About John Risvold

John, a trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, dangerous drugs & products and environmental & toxic torts. He spends the majority of his practice representing victims of catastrophic injury as a result of other’s negligence.

John works tirelessly to get the best outcome for his clients and has recovered millions of dollars for his clients. He has tried cases to verdict in Illinois and handled cases throughout the country. Prior to joining The Collins Law Firm, John defended large multi-national corporations in multi-million dollar litigation, giving him a unique insight into how cases are handled by the companies and individuals responsible for catastrophic injury.

His work has earned him numerous honors, including:
• Selected by his peers as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star,
• Named to the National Trial Lawyers. “Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers” list,
• Selected for inclusion in the Order of the Barristers
• Awarded the R. David Ray Excellence in Trial Advocacy Award,
• Listed as one of the 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Illinois

John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.

He is admitted to practice in Illinois, Missouri, and several Federal District Courts.

John has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law

Practice Areas

I exclusively represent individuals who have been injured and want to be fairly compensated for their injuries. I fight for their rights and stand up for them against corporate bullies.

Many lawyers in my field want the quick settlement but I want to make sure my clients have their day in court. I take cases to trial, if it’s in the clients best interest, to make sure they get the fair trade value for what has been taken from them by those that injured them.

These cases include:

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
  • Environmental Contamination & Toxic Exposure
  • Defective and Dangerous Drugs or Products
  • Automobile and Truck Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents

Environmental & Toxic Exposure

Too many people throughout the United States are still needlessly being exposed to toxic chemicals like TCE, PCE, MTBE, PCB, VC, lead, and arsenic because corporations are recklessly dumping them into our soil and water. This contamination can lead to cancers, birth defects, respiratory ailments, weakened immune systems and other serious illnesses. In addition to personal injuries, environmental contamination in soil, groundwater, and air, or vapor intrusion will often times destroy the property values of people’s homes.

Personal Injury

When you or a loved one is injured or killed due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to receive compensation for your personal injuries. Compensation for your injuries includes things like past and future medical bills, past and future lost income, and your pain and suffering.

Medical Negligence

When you go to the doctor, emergency room or hospital, you put a certain amount of trust in health care practitioners to give you the care you need. When doctors, nurses or other staff violate that trust, however, you are often left worse off than before, and likely dealing with more medical bills, negative long-term health effects and the loss of your independence.

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Placing a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision, but we often do it so mom or dad can get the care they need. One thing you should never have to fear is a nursing home and its employees treating your loved one poorly. It is devastating for a family to hear that their loved one has been injured or killed in a place that they trusted. If that happens, you need attorneys in your corner who know how to hold negligent nursing home operators accountable for their actions.

Why Choose John?

No Fee Unless You Win

I handle 100% of my cases on a contingency. That means you don’t pay a fee unless we win. No retainer, no money up front.

Free Consultation

If you have a potential case, I’m happy to answer your questions free of charge. We offer free consultations to all potential clients to learn how we can help you in your time of need.

Justice for the Injured

I only represent people against the powerful interests of big insurance, big corporations, and wrongdoers in Chicago, throughout the Midwest and across the country. My sole focus is getting justice for you.

From our Blog

Why You Need More Than “State Minimum” Car Insurance: You Get What You Pay For

In order to drive a car in Illinois, you are required to have auto insurance. This insurance protects you for any accident you cause. This insurance will cover the costs of damage to the vehicles involved in the crash, and also includes “liability insurance” to cover injuries you might cause to other drivers.  Liability insurance is important to carry, and mandatory, but if you’re buying the bare minimum coverage you might be risking more than just your premium going up in the event of an accident.

Illinois requires the following minimum insurance coverage:

  • $25,000 bodily injury liability per person
  • $50,000 bodily injury liability per accident
  • $20,000 property damage liability per accident
  • $25,000 uninsured motorist coverage per person
  • $50,000 uninsured motorist coverage per accident

While $25,000 may seem like a lot of coverage, if you cause a serious accident, it may not even cover the ambulance and hospital bills for the victim.

The first two numbers in 25,000 and $50,000 mean that in an accident each person injured would receive a maximum of up to $25,000 with a maximum limit of $50,000 per accident.

For instance, imagine you crash into a car with two people inside. Each is seriously hurt and needs $25,000 of medical treatment, then the maximum of $50,000 per accident would be sufficient. However, what if the people were injured and needing $50,000 each? The minimum would not be enough. In a case like that, you may end up on the hook for the difference. You read that right, you could be personally sued for anything over the maximum, in this case, $50,000, all because you bought the bare minimum coverage. yeah

Insurance agents and lawyers refer to these coverage numbers  as “limits.” This means that your insurance will only cover up to whatever limit you decided when you purchased auto insurance. Often times, people choose minimum coverage because it is marginally cheaper than the $100,000/$300,000 limits recommended by experts.  The risk you run when you select the bottom of the barrel coverage is that any costs that are over the “limit” could come directly from your pocket.

The Insurance Coverage You Need:

  • At least $100,000 bodily injury liability per person
  • At least $300,000 bodily injury liability per accident
  • At least $50,000 property damage liability per accident
  • At least $100,000 uninsured motorist coverage per person
  • At least $300,000 uninsured motorist coverage per accident

If you own a home or other assets, you can be sued personally and have those assets taken from you to pay for the injuries you caused in an accident, if those injuries exceed your policy limits. You may also want to consider adding a medical payments portion to your policy in the range of $5,000-10,000 to ensure that if you are in an accident there is quick money to pay for your medical bills and out of pocket expenses.

Making sure that you have sufficient coverage can protect you in the event of an accident and injuries. It is important to make sure that you protect yourself, your family and loved ones, and your valuable assets such as your home by getting adequate insurance coverage. Remember, with cheap insurance, you get what you pay for.

Traveling for the Holidays? Be Prepared & Stay Safe

Thousands of people will take to the roads to travel during this Holiday season. Unfortunately, inclement weather, crowded roads, and alcohol-related incidents have made the holidays some of the most dangerous and deadly times to be on the roads. In 2015, 355 people died on New Year’s Day, 386 on Thanksgiving Day and 273 on Christmas Day. Alcohol-impaired fatalities represent about one-third of the totals.

Here are some quick tips to help make sure that you and your family are safe this holiday season.

  • Use a designated driver or Uber/Lyft to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party;
  • Limit alcohol and keep in mind that over-the-counter or illegal drugs all cause impairment;
  • Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short the distance traveled;
  • Check car seats and make sure that kids are secured tight;
  • Put that cell phone away; many distractions can occur while driving, but cell phones are the main culprit
  • Properly maintain the vehicle and keep an emergency kit with you
  • Be prepared for heavy traffic, and possibly heavy snow

I hope that you and your loved ones have a safe and happy holiday season. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness contact me today to learn how you can be protected.

How to Select the Best Nursing Home for Your Loved One

As the population in the United States continues to age, it is estimated that there will be 19 million Americans over the age of 85 by the year 2050. Currently, 1 in 8 Americans resides in a long-term care facility or nursing home. This doesn’t even factor in the number of people who need short-term stays in nursing homes for rehabilitation or following medical procedures or injuries.

The choice of a nursing home is an important one. In 2002 the New York Times reported that Federal studies showed that nearly 90% of nursing homes were understaffed and lacked the capabilities to handle the number of patients in their facilities. Since this 2002 study, many facilities still remain vastly understaffed.

Additionally, sadly, nursing home abuse and neglect is more common than one might think. From unwitnessed falls, dehydration, and malnutrition, to pressure ulcers, nursing homes without adequate and well-trained staff cause serious injuries or even death for residents each year.

When selecting a nursing home it is vitally important to do your due diligence and learn as much as you can about the facility. By asking the right questions and making the right observations you can ensure that you are placing your loved one in the right facility for them.

The Alzheimer’s Association recommends asking some of the following questions to learn about how the facility will care for your loved one:

Questions about the Facility and Staff

Before entering the building, take notes of the surrounding neighborhood, the facilities, landscaping, and building itself. Is it clean and well kept? Is it in a nice part of town? Pay attention to the noise level, if the halls and common areas are well lit and if the facility appears clean and well kept. Notice how many nurses and staff members are working, how they interact with residents and if they are friendly, attentive and knowledgeable.

Be sure to ask:

·     How many beds do you have?

·     What are visiting hours?

·     How many nurses or staff members are working on each shift?

·     How many of those nurses or staff be caring for my loved one?

·     Do you offer transportation to doctor’s offices or other appointments, or are those appointments handled on site?

·     How many adverse events have you had in the past 3 years related to falls, pressure ulcers, dehydration or malnutrition?

·     Are the exterior doors locked?

·     Are there written materials that you can provide which explain the types of care provided?

Questions about Resident Rooms

Notice whether the rooms are attractive, well lit, clean and welcoming. Are there windows? Does the room have a private bathroom? Is it a shared room or will your loved one be in a private room?

Be Sure to Ask:

·     What safety precautions are in the room to prevent falls or other injuries?

·     Does the room have a working call button to call nurses or staff?

·     How often are nurses or staff coming into the room to check on my loved one?

·     If they need help with daily activities, such as getting in and out of bed or getting to and from the toilet, how do they get assistance?

·     What do they do if there is not assistance available when they need it?

Questions about Resident Care

Pay attention to where the dining room in the facility is, how far it is from your loved one’s room and what time meals are served. Observe other residents. Do they seem clean and well cared for, or are they unkempt?

Be Sure to Ask:

·     How often will my loved one get a shower?

·     What time are meals served and who will take my loved one to eat?

·     Will my loved one get assistance eating and drinking, if they need it?

·     Can my loved one take a bath, instead of a shower, if they prefer?

·     Can they dress in the clothing of their choice?

·     Will they receive help brushing teeth, shaving and with other necessary hygiene?

Questions about Staff

The staff members at the facility are the ones who will be providing care to your loved one. Pay close attention to how they interact with residents and how quickly they respond to requests from residents. Staff members should know the residents by name, be respectful and friendly and should always be prepared to assist residents in need.

Be Sure to Ask:

·     Do you have a full-time social worker on staff?

·     Are there skilled rehabilitation therapists on staff?

·     How many doctors and nurses are on staff?

·     What type of staffing pattern do you use? How long are shifts?

·     How often does a doctor check on my loved one?

·     Can the doctor be reached at all times?

·     What types of training does the staff receive? Who trains them and how often do they get updated training?

The choice of a nursing home or long-term care facility is an important one. You want to ensure that your loved one is getting the best, highest quality care, is treated with kindness and dignity and is never neglected or overlooked. By asking the right questions and properly vetting the nursing home and its staff you can make sure your loved one is in good hands.hospice-1821429_1920.jpg