Posted On: April 26, 2006

Wrongful Death

The unexpected death of a loved one is a very difficult loss to deal with, and the thought of calling a personal injury attorney during this sorrowful time can seem very distasteful. Most wrongful death cases, however, can be lost or won depending on how soon after the death of your loved one that an investigation into the deadly accident took place.

Chicago Wrongful Death Attorney Joseph G. Klest has represented clients in wrongful death cases for more than 25 years in Chicago and in other cities throughout Illinois. He usually can determine after a brief phone call whether an investigation is warranted immediately or can wait.

The term "wrongful death" is used to describe the death of person who died because another person or party was negligent, careless, or reckless. For example:

* A car, truck, or motorcycle driver was careless on the road and a pedestrian or another motorcycle driver was killed.
* A toddler died after swallowing a magnet that wasn't properly attached to her toy.
* A construction worker dies because the tractor he was driving malfunctioned.
* A mother died during childbirth because the doctor failed to properly monitor her heart.
* An elderly woman died after being brutally beaten by a nurse at an elder care facility.

Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
The death of your loved one can leave surviving family members heartbroken, and while suing the liable party for money can never make up for your loss, your compensation can help you gain some relief and compensation to help you cover your financial costs—especially if the decedent is someone that your family depended on for financial support.

The kinds of wrongful death damages you can claim will depend on your relationship to the decedent. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, and wives can file wrongful death claims in Illinois, where damages sought can include medical costs and suffering related to your loved one's injuries that led to the wrongful death, loss of financial support, loss of emotional support, loss of companionship, mental trauma, burial/cremation/funeral costs, and punitive damages meant to punish the liable party.

Sometimes, a dispute can arise among surviving family members regarding who is in charge of a wrongful death claim because of estate issues. Mr. Klest has helped resolve this kind of dispute before for many clients in the Chicago area.

At Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, we provide zealous and personalized representation to all our personal injury clients. Mr. Klest will personally handle your wrongful death case. Not only is he someone that you can talk to, but he will handle your case properly so that you can maximize your return on your settlement.

Mr. Klest has successfully handled many wrongful death lawsuits. He is a Chicago native, and he understands the local jury cultures in Will County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Cook County. He and his team of experts and expert witnesses will work hard to obtain the best outcome possible for you.

To schedule your free consultation with Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, call us at (630) 529-7848, (312) 527-2779, (847) 969-9510, or contact us online.

Posted On: April 16, 2006

Injuries to Police Officers

Chicago Injury Attorney Joseph G. Klest has lived in the Chicago area his entire life. He has a great respect for its police officers and the risks that they take to protect Chicago's citizens and visitors. Mr. Klest is one of the few personal injury lawyers in the Chicago area that is experienced in dealing with personal injury cases involving police officers who were hurt or killed on the job because other people acted negligently or recklessly or committed a crime. He can work with you to file your personal injury or wrongful death claim or lawsuit against all liable parties.

Causes of Injuries to Police Officers
At Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, we know that being a law enforcement officer can be a dangerous job because you are constantly placing yourself in harm's way. Car chases, traffic accidents, getting caught in the line of gunfire, arresting violent criminals, assaults by suspects, exposure to toxic or hazardous substances, emotional and psychological trauma, physical stress, and falls while chasing a suspect on foot are just some of the many causes of personal injury that can arise when a police officer is injured while serving in the line of duty. Back injuries, spinal cord injuries, gunshot wounds, traumatic brain injuries, bruises, broken bones, severed limbs, disfigurement, depression, and wrongful death can result.

Over the years, Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Joseph Klest has successfully represented many Chicago police officers and their families. Although workers' compensation benefits prevent police officers from suing their department or the government for work-related injuries, a police officer can file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against any other liable parties. In one recent injury case, Mr. Klest filed a personal injury lawsuit against a drunk driver that fell on the arresting police officer, who was his client.

Mr. Klest is an experienced litigator who understands the jury culture of this great city. If your personal injury or wrongful death claim cannot be settled and your case has to go to court, he has the knowledge, experience, resources, and skills to represent you.

Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law has law offices in Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois. Mr. Klest is happy travel to you if that is more convenient. Although many of our personal injury clients reside in Cook County, DuPage County, Will County, and Lake County, our law firm continues to represent personal injury clients in cities all over Illinois.

To request your free consultation with Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, contact us online or call us at (847) 969-9510, (312) 527-2779, or (630) 529-7848 today.

Posted On: April 7, 2006

Brain Injuries

A brain injury can be as subtle as a slight memory loss or as serious as a life-altering head trauma. The medical costs and ongoing care that can be required for treatment and recovery can be very high, which is why you should work with a Chicago personal injury lawyer that understands the human brain and what can cause the different kinds of brain injuries.

For more than 25 years, Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Joseph G. Klest has worked with many brain injury victims that have been injured in accidents in Will County, Lake County, Cook County, DuPage County, and elsewhere in Illinois. Recently, Mr. Klest obtained a settlement worth $7,500,000 in a Chicago head injury case.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually occurs when the head is struck or makes contact with a hard object, such as a steering wheel, a baseball, or the ground. A person may also sustain a TBI after experiencing severe whiplash to the head. The most common causes of TBIs include fall accidents, sporting accidents, car accidents, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other kinds of motor vehicle accidents.

A person can also sustain a brain injury from exposure to a toxic or hazardous substance, as a victim of physical violence, because of a medical malpractice error, and in work-related accidents, such as a fall from a high altitude while working at a construction site.

Brain Injuries and Symptoms
Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine right away whether an injury victim is suffering from a brain injury because the symptoms can frequently be indicative of other injuries. Loss of consciousness, amnesia, memory loss, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, feeling disoriented, irritability, insomnia, mood swings, seizures, and loss of sex drive are just some of the possible symptoms of someone with a brain injury.

A brain injury can lead to paralysis, permanent memory loss, impairment of any of the five senses, difficulty speaking and writing, behavioral problems and changes, emotional and psychological trauma, and death. Recovery and rehabilitation can take years. A TBI victim might have sustained brain damage that is permanent, which can make life very challenging for the injury victim and his or her loved ones.

At Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, we understand that you and your loved ones are going through a very difficult time, and we are here to help you. We have brain injury experts that we work with who can assess your injuries and accurately estimate their cumulative medical costs. Mr. Klest knows how to prove that a negligent party caused your injuries. He and his team of experts will zealously work to ensure that you receive the settlement that you are legally entitled to so that you have the resources you need to take care of yourself and your family.

To schedule your free consultation with Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, contact us online or call us at (847) 969-9510, (630) 529-7848, or (312) 527-2779. We have law offices in Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois and we are happy to meet you at another location if that is more convenient.

Posted On: April 2, 2006

Construction Injuries

Prior to becoming a personal injury attorney and setting up his own Chicago law firm, Attorney Joseph G. Klest was a construction worker and a proud member of the Illinois Brotherhood of Electric Workers. He knows what it is like to do hard, physical work for a living. He has seen the kinds of injuries that can happen when you are doing your job.

Mr. Klest understands how devastating it can be when someone who is the family wage earner can no longer make a living. He knows how frustrating it is to get hurt at work because of circumstances beyond one's control. He understands how necessary it is for an injured person to do what can be done to become whole again.

At Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, we will do what we can to obtain for you the best result possible in your construction accident case so that you can obtain the financial resources you need to recover and take care of your family. Chicago construction accident Attorney Klest represents victims who have been injured in accidents in Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County, Will County, and anywhere else in Illinois.

Accident Claim and Lawsuits Against Third Parties
Although many people wrongly believe that a construction worker who is seriously injured on the job can only receive compensation that is covered by workers' compensation benefits, the injured worker can file a claim or lawsuit against a liable party that is not his or her employer, such as subcontractors, engineers, mechanical maintenance workers, the manufacturers of defective machines or tools, and building architects.

Chicago Attorney Klest knows how to identify the parties that are liable. He can deal with them directly while protecting your interests and fighting for your right to injury compensation.

Causes and Injuries
Construction workers place themselves at risk every time they do their job. They are constantly working with tools and equipment that can be very dangerous if these devices and machinery are defective, not operated properly, or the proper safety measures are not in place.

Falls from great heights, machinery malfunctions, defective equipment, welding accidents, electrical accidents, exposure to dangerous or toxic substances, fires, heavy falling objects, and explosions are just some of the potentially deadly accidents that can occur at construction sites.

Severe burns, injuries to the neck, back, and chest, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, severed limbs, traumatic brain injuries, psychological and emotional trauma, and wrongful death can result.

Chicago Attorney Joseph Klest can work with construction accident experts that know how to investigate the evidence from your accident. Mr. Klest is committed to helping his clients obtain the compensation that they are entitled to receive for their injuries.

To schedule your free consultation with Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, contact us online or call us at (847) 969-9510, (312) 527-2779, or (630) 528-7848. We have law offices conveniently located in Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois. We will travel, if that is what your case requires.

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