With more than 50 years of trial experience, the attorneys at McCallister Law Group provide a unique blend of expertise and team approach for the numerous practice areas they serve. The attorneys work together on each and every case to insure their clients get the respect, understanding, and individual attention they deserve.The firm has a record of passionately representing individuals and families who have suffered terrible injuries or wrongful death as a result of another’s negligence or a corporations carelessness.
We are experts in a variety of practice areas that include:
PERSONAL INJURY AND WRONGFUL DEATH
Personal injury and wrongful death cases can stem from a wide variety of sources ranging from product liability to aviation accidents. The personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at our firm handle these and all types of cases with the best interests of our clients in mind.
You may have been injured through the carelessness, negligence, or irresponsible behavior of another individual or organization. While those responsible in criminal cases are punished with fines and/or jail, those responsible for personal injury are required to pay damages to compensate the victim. The experienced team of personal injury lawyers at McCallister Law Group in Chicago, Illinois can help you obtain the compensation to which you are legally entitled.
Some typical personal Injury cases include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Burn Injuries
- Construction Site Accidents
- Aviation Accidents
- Medical Malpractice (injuries caused by a health care provider or medical product)
- Premises Liability (injuries occurring on home or business property)
- Product Liability (accidents caused by defective or dangerous products such as power tools, motor vehicles, or household chemicals)
- Recreational Accidents (bicycle, boat and snowmobile accidents; sports or hunting accidents)
- Vehicle Accidents (car, truck, or motorcycle accidents)
- And many others
If you have suffered a personal injury from product liability, a car accident, or other situation, contact a personal injury lawyer at McCallister Law Group located in Chicago, Illinois for a case evaluation.
Wrongful death claims are claims in which someone has been killed due to the negligence or fault of another. The wrongful death lawyers at our Chicago, Illinois, firm have seen wrongful death cases arise from motor vehicle accidents, defective products, construction accidents, negligent medical practice, and various other causes. Wrongful death claims attempt to recover damages for surviving family members and may include compensation for medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, as well as loss of companionship. The goal of a wrongful death lawsuit is to alleviate any financial stress for surviving relatives of the deceased.
Our attorneys understand how difficult wrongful death cases can be. These suits become very emotional and draining, so it is important to contact a lawyer who is dedicated to your wrongful death case. Our firm in Chicago, Illinois has the experience of dealing with wrongful death cases and we are familiar with the laws that apply to these types of claims. We will fight aggressively to obtain the compensation your family deserves and to hold the individuals responsible for your loved one’s death liable for their negligent actions. Contact McCallister Law Group today to learn more or to schedule a review of your case.
Malpractice, specifically medical malpractice, constitutes a doctor or health care provider doing something he or she is not supposed to do. Medical malpractice also includes negligence, a situation in which the doctor does not perform required tasks within the acceptable standards of care required of the doctor and injury is caused by the sub-standard practice. If you or someone you love is injured as a result of medical malpractice, a lawyer at the Chicago, Illinois firm of McCallister Law Group can help you understand your rights.
TYPES OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is one of the most common causes of personal injury and wrongful death. Medical malpractice cases can be divided into many types: birth-related injuries to mother and child, failure to diagnose and treat cancers of all kinds, surgical errors, the improper prescription of drugs, the failure to properly diagnose and treat medical conditions, the failure to follow up with patients and provide referral to specialists who may be better able to treat the condition, and more. If you suspect that an medical error is to blame for your injury, or for the death of a loved one, you should speak with a lawyer immediately.
A medical malpractice lawsuit can be successfully pursued by immediately finding an experienced medical malpractice lawyer familiar with the condition you may have to assist you. A time limit, also known as the statute of limitations, can prevent you from bringing a medical malpractice claim if you wait too long, thus it is important to contact a medical malpractice lawyer quickly.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWS
Statute of limitations for medical malpractice may vary from state to state. It is important to discuss medical malpractice cases with a lawyer who is experienced with the laws in your state. It is also important to know that some states have imposed a limit or a cap on the maximum amount of money victims can recover from a medical malpractice lawsuit. The state of Illinois, however, is challenging this law in the state Supreme Court. Consulting with a medical malpractice lawyer from our Chicago, Illinois firm who has experience in dealing with medical malpractice cases is imperative.
SPINAL CORD INJURY & TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Although spinal cord injury can be the result of disease, trauma is a much more common cause. When a traumatic injury damages vertebrae in the spinal column, the spinal cord itself may be injured. Spinal cord injury results in impaired sensation and movement, because spinal cord injury inhibits the ability of the brain and nerves to work together. As a result, permanent or temporary paralysis below the injury site is common. Spinal cord injury can therefore have a dramatic effect on a victim’s life. The spinal cord injury lawyers at our Chicago, Illinois firm have experience helping victims of this type of injury and can help you get the compensation you need and deserve for your injuries.
SPINAL CORD INJURY COMPENSATION
Many times, spinal cord injury is the result of another person’s negligent actions. In such cases, the victim and his or her family may be able to receive financial compensation. This can be important, because of the permanent impact spinal cord injury has on a victim’s life. Medical bills, lost wages, and other considerations make adequate compensation extremely important. We will handle your spinal cord injury case with personal attention and compassion. Our expertise in helping victims of spinal cord injury allows the team at our Chicago, Illinois firm to offer you superior representation.
CONTACT A BRAIN INJURY OR SPINAL CORD INJURY LAWYER
If you or a family member have been the victim of traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, please contact a personal injury lawyer at McCallister Law Group in Chicago, Illinois. We can review your case, ensure your rights are protected, and help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
NURSING HOME ABUSE OR ELDER ABUSE
The ever-growing number of elderly Americans living in nursing homes in America (currently around 1.5 million) has resulted in increased regulation to address the issue of similarly-increasing occurrences of nursing home abuse, or elder abuse. Nursing home abuse is a terribly serious issue that our Chicago, Illinois attorneys are all too familiar with. Please contact McCallister Law Group for more information or to speak with a lawyer about your case.
COMMON FORMS OF NURSING HOME ABUSE
The elderly are increasingly becoming the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect by nursing home staff. Nursing home patients can be physically, financially, psychologically, and emotionally abused, as well as neglected and abandoned. Often, elder abuse leads to serious and even life threatening injuries, including bed sores, infection, malnutrition, dehydration, depression, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and broken bones. This elder abuse often occurs in corporate owned nursing homes, which employ practices that expand profits at the expense of the resident’s welfare. It is important for families to understand that any type of elder abuse is unacceptable, and that it is essential that immediate action be taken to protect the health of your loved one.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT ELDER ABUSE
If you believe a loved one may be the victim of elder abuse, there are a number of steps you can take to protect their welfare and guard their legal rights. Be sure to document injuries or changes in behavior with photographs or detailed notes, and report your suspicions to the nursing home. Request a copy of the report for your personal records. Additionally, making an effort to visit the residence more frequently can help protect your loved one from ongoing elder abuse or neglect. Finally, if you suspect elder abuse or nursing home abuse, don’t delay – let the team at our Chicago, Illinois firm look further into your case. Our experienced team will thoroughly investigate your nursing home abuse claim and determine the best course of action to protect the health and legal rights of you or your loved one.
CONTACT AN ELDER ABUSE LAWYER
If you or someone you love has been the victim of nursing home abuse or elder abuse, contact our Chicago, Illinois attorneys today. It is important to have an experienced and diligent lawyer assist you on your elder abuse case as soon as possible. Our attorneys have worked on many complex nursing home abuse cases. Please let us assist you and your family. We understand that learning of a loved one being abused in a nursing home can be very devastating. That is why our lawyers can help you receive the compensation you or your loved one deserves.
PRODUCT LIABILITY AND CRASHWORTHINESS
Product liability is an area of personal injury law that deals with injuries due to defective products. Our law office fights corporations and manufacturers that produce or sell products that are faulty or do not pass their own warranty standards. We handle complex crashworthiness and SUV rollover cases and all other product liability claims. An attorney at our Chicago, Illinois office can review your case and help you understand your rights.
Product liability is an area of the law that assists people who have been injured by unsafe products, or the survivors of those who may have died as the result of an unsafe product. The term “products” can include anything used by, or that comes in contact with a human being, including machinery, medicine, food, motor vehicles, household appliances, toys, tools, clothing, and more.
Currently, there are a number of products that are the subject of product liability lawsuits that our Chicago, Illinois firm is concerned with, including vehicles with airbags, passenger vans, ReNu® with MoistureLoc®, Actos®, Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads, and other prescription and non-prescription drugs; cars with defective seatbelts, seatbacks, door locks, defective child car seats; and others. We believe that victims of serious injuries related to these and other potentially defective products should be compensated for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages, and the legal team at McCallister Law Group is prepared to fight for your rights. If you would like a review of your product liability claim, we have the resources and experience to thoroughly investigate your case.
If you have suffered a personal injury, or someone you love was the victim of a wrongful death due to a defective product, contact a product liability lawyer at McCallister Law Group in Chicago, Illinois today.
A large number of product liability claims result from defective vehicle components and, in particular, defective vehicle safety features. Crashworthiness is an important aspect of vehicle safety that deals with protecting drivers and passengers in the event of a collision. Common vehicle crashworthiness features include seat belts, air bags, roll bars, side impact bars, and “crumple zones.” If a crashworthiness feature fails to function properly and protect vehicle occupants during a collision, the victims may be able to file a product liability claim.
Faulty vehicles crashworthiness features may be the result of manufacturing defects (a defective air bag that does not fully inflate is placed in the vehicle) or design defects (roll bars are not placed in an appropriate location). In the event of a collision, passengers may be at increased risk for injury as a result of defective crashworthiness features. In product liability cases involving crashworthiness claims, it is important that victims have experienced representation to protect their legal rights and ability to recover compensation for injuries. For a thorough review of your crashworthiness claim, contact our Chicago, Illinois firm.
Crashworthiness defects can include the propensity for rollover, air bag defects, seat belt problems, and door lock malfunctioning. These topics are discussed in more detail below.
Rollovers are some of the most dangerous vehicle accidents, often proving fatal. Some vehicles, such as SUVs, have an inherently higher risk of rolling over during a single-car accident or collision. In fact, SUVs have the highest rate of rollover in an accident. This is because a vehicle is more likely to roll over if it is top heavy. In addition, many SUVs are not equipped with a rollover bar, increasing the risk of roof crush in the event of a rollover accident. If you or someone you love is injured in an SUV rollover accident, an attorney from our Chicago, Illinois firm can investigate to determine if faulty crashworthiness features contributed to your injuries.
Vehicle manufacturers are responsible for the crashworthiness of their cars, trucks, and SUVs whether they are aware of potential safety hazards or not. Each product liability and SUV rollover lawyer at our Chicago, Illinois firm has handled numerous vehicle defect and crashworthiness cases, including complex SUV rollover cases. We have the experience and resources necessarily to review and prepare your case, ensuring that your legal rights are protected.
If you are in need of a crashworthiness or SUV rollover attorney, contact a lawyer at McCallister Law Group in Chicago, Illinois today.
AIR BAGS AND SEAT BELTS
Air bags and seat belts are common crashworthiness features that can help protect drivers and passengers during a crash. If either is defective, however, they may fail to offer protection or actually inflict injuries themselves (such as if an air bag deploys too forcefully). Lap seat belts do not provide as much protection as do lap and shoulder combinations. In the event of an SUV rollover or other serious crash, seat belts may help prevent ejection from the vehicle. Defective seat belts, however, will likely put passengers at an increased risk for injuries.
Door locks are another important crashworthiness feature. Unfortunately, door locks that malfunction may result in an increased risk of injury during an accident. For example, defective locking devices may cause a passenger to be thrown from a vehicle during an SUV rollover or other serious crash or may even trap occupants inside a vehicle after an accident. The latter scenario can be especially dangerous if the vehicle catches fire.
CONTACT A LAWYER AT MCCALLISTER LAW GROUP
If you suspect that your injury or a loved one’s death was caused by a defective product, our firm can help. For a review of your product liability claim, including complex crashworthiness and SUV rollover cases, contact a lawyer at McCallister Law Group in Chicago, Illinois today.
Fen Phen is the name given to a combination of fenfluramine (Pondimin) and phentermine (e.g. Fastin, Ionamin), two drugs used together in the 1990s to promote weight loss. Dexfenfluramine (Redux) was sometimes substituted for fenfluramine. Both of these two drugs affect the levels of serotonin in the brain, thereby suppressing the appetite.
Medical science has shown in various studies that these appetite suppressant drugs are associated with the development of valvular heart disease involving the mitral and aortic valves as well as a more rare but severe disease known as primary pulmonary hypertension. These findings and other factors resulted in these drugs being withdrawn from the market by American Home Products Corporation in September 1997.
Our Chicago, Illinois, firm has been involved in all aspects of the diet drugs litigation including the successful resolution of claims in the MDL class action settlement claims process with the AHP Settlement Trust, in cases filed in various state and federal courts, and more recently by the filing of new claims with the AHP Settlement Trust and the filings of new cases in the state court located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We invite you to discuss your claim with our firm, which has substantial experience in the handling of heart valve and pulmonary arterial hypertension claims and cases.
Aminoglycosides are a family of antibiotic drugs that are frequently prescribed by doctors to fight serious infections. These drugs are also known as Gentamicin Sulfate, Tobramycin Sulfate, Neomycin Sulfate and Amikacin Sulfate. Aminoglycosides may be given by themselves or in combination with other antibiotics. Generally these drugs are administered intravenously to in-patients and out-patients. Aminoglycosides are known to have significant adverse reactions in patients such as nephro-toxicity (toxic reaction to the kidneys resulting in kidney failure) and oto-toxicity (toxic reaction to the vestibular system – inner ear resulting in a permanent imbalance, hearing loss, and other related problems).
Many times patients are not informed about the serious adverse events that may follow the administration of these drugs; are not properly determined to be a suitable candidate to receive these drugs; or are not properly monitored and followed by physicians, nurses, home health care or pharmacy services responsible for the ongoing care of the patient.
The resulting injuries that flow from the improper prescribing or monitoring of these drugs can have long lasting and disabling effects. Renal failure (kidney failure) and vestibular injury (loss of balance), including oscillopsia (where things appear to be moving when they are not upon normal head movement), will have a profound effect on a person’s ability to remain employed and to go about the normal activities of daily living.
We consult with leading doctors about these conditions in the handling of our cases as well working with a patients’ support group.
The cases we handle in this area of our practice involve protecting clients who are the victims of unfair competition. Unfair competition can harm individual consumers and businesses alike. Unfair competition may take the form of controlling or fixing prices, exclusionary conduct, such as exclusive dealing arrangements, termination of dealerships and franchise arrangements, unfair acts involving intellectual property and patents, and deceptive acts and practices among others. Our Chicago firm has experience in handling cases in a wide variety of industries.
Our firm is called upon to assist individuals and businesses in handling cases involving complex business and contract disputes. This often takes the form of alternative dispute resolution involving mediation and arbitration as well. While our representation generally involves the litigation and trial of these types of cases, we are also consulted with regard to these issues before litigation occurs.
MULTI-DISTRICT CLASS ACTION
Multi-District class action lawsuits involve many plaintiffs whose individual claims combine to create a major case. Class action lawsuits are often filed against large corporations with vast resources. While, in comparison, the individual plaintiffs may have small claims, together their accusations can be powerful. Some issues span multiple districts, creating a meaningful but complicated claim. Our Chicago, Illinois firm has experience representing consumers and businesses in multi-district class action lawsuits. We understand the issues pertinent to this complex field of law. We have the resources and expertise necessary for success.