Standing Up for You and Your Rights
Rothmann Law provides personalized and timely counsel to persons injured as a result of a car accident, slip and fall, construction accidents, nursing home abuse and neglect and medical malpractice. Michael also represents police officers injured on duty who are seeking duty disability pension benefits. The legal process is complex and overwhelming, which is why we are here to help you understand your rights and the issues affecting your case.
Rothmann Law works hard to protect your rights and guide you in making important decisions about your case. Call today and schedule a consultation.
Michael concentrates his practice in catastrophic auto, construction and premises injuries, medical and dental malpractice, nursing home negligence, workers compensation, civil rights 1983 actions, mass tort pharmaceutical litigation, police disability claims and appellate practice. Michael recovered millions of dollars for clients who have suffered injuries or wrongful death. He has extensive experience representing clients with post-traumatic fibromyalgia, having lectured and appeared on television to discuss this highly contested injury. He is a Court appointed Arbitrator in Cook and Lake Counties and a judge for high school and law school trial advocacy and moot court competitions. He is named The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100, Illinois.
Nursing Home Neligence
Police Duty Disability
Personal injury claims arise when you or your loved one suffers harm from an injury or accident. Such claims arise in car or motorcycle accidents, work injuries, construction accidents, nursing home neglect abuse or complications arising from a physician’s carelessness; defective products; or wrongful death. We also represent individuals who suffer civil rights violations, battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress.
The main issue in these cases is whether the defendant is liable for the injuries. If a defendant is liable for your injuries, we assess the nature and extent of the damages incurred. Damages that can be awarded include: 1) past and future medical expenses and lost wages; and 2) past and future pain, suffering, emotional distress and 3) disability or loss of normal life.
When you suffer an injury for which you are entitled to compensation, Rothmann Law will zealously represent you. We have decades of experience representing victims and securing the best outcomes available for their claims.
Contact Rothmann Law for a free consultation.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home neglect and abuse is increasing. Despite us trusting these facilities to care and protect our elderly loved ones, they instead endure physical and emotional harm.
Nursing home abuse takes many forms:
Neglect occurs when the facility fails to meet the appropriate nursing home standard of care, such as failing to provide adequate food, medical treatment, personal hygiene, and provide safe and sanitary living conditions. Pressure ulcers/bedsores, dehydration, and malnutrition are all signs of abuse.
Physical abuse occurs not only by staff striking or physically hurting a resident, it also occurs if a patient is overmedicated or placed in restraints.
Sexual abuse may occur from a caregiver, another employee or even another resident, or visitor. Often residents are too weak or ill to consent.
More than two (2) million cases of elder abuse are reported every year, and almost one (1) out of every ten (10) elderly individuals will experience some form of elder abuse. This is underreported and thus the numbers are much higher.
More than 40% of nursing home residents have reported abuse, and more than 90% report that they or another resident of the facility have been neglected;
According to a 2020 WHO report, 12% of nursing home staff members reported neglecting the needs of residents.
If you suspect or are a loved one living in a nursing home has experienced abuse, contact us or submit your details online and someone will contact you shortly. There is no fee unless you receive compensation. We take a personalized approach to educate you on your rights and zealously investigate and fight for the justice you deserve.
If you were injured at work or became ill because of your job, workers compensation insurance is there to protect you. Benefits include payment of medical bills, lost wages paid by temporary total disability benefits (2/3 of your average weekly salary), and if you can no longer perform your prior job, vocational retraining to help you find a new job. At the end of your case, when you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), you are entitled to permanent partial or total disability award or settlement. In the unfortunate incident where your loved one died as a result of a work injury death benefits are collectable.
Michael has been successfully litigating injured workers for over 25 years. Often times, clients are worried that by hiring an attorney, their employers will retaliate, or their benefits may end. Whether you simply file a claim with your employer's insurer, or whether you hire an attorney to file a formal claim, your rights are protected. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who files a worker's compensation claim.
Also, injuries which aggravate pre-existing conditions or that were caused by repetitive stress (such as carpal tunnel syndrome) are covered. In situations when a party that is not the employer causes the work injury, an injured worker may be able to file a separate lawsuit against this party to collect additional damages. At Rothmann Law, we have the experience in obtaining the best results for you in both the workers compensation and personal injury claims.
Police Duty Disability
POLICE OFFICER DISABILITY BENEFITS
If you were injured on the job, you may be eligible for duty, occupational or ordinary disability benefits.
Depending on whether you are Chicago Police Officer or a Suburban Police Officer, you have different rights and benefits.
Injured officers and public employees in Illinois can receive Public Employee Disability Benefits (5 ILCS 345/1 PEDA). It provides 100% of the injured public employee's salary for 365 days, tax free. While PEDA is not available to Chicago police officers, they are entitled to 365 days medical leave for injuries.
After 365 days are over, officers must apply for Pension Disability benefits, whether it be "on-duty or line of duty," "not line of duty or ordinary" or occupational disease. The application must be submitted before retirement or termination from the force. The Board will hold a hearing to determine whether the officer is disabled and which disability the officer qualifies for. For duty disability benefits, Chicago officers are entitled to 75% of their salary, while officers outside Chicago receive 65%. The process in obtaining benefits is complicated and officers face an uphill battle.
At Rothmann Law, we know what evidence we need to introduce at the hearing to increase the chances of success before the Board, which often deny claims. However, with a good record that increases your chance to reverse the Board's Decision on appeal.
Rothmann Law appreciates the sacrifices officers have made protecting our citizens, which is why we reduce our fees to pursue benefits on your behalf. If you would like a free consultation, please call us.
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse, dentist, chiropractor, or hospital, etc. fails to act or acted beneath the standard of care of those with similar training and experience, resulting in harm to a patient or patients. In general, there are no guarantees of a medical result and you have to show that an injury resulted from the doctor's deviation from the appropriate standard of care for your condition. If you think you have a medical malpractice claim, you need to talk to a lawyer who has experience in such work. At Rothmann Law, we can help you answer questions as to whether you may or may not have such a claim.
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