When you have been the victim of an auto or trucking accident, suffered injuries due to medical malpractice, watched your elderly loved one suffer from nursing home abuse or neglect, or were injured by a defective product, your life can change in an instant. One moment you are living your life, perhaps driving home from work, or going into the hospital for a routine medical procedure, and the next you are dealing with injuries resulting from another’s negligence. Perhaps you were even catastrophically injured from another’s negligence, altering your life forever.
If you have faced any of these situations, you know just how frightening your future looked, how confused you were regarding what you needed to do for your physical and financial health, and how much stress you experienced throughout the process. Those who are injured due to the negligence of another person or entity need solid, professional, experienced legal help. The Finn Law Firm can provide the legal support you need after an accident.
Larry Finn is the founder and principal attorney at the Finn Law Firm. He represents those who have suffered a severe or catastrophic injury or wrongful death due to medical malpractice, defective products, nursing home abuse, or an auto accident. Larry also prosecutes, defends, and counsels clients who are involved in commercial or business litigation. This type of litigation can involve fraud, breach of contract, trademark infringement, breach of fiduciary duty, insurance coverage, or other types of business litigation where you are seeking legal or equitable relief.
Over the past twenty-five years, Larry has prosecuted and tried a wide range of complex personal injury and wrongful death claims on behalf of injured victims just like you. The Finn Law Firm also defends similar claims on behalf of corporations and health care professionals across the nation. If you have an issue related to any of the following practice areas, contact the Finn Law Firm in Chicago for a comprehensive evaluation of your claim or issue. The Finn Law Firm can help you in the following areas:
Reports of nursing home abuse and neglect are more and more common in the Chicago area and across the nation.
Sexual abuse and sexual assault occur much more often than you might think. Many sexual assaults or sexual abuse incidents are never reported—victims may think they will not be believed, or they may think that what happened to them fails to rise to the level of assault. It is important to note that sexual assault includes any non-consensual act. In most cases of sexual assault and sexual abuse, the crime is rarely one of passion, rather it is more likely to be about control. Victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse often think what happened to them was somehow their own fault—this is virtually never the case. If you are the victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault, and you are hesitant to tell anyone, know that a sexual assault attorney from the Finn Law Firm understands that you want to keep your case as confidential as possible. We can help you report the sexual abuse, guiding you through the entire process and protecting your privacy to the extent possible. Unfortunately, the burden of proof in a criminal court is high for sexual assault and sexual abuse, as the crime must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. You can, however, have your sexual assault or sexual abuse crime prosecuted in civil court, where you could potentially receive remuneration for medical treatment related to the assault, emotional counseling, loss of employment, or wages, psychological trauma, and any other damages caused by the assault or abuse.
Medical malpractice—also known as medical negligence—can take many different forms and can occur in a variety of healthcare fields. When a person suffers an injury as the direct result of an action or inaction by a healthcare provider, medical malpractice may be present. It is important to note the difference between a bad medical outcome and true medical negligence; a bad outcome does not necessarily mean there was negligence involved. It must be shown that the physician or other healthcare provider acted (or failed to act) in the same manner as another reasonable physician or healthcare provider would have acted in order to show medical negligence occurred. Some of the more common medical errors which trigger medical malpractice claims involve misdiagnoses, delayed diagnoses, errors related to medication, childbirth injuries, anesthesia errors, and surgical errors. A medical negligence claim must be filed within a specific period of time in order to maintain your eligibility for damages. This statute of limitations is two years in the state of Illinois from the time of your injury. In some cases, this time can be extended if the injury was not discovered until later—i.e., a surgeon left a sponge inside of you in 2005, but you did not discover the mistake until 2009 when you began having serious medical issues associated with the mistake. It is important to speak with a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney to determine your best course of action.
Defective or dangerous products cause thousands of injuries every year across the United States; these injuries are governed by product liability law, which determines who is responsible for defective or dangerous products. Product liability law can make it easier for an injured person to recover damages for the injuries sustained as a result of a defective or dangerous product. Product liability law is based on state laws and governed by the individual state’s laws regarding breach of warranty, strict liability, and negligence. There are a number of individuals/entities which could be held responsible for injuries sustained from a dangerous or defective product, including the wholesaler, the retail store that sold the product, the company that assembles or installs the product, the manufacturer of components of the product, the product manufacturer, or the product designer. To recover for a product liability injury, you must be able to show the product was defective, the defect made the product unreasonably dangerous, and the defective product is directly responsible for your injuries.
According to the CDC, more than 32,000 people are killed, with another two million injured—sometimes severely and permanently—from motor vehicle accidents. In fact, in 2013, the crash death rate in the United States was more than twice the average of other high-income countries. The use of front seat safety belts is also lower in the U.S. than in most other countries. As many as one in three fatal auto accidents in the U.S. involve an impaired driver, while another one in three involves speeding (speeding may overlap with other factors). In addition to impaired driving and excess speed, other factors involved in auto and truck accidents include distracted driving (eating, fiddling with the car controls, texting, talking on the phone, talking to passengers, and turning around to see what the children are doing in the back seat), weather conditions, fatigued driving, or aggressive driving (tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, failing to use a turn signal, running red lights or stop signs and exceeding the speed limit). Those who have been severely injured by the negligence of another driver need help—help to obtain necessary medical treatments and financial help to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to the accident. Having an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney by your side will ensure you receive an equitable settlement for your injuries.
When a personal injury results in catastrophic injuries or death, it is absolutely necessary that you receive highly qualified experienced legal assistance. Catastrophic injuries include spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, amputations, burn injuries, disfigurement, loss of vision, and serious internal injuries. Such injuries result in a lifetime of financial costs, and perhaps the inability to ever work again, therefore, to support your family. When a personal injury results in death, the family members of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death claim if the deceased was the primary breadwinner for the family. Your Chicago wrongful death attorney can ensure you receive equitable compensation for the negligent accident which took your loved one from you.
The Finn Law Firm is committed to helping small business owners and corporate clients throughout the Chicago area, with all business counseling and business litigation needs. No matter the size of your company, the Finn Law Firm has significant experience with a wide range of business issues—not only those concerning business formation and startups, but also those involving contract disputes, trademark infringement, and tortious interference with contract rights. Whether you are involved in a startup, a small business, a restaurant or brewery, a nonprofit, a construction company, or a technology firm, we can help with all your business needs. The Finn Law Firm is highly experienced in real estate law, contract law, employment law, intellectual property, trusts and estates, antitrust law, trade regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and much, much more.
If you have been in an accident, your loved one has suffered abuse, a loved one has died due to the negligence of a person or entity, you have suffered injuries from a defective product, you are the victim of medical malpractice, or you need legal help with a Chicago business, the Finn Law Firm can help. Larry Finn brings thirty years of experience to the table; clients will speak directly to Larry, the firm’s principal attorney, throughout the development of their case. For a free consultation, contact the Finn Law Firm.