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A client recently came into our office and asked this very question: “Can I recover worker’s comp for back pain?” Our office was not the first law firm that this 37-year-old man had consulted on the issue. In fact, he had previously been represented by another Illinois worker’s compensation lawyer. Not satisfied with the progress of his case, he sought out a firm with a reputation like ours – known for taking cases to trial where other firms are satisfied with a quick settlement, often to their clients’ detriment. Like many who experience chronic back pain, our client had been…
Worker’s compensation e-filing in Illinois is scheduled to be implemented next year. This system will make filing a worker’s comp case in Illinois much more efficient. The changes will bring the worker’s compensation system in line with Illinois courts where e-filing is the required filing method. To be sure, change is badly needed. Filing a worker’s comp case in Illinois is something that an estimated 45,000 individuals due each year. Perhaps not surprisingly, approximately one-third of these claims are filed in Chicago. This number represents roughly 25% of all work-related accidents occurring in Illinois per year. What this means is…
We are frequently asked by our clients whether independent contractors are eligible for worker’s compensation benefits in Illinois. Employers need to know the extent of their obligations under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Those injured in the workplace want to know if they are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Such concerns are becoming increasingly common in today’s economy. What is Workers’ Compensation? Workers’ Compensation is a mandated insurance program that every employer in the state needs to carry. The purpose of workers’ compensation is to ensure that employees injured while working are entitled to medical treatment. In addition to…
Heat exhaustion can cause a number of symptoms, from headaches and fatigue to nausea, dizziness, and heavy sweating. These symptoms can lead to a car accident in various ways, whether they result in drowsy driving or distracted driving, so prevention is the best action you can take. Here we have listed the best foods to keep you cool during even the hottest of summer days in Chicago. Watermelon: A seasonal summer fruit comes for a reason. As it contains 91.45 per cent water, it helps in fulfilling your body’s water requirement. Also, loaded with anti-oxidants properties, watermelon gives you a…
According to study recently released by the National Coalition for Safer Roads Memorial Day weekend is the most dangerous holiday for road and highway accidents. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) found that over the last decade, the Memorial Day holiday weekend has averaged an 11.5 percent increase in traffic fatalities compared to similar non-holiday periods.  Memorial Day Weekend Driving Safety Tips: Allow extra travel time. “Better late than never”. It is more important to arrive at your destination safely, than to arrive at your desired time. Don’t push traffic lights and speed to make it to your destination early. Get…
According to study recently released by the National Coalition for Safer Roads Memorial Day weekend is the most dangerous holiday for road and highway accidents. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) found that over the last decade, the Memorial Day holiday weekend has averaged an 11.5 percent increase in traffic fatalities compared to similar non-holiday periods. Memorial Day Weekend Driving Safety Tips: Allow extra travel time. “Better late than never”. It is more important to arrive at your destination safely, than to arrive at your desired time. Don’t push traffic lights and speed to make it to your destination early. Get…
Spring is here, and with it, the baseball season! A not uncommon occurrence at a baseball stadium is a fan getting hit by a ball, and some of these injuries can be severe. What are the fan’s legal rights? If you turn over your ticket to the sports event, you will see a paragraph or two of legal language in small print. This is the stadium owner’s attempted disclaimer of legal responsibility for any injuries that might occur to fans at the stadium. The disclaimer will usually say something like balls and even players occasionally leave the field of play,…
Spring is here, and with it, the baseball season! A not uncommon occurrence at a baseball stadium is a fan getting hit by a ball, and some of these injuries can be severe. What are the fan’s legal rights? If you turn over your ticket to the sports event, you will see a paragraph or two of legal language in small print. This is the stadium owner’s attempted disclaimer of legal responsibility for any injuries that might occur to fans at the stadium. The disclaimer will usually say something like balls and even players occasionally leave the field of play,…
Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Caused by asbestos, Mesothelioma has no known cure and has a very poor prognosis.  Many Chicago workers have contacted our law firm and asked if they could file a claim for Mesothelioma under workers’ compensation. Can you sue your employer for asbestos exposure directly? Probably not. There is a separate fund set up for Mesothelioma victims to from. However, you may be able to file a claim pursuant to Illinois workers’ compensation law. For a free consultation regarding your rights…
Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Caused by asbestos, Mesothelioma has no known cure and has a very poor prognosis.  Many Chicago workers have contacted our law firm and asked if they could file a claim for Mesothelioma under workers’ compensation. Can you sue your employer for asbestos exposure directly? Probably not. There is a separate fund set up for Mesothelioma victims to from. However, you may be able to file a claim pursuant to Illinois workers’ compensation law. For a free consultation regarding your rights…
It can be difficult to make ends meet after a work injury without a workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, there are too many injured workers that make simple, but costly mistakes during the workers’ compensation process. If you have been injured at work it’s important to understand your legal rights and responsibilities. Find the some practical tips on how to get the most out of your workers’ comp claim. Report your injury Get medical treatment Know your available Workers’ Comp benefits Be ready for an independent medical examination Be aware of private investigators Keep all your records Hire a lawyer…
It can be difficult to make ends meet after a work injury without a workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, there are too many injured workers that make simple, but costly mistakes during the workers’ compensation process. If you have been injured at work it’s important to understand your legal rights and responsibilities. Find the some practical tips on how to get the most out of your workers’ comp claim. Report your injury Get medical treatment Know your available Workers’ Comp benefits Be ready for an independent medical examination Be aware of private investigators Keep all your records Hire a lawyer Report…
It can be difficult to make ends meet after a work injury without a workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, there are too many injured workers that make simple, but costly mistakes during the workers’ compensation process. If you have been injured at work it’s important to understand your legal rights and responsibilities. Find the some practical tips on how to get the most out of your workers’ comp claim. Report your injury Get medical treatment Know your available Workers’ Comp benefits Be ready for an independent medical examination Be aware of private investigators Keep all your records Hire a lawyer Report…
Chicago is known to have one of the best freezing cold winter in the entire nation. The ice and snow are part of our natural ornaments around the city. Thanks to slippery surfaces, walking becomes more of a gymkhana with an increased risk of falling and getting injured. Injuries from a slip and fall can be serious and carry costly medical expenses. An experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation if another party is found liable for your injuries. Property owners In the State of Illinois, property owners have no duty to remove natural accumulations of ice…
Chicago is known to have one of the best freezing cold winter in the entire nation. The ice and snow are part of our natural ornaments around the city. Thanks to slippery surfaces, walking becomes more of a gymkhana with an increased risk of falling and getting injured. Injuries from a slip and fall can be serious and carry costly medical expenses. An experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation if another party is found liable for your injuries. Property owners In the State of Illinois, property owners have no duty to remove natural accumulations of ice…
Chicago is known to have one of the best freezing cold winter in the entire nation. The ice and snow are part of our natural ornaments around the city. Thanks to slippery surfaces, walking becomes more of a gymkhana with an increased risk of falling and getting injured. Injuries from a slip and fall can be serious and carry costly medical expenses. An experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation if another party is found liable for your injuries. Property owners In the State of Illinois, property owners have no duty to remove natural accumulations of ice…