Cases We Handle

Let's face it, no one wants to have to hire a lawyer. But life happens and you need to be prepared. We understand that lawyers have a bad rap, but it is our mission to show you that dealing with a lawyer can actually be a good experience. No matter what you are going through, if there is a legal issue, having the right lawyer on your side will make it easier to handle. You are here looking to get the relief you need and answers you deserve.  At O'Connor Cadiz Law, we handle our cases with compassion and skill. We also believe in educating our clients about what is going on because our belief is that things are less stressful when you understand what is happening and can take back some measure of control. Be sure to ask for a free copy of our books and consumer guides - all designed to help you, or give us a call if you are ready to speak to a lawyer. Once you know your options, you will feel better. 

We are ready to accept many areas of personal injury which includes car accidents, wrongful death cases, bike and motorcycle accidents, accidents involving the CTA, pedestrian accidents, truck accidents, falls and premises liability cases, dog bites, food poisoning, and accidents involving ride share companies (Uber and Lyft). Residential real estate closings also make up a very large part of the practice. If we cannot help you with a particular type of case, it is very possible that we can help you find another trustworthy attorney that might be a good fit for your case, using our network of referrals

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We are conveniently located in Schaumburg and Itasca, serving DuPage, Cook and the collar counties. 

Don't go through it alone. 

Disability Insurance Denials and ERISADisability Insurance Denials and ERISA

Insurance companies routinely deny long term disability claims without much thought. If you can't work because you are now disabled, don't rely on the insurance company or even your employer to help you. Even though  the insurance company has been collecting payments for your disability policy, this does not mean that they will just pay out once you try to collect on your benefits- they may just deny your claim outright, regardless of what you and your doctor have to say about your completely valid claim and your inability to work. It is best to have your own lawyer review everything for you, as soon as you have been denied under your disability policy. Even if you are disabled, cannot work, and should be collecting benefits, the law is set up to work against you and the insurance companies know it. Not all hope is lost. If you have received a denial letter but have not filed an appeal yet and are still on time to do so, talk to an ERISA long term disability attorney as soon as you can, before the situation becomes any worse. This is not something that is recommended to be done on your own. We can navigate this highly complex area of the law for you with the aim of holding the insurance company accountable under the terms of your group policy. 

Personal InjuryPersonal Injury

When you've been injured, the last thing you feel like dealing with is insurance companies and the legal aspect of your personal injury. We are here to take much of the worry away from you. To begin with, you will want to know if you even need a lawyer and what happens after you've been hurt. It is crucial that you speak to a lawyer as early in the process as possible, before you make a mistake that can't be undone. The insurance company is not your friend and their interests are opposed to yours, which is why it is so important to work with someone who understands the process and can be sure that you are treated fairly.  At our boutique firm, we believe that everyone is entitled be treated with utmost respect, empathy and understanding. You will never be treated as just another personal injury case.  We do not accept all cases and deliberately limit the number of cases that we handle, in order to make sure that every case is treated with the utmost care and attention. Cases we accept include serious auto accidents, Uber or Lyft accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accident, bike accident, truck accidents, slip and falls, dog attacks, cases resulting in death, and cases involving the CTA for bus or train accidents.

Real Estate Closings: Selling or Buying a HomeReal Estate Closings: Selling or Buying a Home

Is it time to sell your home or buy a new home? No matter the reason for putting your home on the market or entering into a contract to buy a house, the decision is a big one. As the largest investment, purchase or sale that most people will ever make, it is important to make sure that not only are you getting a fair price, but that all of the other financial and legal aspects are handled correctly once you are under contract. You probably have a ton of questions about how it all works, especially if this is your first time buying or selling in Illinois. Forget about how your closings have gone in other states, Illinois is unique in how the transaction is handled.  Feel free to browse around my website for straightforward information written to answer your questions and familiarize you with the process of selling or buying a home.


Litigation is very expensive. Divorces and other court cases in Illinois can drag on for years and drain your finances. You might not even get the result you wanted in court or end up settling for an outcome that you didn't want, because you were out of money and out of patience. Mediation can be a terrific alternative, if both parties are suitable candidates and mature enough to handle it. 

Lawyer ReferralsLawyer Referrals

Its easy to find a lawyer. Its not so easy is to find the right lawyer for you and for your case. Likewise, not every client will be the right fit for every law firm.  The attorney client relationship is important, special, and entails mutual trust and respect.  Both lawyer and law firm should make sure that they are the right fit for each other before entering into an attorney-client professional relationship. If we can't help, we may be able to point you in the right direction. And if you are an attorney who has a client with a case that you don't handle or wish to find a Spanish speaking lawyer to refer a case to, please give us a call. We may be able to help.