Michael N. Folga concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation. Mr. Folga has successfully handled hundreds of cases at both the state and federal level as well as the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Mr. Folga graduated from DePaul University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. He then earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 2012 graduating in the top 25%. Additionally, while attending Valparaiso University, Mr. Folga competed for the university’s Trial Advocacy program. Mr. Folga was then admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois in 2012 and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 2014.
Before joining Brian J. McManus & Associates, Ltd., Mr. Folga practiced in the areas of residential and commercial real estate law, zoning law, municipal law, collections law and condominium law.
Mr. Folga has a diverse and well-rounded background enabling him to offer insightful and creative approaches to his client’s maximizing their recoveries. Furthermore, Mr. Folga is a highly competitive and fierce advocate for his clients.
Since joining Brian J. McManus & Associates, Ltd. in 2014 he has only represented injured plaintiffs and petitioners. Mike handles cases throughout all phases of litigation and he has resolved hundreds of cases through trial, settlement, mediation, and arbitration. In particular, Mike has been lead counsel on several notable cases resulting in significant outcomes, including, but not limited to:
$1,209,000.00 prove up for an operations agent who was assaulted while handling gate operations resulting in severe bilateral knee and neck injuries, permanent disability, and a substantial wage loss.
$434,772 – for an electric lineman who developed the permanent chest condition of costochondritis as a result of lifting heavy electric cables necessitating an electric stimulator chest implant and permanent restrictions. He was unable to return to his occupation as a lineman as a result of his injuries.
$300,000 – for a women who was involved in a rear-end automobile accident which caused severe cervical injuries resulting in her undergoing a cervical fusion procedure.
$278,000 – for a United Airlines flight attendant who suffered injuries to her bilateral shoulders from heavy lifting on the job that necessitated rotator cuff repair surgery and the need for a future shoulder replacement. She was unable to return to her position as a flight attendant as a result of her injuries.
$252,000 – for a Union carpenter who tripped and fell over a plastic buckle onto misplaced steel beams severely injuring his knee. The Plaintiff underwent a complex knee surgery to repair a torn ACL, meniscus and cartilage as well as extensive post-operative therapy and he could no longer work as a Union carpenter.
$250,000 – for a women who was involved in rear-end automobile accident which caused severe lumbar injuries resulting in her undergoing a lumbar fusion procedure. The Plaintiff also missed a lengthy period of time from work.
$219,000 – for a United Airlines flight attendant who injured her right shoulders from heavy lifting on the job that necessitated a rotator cuff repair surgery and permanent restrictions. She was unable to return to her position as a flight attendant as a result of her injuries.
$195,000 – for a women who tripped and fell in a parking lot full of multiple dangerous potholes aggravating and hastening a pre-existing low back injury. The Plaintiff underwent a lumbar fusion surgery and extensive post-operative therapy and has permanent disability.
$190,000 – for a women who was involved in two rear-end automobile accidents within a 3 month timeframe and which caused severe lumbar and cervical injuries resulting in a cervical fusion. The Plaintiff also missed a lengthy period of time from work.
$150,000 – for a man who cleaned train cars and permanently worsened his asthmatic condition by using dangerous and toxic cleaning chemicals as directed by his employer to do his job. The Plaintiff also missed a lengthy period of time from work.
$150,000 – for a man who was involved in an unavoidable accident when a driver failed to yield turning left in front of him and which led to severe lumbar injuries and resulted in his being administered several steroid injections and being prescribed a low back surgery.
$147,000 – for a United Airlines flight attendant who injured his rotator cuff that necessitated rotator cuff repair surgery. He was unable to return to his position as a flight attendant as a result of his injuries.
$115,000 – for a United Airlines baggage handler who injured his low back resulting in permanent lifting restrictions. He was unable to return to his position as a baggage handler as a result of his injuries.
$100,000 – for a passenger in a vehicle that collided into a tree killing the driver of the vehicle and seriously injuring other passengers in the vehicle. The Plaintiff sustained massive injuries to his leg, clavicle, ribs, thoracic vertebra, and had multiple surgeries.
$100,000 – for a passenger in a rear-end automobile collision. The Plaintiff sustained multiple injuries to her hip, back, neck, and shoulders and required multiple surgeries.