We represent injured victims whose lives have been devastated by the negligent conduct of others. Throughout the years, we have witnessed many tragedies that families face after a loved one suffers an injury. The mounting medical bills, disabling pain, inability to work or enjoy life, become a source of despair not only for the victim of negligence, but for his or her family as well.
Our law firm is involved in a number of personal injury cases against persons or companies, which through negligence and carelessness have caused serious injuries to our clients. We litigate cases that involve serious injuries and have been very successful in obtaining multimillion compensation for our clients.
In addition to our work on behalf of personal injury victims and their families, our law firm also represents foreign workers and their families, employers, or individual immigrants throughout the complicated process of applying for work visa or employment petition, green card, or naturalization. We also represent individuals who are in removal or deportation proceedings before the immigration court or the Board of Immigration Appeals and the federal courts. We also work on behalf of companies, which are accused of breaking the immigration law and are undergoing audit or administrative proceedings. Our representation includes exploring every opportunity to help our clients remain legally in the United States, including waivers of inadmissibility or deportability that may be available, appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals, applications for political asylum for victims of persecution or torture, applications for legal status for victims of crimes, domestic violence, severe form of human trafficking, and others.Personal Injury Cases and Litigation
Policy limits in a rear-end accident
Our client was hit in the back by the first automobile. A few seconds later, he was hit again, when a second automobile hit the first car that rear-ended him. As a result of the accident, our client underwent several medical procedures and incurred thousands in medical bills. Our law firm sued the drivers of both cars that rear-ended our client. After several months of litigation, both insurance companies surrendered their policies to compensate our client for his injuries.
Our firm diligently pursues every avenue for recovery on behalf of our clients. We have been able to help injured clients recover millions for their damages.
Substantial confidential settlement in a trucking case
Our client and her child were driving on the road when a truck changed lanes and sideswiped her, causing her car to spin, leave the road, and crash, causing serious injuries. At first the trucking company disputed liability but attorney Peter Zneimer was able to change their position and the company agreed to pay for our client's injuries and medical care.
$900,000 Settlement in a Case against a MRI Center
Attorney Peter Zneimer obtained a $900,000 settlement on the eve of trial for an MRI patient. Our client went to an MRI facility in order to undergo a MRI testing that had been prescribed by his doctor. During the test our client fell from the MRI table and suffered injuries. The MRI center denied that our client ever fell. We hired a private investigator to track down the MRI center’s former receptionist who had moved out of state. The receptionist not only confirmed that our client fell, but also gave us a 'smoking gun': according to the receptionist, the person who administered the MRI to our client was the center's marketing person, who was playing doctor, while the real doctor was out shopping! Faced with the receptionist’s testimony, the MRI center quickly offered to settle the case. Peter Zneimer was the attorney on this case.
Jury Trial Victory
After almost ten years of legal battles, a Cook County jury ordered the defendant to pay for our clients' harms and losses as a result of an intersection related car accident. For years, the defendant denied that he was responsible for our clients' injuries and refused to pay for their damages. He claimed that because our clients were in a car that was making a left turn, and he was going straight, our clients were responsible for their own injuries. The jury disagreed with him. After deliberating for less than two hours, the jurors ordered the defendant to pay for causing our clients' injuries. Sofia Zneimer was the attorney on this case.
$225,000 in a Nursing Home Resident's Broken Hip Case
Our office obtained $225,000 for a nursing home resident who fell in a nursing home, breaking her hip. The nursing home denied that our client fell and argued that her broken hip was caused by a a spontaneous fracture due to osteoporosis. However, we presented an expert's report, in which the expert unequivocally stated that to a reasonable degree of orthopedic certainty our client's injury was traumatic in origin and consistent with a fall or being dropped. During a binding mediation, a neutral judge determined that the nursing home was negligent and that our client suffered traumatic injury and awarded her $225,000. Lawsuits against nursing homes compel nursing homes to recognize that they are responsible for our loved ones that we have entrusted in their care. Zneimer & Zneimer is committed to continue working on behalf of the most vulnerable in our society who often depend on the kindness of others for most basic needs. Peter Zneimer was the attorney on this case.
$150,000 in a Case Against the Chicago Transit Authority
Our client was going down the stairs of a CTA station, when she stepped on a broken stair and fell breaking her hip. After lengthy litigation, the CTA agreed that our client deserves compensation for her serious injuries and agreed to pay her $150,000. Peter Zneime r was the attorney on this case.
$150,000 in a Slip and Fall Case
After hours of negotiation between our office and negligent building owners, Zneimer & Zneimer convinced the building owners to pay our client $150,000 in reimbursement for her injuries, medical bills, pain, and suffering. Our client broke her leg when she slipped and fell on a Chicago sidewalk adjacent to a building from which a protruding pipe allowed water to leak onto the sidewalk, freeze, and create invisible coat of black ice. Th e building owners were negligent for creating a dangerous condition on the sidewalk for unsuspecting pedestrians like our client. Peter Zneimer was the attorney on this case.
$175,000 Settlement in a Nursing Home Resident's Broken Hip Case
Our office obtained a $175,000 settlement at a mediation for the widow and sons of a nursing home resident. Our client was 79 years old when he fell and broke his hip while he was a nursing home resident. Unfortunately neglect of nursing home residents occurs frequently. Lawsuits against nursing homes compel nursing homes to recognize that they are responsible for our loved ones that we have entrusted in their care. Zneimer & Zneimer is committed to continue working on behalf of the most vulnerable in our society who often depend on the kindness of others for most basic needs. Peter Zneimer was the attorney on this case.
Immigration Cases and Litigation
National Interest Waiver for a Neurologist
Our client who is still a medical resident, conducts groundbreaking research in the fields of neuroscience, neurosurgery, and neurology, bringing medical science a step closer to reversal of paralysis and treatment of spinal cord injuries. His work involves investigation of the relation between inflammatory processes and peripheral nerve regeneration, the isolation of these processes, and the translation of these processes and their application to injuries of the central nervous system. In addition to his research in peripheral and central nervous system injuries, our client has also introduced a number of new discoveries in the area of neurosurgery.
After presenting our client's influential work and the potential benefit to our country if he is allowed to remain permanently in the United States, the USCIS agreed that giving a permanent residence in the United States to our client will be in the national interest of the United States. Sofia Zneimer was the attorney on this case.
National Interest Waiver for a Neuroscientist
Some foreign nationals would be an asset to any country in the world. Luckily for our nation, our client chose the United States.
Our client is a Physician and a Neuroscientist who has made and continues to make very important discoveries about the testing and treatment of epilepsy and brain injuries, with significant potential for savings for our country and help for the patients who suffer from these debilitating conditions. According to the Center for Disease Control, acute care and rehabilitation of brain injury patients in the United States costs about $9 billion to $10 billion per year, without counting the indirect costs to society as well as to families, including costs associated with lost earnings, work time, and productivity, as well as the costs linked to providing social services.
After presenting our client's important accomplishments and the enormous benefit to our country if he is allowed to pursue his work in the United States, the USCIS agreed that giving a permanent residence in the United States to our client will be in the national interest of the United States. Sofia Zneimer was the attorney on this case.
Appellate Victory before the Board of Immigration Appeals
The Board of Immigration Appeals reversed an immigration judge's decision ordering the removal of our client from the United States.
Our client was married to a legal US permanent resident and had asked the judge for a continuance of his removal hearing in order to apply for adjustment of status based on his marriage. The immigration judge denied the request reasoning that there were no immediately available immigrant visas for a spouse of a permanent resident, and the wait would be for many years. Unfortunately neither the immigration judge nor our client's former counsel considered the Cuban citizenship of the permanent resident spouse. Under the Cuban Adjustment Act, spouses of Cubans under certain conditions, can adjust without requiring a family petition and without any waiting for a priority date.
Sofia Zneimer filed an appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals, arguing that the immigration judge had made a mistake in ordering our client removed without considering his eligibility for immigration relief. The Board of Immigration Appeals agreed, reversed the immigration judge's decision, and remanded the case back to the immigration court to allow our client to apply for the immigration relief to which he is entitled.
Victory on Behalf of DV Lottery Winner
Our office filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of a DV Lottery Winner to compel the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to process the winner's adjustment of status application before the statutory deadline before the end of the U.S. government's fiscal year. Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, the USCIS approved the adjustment of status and the lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed. Sofia Zneimer was the attorney on this case.
Zneimer & Zneimer Helps Reunite a Mother and her Child
Our client's U.S.-born daughter was only eight months old when she and her mother arrived at the airport in Detroit , Michigan . An immigration officer found the mother inadmissible for having an immigrant intent, took her eight month old baby and handed the baby to her estranged U.S. citizen ex-boyfriend who had shown up with a custody order, obtained ex-parte from an Illinois court. The immigration officer then told our client that she was barred from coming to the U.S. for ten years, jailed her overnight, and deported her on the next day without her baby and without her luggage. The distraught mother began searching for help immediately after arriving at her home country, sending emails to over eighty attorneys in Illinois.
Sofia Zneimer took this challenging case and contacted the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security. She convinced the Department of State's Office of Children's Issues that the child was technically kidnapped by the boyfriend from the mother's country within the meaning of the Hague Convention because the immigration officer never admitted the mother in the U.S. and because the U.S. citizen child was too young to consent to entry without her mother.With the help of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the law firm of Dykema, the client brought a case under the Hague Convention in the Northern District of Illinois. Our firm successfully argued to the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department that the client was inadmissible only for five years, and that she was eligible for a nonimmigrant waiver in order to appear at her court hearing. The U.S. consulate with the DHS's consent agreed, and issued a visa to our client who appeared at an evidentiary hearing before the court.
At the conclusion of the hearing, the court agreed with the mother's position and ordered the boyfriend to return the child to her. The boyfriend appealed to the Seventh Circuit, and the appellate court affirmed that the boyfriend must return the child to our client. Today, mother and daughter are together and continue to keep in touch with our firm.