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Animal Bite

If you or your loved one has been bitten by an animal, you may suddenly be faced with unexpected medical bills and emotional distress. A dog bite can result in serious injuries, trauma and potential diseases.

If a dog or other animal has bitten you, you may be able to make a claim against the owners’ home insurance to cover the cost of your medical expenses and other expenses related to your injury. Our legal team is comprised of experienced attorneys who are prepared to represent you advocate for a fair settlement amount.


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Vehicle Accidents

The vast majority of motor vehicle, truck or motorcycle accidents involve human error and negligence. If you have been involved in a serious car, truck, or motorcycle accident or have lost a family member to a fatal motor vehicle accident, you need to understand how to recover the maximum compensation you deserve.

Contact the Third Coast Lawyers for a free initial consultation and to learn what legal options may exist.


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Slip and Falls

The world is full of hidden risks and dangers, including the ground we walk on. A slip and fall may not sound serious, but any unexpected tumble can lead to broken bones or even brain injuries that make it more difficult to complete basic tasks or work. We will connect you to the best team to ensure you receive the maximum compensation available to mitigate an injury impact on your life.

Contact the Third Coast Lawyers for a free initial consultation and to learn what legal options may exist.


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Sexual Abuse

Sexual assault is a crime that is punishable through the criminal justice system. While a criminal can face real consequences, assault victims have a legal right to file a civil personal injury suit against their attacker alongside criminal prosecution. This means that assault victims can seek financial compensation for the harm they have suffered, which can be used to offset the cost of medical treatment, therapy, lost wages and other expenses caused by the perpetrator.

Call us to discuss possible legal remedies.

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Wrongful Death

When losing a loved as a result of the careless, reckless or negligent actions of others, the situation can be intolerable. Families that have lost loved ones to negligence are faced with an extreme emotional burden and pain.

Third Coast understands the importance of building a compassionate team who understands your situation and will do what it takes to protect you and your family while holding the negligent party accountable for the devastation you have suffered.


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Legionnaires’ Disease

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia that develops in people who have been exposed to a bacterium known as Legionella pneumophila. This disease causes headaches, muscle pains, fever, chills, chest pain, nausea, confusion and a cough, among other symptoms. While the disease can be treated with antibiotics, it is life threatening. People at high risk, including the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, die in outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease every year.

Our firm has the network of resources and experienced connections to handle even the most complex injury cases.


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Medical Malpractice Injuries

We trust doctors, nurses and other medical professionals with our health of the health of our loved ones. They have a responsibility to their patients to adhere to an established standard of care. Unfortunately, medical mistakes happen, and they happen often. For medical malpractice victims and their families, it is important not only to get closure, but to hold those who are at fault accountable.

Medical malpractice may be caused by carelessness, insufficient training, failure to obtain informed consent or hospital negligence. Common types of medical malpractice include:

  • Surgical mistakes, including errors such as operating on the wrong part of the body or leaving surgical equipment inside the patient
  • Errors and mistakes by ER doctors, nurses and other emergency medical professionals
  • Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cancer, heart attacks and other disorders
  • Birth-related injuries and other instances of pediatric malpractice, including complications associated with preterm delivery, shoulder dystocia, Erb’s palsy/brachial plexus injury and cerebral palsy
  • Medication mistakes, including situations in which a patient is given the wrong dosage or the wrong drug altogether
  • Traumatic brain injuries linked to medical negligence or malpractice

Not every unfortunate medical result is considered malpractice. At Third Coast, a seasoned support staff and team of outside experts, we thoroughly review each claim. If medical malpractice caused your injuries or the injuries of a loved one, we will pursue justice for you.

Our network of skilled attorneys handle medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not collect any attorney fees until we obtain a recovery.

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Dangerous Drugs

When a drug is defective, the damage can be widespread. Unsafe products injure or kill thousands of people per year. Holding drug companies responsible for this harm is vital to protecting the public. The victims of these drugs may still have a right to compensation despite the absence of a recall.

Allow Third Coast to evaluate your case and provide you with options going forward.


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Defective Medical Devices

All too often, medical device manufacturers may fail to perform proper testing or may ignore warning signs until it is too late. The people who receive these products may suffer substantial pain, additional surgeries, infections, illness and even death. A medical device does not have to be recalled to support a negligence claim. If you or a loved one has suffered because of a defective and dangerous medical device, you need to speak to one of our experienced attorneys right away. Call for a free consultation.


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Construction Accidents

Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations in America, because construction sites are inherently dangerous – they are filled with powerful machinery, heavy materials and incomplete structures that don’t yet meet standard safety codes.

Simple mistakes in this dangerous setting can have disastrous and even fatal consequences. If negligence by a coworker or your employer has contributed to serious injury that has negatively affected your life, you have the legal power to hold the responsible party accountable through financial compensation. Depending on the details of the accident that caused your injury, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit, a workers’ compensation claims or both.

At Third Coast, we will help you assess your legal options and choose a legal strategy that will help you collect the full compensation to which you are entitled. Call us for a free consultation.

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Railroad Worker Injuries

Railroad workers who are injured on the job have the right to seek compensation under the 1908 Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). The FELA covers many types of injuries:

  • Bodily injuries related to accidents;
  • Wrongful death and dismemberment;
  • Occupational diseases caused by the exposure to dangerous materials like benzene or other toxic exposures; and/or
  • Injuries due to cumulative trauma and repetitive stress.

Railroad workers who can show that their injuries were caused in whole or in part by the railroad’s negligence can pursue maximum compensation for a range of damage.  State workers’ compensation laws do not apply to the railroad industry. We proudly serve injured railroad workers nationwide. 

Call us for a free consultation.

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Toxic Injuries

Toxic chemicals are everywhere. They are common in products we use, exposed to, and/or buy daily. While chemicals can be helpful, exposure to some harmful toxins through the food you eat, water you drink, the air you breathe, or through contact with your skin can create dangerous, long-term effects for you and your family.

Our team of attorneys understands the complexity of an environmental toxic exposure lawsuit, from class action suits resulting from widespread chemical exposure in common consumer products to individual cases involving chemicals and solvents that leach into the water, air, and eventually human bodies. Some of these toxic exposures include, but are not limited to:

Water Contamination, including water contamination at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina

  • AFFF Fire Fighting Foam
  • Paraquat Herbicide
  • Ethylene Oxide Exposure
  • Legionnaires’ Disease
  • Benzene
  • Roundup Weed Killer
  • and many more

If you believe you or a loved one was exposed to a toxic substance, leading to an illness and/or cancer, it is critical to act quickly.

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Anna O’Connor

Anna Gonis O’Connor is a founding member and managing partner with the Third Coast Lawyers who has litigated more than 50 jury trials over the course of her career. As an advocate for those in need, Anna focuses her practice on general litigation, real estate, personal injury, nursing home, family law and toxic tort matters. She has extensive experience in all phases of litigation involving disputes in state, federal and multi-district proceedings.

In addition to Anna’s significant trial experience, she is an accredited Cook County arbitrator. This work provides a valuable perspective to her legal practice. In all of her representations, she works to obtain favorable solutions that meet her clients’ legal objectives.

In her prior practice as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Complex Litigation Section of the Civil Actions Bureau, Anna handled a diverse caseload including federal civil rights litigation, reverse conviction cases, medical malpractice and tort cases. In February 2016, she successfully tried a federal class action jury trial with a finding of “not guilty” in favor of her client. Leonicio Elizarri v. The Sheriff of Cook County, 07 C 2427, (N.D. Ill., Gottschall).

In 2017, she drafted and argued a motion to dismiss the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, two prosecutors and one guardian ad litem, arguing prosecutorial immunity from a case pending in the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiffs alleged constitutional violations under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983 and 1985 state tort claims. On March 16, 2018, Judge Kokoras granted her motion in its entirety. Nicole Dickman, et al. v. Office of the State’s Attorney of Cook County, et al., 16 C 9448, (N.D. Ill., Kokoras).

In her prior role as defense counsel, Anna previously served as a senior member of the national coordinating counsel for several product manufacturers. In this role, she managed local counsel in the defense of her client in several jurisdictions nationwide. She determined the best defense strategy for asbestos and other personal injury and product liability claims and regularly coordinated with expert witnesses, took and defended depositions across the country, and negotiated thousands of favorable settlements.

In her previous employment in private practice, she succeeded on a motion for summary judgment on behalf of a premises client in a dram shop matter in Cook County, Illinois. The trial court’s ruling on the motion for summary judgment was appealed and ultimately decided in her client’s favor, confirming the trial court’s order. Brown v. Nitro Nightclub, Inc., 2014 IL. App (1st) 131245-U (June 30, 2014).

Anna is a passionate advocate to those in need. She was previously accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist indigent veterans with a variety of cases. She also volunteers with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services as a Guardian ad Litem, defending the best interest of minors.

A breast cancer survivor, Anna serves on the Board of Directors for the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, and is on the founding committee for the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation benefitting the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, where she assists in the organization of fundraising efforts to find a cure for cancer and regularly mentors women facing breast cancer.

Outside of the office, Anna enjoys spending time outdoors on hikes and traveling to national parks with her husband and two young children. She is also a certified managing real estate broker.


  • The John Marshall Law School, JD, 2006
  • Lake Forest College, BA, 2002


  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court of Illinois — Trial Bar
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Missouri

Community Outreach and Boards

  • Founding Committee for the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation via Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
  • Board of Directors for the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Member at Large of the Women’s’ Network of Make-a-Wish IL
  • Guardian – ad Litem with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Member of the Chicago Bar Association