The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm has recovered over $50 Million in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
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Charleston, IL Personal Injury Lawyers

Supporting Your Cause with Strength & Compassion

A serious accident with a car, motorcycle, or semi-truck can jeopardize the future you have envisioned for yourself and your family. In an instant, everything you have worked for will be threatened by overwhelming medical bills, lost wages, and psychological trauma that makes it difficult to face each new day.

Fortunately, our civil justice system offers a means of holding at-fault parties accountable and recovering financial compensation that can cover our losses, but how can you pursue a fair outcome? Who will stand up for your interests?

The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm is ready to support your cause with strength and compassion. Over 100 years of combined experience, knowledge, and initiative have molded our Charleston personal injury attorneys into a unique, compassionate, and driven force that helps those in need in Coles County. If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one, we are here for you. We are driven to secure the best possible result on your behalf.

A Track Record of Success

Millions Recovered For The Seriously Injured

  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a family of four involved in a single car wreck in a highway construction zone.

  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict

    Verdict for the wrongful death of a woman as a result of the negligent failure of a pathologist to diagnose histoplasmosis.

  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement involving the failure of doctors at an east-central Illinois hospital to diagnose and treat a brain abscess.

  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a medical malpractice claim in downstate Illinois.

  • Tractor Trailer Injury and Death $2,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement for an Illinois tractor trailer injury resulting in death.

  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement

    Settlement for North Central Illinois medical malpractice case.

  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement of an accident involving a delivery truck with a pickup truck.

  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a man who lost both legs in a baler that had been improperly modified.

  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict

    Verdict for a case involving negligent podiatric care provided to the manager of a fast food restaurant.

  • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement

    Settlement for the failure by emergency room doctors to diagnose occluded carotid arteries and the stroke suffered by the patient as a result.

  • Car Accidents
    Car Accidents
    If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver, our Charleston, IL attorneys are here to help you fight for the justice you deserve.
  • Dangerous Drugs
    Dangerous Drugs
    Our team has the experience to help you recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, permanent injuries, and pain and suffering from a dangerous drug injury.
  • Defective Medical Devices
    Defective Medical Devices
    Our skilled injury lawyers can help you pursue financial compensation for the pain and suffering you have sustained from a defective medical device.
  • Medical Malpractice
    Medical Malpractice
    If a medical professional harms you or your loved one because of a mistake or act of carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation.
  • Nursing Home Abuse
    Nursing Home Abuse
    Our attorneys believe in standing up for victims of abuse and fighting on behalf of seniors who have suffered harm by the very people entrusted with their care.
  • Product Liability
    Product Liability
    Our attorneys are committed to holding business entities and their employees responsible for wrongdoing and negligence that lead to defective & dangerous products.
  • Truck Accidents
    Truck Accidents
    Our experienced Charleston truck accident attorneys have helped countless victims of truck and motor vehicle accidents recover damages for their injuries and losses.
  • Workers' Compensation
    Workers' Compensation
    If you suffered an injury at work that is preventing you from returning to your place of employment and are struggling to receive fair benefits, our team can help.
  • Wrongful Death
    Wrongful Death
    If you lost a loved one and believe someone else is accountable, our wrongful death attorneys can take the appropriate steps to see that justice is served.


Too often, large corporations put profits over safety. Insurance carriers actively find ways to limit payouts in an attempt to protect their bottom line. You need a powerful ally to protect your interests and your future. That is where The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm comes into the picture.

Our personal injury attorneys in Charleston are friendly and compassionate. We take delight in participating in community events and neighborhood activities. This is far from the whole story, however. When we immerse ourselves in a case—small or big—we fight until the end to get our clients the security, compensation, and peace of mind they deserve.

We understand that accidents and injuries result not only in devastating pain, suffering, and medical expenses, but cause a disruption from everyday life, the loss of income, and the need for future treatment.

Depending on the needs of your case, we will retain the very best experts from the medical profession. We routinely work with an excellent network of surgeons, radiologists, toxicologists, and forensic pathologists. We also retain experts from various disciplines, including accident reconstructionist, civil engineers, economists, and other industry specialists.

Serving Coles County and the St. Louis area, our attorneys are prepared to protect your interests as we pursue the compensation that can help you rebuild, recover, and move on with your life. It's not easy, but it's our mission and we will do everything in our power to accomplish it.

Call (217) 394-5885 for a free, confidential review of your case and find out how our experienced Charleston injury attorneys can help you.


At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we are passionate about providing injured clients with a level playing field against large insurance companies and negligent parties. With over 100 years of combined experience, our team has the experience and necessary drive to fight for the justice you rightfully deserve.


  • Unwavering Dedication

    We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf, and won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.

  • A Record of Proven Results

    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.

  • Respected in Our Community

    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.

  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients

    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.

  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.


  • “I highly recommend Bill Tapella to anyone in need of an honest hardworking attorney that can get the job done and find your closure.”

    - Betty “Jane” B.
  • “When I got hurt, I almost lost everything. Bill Tapella was there for me and helped me put my life together.”

    - Brenda M.
  • “Bill is very hard-working and he has a great team as well. They go above and beyond.”

    - Donna S.
  • “He was able to assist me with my disability and handled my medical malpractice case with honesty and integrity.”

    - Barb H.
  • “Bill was our Lawyer after our daughter died. We were awarded $5.9 million dollars. Bill studied our daughter’s illness and became as knowledgeable as any medical professional.”

    - Sharon & Greg P.

Personal Injury Lawyers You Can Trust

Respect from fellow lawyers is one of the marks of a competent, trustworthy attorney. When our peers acknowledge and show genuine respect for our attorneys, we know we’re doing something right. In fact, we have a vast network of lawyers throughout Illinois who routinely refer clients to our firm. They know that we have the drive and know-how to succeed where others can’t. They believe that we will protect the best interests of every client they refer – and they are 100% correct.

We are driven to make certain all our clients get the highest level of service available. We have pooled all our skills and knowledge in order to ensure that we can represent your interests and protect your rights to the fullest extent of the law, across our practice areas.

Representation Backed By Decades of Experience

At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we do things differently. Many attorneys out there talk the talk, but we walk the walk. We don’t just say we care; we show you. We don’t just say we have the experience; our results prove it.

We’re not just a law firm; we are trusted advisers who can guide you through disasters that strike without notice and help you plan for the future. We have the expertise and experience to guide you through the decisions you must make in the face of uncertainty.


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