Benassi & Benassi was founded in 1980 by A. Lou Benassi and Patricia C. Benassi. Lou continues to head the firm, focusing on personal injury and family law. Prior to her retirement, Patricia boldly championed civil rights and the rights of employees.
As a member of Benassi & Benassi, P.C. since 1997, Athena M. Herman has practiced employment law for over 20 years, with a strong emphasis on employee rights. Recognized as a top attorney in Illinois and a premier employment litigator, Athena continues to successfully and passionately represent employees.
Personal injury refers to a broad range of legal claims where someone does something wrong resulting in an injury to another person. It is one of the most common sources of civil lawsuits, and can include anything from a minor injury to death. The purpose of filing a personal injury lawsuit against a person or entity is to be compensated for the injury sustained, hold the wrongdoer accountable, and to deter similar harmful actions in the future.
A personal injury claim can stem from any number of activities. Some of the most common sources of personal injury lawsuits involve things most people deal with on a regular basis, including:
The right to be free from sexual harassment is considered a basic human right in Illinois. Despite this, sexual harassment occurs all the time, in large and small companies across the state. Often times it goes unreported, which only acts to encourage harassers to continue with unwanted sexual advances and harassment. Many people who are the victims of sexual harassment do not report it out of fear for losing their jobs, or just accept it as coming with the territory in certain workplaces. However, you have the right to challenge your employer for sexual harassment, so that yourself and others will not have to endure continued abuse.
Workplace injuries are some of the most common injuries individuals face in Illinois. After all, most of us spend 40 hours or more a week on the job for more than 40 years of our life. Because workplace injuries are so common, workers’ compensation was created to compensate employees for their injuries, and provide benefits if they are not able to return to work. However, some employers and workers’ compensation companies deny the employee’s claim, leaving them unable to work, and unable to pay their medical bills. In these situations, the employee should speak to an attorney about filing a lawsuit to make sure they get the compensation they deserve.
Our employment lawyers have handled a wide variety of employment law cases. Our employment law services are designed to help employees and employers avoid and/or resolve employment disputes. However, we understand that no matter how much effort is put into avoiding employment disputes, from time to time they occur. Some of the legal issues our employment law attorneys routinely handle include:
In an ideal situation, when two married people decide to separate they would be able to work out the terms of dissolution and each go on their way. Unfortunately, for most dissolutions, the process is much more complicated. There may be serious disputes over children, assets and/or property. Emotion can also be a major factor in disputed dissolution cases, where anger, sadness, and frustration can complicate even the simplest separations. Having an Illinois family law attorney on your side can simplify and speed up the dissolution process and ensure that your best interests are protected.
Many of us have seen things take place in the workplace that just doesn’t feel right. Sometimes it may be someone taking advantage of their position, other times it could involve actual criminal activity. Unfortunately, many people fail to report these types of violations, out of the fear of losing their jobs or creating a hostile workplace. Whistleblower laws are intended to protect people who speak out so they don’t have to fear retaliation. If you suspect that you were fired, denied a raise or otherwise reprimanded for reporting a safety violation or other unlawful activity, you should speak with an experienced attorney who understands Illinois whistleblower cases. At Benassi & Benassi, we are committed to getting our clients the justice they deserve.