Arlington Heights, Illinois Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney
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Law Firm OverviewLaw Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. is the legal practice of personal injury attorney R.F. Wittmeyer, based in Arlington Heights, Illinois, providing legal representation to injured clients throughout the surrounding areas of Illinois and the greater Chicagoland area. Mr.
Through the course of his illustrious career, Mr. Wittmeyer assisted countless clients with all kinds of personal injury cases, including premises liability, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. Mr. Wittmeyer conducts a thorough investigation of every case and determines how to compensate not only for medical costs and lost wages, but also for future health care costs, disability, diminished quality of life, and pain and suffering. While nothing can ever undo the damage caused by your injury, Mr. Wittmeyer helps ease the burden and stress by getting the most out of your claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured, it is strongly advised that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Insurance companies are large businesses motivated by profits, which are naturally kept higher by minimizing money being paid out to claimants, they will not hesitate to take advantage of your compromised situation to try to get you to settle for a smaller amount out of desperation. Mr. Wittmeyer will aggressively pursue the maximum compensation for you so that you can focus on your recovery.
Year this Office was Established: 1984
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Vehicular Homicide; Fatal Product Defects; Fatal Prescription Errors; Doctors & Hospital Malpractice; Dog Bites; Uninsured Motorist Accidents; Taxi Accidents; Ankle Injuries; Arm Injuries; Chest Injuries; Disc Injuries; Elbow Injuries; Facial Injuries; Foot Injuries; Hand Injuries; Head Injuries; Hip Injuries; Knee Injuries; Leg Injuries; Paralysis; Shoulder Injuries; Vertebra Injuries; Wrist Injuries.
Areas of Law Description
The Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. provides legal representation and services in the following areas of practice:
- Car & Motorcycle Accidents
Many people who have been injured as a result of car accidents or motorcycle accidents due to someone else's negligent or other wrongful conduct, often ask whether or not they really need a lawyer to represent them. In a situation where a person has suffered only minor temporary injuries and incurred medical bills of a few hundred dollars, there is probably no need to involve a personal injury attorney. However, even in those situations, it is a good idea to wait a sufficient length of time to make sure that the injuries from car accidents are in fact minor and temporary before settling and forever releasing all rights to the claim.
- Truck Accidents
Motor vehicle collisions involving trucks can result in some of the most catastrophic and devastating injuries and consequences to individuals and their families. Each year in this country, there are approximately 5,000 fatalities as a result of truck accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck crash, you need a law firm that is experienced in litigating trucking cases. Due to over thirty years of experience, our firm is qualified to handle this type of complex case and provide you with the level of legal representation you deserve.
- Work Injuries
Workers compensation attorneys seek damages for all types of construction, industrial, factory, and heavy equipment accidents. We will investigate all avenues of negligence including the primary and third parties. Sometimes, workers have injuries that they don’t even realize were caused by their work. A connection may exist between the pain you may be suffering and your job. Remember that a workers compensation claim is not a personal injury lawsuit. You are filing a claim against your employer and its insurance company for your injury. You can best avoid delays and insufficient compensation and coverage by retaining the services of a law firm that knows how to successfully file a workers’ compensation claim. Ronald F. Wittmeyer, Jr. has twenty-six years of experience and will bring his reputation for service and results to ensure that your weekly benefits are paid; you get the care that you need, and your settlement covers your injuries.
- Construction Accidents
While almost any type of workplace can offer accident risk, an employer must take action to keep the risk as low as possible. It is the responsibility of the employer. Thousands of horrendous injuries and deaths occur at work and construction job sites across this country each year. Construction work is one of the most dangerous ways there is to make a living. Workers are unfortunately often subjected to unsafe work practices, defective equipment, and other unsafe job site conditions. Workers should be properly trained in the operation of machinery, and the site properly managed according to legal standards.
- Wrongful Deaths
When a wrongful death occurs as a result of negligence or other wrongful conduct of an individual or company, the family of the deceased is entitled to full and adequate compensation for the loss of their loved one. Misconduct or negligent action that contributes to a person’s death is classified in legal terms as wrongful death. Common types of cases include:
• fatal medical mistakes
• construction site accidents
• vehicular homicide
• workplace accidents
• fatal product defects
• fatal prescription errors
- Slip, Trip, & Falls
Property owners are legally required to maintain safe premises for their customers, visitors, members of the public and passers-by. When they do not and injuries or death result from their negligence, the injured person who has slipped, tripped, or fell may be able to recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and other costs of the accident. The plaintiff must also show that the owner or possessor of the property knew or should have known of the unsafe condition. Examples of unsafe conditions, among others, are:
• Oil on the floor
• Lack of handrails on stairways
• A hole in the floor
• An unguarded hole on a construction site
• Failure to have protective equipment for an ironworker or other construction worker
• Poorly lighted steps on stairways
• Wet floors
• Dilapidated floors or stairs
• Unnatural accumulations of ice and snow
• Cluttered environments
• Cracks in a sidewalk
• Carpeting problems
- Doctors & Hospital Malpractice
Medical malpractice cases are among the most costly of all personal injury cases. They also are almost always vigorously defended. With extensive experience in the field, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd will be ready to protect your rights and provide you with the advice you will need against this vigorous defense. Medical malpractice is more than simply a bad result from medical care and treatment. The medical professional must have done something or failed to do something that is considered a deviation from the accepted standard in that area of medicine for the care and treatment that was being administered to the patient at the time. Furthermore, the medical mistake is what must lead to or cause a serious injury or death in order to warrant prosecution of the claim.
- Nursing Home Injuries
While laws regulating the standard of care for elder care facilities may vary state to state, almost every state recognizes certain injuries to be indications of nursing home abuse and negligence, violating the rights of and causing harm to the resident. If the resident is of sound mind and has not been declared incompetent, the resident is the primary person to file a nursing home abuse lawsuit against the healthcare facility for the substandard care received. If the resident is not of sound mind, a family member or close friend or person with power of attorney may file the suit on the resident’s behalf. If the resident is deceased, a family member, such as a spouse or child, may file a lawsuit for the wrongful death of the resident.
- Dog Bites & Attacks
In Illinois, if a dog or another animal attacks, attempts to attack, or injures a person, the owner of the animal is liable for the bite’s full amount of the injury. The person must be peaceably conducting himself or herself in a place where he or she may lawfully be and cannot provoke the animal. It is very important for pet owners to pay close attention to their animals. However, when an animal does bite or injures another person, the owners are responsible for the damages. Under the Illinois Animal Control Act, all animal owners, including dog owners, have responsibilities to other people. Dog owners no longer have a “one free bite” rule under Illinois law. Even if a dog has never bitten anyone before, the owner may be held responsible for the harm his or her dog causes.
- Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents
A pedestrian or a person on a bicycle has very little protection against outside impacts and collisions. When a motor vehicle driver is negligent, and that negligent conduct results is harm to other people, the driver can be held liable for any damages sustained by the injured person. In addition to pedestrian-vehicle accidents, non-vehicle pedestrian accidents also may occur. Most often, these types of injuries are caused by poor property maintenance, including sidewalk or parking lot defects. Whether a person was hit by a car or tripped on a sidewalk, a pedestrian can recover damages for his injuries if someone else’s negligence or intentional acts caused the accident.
- Uninsured Motorist Accidents
According to an April 2011 report from the Insurance Research Council (IRC), nearly one in seven drivers across the United States is uninsured. This results in drivers with insurance bearing the burden of paying for injuries caused by drivers’ not carrying insurance. In addition to uninsured drivers, many drivers also carry the state statutory minimum coverage limit ($20,000), which doesn’t cover much with today’s cost of health care. That situation is called underinsured – where the adverse driver is “underinsured” for the full amount of the injured party’s damages. In this case, the injured party also must rely on coverage from their own auto policy, for coverage over and above the limits of the adverse driver’s policy. If you are hit by an uninsured motorist (or an underinsured motorist) who is at fault in the crash, there is an opportunity for you to be compensated.
- Bus, Truck, and Taxi Accidents
Common carriers include buses, trucks, and taxicabs. Common carriers serve upon reasonable demand by all who seek their services; are held to a high standard of care for the persons and properties entrusted to them; and are limited to incidental damages for breach of duty. Liability is a big issue for buses, trucks, and taxicabs when collisions occur. Since bus companies, truck companies, and taxicab companies are aware of this, companies quickly respond when automobile accidents occur. In contrast, an individual or individuals involved in an automobile accident, especially one injured, will not take immediate action to respond to such issues as liability. The cause of accidents range from reckless driving to drunk driving, rollover accidents to tire blowouts or inadequate maintenance of automobiles, and pedestrians being hit or run over by automobiles.
- Boating Accidents
Operating a boat on the water is comparable with operating a motor vehicle on land: accidents happen. Just as a driver of a motor vehicle can use safety precautions in operating their vehicle, an operator of a vessel (including an open motorboat, personal watercraft, cabin motorboat, sailboat, canoe, kayak, or pontoon) can use safety precautions in operating their vessel. In providing a few stories from the Chicago Tribune to show that accidents happen to the inexperienced and experienced alike, and information provided by the United States Coast Guard, we will show you that safety matters, whether on land or in the water.
- Common Injuries
Below is a list of common injuries that you or a family member may have suffered. This list is not exhaustive and a traumatic incident may cause injuries in several of these categories:
• Ankle injuries
• Arm injuries
• Back and neck strains
• Brain injuries
• Burn injuries
• Chest injuries
• Disc injuries
• Elbow injuries
• Facial injuries
• Foot injuries
• Hand injuries
• Head injuries
• Hip injuries
• Knee injuries
• Leg injuries
• Shoulder injuries
• Spinal nerve injuries
• Vertebra injuries
• Wrist injuries
- Northwest Suburban Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers
Mr. Ronald F. Wittmeyer, Jr.
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