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Charles Candiano

Charles Candiano

Accident and Injury Advocates Who Care About YOU
  • Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation
  • Illinois, Indiana
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Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Free Consultation
    You and I will discuss your claim until I am satisfied that I can help and your questions are answered, WITHOUT cost or obligation.
  • Contingent Fees
    Our fee on Personal Injury cases is 1/3 of the recovery and costs. Our fee on Workers' Compensation cases is set by statute at 20% of Settlement or Award and costs
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Federal Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Candiano Law Office
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The Margolis Firm, PC
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Margolis & Velasco
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Rusin, Patton, Maciorowski & Friedman
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Lake County Indiana
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar
Chicago Bar Association
Chair Professional Fees Committee
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114 Questions Answered

Q. Car slid ditch. AAA Drived told full recovery . totaled. Where find lawyer
A: If multiple vehicles were necessary for traffic control to effect vehicle recovery, the cost would be higher. The rest of your question is unintelligible as written. Please re-submit your question using proper syntax.
Q. my wife rear ended another vehicle who’s driver did not have insurance. Is my wife still at fault?
A: Fault has nothing, whatever, to do with insurance. If your wife is at fault, she is at fault.
Q. My weekly checks from work comp have stopped coming how long can they legally not pay the weekly checks?
A: Your question belies a misunderstanding of the process. What is the penalty for driving 80 mph in a 50 mph zone WHEN YOU KNOW IT IS NOT PATROLLED. Your not having an attorney creates the same situation. There is nobody to force the insurance company to pay. Hire an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney ASAP. There is no up front cost. Please call our office for a no cost, no obligation consult. 312-465-2914
Q. I have 2 tickets and 1 my fault accident. In 2 mos. should I go to traffic school and before the judge in court also
A: We are here to answer legal questions. Only your insurance agent can tell you, for sure. Common sense tells you they are not going down. If you have a fantastic driving record, you may even lose your insurance. Ask your agent.
Q. What do you do if you feel your attorney is screwing you around?
A: You need to understand the strategy. Your attorney could have simply had the contracts approved in January. It was prudent to file the Motion to Reinstate because that MUST be done within 60 days to resurrect the case. The fact that he filed the Motion to Reinstate, DOES NOT PREVENT HIM FROM GETTING THE CONTRACTS APPROVED. The Motion to Reinstate could have been set for Hearing in whatever location the Arbitrator was sitting in February. Downstate Arbitrators do rotate through 3 venues so it is true that the Arbitrator will not be in the same venue as January, until April.
Q. What happens in a 1 man car crash with injury’s, no arrest/ charge and on probation then notified of Warrants 2 yrs late
A: So, his defense is that WHILE HE WAS ON PROBATION, he got so drunk and so high that he crashed his car and injured one or more other people? This must obviously be discussed with an experienced local defense attorney ASAP. At the time, OWI Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was a Felony, not a Misdemeanor.
Q. What medical amounts should I use when preparing my Pain and Suffering settlement proposal in an auto accident case?
A: All demands in Illinois are based on the amount charged by the provider, NOT what your insurance paid. By responding, without counsel, you are shooting yourself in the foot and guaranteeing a lower settlement. Moreover, if you health insurance actually paid $196.08, you OWE them that amount if you settle on your own. If you hire counsel, you would get more money and you would only owe them $130.72. Representing yourself is a lose-lose proposition.
Q. What do you do when your attorney wont return your call. An its a work comp case.
A: Workers' Compensation attorneys typically carry a very heavy caseload and often find that they must prioritize return calls. The LAST call to be returned will be the message that reads "Please call Mary Smith." Leave a more meaningful question like "Where do I send this bill" or "I want to speak with the attorney to discuss my options because I don't believe settlement is in my best interest." A staff member can effectively answer 95% of your questions but NOT discussing your options or providing legal advice. If you have left multiple messages akin to "wanting to discuss options" and the staff has not been able to provide you with any time frame for a return call, it may be necessary to complain to the ARDC at This should NOT be your first option but it is available to you.
Q. Is workers comp obligated to reimburse mileage driven to and from doctors and physical therapy?
A: It really depends on the circumstances. The short answer is yes. It is impracticable and petty to keep track of mileage for short trips. Long trips and any IME's must be paid for. Without an attorney, how do you intend to seek reimbursement. Most attorneys will choose NOT to request it most of the time because it is often inconsequential and many trips are multi-tasked. If you are not represented by experienced counsel, you are cheating yourself. Even AFTER paying your attorney, you will get at least 10% to 20% more than you could get on your own. Moreover, without counsel, you have no idea whether your benefit rates are being paid at the correct rate. That can really add up. Please contact our office for a free, no obligation consultation in the morning. 312-465-2914
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