Questions Answered by Steve McCann

Q: If my toddler was injured in a hotel by a table that fell on him could I have a case?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 19, 2019
Steve McCann's answer
It is certainly possible that you have a case based on the facts provided. However, an attorney will need additional facts in order to provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of the viability of recovering on such an action, such as the reason the table fell etc...

That being the case, I recommend you organize everything in your possession related to this matter, including any pictures and evidence you have, and consult with an attorney individually. Many of us offer free...

Q: Hi there, if I wanted to sue an auto repair shop for fraud, what type of lawyer would i need to hire?

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 14, 2019
Steve McCann's answer
If you are seeking a lawyer to sue an auto repair shop for fraud, I recommend hiring an attorney with experience in civil litigation, specifically with experience with the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. That said, I recommend you organize everything in your possession that is relevant to this matter, and consult with an attorney individually.

Many of us offer free consultations, so it will not cost you anything out of pocket to obtain the opinion of an...

Q: Good morning im being sued and I don't know what to do next

2 Answers | Asked in Products Liability for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 20, 2019
Steve McCann's answer
You should stop everything you are doing and consult with an attorney immediately. Do not contact the relevant parties or make any statements about the matter until you are represented. Also, I recommend acting quickly, as you have a limited amount of time to respond to a summons.

Many of us offer free consultations, so it will not cost you anything out of pocket to organize the complaint and other relevant documentation, and consult with an experienced attorney. After a review of...

Q: I had a verbal breach of contract when I signed an offer letter as an independent contractor, can I sue for this matter?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 18, 2019
Steve McCann's answer
You may be entitled to a remedy based on the facts provided, but the viability of recovering on such an action is dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the details around the statements made, as well as the terms of the offer letter you reference. That being the case, I recommend you organize everything in your possession related to this matter, including the offer letter, and consult with an attorney individually. Many of us offer free consultations, and will gladly...

Q: Can I not sign a buyer requests for verification that this offer was presented for a less than the asking price offer?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 18, 2019
Steve McCann's answer
I highly recommend you stop everything that you are doing, and hire a real estate attorney to represent you in the transaction. I do not recommend accepting an offer until you are represented.

The reasons being are voluminous. First, once you agree on the contract, you are bound by its terms. You can be on the hook for breach of contract if you make a simple mistake on the Multiboard 7.0 contract, which can end up costing you a great deal of time, stress, and money. Second, hiring a...

Q: Do we have enough information and assurance to close tomorrow? Or should we push the close and request more info?

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 31, 2019
Steve McCann's answer
It is not in your best interest to assume re-zoning will be "easy to do." In fact, they usually aren't very easy at all, and can end up costing a tremendous amount of money. That being the case, I certainly would not close until you have more details and costs surrounding the re-zoning. I recommend consulting with other attorneys to get more clarity on the matter, as it is a fact specific determination that cannot possibly be answered comprehensively with the limited facts provided.

Q: Do Chicago tenants have legal right to break lease if heat keeps breaking & landlord offers only temporary fixes?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 31, 2019
Steve McCann's answer
Yes, it is certainly possible to break the lease and/or receive compensation based on the facts provided. That said, the viability of such a course of action depends on specific facts that are not provided here, such as whether or not the apartment you are renting is subject to the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance. If it is subject to the RLTO, then you may have additional protections, as heat is an essential service, particularly with the weather we are currently experiencing in...

Q: How do I get help finding a civil litigation attorney to help me file a lawsuit against a psychologist. I have proof to

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 21, 2019
Steve McCann's answer
It depends on the nature of your claims against the psychologist. That being the case, I recommend organizing everything in your possession related to this matter, including your medical records, and consulting with civil litigation attorney immediately. Many of us offer free consultations, and can at the very least answer some of you questions and point you in the right direction.

Q: are electricity bill is $629.00 and our house is still freezing and the land Lord is a jerk no ceiling in the bathroom

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Construction Law, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 14, 2019
Steve McCann's answer
You are likely entitled to a remedy, but the best course of action is dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the location of the apartment, and whether or not it is subject to the RLTO.

In any event, I recommend organizing everything in your possession relevant to this matter, including your lease, and consulting with an attorney individually. Many of us offer free consultations, and after a thorough review of the facts can advise as to the best course of...

Q: What legal rights do we have against a Contractor?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 7, 2019
Steve McCann's answer
Your legal rights are dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the precise terms of the contract and the nature of the issues you are having with your home. That being the case, I recommend you organize everything in your possession related to this matter, including the contract, and consult with an attorney individually. Many of us offer free consultations, so it will not cost you anything out of pocket obtain the opinion and guidance of an experienced professional....

Q: Contract for deed void because of missing and wrong info on contract? It's also only a 4 year contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 20, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
There are several issues based on the facts presented. Illinois has very strict requirements when it comes to contracts for deed, or installment land contracts. If all of the requirements are not met, it can be deemed voidable by the court, which could entitle the previous buyer to all funds paid towards the contract.

That said, I recommend organizing the contract, as well as everything else that is relevant to this matter, and consulting with an attorney. After a thorough review of...

Q: Do I have the right to pull his fence on my property?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 5, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
Assuming the survey clearly shows the fence is on your property, you have every right to remove it off of your property. That said, there are practical considerations to take into account when dealing with a neighbor. Thus, I recommend organizing everything in your possession relevant to this matter, including the survey, and consult with an attorney individually. Many of us offer free consultations, and can act as an intermediary to reach an amicable resolution prior to filing formal court...

Q: If I develop depression as a result of being bed-ridden after two surgeries from a car accident, is that something I can

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 26, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
Yes, you can certainly sue for damages based on depression so long as your attorney can prove it is proximately caused by the accident in question. Therefore, I recommend seeking treatment related to the depression if you have not done so already.

After seeking treatment, I recommend you organize everything in your possession related to this matter, including all medical records and bills, and consult with an attorney individually. Many of us offer free consultations, and will...

Q: I was involved in a car accident 10/19/2018. No liscence or insurance...

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 29, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
I am terribly sorry to hear this. First and foremost, you and all of the passengers in the vehicle should seek all necessary medical attention immediately. Next, you should consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss details surrounding this matter. An attorney would have to view far more details than what is provided in the question in order to ascertain liability in such an instance.

Many of us offer free consultations and will represent you and the passengers on a...

Q: If my wife got injured due to another driver's negligence, can that guy's estate sue her for wrongful death?

2 Answers | Asked in Wrongful Death for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 29, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
You wife can certainly be sued, but the estate's chances of recovery is very slim if your wife was not negligent. If your wife was not negligent, and still sustained injuries as the result of an accident, I suggest you consult with a personal injury attorney immediately to discuss her options moving forward in detail.

Many of us offer free consultations and will represent your wife on a contingent basis if her claims have merit, so it will not cost you anything to obtain the opinion...

Q: What type of evidence should I try to preserve after a multi-car accident that caused me injuries?

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 29, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
If you were involved in a multi-car accident and sustained injuries, you should first and foremost obtain all medical treatment necessary. Next, you should hire a personal injury attorney. Do not make any statements until you are represented by an attorney.

Many of us offer free consultations, and will represent you on a contingent basis if your bodily injury claims have merit, so it will not cost you anything to obtain the representation and guidance of an experienced professional to...

Q: My mom wants to sell a condo and my sister doesn't. They both own the condo. How do we solve this issue?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 25, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
The answer to your question is dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the type of deed, the names on the deed, who has made majority of the payments, etc... As such, I recommend you organize everything in your possession regarding this matter, including the property address and PIN, and consult with an attorney individually to explore your options.

Q: I signed my lease and never got a copy of it?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 16, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
You have a couple of options based on the facts provided, but the most suitable option is dependent on facts that are not provided here, such as your goals in the matter (i.e. if you want to terminate the lease, etc...) and if your lease is subject to the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance.

That said, I recommend you organize everything in your possession related to this matter, and consult with an attorney individually to explore your options. Also, if your lease is subject...

Q: What types of injuries qualify as medical malpractice rather than just risks assumed by a procedure you undergo?

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 11, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
This is a very fact specific determination that cannot possibly be answered with specificity based on the limited facts provided. Thus, if you believe you have sustained injuries as a result of medical malpractice, I recommend organizing all medical records and bills, and consult with an attorney individually for a consultation so you can obtain a comprehensive evaluation.

Q: A contractor took my deposit over 10k and never performed work, will not provide refund, said he no longer wants to talk

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Construction Law for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 20, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
You have a couple of options, but the best option is dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the terms of the contract, and details about the contractor's company. That being the case, I recommend you organize everything in your possession regarding this message, including the contract, and consult with an attorney individually. Many of us offer free consultations, so it will not cost you anything out of pocket to obtain the opinion of an experienced professional....

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