Paul J. Fina


The Law Offices Of Paul J. Fina
5205 South Washington Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
United States

Tel: (630) 960-4141
Fax: (630) 960-4161


The Law Offices Of Paul J. Fina Provides Quality, Experienced And Personal Legal Representation For All Types Of Personal Injury Claims.

Paul J. Fina’s extensive experience will help you with your legal needs and assure that you receive just compensation for your injuries, or for those of a family member or friend. After an accident, the primary person looking out for your best interests is you. That is why it is so important to make all of the right decisions, including contacting a lawyer who can carefully walk you through all of your options.

The playing field is not level. Insurance companies have high priced lawyers on retainer and their primary interest is minimizing or eradicating a personal injury victim’s fair and just compensation for an injury sustained. Paul Fina works hard to recover all damages that the law will allow, including compensation for pain and suffering, reimbursement of lost wages and payment for medical bills.

A wrongful death case is brought by either the estate or individuals who are the survivors of an individual whose death was caused by the negligence or intentional acts of another (the deceased person is referred to as the “decedent”). Each state has different rules pertaining to wrongful death cases. Among these rules are those setting forth who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Generally, either a personal representative of the deceased’s estate or a relative or the decedent has the ability to file suit. Each state also stipulates the statue of limitations (time period during which a lawsuit can be filed) and recoverable damages for wrongful death suits.

The primary categories for which damages can be awarded in wrongful death suits are based on two different time periods. First, there are the damages that occur between the time of the negligent act and the time of death. For instance, if the negligent act causes an individual to be hospitalized and that individual dies in the hospital, the first category of damages would apply. Damages in this category could include the deceased’s pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses. Second, there are the damages incurred by the deceased’s next of kin after the decedent dies. This includes repaying the family survivors for any future financial losses.

Typically, this includes potential wages the deceased would have received if not for his or her untimely death. Other damages arising out of the death of the decedent, include the loss of the relationship between the next of kin and the decedent. This is especially so for a surviving spouse.

Also, if the court feels that it is warranted, it may award punitive damages to the surviving family members. Typically, this occurs when the defendant participated in reckless conduct, which caused the wrongful death. Punitive damages are meant as a deterrent for others from participating in such acts. These reckless acts include operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

When deciding how to handle a worker’s compensation claim, it is important to understand what is gained and lost by settling. Described below is some basic information about settling a worker’s compensation claim. One important fact is that if the injured worker decides to settle the worker’s compensation claim, that individual will no longer receive weekly benefits for that injury. There are two types of weekly benefits, under what is described as, “Temporary Total Disability,” or TTD. TTD benefits include wages paid while you are off work, and the payment of your medical bills. Therefore, it is important not to settle a worker’s compensation case until you have returned to work, and your medical care is completed, or money is set aside for future medical care.

In addition, you are entitled to a, “Permanent Partial Disability,” or PPD benefits, which covers the extent of your injuries and is not the same as, but can be thought of as, pain and suffering. The idea behind PPD benefits is that you are compensated for the impact this injury has had on your body. Depending on the state, the insurer may be obligated to continue paying medical benefits even after a settlement has been reached. However, some states do not have this mandate. Therefore, it is imperative to consult an experienced attorney, who knows the applicable laws. Further, every settlement on a worker’s compensation case requires approval from the state worker’s compensation commission. Even if the injured worker and the insurance company agree on a settlement, the worker’s compensation commission has the right to reject the settlement. In order to determine the dollar amount for a settlement, two additional factors must be included. Those factors are the future worker’s compensation benefits as well as the probability that those benefits are received.

Although a Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”) occurs through a traumatic event like many injuries, the effect of the TBI is vastly different from other traumatic injuries. A TBI can affect all aspects of our lives, including ambulation, vision, and our personalities.

Other traumatic injuries such as a broken leg, are limited to a specific part of the body and can often heal and return to at least close to normal function. However, injuries to the brain do not heal the same as other traumatic injuries. And, since each individual’s brain is unique, the ability of the brain to heal and the extent to which to the brain can heal varies from person to person. Therefore, the affects of a brain injury are often vastly different from one person to another.

Also, symptoms may take awhile time to appear. Further, the injured person may not even be aware of his or her injuries. Therefore, it is important for those close to the injured person to recognize the symptoms of the injury.

These symptoms include the loss of awareness of a person’s location, the current date and basic current events, such as who is currently the President of the U.S. They may also have problems with ambulation, or walking, vision (i.e. blurred vision) and can appear as though they have consumed alcohol or misused drugs. It is also important that the effects of brain injuries are known.

These effects include loss of consciousness, confusion and disorientation. More severe effects include memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings and frustration. Even more severe effects can include abnormal speech or language, emotional problems, loss of use of arms or legs and severe cognitive problems, such as the ability to think and remain awake, even to the point of being comatose. As is apparent, anyone who is close to an individual who has sustained a TBI must remain vigilant in his or her observation of that person, making sure that the injured person does not show the symptoms mentioned above or other brain impairments, especially since the injured person may not even be aware of the symptoms.

Premises liability exists when a person is injured as a result of an unsafe condition which exists on the property another person or business. Generally, premises liability cases are based upon the negligence of the property owner. This means that the owners did not use reasonable, or sufficient, care in the maintenance of the property. Additionally, you must show that the property owner either created the unsafe condition, or knew or should have known about the condition and did not remedy the situation.

There are several types of premises liability cases, including slips on water, snow or ice (which existed because the owner failed to properly prevent them); defects on the property, such as cracks or breaks on the flooring; or inadequate maintenance of the property.

In the State of Illinois, people using property are either lawfully on the premises, or trespassers. Generally, we are discussing accidents involving persons lawfully on the property, which requires a showing of negligence on the part of the property owner. In contrast, a trespasser must show the failure on the part of the property owner was willful (as opposed to negligence).

To show that the property owner is liability, an injured person must show either that the property owner caused the condition (i.e. spilled was on the floor); the property owner knew of the defective condition (i.e. the spill on the floor) and did not correct the condition; or the property owner should have known of the condition and failed to monitor his property to find such conditions.

The injured person must show also be able to identify the condition that caused him or her to fall, or otherwise injury himself or herself, establish that the condition caused, or led to the injuries, as well as the extent of the injuries suffered.

Children walking to school, elderly people attempting to cross a busy street, cyclists struck by reckless and distracted drivers – pedestrian accidents often cause injury to those who are most vulnerable and innocent.

Pedestrian and bicycle injuries can range from mild to severe and life-threatening, which typically depends on how fast the car was traveling. Leg injuries, such as torn cartilage and tendons, broken bones, or kneecap and femur fractures, are the most common injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents. Often, if a victim was struck hard enough to be thrown in the air, resulting injuries can be more severe and include brain damage, herniated discs, or lacerated internal organs.

Reports of serious physical, sexual and verbal abuse are “numerous” among the nation’s nursing homes. As study prepared by the minority staff of the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, found that 30% of nursing homes in the United States were cited for almost instances of abuse over a two-year period. Common problems included untreated bedsores, inadequate medical care, malnutrition, dehydration, preventable accidents, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. Of the common problems cited, many of the abuse violations caused harm the elderly residents.

In fact, many of the abuse violations were serious enough to cause actual harm to residents or to place the residents in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury.

a) In some reported cases, a member of the nursing home’s staff was accused of committing physical or sexual abuse. In others, staff were cited for failing to protect people from abuse by other residents. The report documents instances of residents being punched, slapped, choked or kicked by staff members or other residents, causing injuries such as fractured bones or lacerations.

b) Some of the violations uncovered are particularly disturbing. In one case, according to the report, an attendant walked into a resident’s room, said “I’m tired of your ass,” and hit her in the face, breaking her nose. In another case, attendants bribed a brain-damaged patient with cigarettes to attack another resident, then watched the two fight. The report also described a case in which a male attendant molested an elderly female resident while bathing her.

Instances of abuse appear to be on the rise. The percentage of nursing homes cited for violations has increased every year since 1996, according to the report. Nursing home industry representatives attribute problems, in part, to a nationwide difficulty in attracting and keeping quality, skilled staff.

In addition to attracting and retaining a skilled staff, other suggested standards included measures for preventing pressure or bed sores, providing sanitary living conditions, and protecting residents from accidents.

On a yearly basis, millions are either attacked or bitten by animals. Any animal, even those that are seemingly docile, can be provoked to violence. Based on researched performed by the CDC, 1 out of every 72 people in the US are bitten by dogs. For those victims, there may be the possibility to hold animal owners liable for injuries sustained in particular circumstances.

Contacting and reputable attorney is crucial to ensure that your case is handled properly. An experienced attorney will be familiar with the dog bite laws, and will know the rights for those victimized by dog bites. Paul J. Fina has the information and skills necessary to compensate victims of dog bites for the pain and suffering that results from these attacks.

Children experience nearly half of the bites that take place annually, and are much more likely to required medical attention than adults who experience dog bites. Dog bites can cause puncture wounds, scarring, or infection, depending on the health of the dog. Diseases such as rabies and Parvo are only two of the possible diseases that may result from a dog bite.

Obtaining information such as the dog’s medical and behavioral history, witness accounts, and police reports are beneficial. It is generally accepted that a dog owner can be held responsible for behavior of a pet that to injury if the victim, if he or she can prove that the owner knew that the animal was a danger to others. In the event of a dog bite, gathering all of the information possible about the injury and the dog will help Mr. Fina accurately assess your case in order to provide the best legal counsel.

Construction workers have a highly dangerous job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 18 percent of all on-the-job fatalities were from construction workers. These staggering numbers reflect a very high-risk work environment. Surrounded by building materials, tools, and machinery, construction workers can find themselves facing hazards at any given moment.

Unfortunately, when construction workers are injured, it not only affects their health and livelihood, it poses a challenge for their family as well. Construction injuries can lead to expensive medical bills and treatments, as well as lost income and earning ability if the injury keeps the victim away from work. Families can find themselves in very dire financial circumstances if they’re not careful.

In many cases, victims may be able to get help through the Illinois Industrial Commission or they may be owed compensation from their employer for their injuries. If you or a family member was in an accident at a construction site, the Law Offices of Paul J. Fina can help you collect the compensation you deserve.

Whenever there is a semi-truck or big rig present in an accident which resulted in injury, there are unique issues that must be resolved when dealing with the personal injury case. Semi-truck drivers are required to follow federal and state regulations, as well as have insurance that has higher limits than standard auto insurance policies. It is possible that the semi truck driver may not be the only individual with financial responsibility in these situations. Given these realities, those injured by an at-fault semi-truck driver are more likely to reach a fair injury settlement than a traditional car accident involving two non semi-trucks. Below are the factors concerning injury cases involving semi-truck accidents.

There are many state and federal regulations pertaining to manufacturing, owning and operating of a semi-truck. Examples include the weight a rig can transport, the duration of a trip a driver can undergo without sleep, and quality control standards for the trucks themselves represent some of the regulations that exist. For most instances, if the plaintiff is not at fault, the defendant has violated at least one statue or ordinance. These violations are significant, as they improve the likelihood of the plaintiff’s success in a trial. Whenever the plaintiff has a high probability of winning at trial, the defense is more inclined to settle, preventing loosing at trial.

The fact that semi – truck drivers are required to have more insurance than other drivers is important. This higher limit allows for a larger settlement to be reached. Typically, the maximum amount that a settlement can reach is dictated by the policy limit for the defendant’s insurance. Therefore, any plaintiff who was not negligent in an accident involving a semi truck will have a good chance of receiving a sizable settlement, which will cover the extent of all damages resulting from the accident.

The American Burn Association reports that about 450,000 patients receive hospital and emergency room treatment for burns on an annual basis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that burns and fires are the third-leading cause of death in the home in the United States. Burn injuries may result from truck accidents, car crashes, chemical burns, electrical accidents, faulty and flammable products, scalding, and construction accidents.

Burn injuries often are some of the most painful and traumatic injuries one can suffer. Treatment of the injuries is costly and often lifelong and almost always leaves victims with permanent scars. Some examples of causes of burn injuries include propane gas explosions, exploding gas tanks in defective products, fires caused by pilot lights in hot water heaters and from electrical sources in homes or on construction sites.

In order to recover compensation for severe burns, you must establish that another person’s negligence was the direct cause of your harm. Negligence requires showing that an individual failed to act with the degree of care that they should have used, thus causing you or a loved one foreseeable harm.

Burn victims are often tragically deprived of the chance to return to the normal life that they formerly enjoyed. Scarring is common among burn victims, and this may have a major psychological impact on a victim’s self-esteem and career. While no amount of money can undo the harm caused by a burn injury, compensation may help pay for the bills associated with the recovery process. In Illinois, an injured person may recover medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost income, scarring and disfigurement, property damage, and other costs related to the accident.

Hiring a lawyer who has specifically handled burn injury cases is important. You need a lawyer that has experience in this field and who has specifically obtained significant results in individual cases. The Law Offices of Paul J. Fina have obtained recoveries for numerous clients.