Giving Victims The Respect & Attention They Deserve
Our Chicago-based team of personal injury and wrongful death attorneys handle matters throughout Illinois and beyond. We are often called upon to handle catastrophic or complex matters such as aviation disasters, explosions, traumatic brain injuries, product liability, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, and workplace accidents. Most families have never been through this experience before, but we have on countless occasions.
We are well-known on the national stage for our expertise in handling high-profile aviation cases. Our firm has been representing the victims and survivors of aviation crashes and their families for over 35 years.
Our attorneys continuously work as advocates for the general public, pressing for safer regulations for workers, safer rules for passengers and crews on airplanes and helicopters, and safer designs for medical devices used on hospital patients. Our commitment to safety-driven results has brought numerous issues to the forefront of discussions amongst both public officials and corporate decision makers in the boardroom. Many of those discussions have led directly to positive changes that enhance safety and protect the public from dangerous products or work practices.
Award Winning Attorneys, Community Focused Citizens
As the only law firm in Illinois where every single partner is board-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, our lawyers are consistently recognized for their record-setting accomplishments. Judges and peers throughout the country recognize our lawyers as leaders inside and outside the courtroom.
Inside the courtroom, our attorneys zealously advocate for our clients and improve public safety by holding rule-breakers accountable. We work alongside leaders in the medical and scientific fields to make sure judges and juries understand cutting edge science and medicine.
Outside the courtroom, we serve in legal leadership positions to advance the causes of civil justice and public safety. We assist the legal profession publishing as authors in textbooks and law journals, and teaching law students in law schools. As trial lawyers, we believe we have a responsibility beyond our profession to give back to our communities and commit ourselves to philanthropic endeavors.
Our Practice Areas
Traumatic Brain Injury
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Spinal Cord Injury
Explosion & Burn Injuries
Results That Matter
What Others Have To Say
They made me feel like I matter.
My life was turned completely upside down and I was able to be heard. I was able to dump my mess onto them and they made sense of it all and explained everything along the way…
- Marissa H. -
Noteworthy Trial Skills
Throughout the three years that Mr. Rapoport represented Jamie Hebert [in the crash of Comair Flight 5191], this court observed his thorough preparation, his strong advocacy and his noteworthy trial skills. His skills in selecting and presenting the evidence and his handling of the unique, all-male jury were among the best this court has seen in over 20 years on the bench.” – U.S. District Court Judge Karl S. Forester
- U.S. District Court Judge Karl S. Forester -
North Carolina Airline Crash Case
I wanted to write to you to let you know what a great job you did representing all families and crash victims of Flight 1016. You are to be truly commended […] I truly enjoyed watching you battle it out with Mr. Dombroff (all the while maintaining your composure) and seeing how much compassion you obviously feel for your clients. Thank you for such an educational experience. I hope our paths will cross again.”
- Maranda H. Stokes, Juror -
Victims’ Compensation Fund
Thank you for helping in our estimating the costs to the Federal government of the legislation to compensate victims of the terrorist-related crashes on Sept. 11 …. Your considered judgment based upon long experience with recoveries by the surviving relatives of the victims of previous airline crashes was an important part of our deliberations and our discussions with those in the administration involved ...”
- Robert P. Murphy, General Counsel for Congressional Budget Office -
Chicago-based, Nationally Renown
Creating Change By Achieving Justice
After an accident, you may not know what to do – or where to turn for help. You may be dealing with catastrophic injuries, emotional trauma, mounting medical bills, and financial uncertainty. In this situation, you need a trusted law firm that will make you a priority and guide you through the process. Most families have never been through this experience before, but we have on countless occasions.
Our Chicago-based legal team aggressively advocates for injury victims and survivors throughout the country. We are often called upon to handle catastrophic or complex matters such as aviation disasters, explosions, traumatic brain injuries, product liability, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, and workplace accidents. We are selective about the cases we handle, and that is because we want every client to know they will receive our full attention. We deliver results.
Types of Cases We Handle
Our law office has decades of experience handling all types of catastrophic personal injury cases. We represent clients in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims across a variety of practice areas.
When a loved one dies in a fatal accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. In most states, certain family members can pursue this type of lawsuit when someone dies due to the fault of another person or company. These cases can be legally complicated and incredibly emotional. Because of the way our firm is structure, our lawyers can give the support and counsel needed to achieve justice.
Aviation accidents often result in devastating injuries or mass casualties when they occur. Our aviation team has been involved in most of the high-profile aviation disasters to have taken place in the last 35 years, leading from the front, including serving in the leadership prosecuting the Boeing 737 Max cases. Our team of aviation attorneys come from diverse backgrounds and include a former Air Force and commercial rated Airline Transport Pilot, a former deputy director at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and attorneys who have led prosecutions of major aviation disaster cases. Together, we handle claims related to commercial airplane accidents, general aviation accidents, small plane or charter flight crashes, and helicopter accidents. We are fierce advocates on behalf of injured victims and family members of those killed in air disasters, and we fight for changes that make aviation safer for everyone.
Medical malpractice happens more often than most people would suspect. Our law firm handles all types of medical negligence cases, from failure to diagnose to misdiagnosis to surgical errors to medication mistakes. We are also skilled advocates for families whose children have suffered birth injuries as a result of medical malpractice. If you or your loved one has suffered a birth injury or other type of injury related to medical malpractice, we will fight for your rights.
Commercial Truck Accidents
Truck accidents happen frequently on the highways and roads in and around Chicago. Trucks are big machines, and they cause big harm. These wrecks are often associated with truck driver fatigue (due to hours of service violations), distracted driving, improperly secured truck loads, or truck equipment failure. Whatever the cause may be, our law firm takes on big trucking companies and wins, getting you the money that you deserve.
Far too often, the products that come onto the market are dangerous or defective. Manufacturers may cut corners in the design process, of worse, turn a blind eye to a known risk. When those products cause harm, you may be able to file a special type of personal injury claim known as a products liability lawsuit. These cases are complex. Most firms do not have the experience or resources to properly work up and prosecute these cases. We do, and we have. We write the text on this type of complex legal action and our work has gotten dangerous products taken off of the market. From aircraft engines to medical devices to motorcycles, we know products liability.
In most states, work-related injuries and illnesses are generally covered by workers’ compensation, a no-fault insurance system that provides medical treatment, financial compensation, and death benefits to injured workers and their families. But in many situations, a third party may also be held liable for workplace injuries through a personal injury lawsuit that provides benefits much more substantial that those available through workers’ compensation. Our law firm has achieved record-setting results representing workers and their families who have suffered catastrophic or fatal injuries while on the job. We will work with you to help you understand what legal options are available to you, and to help you obtain the best possible outcome for your case.
Most of us don’t think twice before getting behind the wheel of our car. Yet automobile accidents are one of the most common causes of injury and death in our state. If you have been seriously hurt in a motor vehicle crash, reach out today to talk to a Chicago-based car accident attorney.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
When we make the decision to move a loved one into a nursing home or long-term care facility, we expect that they will be properly cared for during their time there. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is far too common. Our Chicago-based law firm represents individuals and their families in personal injury lawsuits related to nursing home abuse and neglect. We will help you get the money that you need to move forward with your life after this type of injury.
In most instances, anyone who owns or controls property has a responsibility to maintain it in a reasonably safe condition or to warn others of known hazards. If they fail to do so, they could be liable for any injuries that result in a slip, trip, fall or other accident. Our law firm has extensive experience handling premises liability lawsuits, and has recovered significant verdicts on behalf of our clients.
Construction Site Accidents
Statistically speaking, construction is one of the most dangerous industries when it comes to workplace injuries and fatalities. We have broad experience representing trades workers in construction injuries, from oil refineries to automotive plants to shipyards. Our law firm wrote the text on construction injuries. We utilize our deep knowledge of the trades to help our clients get the money that they deserve for their injuries.
Boating is a popular pastime, but it brings with it certain dangers and usually a complex legal system known as Admiralty Law. Derived. Few lawyers understand the complexity of this legal system, but as licensed boaters our partners have deep experience with admiralty law. Commercial and recreational boating accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death. Our law firm understands the complex laws and regulations surrounding boating accidents. We will fight for your right to full compensation for your injuries.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS) is a form of chronic pain that usually affects an arm or a leg. It often develops after an injury. Our law firm represents clients dealing with CPRS and other serious, long-term injuries. We will work with you to help you get the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to for the full scope of your injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are one of the most common causes of death and disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBIs are often linked to falls, motor vehicle accidents, and assaults. If you have been diagnosed with a TBI after a slip and fall, car crash, or another type of accident, our law firm will fight to get you the money that you need to move forward with your life after your injury.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Damage to any part of the spinal cord can often cause permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the injury site. In more serious cases, spinal cord injuries can lead to partial or total paralysis. Spinal cord injuries are often the result of a traffic accident, falls, and/or violence. If you suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of an accident, our law firm will work with you to help you get the compensation that you deserve.
What Makes Our Law Firm Different
When it comes to personal injury and wrongful death law firms, you have choices. Not many firms can offer our level of highly personalized service, deep experience, and record-setting results. We are the only personal injury law firm in Illinois where every single partner is board-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Our law firm is small by choice, but we get big results. We have recovered more than $500 million and counting on behalf of our clients. We achieve these outcomes through a combination of smart lawyering, skilled negotiation, and fierce trial advocacy when necessary.
We strongly believe that our clients are more than just a case number. We don’t take on each and every case that comes our way. That gives us the ability to provide white glove service to those clients whose cases we select to take on.
As a boutique catastrophic injury and wrongful death law firm focused on achieving justice, we regularly handle cases that ripple throughout an industry. The work on our cases has made the world safer for others and we plan to continue doing that. We firmly believe that trial lawyers can and should do good.
When you choose Rapoport Weisberg & Sims, you are getting a team with decades of deep meaningful experience. Our lawyers treat each case as if it were their own, knowing how important our clients’ cases are to them and their families.
Our firm would be happy to provide a free initial consultation. We handle all of our cases on a contingency fee basis, so you should know you will never owe us anything unless we win for you. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, give us a call at 312-445-9160 or fill out our online contact form.
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