Winning Rockford, Illinois Personal Injury Cases, One Client at a Time
One moment you are on your way to work, to the store, or to visit friends and family. The next, you find yourself involved in a crash. And too many times, the accident was caused by someone else's mistakes. What can you do to deal with the medical, financial and emotional suffering these accidents cause? You can start by contacting a caring, experienced Rockford personal injury lawyer. Get Professional, Personal Help Now At Fisk & Monteleone in Rockford, IL, we take your pain seriously and get to work right away. We are committed to taking on all aspects of your Illinois personal injury case and giving you the time and attention you need to heal. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started helping you. Coming Soon Our FREE BOOK, 7 Mistakes That Can WRECK Your Illinois Accident Claim Get Your Questions Answered You need quick, accurate, professional answers to your questions and that is what we offer each and every client we represent. You may be asking yourself: What should I do after my accident? How will I cover the costs of my medical bills, lost wages, and damage to my vehicle? What are my rights when dealing with the insurance companies? Should I contact an attorney and file a suit? How long do I have to file a lawsuit in Illinois? We take your questions seriously and make sure they are all not only answered, but dealt with quickly and professionally. Our Practice Areas Include: Auto Accidents. Almost everyone has been involved in a car crash at one time or another. Sometimes serious injuryor worseis the result. When you hire us, you can be sure that we will work hard to identify the negligent party that caused your pain and bring you justice and peace of mind. Truck Accidents. When you are involved in an accident with an 80,000-pound commercial vehicle, the results can be catastrophic. We represent you and your family with caring and experience when tragedy strikes. Motorcycle Accidents. Too many Illinois motorcycle accidents are caused by the inattention or negligent acts of other drivers on the road. We stand up for the bikers who become the victims of others. If they don't see you See us! Wrongful Death. When your personal injury case involves a death, you need a strong, aggressive legal representation. Whatever the cause, when someone dies as a result of someone else's negligence, the surviving family members deserve both justice and compensation. Our Promises to You At Fisk & Monteleone, we can promise you the personal attention and caring that larger Illinois personal injury law firms cannot or will not provide. With over 55 years of experience, attorneys John Fisk and David Monteleone promise that: When you call us, you will get a lawyer. Once you contact us, an attorney will contact you within 24 hours or by the next business day. At the first meeting, both of our lawyers are usually present. With a bigger firm, you will probably be shuffled off to a paralegal or clerk and wait longer than you wish to speak to an actual attorney. We will personally assist you through the entire process, from filing the initial legal paperwork to recovering the damages you deserve. You'll feel secure in knowing that all forms, paperwork, and legwork is being done for you. Just leave everything to us. We will get to work right away. Many do not realize that the deadlines for filing personal injury claims in Illinois are short and they can vary from case to case. Some limits are significantly shortened by the identity of the at-fault driver. We file immediately upon taking your case, so that you can relax and know you are being properly represented. We will take the weight off your shoulders. We take the extra steps that many other law firms do not take. It is important to us that you feel supported and cared for in your time of suffering. We provide the kind of help you need when you need it, including handling car rentals, dealing with insurance companies and medical bills and taking care of the seemingly endless paperwork involved in an accident. Don't Wait. Contact Fisk & Monteleone Today There is an old saying that, "He who hesitates is lost." These words certainly apply to Rockford victims of negligence. Don't let critical evidence be lost to the passage of time! (For example, did you know that 9-1-1 recordings are destroyed after just 60 days?) The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get started helping you by collecting valuable evidence before it's lost forever. Call us today toll free at 888-716-7336 to learn about your rights and schedule a consultation.
308 West State Street, Suite 210
Rockford IL 61101
We're Here When You Need Help with an Illinois Wrongful Death Claim
While we all know that death is a part of life, no one is prepared to deal with an unexpected deathand when we lose a loved one due to the fault of another person or entity, the sorrow is especially bitter. A Northern Illinois wrongful death can occur almost anywhere at any time. A car accident, medical mistake, workplace accident, or poorly made product can suddenly turn our world upside down and leave families emotionally and financially drained. Coming Soon Our FREE BOOK, 7 MistakesThat Can WRECK Your Illinois Accident Claim What Is a Wrongful Death Claim? Whenever a person dies and it is someone else's fault, the survivors have the legal right to bring a wrongful death claim. Simply put, this is a civil lawsuit against the person or entity that is at fault. This lawsuit seeks damagescompensation for the loss including lost wages, medical costs, funeral expenses, and personal loss. Wrongful death statutes have been created in the last century, which makes this type of legal action comparatively new. Illinois and every other state in the nation now have this kind of legal recourse for survivors. The Illinois Wrongful Death Act appears as part of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, which tell us: Whenever the death of a person shall be caused by wrongful act, neglect or default, and the act, neglect or default is such as would, if death had not ensued, have entitled the party injured to maintain an action and recover damages . . . the person or company or corporation which would have been liable if death had not ensued shall be liable to an action for damages . . . In other words, the same rules apply for wrongful death as apply for any other personal injury lawsuit. The difference is that the plaintiff has died and his or her survivors must file it. What Are the Rules for an Illinois Wrongful Death Lawsuit? In Illinois, the statutes include specific rules for our state. Some of these rules are: Someone who represents the survivors, usually the executor of the estate, must file this type of action. Illinois allows the amount recovered to go directly to the "surviving spouse and next of kin." This can include an adoptive parent or adopted child. In a successful suit, the court distributes the settlement and determines what proportion will go to each family member. A wrongful death action must begin within two years of the death. Who Are the Likely Defendants in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? The number of likely defendants is huge; almost anyone can be at fault for an untimely death. Here are some examples of the most common defendants: In a car accident: The driver of another vehicle, the persons responsible for a faulty road, the government agency that failed to warn of a hazardous road condition, the company responsible for a vehicle defect, the person(s) who served alcohol to someone who caused the accident. In medical malpractice: Doctors, nurses, support staff, hospitals, nursing homes, drug companies and medical equipment manufacturers are all likely defendants. In workplace accidents like slip and falls, burns, explosions, and equipment malfunction, everyone from the employer to the companies supplying the business may be liable. Product liability suits generally include manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and distributors, all of who may have had a hand in the wrongful death due to a product malfunction. Do You Need a Lawyer? If you even suspect that the death of a loved one was someone else's fault, you should contact anIllinois wrongful death attorney. There is no charge for this; personal injury consultations are free and you won't pay anything until your case is settled. As soon as you contact The Fisk & Monteleone Law Firm in Rockford, we will go to work. We can take the burden off your shoulders by providing: The kind of caring, personal attention you need at a time like this A lawyer, not a paralegal or assistant Quick filing of your case A complete investigation of the facts of your case Help with your immediate needs Call us at The Fisk & Monteleone Law Firm today toll-free at 888-716-7336 for a free case consultation. Put your troubles into our hands so you can begin to heal without worries about the future.
David Monteleone concentrates his practice of law on litigation, with a special focus on personal injury, medical malpractice, and dental malpractice. Attorney Monteleone's educational and professional background uniquely qualifies as one of the leading litigation attorneys in the Rockford area. His reputation in the community is that of an aggressive and diligent attorney whose understanding and grasp of the law is well established and unparalleled. He has devoted his career to representing tort victims and taking on defendants who put profits over people. He is a skilled attorney with many years of experience who consistently meets and exceeds his clients' expectations. His successful track record is extensive, with many litigation victories at both the trial and appellate levels. Many of his cases settle prior to trial due to his excellent trial preparation and his determination to achieve the best result for his clients. If trial becomes necessary, he and his law firm do not back down, having earned a reputation as excellent trial advocates over the years. Above all, Mr. Monteleone prides himself on putting his clients' well-being first.
Mr. Monteleone received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego in 1991. He sat for and passed the California Bar Exam, and he maintains his California law license. He returned to Illinois, passed the Illinois Bar Exam, and began representing personal injury and wrongful death tort victims. His advocacy of tort victims extends to the appellate court system, successfully arguing and litigating cases in the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Court.
Interestingly, Attorney Monteleone is also Dr. Monteleone. In 1988, he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. After passing state and national board examinations, he opted to change careers paths and enrolled in law school. He continues to maintain his dental license and his medical background uniquely qualifies him for the representation of clients who have either been hurt by a medical professional and/or have required medical care as the result of another's negligence. Very few attorneys can match Attorney Monteleone's medical-legal credentials. And none can surpass his dedication to representing tort victims or his determination to bring injury-causing defendants to justice.
Attorney Monteleone also attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana prior to dental school. He maintains strong ties to the community and prides himself on making Rockford a safer and more just place to live. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and the Winnebago County Bar Association.
Areas of Practice
Insurance Bad Faith
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1992
University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence 1991
University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Iowa City, Iowa
University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
Professional Associations and Memberships
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
American Association for Justice, Member
Illinois State Bar Association, Member
Winnebago County Bar Association, Member
The California Bar Association, Member