Premises Liability
Business owners and landlords have an obligation to keep their business premises free of dangerous conditions that could harm patrons or tenants. Wet and slippery floors, broken or uneven flooring or stairs, loose railings, inadequate lighting in a stairwell, or poorly maintained parking lots are all conditions which could lead to a fall and subsequent injury. Customers who are seriously injured in a fall which results in surgery, broken bones, internal injuries, significant physical therapy or a long, difficult recovery period need an experienced premises liability attorney who can help them recover the maximum compensation. Our Naperville personal injury attorneys have a long track record of helping injured clients recover for damages such as lost wages, medical bills, disfigurement and pain and suffering.Environmental Litigation
Most families never think about environmental contamination affecting them until, one day, they get a notice from a government agency or a company informing them that their property or drinking water might be contaminated with toxins. Or worse yet, they read in the newspaper that the air or groundwater in their neighborhood is contaminated with a cancer causing chemical. When that happens, people feel violated. They come to The Collins Law Firm afraid and looking for answers and for help protecting their family from the toxic chemicals that threaten their health. Fortunately, our dedicated environmental litigation attorneys know how to aid these families. We have decades of experience fighting big corporate polluters and winning. We fight to win clean water, clean air, property damage settlements, and meaningful contamination clean-up efforts for our families. We also help people who have contracted cancer or other serious illnesses, as a result of toxic exposure, win compensation for the harm that the polluters have caused. If you are suffering because of toxic chemical contamination, it is critical that you do not wait. Reach out to our experienced environmental attorneys as soon as possible to protect yourself and your family.Vapor Intrusion
People used to believe that if they relied on a municipal water supply in their homes, they were not in danger from a plume of contaminated groundwater underneath their property. However, we now know this is not necessarily true. If the groundwater underneath your home is shallow and is contaminated with a chemical called a volatile organic compound -- meaning it can turn into a gas-then that chemical can turn into toxic vapors, rise up through the soil and get into your home through cracks in the foundation-a process called "vapor intrusion". If that happens, the toxic vapors may contaminate the air you breathe right in your own home and present a threat to your family's health. In these frightening situations, the experienced vapor intrusion attorneys at The Collins Law Firm know exactly how to help. We fight to get our clients clean air by insisting the polluter supply affected homes with vapor mitigation systems, which protect the homes from vapor contamination, and we win them compensation for the loss in property values which happen when a neighborhood is known to be contaminated. Moreover, we fight to get the polluter to clean up their contamination at the source. And if a family member has gotten sick with cancer or another serious illness because of toxic vapors, we fight for them, too, making the polluter compensate them for causing their illness.Groundwater Contamination
One right most people take for granted is the right to clean water. For some families who come to The Collins Law Firm, however, that right has been taken away by a corporate polluter in their neighborhood. Usually, the scenario goes like this. The facility-sometimes many years ago-has dumped toxic chemicals in an illegal or careless fashion on their property. The chemicals over time have leached down through the ground and contaminated the area groundwater which flows to neighborhood homes. If the homes are on private wells, the families are unknowingly drinking, cooking with and bathing in contaminated water. Our committed, groundwater contamination attorneys are very familiar with this kind of case. We help worried families with contaminated groundwater get answers, a clean drinking water source, and compensation for their property losses. We force the polluters to clean up the original source of contamination and compensate family members who have contracted cancer or another serious illness because of exposure to the toxins in their water.Environmental Cancer / Toxic Tort
Every year scientists learn more and more about the dangers that toxic chemicals pose to our health. For example, we now know that many of these chemicals are carcinogenic to humans. That is why it is essential that you contact the experienced toxic tort lawyers at The Collins Law Firm if you believe you may have been made ill by exposure to toxins--whether in the air you breathe or the water you drink. Chemicals like TCE, PCE, benzene, toluene, ethylene oxide, PCB, vinyl chloride, xylene, PFOA/PFOS and MTBE can all cause serious illness, and even cancer. If you are sick, we can help you find out if toxic pollution in your community is the reason. We have years of experience filing claims for families whose lives have been devastated by exposure to toxic chemicals. Our environmental toxic tort lawyers fight for justice and compensation for individuals who have contracted cancer and families who have lost a loved one to cancer because of exposure to toxins. Families from all over the country seek us out because we know how to make polluters take responsibility for harming people with their toxic pollution.Landfill Contamination
In addition to being eyesores, landfills can pose many dangers to surrounding neighborhoods. Older, unlined landfills can leak toxins into the groundwater. Those toxins can contaminate people's drinking water or the air they breathe via vapor intrusion. Methane gas from the landfill can build up in nearby homes and--because it is highly flammable-- can run the risk of exploding. Even landfills without these serious issues can devalue neighborhood properties because of the overwhelming smells and mess that drift off their property. Our landfill contamination attorneys represent families who have been affected by landfill contamination and want to see the landfills clean up their act. We help these families fight the landfill and recover compensation for any damage they might have suffered because of the landfill's negligence.Ethylene Oxide and Air Pollution
Air pollution is one of the most difficult environmental dangers to combat because it is often impossible for a community to know if a corporate polluter has been emitting toxic chemicals--like ethylene oxide--into the air. This is because many toxic chemicals are colorless and odorless. Unfortunately, the consequences of years of undetected exposure to airborne toxins can be huge. Cancers, lung diseases, asthma, cardiac problems and other health issues can all be caused by long-term, low level, chronic exposure to industrial air toxins like benzene, ethlylene oxide, perchlorethylene, trichlorethylene, dioxin, and asbestos. When families discover that their air is contaminated with a toxic chemical, they come to The Collins Law Firm because their health and their homes are at risk. Our experienced air pollution attorneys can litigate to force the polluter to stop endangering people's health and win compensation for health issues caused by the company's air pollution.Bet-the-Company / High Stakes Litigation
You have spent years building your company. It's an important part of who you are - not only as a C.E.O. or Founder, but also as a person. But when you've been sued, a lawsuit can threaten everything you've worked so hard for. Our commercial litigation attorneys focus on saving your business - not just winning your court case. We take an aggressive, creative, and comprehensive approach to helping you manage the legal and non-legal aspects of business-threatening litigation. Beginning with our initial counseling session, and throughout our relationship, we will help you evaluate your options and work with you to determine a course of action which preserves your time and resources. When the life of your business is in jeopardy, let us help you reach a successful resolution - as soon as possible.Partnership Disputes
Business people experience an all-consuming sense of betrayal when they have been deceived by a business partner. Whether your business partner has opened a business which directly competes with yours, has improperly taken funds out of your business, or has left with a major customer, it is important that the situation be resolved quickly. Put your trust in our business attorneys to help you accomplish this. We'll work with you to develop a course of action which will resolve your partnership dispute by exhausting all non-legal options, undertaking emergency injunctive relief, exploring options for alternative dispute resolution, or fast-tracking your issue for litigation. We understand the legal, monetary, and emotional toll partnership matters can impose on our clients. Trust us with your legal matters so you can focus on the profitability of your company.Breach of Contract
Promises are the lifeblood of your business. Every business depends on contracts, written or unwritten, to work with customers, vendors, partners, and employees. When you bring our experienced business lawyers a contract problem, we consider not only the dispute, but also your relationship with the party to the contract. We'll help you to determine if it is in the interest of your business to have the contract enforced in a court of law. Should you determine it is in the best interest of your business to end a contractual relationship which no longer serves you, we will aggressively represent your interests in that way, too.Compassionate Lawyers Dedicated to Helping You When You Need It Most
Our experienced Naperville personal injury lawyers are ready to fight on your behalf and pursue the full compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call The Collins Law Firm at (630) 527-1595 or (866) 480-8223 (dial extension 221 for Shawn Collins or 226 for Edward Manzke) to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case with a member of our team.
After 20 years as an environmental lawyer, I have found ten essential questions to ask if you've been exposed to toxic chemicals: 1) What is the chemical and how dangerous is it? 2) How long has my family been exposed? 3) Will I still be able to sell my home? 4) Who is the polluter? 5) How long has the polluter known about the contamination? 6) How long has government known? 7) Can the contamination be cleaned up? 8) Who is going to clean up the contamination? 9) How long will it take to clean up the contamination? 10) How do I protect my family right now and do I need a lawyer? The attorneys at The Collins Law Firm can get you answers to all of these questions.
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