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.
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, IAM, 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.
Memberships and Associations:
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- American Association for Justice
- Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Workers Compensation Law Association
$475,000.00 for a Teamster garbage truck driver that injured his hip and back when he slipped on ice pushing a container.
$455,000.00 for a Teamster truck driver that injured his shoulder at work and injured his neck in physical therapy. The company denied it was responsible for the neck injury. The case settled after we were successful at trial.
$450,000.00 for a Teamster garbage truck driver that injured his neck, shoulder, and elbow pulling a toter that the resident filled with water. The company denied medical treatment related to the neck. The case settled after we were successful at trial.
$440,000.00 for a Teamster truck driver that injured his back when a roll up door jammed.
$360,000.00 for a bricklayer that suffered a neck injury when he was involved a motor vehicle crash. The company denied the client was entitled to continuing benefits. The case settled after we were successful at trial.
$350,000.00 for an IAM worker who injured his low back carrying a fifth wheel. The company denied that his back injury and the need for treatment was related to the injury. The case settled after we were successful at trial.
$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
$320,000.00 for an operating engineer that injured his knee. The company denied it owed benefits as he was still working on a light duty list. The case settled after we were successful at trial.
$300,000.00 for radiation therapist who suffered a shoulder injury. The company agreed to settle after trial before the Arbitrator issued a decision.
$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
$250,000.00 for a Teamster truck driver that suffered a pinched nerve in his leg causing drop foot.
$250,000.00 for a 62 year old Teamster garbage truck driver that injured his knee and had to undergo total knee replacement surgery.
$250,000.00 for a diesel mechanic that slipped, twisted, and fell at work injuring his back.
$200,000.00 for a medical practice manager who suffered a back injury and then a neck injury in physical therapy. The case settled midway through trial.
$200,000.00 for a Teamster truck driver that injured his back when a rollup door jammed. The company denied that the back injury was related to the incident. The case settled after we successfully cross examined the company’s IME doctor in a deposition.
PERSONAL INJURY / FELA
$5,445,000.00 net jury verdict against Union Pacific Rail Road for injured an
railroad worker brought under FELA.
$1,100,000.00 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 verdict against Metra for commuter knocked down by ticket agent on the train platform. Metra appealed case but verdict was upheld.
$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