Cases We Handle

Let's face it, no one wants to have to go out and find 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 should 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 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 both DuPage, Cook, and Kane Counties.

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Car Accident InjuriesCar Accident Injuries

Knowing what to do right after being injured in a car accident is critical. The insurance companies will want things done their way which usually is in direct conflict with your interests, and then you also have to think about police reports, medical appointments, and trying to go about your life. Find out what you need to prove if you believe that you might have a personal injury case against another driver, how fault for the accident is viewed in Illinois, and learn the common causes of car accidents along with frequent injury types. The better prepared you are from the beginning, the better off you will be if you do end up needing to file a claim or a lawsuit against the other driver. You may be able to have your medical bills covered and also be compensated for pain and suffering, loss of a normal life, lost time from work, and other out of pocket costs that resulted from the accident. Call us if you are worried about getting the run around from the insurance company, are being offered an insulting low amount of money, or you would rather have an attorney take over for you.  

Slip and Fall/ Premises LiabilitySlip and Fall/ Premises Liability

Injuries at a place of business or on someone else's property are not uncommon but can be tricky to navigate. You need to prove that the owner had a duty to you to keep their place reasonably safe, that they acted carelessly and knew of the defect (or should have known) and that you were hurt as a result. Facts surrounding the accident are often a determining factor and it is important to notice as much as you can about the incident. 

Pedestrian AccidentsPedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents, or accidents involving getting hit by a car, are becoming more and more common in this age of distracted driving. Pedestrians have rights after an accident but are often unsure as to how to go about holding the at fault driver accountable. Common questions include which insurance company should the medical bills go to, what to do to start a claim, whether or not pedestrians can be found to be at fault, and how the process works. Get answers here if you’ve been injured as a pedestrian in the State of Illinois. 

Wrongful DeathWrongful Death

Wrongful death cases in Illinois are lawsuits brought on behalf of survivors, when someone is killed either accidentally or intentionally, by the wrongful acts of another. Those wrongful acts often stem from carelessness, negligence, or a failure to do something. Common scenarios include car accidents, construction accident, falls or accidents in a place of business.  It is a way for family members to be compensated for funeral expenses, medical bills, their own grief, pain and suffering of the victim and monetary losses that the survivors will suffer. Oftentimes, wrongful death cases are used to help make sure that the incident will not happen to someone else. 

Uber and Lyft AccidentsUber and Lyft Accidents

Injuries from Uber or Lyft accidents work in the same way as other car accident claims but often have additional layers of complexity.  A thorough investigation of all the facts is critical in order to properly pursue a ride share claim if you were hurt in an accident involving Uber of Lyft. Whether you were the passenger, driver, pedestrian or in the other car, we can help. The good news is that Uber and Lyft have one million dollar insurance policies in place but they are hard to access since the drivers are not seen as employees. Knowing which insurance to use after establishing who was at fault is just one of many obstacles to overcome in these cases which is why you should consult with a Chicago area attorney for guidance. 

Dog bites and Animal AttacksDog bites and Animal Attacks

The Illinois Animal Control Act hold dog and other pet owners legally responsible when someone is bitten or injured by an animal, provided that the dog was not provoked and the victim was someplace that he or she was legally allowed to be. Animal bites should be taken seriously as they often require medical treatment and can even be disfiguring. Many homeowners insurance policies will cover animal bites and injuries. 

Trucking AccidentsTrucking Accidents

Trucks are common on the many roadways in and around Chicago. Accidents with trucks can be very scary for the people involved, especially if you were in a car at the time. Serious injuries and even death is not uncommon and have to be taken just as seriously on the legal end. While truck drivers or the owners are often at fault, which is not always the case, it is still up to the injured party to prove fault and the exact cause can be tricky to pinpoint. Make sure that you are legally informed and protected from the very outset in order to increase the chances of a fair outcome. 

CTA AccidentsCTA Accidents

The CTA, or Chicago Transit Authority, is involved in many accidents in and around Chicago. If you were hurt while riding a CTA bus or elevated train, or had an accident with the CTA, you have certain rights. The CTA owes the public a great deal of care to keep everyone free from harm but in many instances, this standard of care is not followed and the CTA causes an accident. Injuries may be serious or even cause death. You will have only one year in which to file a lawsuit against them, and CTA cases involve a level of complexity that doesn't exist for other kinds of accidents. If the accident was the fault of the CTA, you may be entitled to reimbursement for your medical bills, lost time from work, ambulance fees, pain and suffering, and other damages that you may have had after the accident. If you were hurt on the CTA, do not delay getting medical treatment and be sure to speak to a lawyer immediately to find out how you can best protect yourself. 

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.

MediationMediation

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. 

Bankruptcy: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13Bankruptcy: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13

Broke? Stop Being Afraid of that Stack Of Bills- Get out of Debt with Bankruptcy for a better life! 

If you are wondering about bankruptcy, you are probably worried about your overwhelming debt. It is normal to worry, and to wonder what will happen in the weeks and months ahead in the face of deep financial struggles and an inability to pay your bills.  Will your paycheck be garnished? Do you face losing what you have? What will you tell your family? Now what? There may be a solution for you in bankruptcy. If you are visiting this site, chances are that it is time to explore your options. There are answers out there and you need to find out what they are and if any of those solutions are for right for you. You are already one step ahead by visiting my website, to get information about bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is not going to be the solution for everyone but for many people, it can be the answer that they have been hoping for as a way to financially start over.  I help people file for what is known as “Chapter 7” Bankruptcy or "Chapter 13" Bankruptcy. There are other kinds of bankruptcies and which kind you will file for (if any) is determined by your circumstances: the type of debt you have, what you are looking to accomplish, what you have, your income, etc. The majority of consumer (ie: individuals or families as opposed to businesses) will file for either a Chapter 7 or 13. 

PrenupsPrenups

Prenuptial agreements, or prenups, are becoming more common. No longer for only the rich, smart couples see the value in taking basic steps to plan for all aspects of the future, even aspects that hopefully won't happen. Definitely at the bottom of the list in terms of fun insofar as wedding plans go, it could be the most important! You owe it to yourself and your bride or groom-to-be to take some time to learn about it and see if a prenup could be right for you. 

 

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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.