Despite all your best efforts, accidents can happen, workplace injuries occur, and situations may arise that require the services of a lawyer. The right attorney can help you and your family through some of the most difficult situations in life.
Why Choose Us?
Our Ottawa attorneys at Meyers Flowers Bruno & Herrmann LLC provide high-quality, personalized legal services in Ottawa and throughout the state. We build long-lasting relationships with our clients based on trust. You can have confidence that we will stop at nothing to secure the full settlement or jury award you deserve.
Our Practice Areas
Our firm brings together some of the best lawyers with the best track records in the Illinois Valley. Our trial lawyers have decades of litigation experience, representing clients in a wide range of legal matters, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Mass transit accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Childbirth injuries
- Defective medical products
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Workplace injuries
- Sexual abuse
- Wrongful death
- Commercial disputes
Our Litigation Results
Our Ottawa trial lawyers at Meyers Flowers Bruno & Herrmann LLC are dedicated to achieving positive outcomes for our clients. We have recovered numerous multi-million-dollar settlements and jury awards for individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. We have achieved substantial victories in cases involving medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, mass transit accidents, large truck crashes, burn injuries, birth injuries, and sexual abuse, among others.
Large Truck Accidents
A large commercial truck can cause serious damage in a collision with a much smaller passenger vehicle. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that there were 3,864 fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2016. These accidents caused a total of 4,317 deaths, only 722 of which were suffered by large truck occupants.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Many different factors can contribute to large truck accidents. Common causes include:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Trucking equipment failure
- Improperly secured loads
- Truck driver aggressive driving (speeding, following too closely, improper lane changes)
- Truckers driving under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs
Our experienced truck accident lawyers can thoroughly investigate the accident to determine who was at fault for your injuries. You can rest assured that we have the skills, resources, and dedication to aggressively pursue maximum compensation under the law on your behalf.
Even in an office environment, workplace accidents can occur. On-the-job injuries tend to be most common and most serious in construction. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports for 2016 that out of 4,693 worker fatalities in private industry, 991 (21.1%) occurred in the construction industry. The leading causes of worker death (OSHA’s “Fatal Four”) were:
- Struck by object
- Caught in or between (equipment, objects, collapsing structures)
When a workplace accident or injury occurs, workers are entitled to workers compensation benefits. Workers comp should cover:
- All your medical expenses related to the workplace injury
- Temporary disability benefits while you recover
- A settlement to compensate you for permanent disability or disfigurement
How Our Firm Can Help after a Workplace Accident
All may go smoothly in some workers compensation cases. In others, the employer may deny the claim or offer a less than full and fair settlement. Our workers comp attorneys can help you pursue the benefits you need and help maximize your settlement for any permanent disability caused by an on-the-job injury.
Personal injury can occur in many different forms and with many different causes. At Meyers Flowers Bruno & Herrmann LLC, our top Ottawa personal injury attorneys handle a wide range of personal injury matters, from car accidents, to mass transit accidents, to medical malpractice, to sexual abuse. We are dedicated to holding responsible parties accountable and recovering full and fair compensation for the individuals and families we represent.
Damages in a Personal Injury Claim
Your goal in a personal injury claim is to recover damages to compensate you for your losses caused by the defendant’s negligence. Damages are monetary compensation intended to remedy physical, financial, psychological, and emotional harm resulting from a personal injury. In Illinois, plaintiffs may recover two types of damages:
- Actual damages: Also known as compensatory damages, actual damages compensate the injured party for specific personal and financial injuries. They may include medical treatment, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
- Punitive damages: These damages are not related to a specific loss and are not recoverable in every case. When awarded by the court, punitive damages are levied against the defendant as punishment for negligence or wrongdoing and to discourage similar actions in the future.
Our personal injury attorneys in Ottawa, IL at Meyers Flowers Bruno & Herrmann LLC will stop at nothing to seek to achieve the settlement or award you deserve. We can negotiate skillfully on your behalf for the maximum settlement, or fight for your rights in court, if necessary. Our firm is fully prepared to provide high-quality representation in Ottawa for a wide range of personal injury matters.