Wittenberg, Dougherty & Maglione, Ltd.

A Chicago based law firm that represents injured people in Illinois.

Personal Injury


Wittenberg, Dougherty & Maglione, Ltd., represents people who are injured in automobile accidents, injured in slip and falls, injured at work, or injured as a result of medical malpractice. We represent people in wrongful death cases, dram shop cases, product liability cases, dog bite cases, premises liability cases and other types of injury cases. We also represent people in uninsured and underinsured motorist claims.  Generally, we represent clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that the client does not have to pay any money up front. Wittenberg, Dougherty & Maglione, Ltd. does not charge a fee if there is no recovery. Our fee is deducted from the money received from the case. The initial client consultation is free.

We handle personal injury matters throughout Illinois, both in Federal and State Court. Some claims can be settled without the need to file a lawsuit. However, if a lawsuit is necessary, we will file suit in the Illinois county having  jurisdiction and pursue the case to trial. We also represent clients in Mandatory Arbitration, Private Arbitration and Mediation claims.

Please call or E-mail us if you have any Personal Injury Questions.

If you or someone you know is involved in an accident or personal injury, you should be aware that the early stage of any personal injury claim or accident is extremely critical. It is important that you obtain as much information as you can involving those responsible for the accident or injury. File and get a copy of the police report if the case is an automobile accident. Get the names and addresses of all witnesses to the accident. Get insurance information from the person responsible for the injury. You should take pictures of the area where the injury occurred if it is a slip and fall. You should not give any statements - written or oral - to any person or insurance company representative who works on behalf of the person or entity that is responsible for your injury. Often times they are trying to get you to say or do something that they can later use against you in your case.

The above information is general in nature and you should immediately contact an attorney for advice on your particular personal injury matter. 



INSTRUCTIONS TO OUR CLIENTS WITH PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS 

 1.  DO NOT TALK TO ANYONE about your accident except our office. Do not talk to your own insurance company or anyone else without first notifying our office so we can have these statements taken with one of our lawyers present.

 2. YOUR DOCTOR -You should return to each of your doctors as often as necessary. Always tell them about all your complaints. Do not minimize your ailments. A doctor must know these things in order to treat you properly. If you plan to see any additional doctors, let us know before you see them. Tell us the name, address, and phone number of any doctor you see. 

 3.  RECORDS - Please keep accurate and detailed records of the following: 

A.  Lost time and wages;

B.  Hospital, doctor, drug, and other medical bills;

C.  Other losses directly resulting from your injuries;

D.  Your complaints and progress.

All your bills should be paid by check, credit or debit card and you should keep receipts. These records will be helpful years later when the defense asks you to recall your pain, difficulties, and expenses. 

 4. REPAIRS - DO NOT have your automobile or anything that was involved in your accident repaired or discarded until we have had time to examine it, photograph it, have it examined by an expert, or stored if necessary in order to preserve the evidence for your case. If your case involves a product or item not in your control, please try to see that it is not repaired or disposed of until we have photographed it and had it examined by an expert, if necessary. 

 5.  OFFENSES, FINES OR DISCIPLINARY ACTION - DO NOT appear or give statements before a Court or any other type of disciplinary board or other proceeding without first notifying this office so we can represent you at such a hearing, if necessary. Things you say could be held against you at a later date. 

 6. WITNESSES - Immediately furnish us with the correct names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses you know about. If someone will be leaving the area permanently, please call us so we can take their deposition if necessary. 

 7. EVIDENCE - Give your lawyer any digital pictures or photographs you take including the negatives and/or digital files. If you are hospitalized and receive any type of treatment such as physical therapy, please notify our office so we can photograph you if necessary. If your injury requires a cast, a brace or other appliance, save it for evidence in the event of a trial. Please talk to us about any evidence that you have or know about that may help us to prove your injury case. Save any physical evidence and discuss it with your lawyer.      

 8. BE AWARE.  The Defendant's insurance company or your own insurance company may have you videotaped or photographed in an attempt to show that your injuries are not permanent or severe. BE CAREFUL IN YOUR OUTDOOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES. Do not post anything about your injury on social media sites such as Facebook. The insurance company may monitor these sites for information to use against you. 

 9. HOSPITAL AND DOCTORS BILLS - Submit all bills to any available insurance you have, including group medical or automobile coverage. Doctors and hospitals are more cooperative when their bills are paid. You should not expect them to wait until your case is tried or settled to receive payment. You should pay any balance as soon as possible. 

10. QUESTIONS - We will not contact you unless we have something definite to report. We will contact you for depositions, answers to interrogatories, and when your case is ready for trial.  If you have any questions regarding your claim, please feel free to call or write us. For everyone's convenience, please do not come into the office expecting to see one of the lawyers without first making an appointment. 

11. YOUR ADDRESS - Notify us immediately regarding any change of address or phone number.