Lake County, Illinois
Lake County in the northeastern corner of Illinois is the third most populous county in the state with an estimated population of 703,000 and second largest county in Illinois with 1,368 square miles of land and water, most of which is in Lake Michigan. The County is bordered by Cook County to the south, McHenry County to the west and Kenosha County, Wisconsin to the north. It is divided into 18 townships which include 7 cities, 46 villages and 20 unincorporated communities. Waukegan is its largest city, the county seat and the location of the Lake County Courthouse. As well as being known for its affluent lakefront communities and notable residents such as Michael Jordan, Lake County is home to a vast array of natural areas including a north-south string of forest preserves known as the Des Plaines River Greenway, which offers miles of walking, running and biking on the popular Des Plaines River Trail. The Navy’s Headquarters Command for training, the Navy’s only recruit training center in the United States is also located in Lake County at Naval Station Great Lakes in North Chicago, one of the County’s 7 cities.What Types of Cases Do You Handle in Lake County?
Our firm has been helping clients for over a decade seek justice including compensation for injuries they have sustained in Lake County as well as other counties in Illinois. Our experienced attorneys specialize in civil litigation including police misconduct, such as, false arrest, excessive force, unlawful search and seizure, wrongful conviction and violation of due process and First Amendment rights, unfair or abusive actions by teachers or private sector employees and any other civil rights violations, personal injury, nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect, evidenced by, dehydration, lack of nutrition, bed sores, falls, bruises, abrasions, improper use of restraints, medication errors, sexual, physical or verbal abuse, threats or intimidation, wandering or elopement and theft or financial abuse, medical malpractice, such as, failure to diagnose or misdiagnose, surgical errors, treatment mistakes, medication errors and failure to supervise or properly train staff, wrongful death as a result of nursing home abuse or negligence, health care professional malpractice, hospital malpractice, police abuse or misconduct and car and truck accidents and employment discrimination, based on race, ethnicity, gender, age and disability, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and retaliatory discharge, severance package negotiation, as well as, other employment issues.How can You Help Me?
Our firm is dedicated to protecting your rights. We will investigate the incident or events which have caused you or your family injury, interview witnesses and gather all relevant evidence. We may also obtain your medical, employment and financial records and hire doctors, life care planners, economists and other experts to prove your case and the nature and extent of your damages.
If you or someone you love has been injured physically, emotionally or financially or has died because of someone's wrongful, careless or unlawful actions, we will work hard to obtain justice and the compensation you and your family deserve.If I Have to Go to Court, Where Will My Case be Filed?
If it becomes necessary for us to file a lawsuit to protect your rights, depending upon the nature of your case, it will be filed in The Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Lake County, Illinois located in Waukegan or the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division located in Chicago.
If your case is filed in the United States District Court Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division it will be assigned to one of 50 judges and magistrates and a magistrate for the duration of the case. Although cases in the District Court are governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, each judge has his or her own set of rules to manage their courtroom, which dictate, among other things, how the case will proceed and motions will be heard. Once your case has been filed and assigned a judge, you may find out about the judge and his or her courtroom rules by clicking here to access the District Court’s website.
The Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit of Lake County has fifteen circuit judges and twenty-four associate judges and is divided into three divisions. All cases seeking monetary damages for injuries sustained in Lake County are heard in the Civil Division. In an attempt to resolve cases early, the parties are required to participate in arbitration. Any party may reject the arbitration panel’s findings, in which event; the case will proceed to trial in the Law division, if over $50,000 in damages is sought or the Law Magistrate division, if under $50,000 is sought, of the Civil Division. The Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, the Illinois Supreme Court Rules and the Uniform Rules of Practice of the Circuit Court of Illinois, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit govern civil cases. In addition, some of the judges have ‘standing orders’ specific to his or her courtroom. Information about the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court, the Uniform Rules of Practice and individual judges’ standing orders can be found here.How Do I Get Started?
Contact us today by calling 312-345-887 or toll-free at 877-335-1206 or contact us online. We will schedule a time to meet with you to discuss your case, answer your questions and advise you of your rights. If you are unable to come to our office, we will travel to a location convenient for you. We handle all injury and death cases on a contingency basis, so we only get paid if we actually recover money for you.