nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys

Medical bills following an accident can be overwhelming. Add the pain and suffering you’re enduring, and you could be suffering from a traumatized physical and mental state. And worse, you may not have even caused the accident, so who is going to pay these bills, pay for your lost income, and account for your pain and suffering?

Our personal injury lawyers at Costa Ivone, LLC know this struggle. Our workers’ compensation lawyers in Harvey, Illinois, will get the fair settlement that you deserve. A work injury or auto accident can bring trauma to both your physical and mental state and wreak havoc on your financial well-being. You have probably lost time at work and are likely dealing with a stressful situation that you didn’t cause.

Many clients have benefited from our expertise of personal injury law. In 2016, our clients had $6,500,000 collectively recovered for them by our team. Call us at (708) 400-0000 to let us evaluate your claim at no cost or obligation to you.

FREE Claim Evaluation – Contact Us Today

Free Evaluation

How can we help you?

We will start by getting to the bottom of the situation. When an employer has decided to withhold money that you deserve, we will negotiate your claim and work toward a solution. No one likes to argue with the insurance company. Their evasive tactics don’t work on us. We’re knowledgeable and equipped to work out the terms of your claim and reach a fair settlement for a you. If you’re injured in an accident that was not your fault, we will work for you and keep you informed every step of the way.

Our law team practices in:

  • Trucking/Motorcycle/Boating Accidents
  • Public Transportation Accidents
  • Auto Accidents
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Physical or Sexual Abuse
  • Workers’ Compensation for workplace injuries: including repetitive strain injuries, traumas
  • Occupational Diseases
  • Workplace Deaths
  • Pharmaceutical Errors
  • Malnutrition & Dehydration
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability (Break-Ins…)
  • Animal Attacks
  • Dangerous/Defective Products
  • Dram shop

We will immediately go to work negotiating your:

  • Medical Costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Punitive Damages
  • Modified Comparative Negligence
  • Loss of Consortium to your Family


If you are left dealing with a personal injury claim, we can assist you in several ways.

Negotiating for you is what we do. The areas include:

  • Medical Costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Punitive Damages
  • Modified Comparative Negligence
  • Loss of Consortium to your Family

Medical Costs

Beyond negotiating both the medical cost and legal aspects of your case, we are also going to take care of getting the detailed report of your injuries, the medical plan for your recovery and treatment, and detailed list of injuries to the insurance company that is responsible for paying. We’ll gather the necessary reports from your doctor(s) about your condition, your medications, and the ongoing treatment you will require.


When people seek medical treatment, they expect a high level of care by someone who has been properly educated in the field, and to feel better after being treated. Unfortunately, it does not always turn out that way, as mistakes happen, even in medical settings. When a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional fails to provide a patient an adequate level of care, both in diagnosing the problem, and in treating it appropriately, and that failure causes harm to the patient, he or she can be held liable for malpractice.

Lost Wages

Special damages could be awarded to you in a civil lawsuit in order to compensate for significant financial losses. For example, special damages would be awarded to a victim who is forced to be out of work as the result of a personal injury, and lost wages as a result. Special damages are calculated based on the fair market values at the time of the incident.

We can help you get the highest settlement to help you recover from this devastating setback. Most families cannot miss even one paycheck. The domino effect of this can devastate your finances.

Pain and Suffering

When you’re injured in a car accident, damages reach beyond medical bills. Therefore, you will need to calculate damages, but you may not know where to start. Auto accident injury and personal injury are unique branches of the law. Only an auto accident injury lawyer can accurately calculate the value of your claim.

Our attorneys will look at factors including all medical bills, missed work, fault of the injury, and how it occurred. You may find online calculators. However, since each and every claim is different, a real, practicing attorney needs to review the claim details to calculate your potential compensation.

Under our legal system, a victim has the right to the highest level of committed representation. We will represent you and get you proper compensation when your life is impacted by negligence.

Punitive Damages

The legal term punitive damages refers to a monetary award ordered by the court to be paid by a defendant to the plaintiff in a civil lawsuit. While it is common for a plaintiff to be awarded money to pay for a wrong committed by the defendant, such as money to pay medical bills, or for property damage, punitive damages are awarded only for the purpose of punishing the defendant for his conduct.

When someone causes an accident on purpose, they are deliberately negligent. You may be entitled to punitive damages in a settlement.

Modified Comparative Negligence

Illinois’s modified comparative negligence ruling can bar any recovery by the plaintiff who is found to be more than 50% responsible for the injury.

Comparative negligence recognizes the fact that a plaintiff had some culpability in the incident, and assigns relative percentages of negligence by the parties in order to determine the amount of damages that should be awarded to the injured party.

For example:

Mary is driving down a country road at night, with one headlight out. Matthew, who is driving drunk toward her, crosses the center line and slams into Mary’s car, totaling her car, and causing her severe injuries.

When one applies the principle of comparative negligence, Mary may be assigned a percentage of culpability, and receive an award based on that amount. For instance, the judge assigns 5 percent negligence to Mary, and 95 percent to Matthew. When the judge rules in Mary’s favor in the amount of $100,000, she would receive 95 percent of that amount, or $95,000.


How is personal injury law different?

Tort law allows people to seek compensation for wrongs committed against them. When someone’s actions cause harm to another, whether it be physical harm, or harm to someone’s property or reputation, the injured person or entity may seek damages through the court, in the form of a monetary settlement.

The types of damages that may be awarded by the court for civil wrongs, called “tortious conduct, include:

  • Reimbursement for property loss or property damage
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Punitive damages

Why is negligence an important factor in a personal injury case?

People are expected to live their lives in a way that doesn’t cause harm to others. In tort law, a person is protected from those whose action or inaction caused them harm. If property belonging to a person is damaged, or if a person is injured, the individual at fault is held responsible.

Negligence doesn’t indicate intentional injury. It means that someone failed to take reasonable care to prevent the injury. These cases attempt to measure the degree of fault.

What are intentional torts?

Libel, slander, assault, and inflicting emotional stress on another person are examples of intentional torts. It’s an injury that someone meant to cause.

What is strict liability?

 When seeking legal action for liability, the plaintiff must generally prove that the defendant was somehow at fault, whether by negligence or direct fault. The law, however, recognizes there are certain circumstances that are so inherently dangerous or hazardous, that there is no need for the plaintiff to prove direct fault or negligence.

Strict liability, also referred to as “absolute liability,” applies to such issues as injuries or other damages caused by a defective product, damages caused by animals, and engaging in certain hazardous activities. People may be held strictly liable in both civil and criminal actions.


What if I have an injury at work?

Have you reported a work or work-related injury to your employer, only to be ignored? If you are hurt while doing your job, you may be owed a monetary compensation, especially if it caused you to miss work. The attorneys at Costa Ivone, LLC are prepared to evaluate every aspect of your claim to obtain a fair settlement for workers’ compensation.

Types of Work Injuries

Work injuries can be many things, from violence in the workplace to slips and falls on unseen hazards, or using defective or dangerous equipment, repetitive motions, unsafe working conditions, vehicle or equipment accidents, being exposed to dangerous substances, and/or fires and explosions.

How do Illinois laws differ for comparative negligence?

Illinois negligence laws recognize contributory negligence, in which the plaintiff is partially at fault for his or her own injuries.

If you believe someone else was negligent and therefore liable for your injuries, in order to win in court you must prove all of the elements of a negligence case:

  • Duty: the defendant owed to a duty of care
  • Breach of Duty: the defendant failed to meet that duty
  • Cause in Fact: but for this failure, you would not have been injured
  • Proximate Cause: this failure (and not something else) caused your injury
  • Damages: you have actually been injured and suffered some loss

If two parties are involved, one is referred to as the 1st party and the claimant is the 3rd party. Out of the two parties, the recipient for compensation for any losses and the amount that should be received will be decided by the comparative negligence laws, dependent upon who caused the accident and to what extent that person was at fault.


Illinois is a no-fault state for accidents. However, it runs under a tort system with modified comparative This means that the driver who caused the accident pays up to the percentage which they are deemed liable. Liability insurance is a requirement for all drivers in Harvey, Illinois.

For example, Lucy may be moving houses and driving her car with items piled to the ceiling, which are obstructing her view. Jessica is driving too fast along the street that Maria’s street crosses. Maria doesn’t see Jessica’s car and pulls out in front of her and hits her car, causing an automobile accident. Jessica may have had more time to swerve or stop had she not been speeding. Since both drivers have contributed in some way to this car accident, the insurance company will apply comparative negligence laws to determine who is liable to pay for damages for the car wreck.

How Is Comparative Negligence Resolved?

If you’ve been injured, it’s in your best interest to contact the attorneys at Costa Ivone, LLC, a personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm that works tirelessly on behalf of injured clients throughout, Harvey Illinois.

Don’t fall victim to insurance companies who often offer a minimum amount, based solely on an estimate of the percentage of blame, according to the parties involved. An expert attorney will be sure the facts are straight, to get the compensation you deserve. If a reasonable agreement cannot be reached, the courts will have the final say.

How Is Comparative Negligence Resolved?

What are the most common work injuries that receive compensation?

  • Multiple Fracture Injuries
  • Amputations
  • Serious Burns
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Industrial Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance

To what am I entitled by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act?

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act is a 64-page document full of legal jargon and terms that only an attorney can understand. Our attorneys know these laws inside and out. It entitles you to:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Temporary Total Disability – allowing you to recover at home
  • Permanent Partial Disability – loss of the use of an arm, for example
  • Permanent Total Disability – when you can’t find work due to your injury
  • Lost Wages – when you can no longer complete all your job’s tasks
  • Vocational Training – in a new job skill
  • Benefits to Dependents – if you lose your life at work caused by the job

In Harvey, Illinois, please talk to an attorney at Costa Ivone, LLC to get the workers’ compensation you deserve. If you have an uncooperative employer or are dealing with an uncooperative insurance company, put our experience on your side to get the compensation you need and deserve.

To what am I entitled by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act?

  • Medical Expenses;
  • Temporary Total Disability – Allowing you to recover at home
  • Permanent Partial Disability – The loss of the use of an arm, for example
  • Permanent Total Disability – If you can’t find work due to your injury
  • Lost Wages – Because you can no longer complete all your job’s tasks
  • Vocational Training – in a new job skill
  • Benefits to Dependents – if you lose your life at work caused by the job

Talk to an attorney to get the workers’ compensation you deserve.

If you have informed your employer about a work injury and your efforts after following the proper channels have been ignored, it may be time to contact the hardworking attorneys at Costa Ivone, LLC.