July 2015 Archives

Ryan, Ryan & Landa Settles Seven Figure Trucking Case

Attorney Philip Ryan recently finalized settlement of a $2.575 million dollar trucking collision case. The lawsuit, which was filed in Cook County, IL, sought recovery for a young woman who sustained catastrophic injuries when a semi-truck jack-knifed across traffic in a snow storm and the vehicle in which she was a passenger was caused to crash into it.

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment of Contractor Injury Case

How does Illinois law treat a scenario involving injury to laborers working for an independent contractor?


Construction accidents in Illinois often involve a number of parties, complex contractual applications, and a confounding determination of which party is actually at fault. As a foundational issue, there is a stark differentiation between an "employee" and an "independent contract," the latter being truly that - independent. In other words, it is much easier for a worker classified as an employee to recover for injuries sustained on the work site than it is for an independent contractor (and its laborers) to receive compensation from the owner of the site. In sum, it depends on which entity actually exerted control and management of the project - as liability will generally fall on that party's shoulders.

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