Matthew J. Coleman // Attorney at Law

Matthew Coleman concentrates his practice representing individuals injured on the job.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Matthew worked in the Chicago Public Schools teaching students with a variety of moderate to severe physical and developmental disabilities.  In law school, Matthew worked as a garbage collector for a local waste disposal company.  He takes these experiences with him as he litigates before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and State and Federal Courts.

Matthew has represented members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Firefighters Unions, Teamsters Unions, Carpenters Unions, LiUNA, AFSCME, IAM , Pipefitters Union, and Roofers Union in their claims before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.  He has taken numerous claims to hearing and argued before the Commission, Circuit Court, and Appellate Court.  He will also handle any “third party” action in State or Federal court when the work injury is caused by the carelessness of others.  This includes cases involving motor vehicle and truck wrecks, construction negligence, products liability, and premises liability.

Memberships and Associations:

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Workers Compensation Law Association

Matthew also represents railroad workers injured due to unsafe conditions in the workplace.  Matthew has had the privilege to represent members of the Brotherhood of the Maintenance of the Way Employes, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, and SMART in their cases under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), the OSHA Whistleblower Act (FRSA Sec. 20109), and other safety statutes intended to keep railroad workers safe.

Most of all Matthew enjoys educating individuals to level the playing field against big corporations, railroads, and insurance companies.  He has traveled across the state of to meet and inform union workers as to their rights under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act and FELA.

Results:

  • $1.1 million settlement for police officer who suffered a disc herniation when rear ended by sole business owner
  • $970,000.00 settlement for union roofer who fractured his right wrist in a trip and fall on a construction site
  • $500,000.00 settlement on behalf a restaurant patron who slipped and fell suffering an open complex fracture of the right ankle
  • $460,000.00 settlement on behalf of a police officer who suffered an aggravation of impingement syndrome when run off the road by a truck driver
  • $350,000.00 settlement on behalf of a truck driver who suffered aggravations of pre-existing shoulder injuries when freight fell from a trailer striking him
  • $265,000.00 settlement on behalf of union carpenter who suffered a torn meniscus when he fell in an open pit on a construction site
  • $102,500.00 settlement on behalf of a carpenter apprentice who suffered a fractured ankle when freight fell from an “L-Pallet”