The Romaker Law Firm

The Romaker Law Firm represents individuals who have suffered work-related injuries and motor vehicle accidents which were caused by the negligence of third parties. We offer personalized representation and direct treatment between our lawyers and our clients. Our offices are located in downtown Chicago, offering our services throughout the State of Illinois.

Our lawyers focus on severe workers’ compensation and catastrophic personal injuries. In this way our lawyers concentrate their efforts in obtaining the greatest possible recovery for our clients.

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We are often asked by prospective clients whether they can have an Illinois workers’ comp claim and personal injury claim at the same time, or whether the filing of one type of claim precludes the filing of another. Some of the confusion is due to the common perception that when someone is injured in an accident the proper course of action is to file a personal injury case. However, if the accident occurs while you are at work, your first course of action may be to file an Illinois workers’ comp claim. Under Illinois law, the filing of a workers’…
We are often asked by prospective clients whether they can have an Illinois workers’ comp claim and personal injury claim at the same time, or whether the filing of one type of claim precludes the filing of another. Some of the confusion is due to the common perception that when someone is injured in an accident the proper course of action is to file a personal injury case. However, if the accident occurs while you are at work, your first course of action may be to file an Illinois workers’ comp claim. Under Illinois law, the filing of a workers’…
The Romaker Law Firm is a premier Chicago-based workers’ compensation law firm. For over 20 years we have faithfully served our clients. We have earned our reputation as a firm that fights aggressively for our clients to ensure that they receive maximum compensation for workplace injuries. If you are considering filing a workers’ compensation claim, check out our top 10 things to know about filing an Illinois workers’ compensation claim. Our goal is to be a resource for you if you plan on filing a claim. And if you require assistance in pursuing your rights, contact us. Our staff is…
Many of those injured in the workplace are unaware that their ability to recover benefits is subject to the Illinois statute of limitations for workers’ compensation claims. The statute of limitations is essentially a deadline where a claim must be filed. If the claimant fails to file a claim before the expiration of the time period set forth in the statute, then he or she will forever forfeit the right to recover. There is, however, an important Illinois statute of limitations workers’ compensation exemption that can potentially save your claim if you failed to file within the statute of limitations…
One of the first questions new clients ask us is “how do I get my Illinois workers’ comp case resolved quickly?” You have likely heard horror stories about Illinois workers’ comp cases lasting well over a year. Many workers’ comp attorneys attribute such delays to busy court dockets. And yet, what they are not telling their clients, is that there is another way to expeditiously resolve cases. Known as a 19(b)(1) Petition under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, this method requires far more upfront work and diligence on the part of the attorney. Most Illinois workers’ comp attorneys are…
One of the first questions new clients ask us is “how do I get my Illinois workers’ comp case resolved quickly?” You have likely heard horror stories about Illinois workers’ comp cases lasting well over a year. Many workers’ comp attorneys attribute such delays to busy court dockets. And yet, what they are not telling their clients, is that there is another way to expeditiously resolve cases. Known as a 19(b) Petition under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, this method requires far more upfront work and diligence on the part of the attorney. Most Illinois workers’ comp attorneys are…
Halloween is back! For kids, this ‘spooky’ holiday can be one of the most exciting nights of the year. Dressing-up as their favorite character, going from door to door trick-or-treating with their friends, family and neighbors are activities that kids wait every year for. However, there is some scary road and pedestrian statistics that every moms and dads should know prior to Halloween. Here are some scary statistics: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. In 2017, October ranked No. 2 in…
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…