No matter your zip code; if you’re a Chicagoan, Walner Law will represent you.
From Roseland to Garfield Park, Chatham to Austin, and everywhere in between, in the event of a car accident, wrongful death, medical malpractice, or other injury, Walner Law has your back. We are dedicated to addressing the unique legal needs of each community we touch, providing top-notch legal expertise and compassionate guidance to those in search of justice. How is this accomplished? By giving back to communities outside of the legal realm and understanding that trust is the most important thing in the client-attorney relationship.
loss of legs in
a conveyor belt accident
Permanent spinal cord injury from auto accident
Wrongful death from a motor vehicle accident
Wrongful death of a mom with 4-year-old child
Motor vehicle accident: neck, back, shoulder, leg & arm injury
Loss of foot after cement truck accident
Failure to diagnose & treat a stroke
If you become injured in an accident, you will want to pursue compensation from the liable party. You’ll also want to choose a Chicago personal injury lawyer who is dedicated to your case, knows how to get you the damages you deserve, and will make the entire process simpler for you. You also want someone on your side who will treat you with sincerity and compassion through a difficult time for you and your family members.
At Walner Law®, we care about the future and well-being of our clients. Our law firm has been active in the community since 1961. With our extensive experience and a long history of obtaining large settlements and verdicts for our clients, you can trust our legal abilities when it matters most. No matter what the defending insurance company tries to do during your case to shrug liability, we will be ready to react, counter, and fight on your behalf.
You deserve to be happy and healthy again after your accident. With our large legal team in your corner and our network of experts, you can give your personal injury case a strong chance of success. We are here to give you legal counsel and moral support every step of the way. When someone is involved in an accident, they may feel overwhelmed and uncertain of what to do next. It’s important to have moral support after an accident, as this can provide comfort and guidance during a difficult time.
Our Chicago lawyers will work with you on an individual basis, treating you like a close friend, not just another case number. We listen closely to your concern and learn how being an accident victim has impacted every facet of your life. When someone is involved in an accident, it can be a very frightening and confusing time. There are many concerns and questions that may go through the victim’s mind following an accident. Accident victims may be worried about their physical well-being, financial security, and how the accident will impact their life going forward. We will do whatever it takes to help ensure you are provided with the maximum compensation for all of your damages. By the time your accident case closes, we hope you will be able to see that a brighter future is within reach.
Jonathan Walner is a Chicago injury attorney whose practice primarily consists of pre-litigation matters involving investigation, documenting, and proving our clients’ personal injury, wrongful death, nursing home, and medical malpractice cases.
Christopher J. Hoffman is an attorney at Walner Law who has been practicing since 2011. He has litigated thousands of cases of all kinds including car accidents, premises liability/slip-and-fall cases, medical malpractice cases, and cases involving wrongful death. His largest settlement was $250,000.00 for an injury suffered by a patient at a hospital. He also has a background in consumer bankruptcy and assorted other areas of practice.
Robert Bieniek has been an associate attorney at Walner Law since 2015. He focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and premises liability. He has obtained thousands of settlements for clients in and out of court, including a $525,000 for a severe neck injury; $225,000 for a minor pedestrian impact; and $250,000 for surgical shoulder repair to name a few.
Kristin Kladis is the senior trial attorney at Walner Law. She focuses her practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, and medical malpractice.
What you do in the moments immediately after an accident can affect your chances of receiving fair compensation through the injury claim you file later.
Following an injury:
Speak with a Chicago personal injury lawyer as soon as you can. We are well-versed with Illinois’s liability laws, as well as how courts, juries, insurance companies, and other parties all tend to operate within the city and Cook County.
An injury suffered because of another person’s (or company’s) carelessness is the basis of a personal injury claim. In legal terms, their negligence caused your injury. Some acts of negligence can seem relatively harmless while others can cause permanent changes to the quality of life of you and your loved ones.
The elements that must be present in a personal injury claim include:
An injury alone is not enough to qualify for a personal injury lawsuit. You must have suffered some sort of loss or harm from your injuries. This extra caveat is meant to keep “frivolous” lawsuits out of the court system. The compensation awarded for these losses is called “damages.”
Typical damages in a personal injury lawsuit can include:
If you have been injured by the negligence of someone else, then your next step should be to contact our Chicago personal injury lawyers to schedule a consultation.
During your consultation, we will listen to the details of your case and determine whether you should move forward with a personal injury claim. You don’t pay unless we win.
Don’t wait. Call today. We can help.
Illinois uses a comparative fault system for personal injury claims, which basically means each person in an accident will be assigned a percentage of liability. Based on what happened, your liability can be anywhere between 0% and 100%. Any compensation you recover from the other parties will be reduced by your own liability percentage. For example, if you were 25% liable for your injuries, then you can receive 75% of the damages demanded in your claim.
No, personal injuries can be psychological and even emotional. For example, if you are paralyzed in a car accident, then you will undoubtedly experience extreme psychological duress due to your new limitations. In your claim, you can cite your psychological harm as damage.
You can typically demand damages in your personal injury claim that include lost wages, diminished earning capacity, medical bills, disability accommodations, lowered quality of life, pain & suffering, and loss of companionship if you are filing a wrongful death claim.
Anxiety, depression, fear or paranoia, insecurity, and embarrassment are all examples of emotional pains that can be triggered after a violent accident. Suffering can be defined as any sort of pain you feel due to your physical injuries, including pain in the moment of the accident and pain that lingers for days, weeks, months, or years after. Essentially, if you are feeling hurt or frustrated because of the consequences of an accident you did not cause, then you are experiencing emotional pain and suffering that can be included in your damages.
After an accident that causes you or a loved one to suffer a serious injury, you should call a Chicago personal injury lawyer. The same is true for any accident that causes significant property loss. Please keep in mind that our initial consultations are free, so you can request one without paying anything out of your pocket.
Insurance companies like to throw lowball settlement offers at claimants to try to quickly close cases and protect their finances. With this in mind, you should never accept a settlement offer without first allowing your lawyer to review it.
Insurance policies are written to be difficult to understand, so you might not know if your injuries are covered by anyone’s insurance after your accident. Allowing an attorney to review your policy can help sort through the fine details.
In order for your Chicago personal injury lawyer to be proactive in your case, you may need to provide supplementary reports from varying physicians, consult with investigators, and generally remain involved in your case until it’s closed.