Belleville, Illinois Personal Injury and Workplace Injury Attorneys
Law Firm OverviewAt Seidman Law Offices, we’re committed to protecting the rights of personal injury victims across Southern Illinois. We believe that every injured person deserves quality legal assistance as they pursue their rightful compensation.
We have an impressive history of helping our clients get the compensation they deserve, through aggressive litigation as well as skillful negotiation. We’re capable of handling any type of injury lawsuit, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, wrongful death, and more. We don’t consider any case too complex or too small, and we give every client the highest level of attention and care.
Our attorneys take a hands-on approach to their work, communicating directly with every client to build strong relationships and fully understand their needs. We offer a balance of personal compassion and professional expertise, with a focus on getting you the results you’re looking for. At Seidman Law Offices, your health, wellbeing, and legal security are our top priorities.
Languages: English, Spanish
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Electrocutions; Inadequate Supervision; Bedsores; Broken Bones ; Dog Bite; Negligent Security; Emergency Room Errors; Distracted Driving Accident; Head-On Car Collision; Drunk Driver Accident; Highway Accident; Orthopedic Injury; Disabling Injuries; Orthopedic Injuries; Joint Injuries.
Areas of Law Description
- Workers' Compensation
If you have been injured on the job or while performing your duties for an employer, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Depending on the extent of your injuries, workers' compensation benefits can include payment of medical expenses, income compensation, lump sum payments, disability and payment of future medical expenses.
- Firefighter & Police Injuries
If you are a firefighter or police officer operating in a municipality with 500,000 people or fewer, then the injuries you sustain in the course of your duty is covered under the same workers' compensation laws as everyone else. While Chicago has very different workers' compensation rules for their police and firefighters, even the municipalities and suburban communities just outside the city center are handled under state regulations.
- Union Injuries
Illinois provides a number of legal protections to people who have been injured on the job or in the performance of their professional duties. Making sure your rights to a full and fair financial recovery is our job, and it is one we are proud to perform for workers and union members across the state.
- Head Injuries
A head or brain injury can have catastrophic and often unpredictable results. A serious head injury can leave one temporarily or permanently disabled, leaving families facing serious financial challenges. If you or someone you love has suffered a head or brain injury while at work or while performing work-related duties, it is important to make sure that you obtain full and fail workers' compensation benefits.
- Back Injury
The lost wages and medical expenses that can be associated with a back injury can cause financial uncertainty. Medical expenses and lost wages alone can create a serious situation. As you or a loved one recovers from a serious injury, we understand that you can not afford to leave any potential sources of workers' compensation benefits to go untapped.
- Joint Injury
A joint injury, such as injuries to one's knee, shoulder, or elbow, require time and attention to properly heal, and can lead to expensive medical treatment and lost time from work. If you suffered your injury in the normal course of work or as a result of your job, then you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits to help cover financial costs and damages.
- Orthopedic Injuries
A broken bone or orthopedic injury suffered as a result of an on-the-job accident can leave you out of work for weeks, months or even longer. Getting access to the financial resources you need during your time away from work, whether to pay for medical expenses or to supplement lost wages, is important.
- Disabling Injuries
A disabling injury suffered on the job can change a person's life in an instant. If you or someone you love has suffered an on-the-job accident that caused temporary or permanent disability, then it is important to speak with an attorney that can help you protect your rights to pursue full and fair compensation.
- Popcorn Lung Injury
Microwave popcorn is a convenience many people enjoy. However, the workers who process the microwave popcorn may be at risk. Inhalation of certain chemicals in microwave popcorn factories are believed to contribute to or cause a serious lung injury called bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (frequently called popcorn lung). The attorneys at Seidman Law Offices are investigating cases involving popcorn lung disease and pursuing compensation for those suffering from the incurable condition.
- Workplace Accident
The victims of workplace accidents are often left with injuries that keep them out of work for either a significant period of time or permanently. If you have suffered a debilitating injury in a workplace accident, you need the help of an experienced workers' compensation attorney.
- Medical Benefits
If you have been injured at work, there is no reason you should not get proper medical care right away. Your employer has to make sure you have access to care, but it may be more worried about minimizing its own damages. You want an experienced Chicago medical benefits attorney on your side.
- Permanent Disability
A serious workplace accident can change your life in an instant. If the injuries you have suffered are permanent, you may never be able to resume your old job or find new work. An experienced Chicago permanent disability attorney can help you get the lifelong benefits you deserve as you try to put a new life together.
- Temporary Disability
If you are now out of work because of an injury you sustained on the job, there are resources out there to help you along. Whether you have a temporary total disability or a temporary partial disability, an experienced Chicago temporary disability lawyer can help you protect yourself.
- Construction Injury
If you or a loved one was injured while working on a construction site, it is important to understand your rights regarding workers' compensation benefits and personal injury compensation. At Seidman Law Offices in Chicago, we have extensive experience obtaining successful outcomes for the victims of construction site injuries.
- Car Accident
In a matter of seconds, a car accident can leave you with serious injuries. After a car accident, it is important to get thorough medical treatment and explore your options for seeking compensation for the losses you have suffered. If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to ensure that your rights are preserved.
- Drunk Driving Accident
When you or someone you love is seriously hurt or killed due to the negligence and selfishness of an impaired driver, you need someone on your side who will fight for compensation and justice with passion and commitment. Drunk drivers cost lives, cause unimaginable damage and impact the lives of innocent people across Chicago and throughout Illinois.
- Truck Accident
The impact of a semi truck accident – both physical and emotional – can be devastating to victims and their families. The difference in weight between a tractor-trailer and a passenger car, combined with the speed of a crash, often causes catastrophic injuries in the smaller vehicle.
- Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents often result in tragic motor vehicle accidents. The size of the motorcycle can make the vehicle difficult to see, especially for inattentive or distracted drivers. As a result of the exposed position of the rider, motorcycle accidents often end in catastrophic injuries or death.
- Bicycle Accident
At the Seidman Law Offices we are proud to represent the rights and interests of bicyclists across Chicago and throughout the state who have been injured on Illinois streets. Whether you rely on your bicycle as an economical and environmentally responsible commuting choice, or you are an amateur rider enjoying a weekend ride, if you have been injured by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, we offer our services to you.
- Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians have right of way. This isn't just a simple rule, it's an absolute necessity. Even at low speeds a car, truck or motorcycle can do catastrophic damage to a person. In spite of this, drivers still try to sneak through busy crosswalks and speed through neighborhoods with significant foot traffic.
- T-Bone Accident
A side impact crash will take you by surprise, but that will be the least of your concerns after your accident. Once you have gotten over the initial shock, you have to take action to make sure you rights are protected. With an experienced Chicago T-bone accident attorney on your side, you can make sure you maximize your settlement.
- Rear-End Collision
No car accident will take you by surprise more than a rear-end collision. Whether you were on a major highway or a small side street, it is important to make sure you document your injuries and the conditions that led to your accident. An experienced Chicago rear-end collision lawyer can make sure you do everything possible to protect your rights.
- Uninsured Motorist Accident
Even in the most severe accidents, there are plenty of coverage options available if both drivers are properly insured. But if you are in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, you could have serious trouble getting fair compensation. A Chicago uninsured motorist accident lawyer can help you overcome these challenges.
- Head-On Collision
It is hard to imagine something more frightening than a head-on collision with another vehicle. Whether it occurred in a parking lot or on a major two lane highway, these accidents can easily result in serious injuries. You want a Chicago head-on collision attorney on your side, helping you maximize you recovery.
- Passenger Injury
There is no more of a helpless feeling than being the passenger in a car accident. Even once the accident is over, it is hard to know where to turn to make sure you get the help you need. An experienced Chicago passenger injury lawyer can help you get the medical care you need and financial compensation you deserve.
- Wrongful Death
Seidman Law Offices stands ready to support the family of a loved one who has died due to the negligence or acts of others. We offer compassionate assistance through a very difficult time, while providing strong representation in legal action against the responsible parties. When an accident or injury turns fatal, the lives of the survivors are changed forever. The person is suddenly gone, and left behind are family members coping with the loss of a parent, a spouse, a child, or a sibling. A wrongful death claim seeks compensation for medical and funeral expenses and any lost income. It also puts a tangible value on the intangible value of the person’s contribution to the family and their loss of companionship.
- Medical Malpractice
The negligence of a surgeon, doctor, nurse or other healthcare worker can lead to catastrophic results. From a mistake on the operating table to the tragic misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a serious illness, wrongful death as a result of medical malpractice is impacts Illinois families every year. At the Seidman Law Offices we understand that medical treatment often has reasonable risks associated with patient care, but when genuine negligence leads to a fatality, we help families get compensation, answers and justice. With a reputation for fully pursuing the needs of clients and a history of significant results, we have the experience and resources to take on complex medical malpractice wrongful death litigation.
- Workplace Fatal Accident
When accidents happen in the workplace, the negligent party should be held responsible, especially if that accident leads to a fatality. If you have lost a loved one, a Chicago workplace fatal accident lawyer can help you and your family explore your full range of options. At the Seidman Law Offices, our attorneys have been protecting Illinois families for nearly three decades. We understand the challenges you face at this difficult time and we are familiar with the full range of resources available to help you and the people you love. We will take care of your legal concerns, so you can focus on being there for your family.
- Catastrophic Injury
If you have suffered a life-changing injury as a result of someone else's negligence, you have a right to compensation that helps you and your family overcome the financial and practical challenges that have been unfairly imposed upon you.
- Brain Injury
A high-speed car accident, a motorcycle accident injury and even a fall down improperly maintained stairways are just a few of the ways that someone else's negligence can lead to a head or traumatic brain injury (TBI). The results of these kinds of injuries can be completely unpredictable and ultimately debilitating or disabling. These are the kinds of injuries that permanently change the lives of the victim and often their entire family.
- Burn Injuries
The road to recovery or the road to something approaching a normal life following a major burn injury is intensely difficult. Your attorney we can work to help make sure you have full financial resources on your side so that you can focus on what's most important during this difficult time.
- Spinal Cord Injury
An individual who sustains a broken arm or leg may face limitations or inconveniences for several months. But, eventually, the bones heal, the muscles strengthen and the injured individual is capable of moving on with a normal life. However, when a vertebra is fractured, pinched or shattered resulting in damage to the spinal cord, the individual will endure the limitations and inconveniences of a spinal cord injury for the rest of his or her life.
Paralysis of any region or part of your body can have a catastrophic impact on your life, your work and your ability to function. Whether your injuries have rendered you a quadriplegic, a paraplegic, or if even a localized area is paralyzed, if you have suffered as a result of someone else's wrongdoing then you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries.
- Amputation Injury
An accident that results in the loss of a limb can leave an injured person and their family facing substantial challenges. Getting the money and resources to overcome those challenges, whether it involves expensive medical treatment or lost time away from work, is critical.
- Crush Injury
An industrial accident or other on-the-job accident can leave you seriously and permanently injured. Workers who have experienced a crush injury or other work injury have rights under Illinois workers' compensation laws and other laws that govern the filing of a personal injury lawsuit.
- Eye Injury
A personal injury suffered in any type of accident is going to impact your life, but some injuries are worse than others. Many eye injuries have life-altering consequences. A Chicago eye injury lawyer can help you find the resources you need to cope with your vision loss and its related challenges.
- Premises Liability
Premises liability covers a wide range of cases, usually involving personal injuries sustained as a result of a home or property owner's negligence. The reality is that people suffer traumatic and disabling injuries in what can seem like the most ordinary of circumstances. No one leaves to go to the store or for a walk around the neighborhood expecting to be injured, but a slip and fall or a dog bite can have sudden and serious consequences.
- Dog Bite
Pet owners are expected to have and maintain control of their animal at all times, and if that pet causes damage then the responsibility for those damages falls to the pet owner. In Illinois, dog owners don't get "one free bite". When a pet attacks and injures someone, it is not necessary to show proof of previous aggressive behavior.
- Explosion Injury
If you or someone you love has been exposed to a hazardous environment that resulted in an explosion or electrocution, then you may have the right to a substantial financial recovery. Whether the incident occurred at work or in a private residence, put a trusted legal advocate on your side to pursue the compensation you and your family may need for medical costs and other past, present or future damages.
- Construction Accident
Were you or a family member injured in a construction site accident? Seidman Law Offices of Chicago, Illinois has extensive experience in obtaining compensation for construction workers and others who are seriously hurt in a work zone.
- Slip & Fall
It can happen to anyone. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, do not be afraid to hold the property owner responsible and get the compensation you deserve. An experienced Chicago slip-and-fall attorney can help you explore your settlement options and protect your rights.
- Residential Property Liability
If you have been injured on someone else's property as a result of their negligence, you have every right to hold them responsible. Whether you have suffered a dog bite or been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, a Chicago residential property liability lawyer can help you get fair compensation for your injuries.
- Misdiagnosis of Cancer
Medical malpractice is not just about cases where a doctor's action leads to serious injury, such as an operating room error or an overdose of dangerous medication. In many cases, the inaction or failure to recognize symptoms is as dangerous as causing direct bodily harm. Too often doctors fail to diagnose cancer early when the disease is still treatable for a variety of reasons, putting patients in danger of losing the option of speedy treatment, recovery and even remission.
- Birth Injury
After potentially years of preparation and nine months of nourishing and anticipation, you expected to bring a healthy, happy baby into this world. It was supposed to be the happiest moment of your life. However, because of negligence in the delivery room or negligence during pregnancy, your child will endure a lifetime of challenges. This is one of the most difficult realities a new parent can face. Seidman Law Offices can help you through this difficult time period.
- Emergency Room Error
You will not find a place more hectic than an emergency room, but that should never prevent you from getting proper medical attention. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice in an ER, a Chicago emergency room error attorney can help you get the medical care you need and the financial compensation you deserve.
- Surgery Malpractice
When it comes to maintaining your health, getting surgery is one of the most serious steps you can take. If you put your trust in a surgeon only to find yourself with more serious medical concerns, you may have been the victim of medical malpractice. An experienced Chicago surgical error lawyer can help you protect your rights.
- Medication Error
There are a lot of powerful drugs available with a prescription. If they are not taken properly, many of them can cause serious lasting medical concerns. If you have suffered an injury or disability as the result of an unexpected drug reaction, you want a Chicago medication error attorney protecting your rights.
- Postoperative Negligence
Whether to remedy a health problem or to maintain good health, people undergo surgery every day in Chicago and throughout the region. While many patients are aware of the risks that are present during surgery, few realize that negligence can result in injuries and death in the hours and days after a surgery takes place.
- Nursing Home Negligence
Elderly people residing in a nursing home or assisted living facility are in a vulnerable position. They must rely upon the nursing home staff of doctors, nurses and care attendants to provide them with caring and adequate service to meet their daily needs. However, when a staff member is negligent or takes advantage a resident, there is little he or she can do. Seidman Law Offices stands up for those who have been wronged while living in retirement communities, nursing homes or assisted living communities. Contact our nursing home negligence attorneys to learn how we can help.
- Medication Error
Many nursing home residents rely on prescription drugs to treat physical and mental ailments and to maintain their quality of life. They count on nursing home staff, including nurses and care attendants, to dispense their medication properly to meet their daily needs. However, when staff members are negligent, it can result in serious side effects and potentially deadly drug interactions.
- Nursing Home Fall Injury
The elderly and the disabled in nursing care facilities are extremely vulnerable, relying on employees to provide them with the high quality personal care they need to meet their daily needs. Unfortunately, when staff members and other administrators are negligent, it can result in falls and serious injuries.
- Nursing Home Bedsore
When you place an elderly or disabled relative in a nursing home or other care facility, you trust that they will treat your loved one with the respect they deserve. There is absolutely no excuse for neglect and negligence in nursing homes. If your loved one is suffering from bedsores, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side.
- Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home residents rely on staff members to provide a safe, healthy and secure environment. Tragically, many nursing home residents, often those in the most vulnerable conditions, are mistreated or abused causing serious injury and even death.
- Child Injury
Bumps and bruises are a normal part of childhood, with children at times seeming like accident magnets. Whether from accidents on the playground or around the house, nearly everyone has a childhood scar with a story behind it. However, this does not mean that negligent parties should not be held accountable when their negligence results in the injury of a child.
- Defective Toy Injury
When you purchase a toy for your child, you assume it meets all safety requirements set forth by the United States government and is safe for your child to play with. Unfortunately, toy manufacturers often cut corners in pursuit of profit, betraying the trust of parents. If your child has suffered an injury as a result of a defective toy, it is in your interest to talk to a knowledgeable product liability attorney.
- Choking Hazard
When you purchase a toy or other item for your child, you likely assume that it meets all government safety requirements and your child will be safe in using the product. Unfortunately, many manufacturers bypass safety in order to cut corners and increase profits, resulting in a number of items that are choking hazards for children.
- Pediatric Medical Malpractice
While you should be able to trust that doctors, nurses and other hospital staff will provide the utmost in quality care to your child, the unfortunate truth is that children are not immune to medical negligence. If your child was injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice, it is in your interest to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer.
- Asbestos and Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a dangerous form of cancer that has been directly linked to exposure to asbestos. Manufacturers of a wide range of products have tragically exposed workers and consumers to the serious risk of mesothelioma and lung disease, and the courts have widely recognized the negligence involved in these exposure cases.
- Railroad Accidents
Railroad accidents seriously injure and kill numerous victims each year. To prevent these tragedies, railroads have a duty to exercise due care and take the necessary state and federal safety measures. If you have been injured in a railroad accident, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer who is experienced handling cases involving the CRTA.
- Product Liability
Obtaining compensation in a defective product case requires a product liability attorney who knows what he’s doing. Steve Seidman has practiced for 25 years, with extensive experience and success in this complex litigation. He has represented clients throughout the Chicago area and northeastern Illinois.
- Qui Tam
Recent verdicts and changes to law have highlighted a recent surge in whistleblower lawsuits. Qui tam lawsuits are a special kind of whistleblower lawsuit in which the whistleblower receives a part of the penalty imposed on the wrongdoer from the government. As a successful law firm with the experience and resources to handle these complex cases, our attorneys at the Seidman Law Offices can offer dependable representation for individuals seeking to bring suit under Qui Tam and False Claim Act provisions.
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