December 2014 Archives

Daughter of Woman Killed in Illinois Crash Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Could you be compensated if your loved one was killed in a car accident?

As common as it is, driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors we can engage in. Not only do we have to be concerned with our own driving, but we must be worried about all of the other drivers on the road. When another driver or drivers act negligently and cause personal injuries or death, the person injured or his or her family might be entitled to compensation. Recently an Aurora, Illinois woman was killed due to the negligence of other drivers and her family has agreed to a large settlement. In April of 2013, Carmen Cantu was driving her Nissan eastward down Interstate 88 in Illinois. She was rear-ended by another car driven by Spencer Johnson and then hit by a commercial truck operated by Duane Buell and owned by Breckenridge Trucking Inc. Cantu died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Johnson was charged with traffic violations relating to his failure to slow down and was found guilty, while Buell was not held criminally liable. Cantu's daughter, Veronica Cantu, brought a wrongful death lawsuit, not only against Johnson and Buell, but also against Breckenridge Trucking. Both Johnson and Breckenridge are now paying out after reaching a $1.25 million dollar settlement. Of the $1.25 million dollars, Breckenridge will pay out $1 million while Johnson's insurance company will be responsible for $250,000. As Cantu had two daughters, Veronica and Evelyn, the court will decide how the proceeds from the settlement will be divided. Automobile accidents happen every day and some are more serious than others. If you have sustained personal injuries or your loved one was killed in an accident, it is imperative to obtain the advice of a seasoned attorney. The Chicago, Waukegan and McHenry personal injury attorneys at Ryan, Ryan & Landa have years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Call (847) 416-1989 for a consultation today. 

Serial Teaches Lawyering Lessons

The popular podcast "Serial" recently concluded its dynamic first season. For those who are not familiar with the show, it informally reopened the investigation into a 15 year old first degree murder case in Baltimore, Maryland. Through exhaustive evaluation of witness testimony, cell phone records, motive, and just about everything pertaining to the case, host Sara Koenig presented a compelling argument for a "should have been" acquittal at trial.

Roll-Over Accident

Ryan, Ryan & Landa attorney Michael Viglione recently finalized settlement of a roll-over accident claim that resulted in a herniated lumbar disc and mild traumatic brain injury. The matter was resolved for payment in full of the insurance company's policy limits. The accident stemmed from a driver running a red light and t-boning the plaintiff's vehicle. The impact flipped the plaintiff's vehicle and ended up pushing it into a tree.

Anesthesia Accidents

Medical errors involving negligent administration of anesthetics or improper monitoring of patients that are sedated can have catastrophic consequences. If you or a loved one has been harmed due to an anesthesia error, please contact Ryan, Ryan & Landa for a free consultation immediately. We are well versed in Illinois law which that an anesthesia care team appropriately sedate, monitor, and safeguard all patients during surgical procedures. We will ensure your full recovery. 

Boating Accident on Lake Michigan Leads to Negligence Lawsuit

Can a service provider be held liable for negligence?


Boating is a popular hobby because it allows people to enjoy pastimes like fishing and socializing with family and friends, all while traveling from one place to another. Boaters enjoy a lot of benefits but should also be aware of the dangers involved. Accidents on the water are a common occurrence and can easily turn deadly. In May, 26 year old Ashley Haws embarked on an evening journey from New Buffalo, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois with three other people. The group traveled on a motorboat owned by Axess Holding Co. LLC. and serviced by SailTime Chicago. At around 7PM the boat malfunctioned and all four of the passengers were forced to disembark. Only one individual survived the ordeal after being found floating on life vests and a part of the boat, the rest of which had sank. Ashley Haws was also found early the next morning and was rescued, but later died of hypothermia. Ashley's mother has now brought a lawsuit against Creative Yacht Management doing business as SailTime Chicago as the company responsible for the maintenance of the boat. Haws claims that the company was negligent in the service, maintenance and equipment of the boat which resulted in its malfunction and subsequent sinking, causing Ashley's death. As it is unclear how the boat actually malfunctioned and what the cause was, this should be an interesting case with many parties involved. Due to the proximity to Lake Michigan, Chicago residents are no stranger to aquatic accidents. The experienced attorneys at the law firm of Ryan, Ryan & Landa regularly work with clients injured and the families of those killed in aquatic accidents. Because these cases are a unique area of personal injury law, it is important to be represented by someone with experience. Contact the firm today by calling (847) 416-1989 if you have a claim relating to an aquatic accident. 

Fall Down Accidents

As the winter season is upon us, it is important to remind people to be very careful while walking in icy, snowy, and/or slippery conditions.

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