Chicago Work Injury Attorneys
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Since 1924, the Horwitz family has had a commitment to those who were injured on the job and have worked diligently to earn the respect of countless union organizations throughout the state by taking care of our client’s needs. Please view our clients’ Testimonials.
What is Workers’ Compensation in Illinois?
In Illinois employees who are injured on the job have the right to high quality and fully paid medical care for the injury. Workers’ compensation is a statutory system that has taken the place of common law negligence. The legislature passed workers’ compensation legislation in order to eliminate the employee’s former right to:
- Prosecute a negligence claim against the employer
- Seek compensation for pain and suffering
- Have their case heard by a jury
Instead this common law system was replaced with a no fault system. If you are injured on the job, you are entitled to compensation whether or not the employer is negligent or at fault. However, that compensation is limited by statute.
Illinois requires most employers to purchase workers compensation insurance to pay for work-related injuries that may arise. Even though workers’ compensation statutes generally make the employer immune from any liability over the amount allowed by the workers’ compensation statutory framework, other entities (or what we call “third parties”) involved in causing the injury, like general contractors or manufacturers, can still be held liable.
Illinois Workers Compensation Attorneys | Chicago Work Comp Lawyers
Our Illinois Workers’ Compensation lawyers team is headed by Mitchell Horwitz. Mitchell has handled thousands of cases from arbitration through the appellate courts. With over 35 years of experience, Mitch has developed revolutionary and innovative legal theories that apply to workplace injury cases. He understands the barricades that are put up by the opposing side in workers’ compensation cases and how to successfully navigate through the process. Recently, Mitchell was named one of the Top 10 Workers Compensation Lawyers in Illinois through a survey of his peers conducted by LeadingLawyers.
Partners such as Wayne Newman, Mark Weissburg, and Marc Perper are vital components to the success we have established as Illinois workers compensation attorneys. Wayne Newman is the former President of the Illinois Workers Compensation Lawyers Association.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of working men and women in Illinois will benefit from Marc Perper’s work. Marc convinced the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse an unfavorable appellate court decision in 2010. The Supreme Court agreed with Marc that when an employer fires an individual while the person is on temporary light duty, regardless of whether the firing is for “cause” – the employer must reinstate weekly disability benefits. Injured workers are obviously extremely vulnerable when they lose weekly disability benefits because their daily existence depends upon it. The decision of the Supreme Court of Illinois will help thousands of these injured workers.
Mark Weissburg authored the book, “How to Win a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Illinois.” The book provides useful insight into the secrets that insurance adjusters do not want you knowing, the three basic rights you have under the Workers’ Compensation Act, amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act, red flags that will alert you to problems up ahead, and many more useful tips. If you would like a copy of Mark’s book for free, call our Chicago office at (312) 372-8822 or our Toll-Free line at 1-(800)-985-1819.
Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates invites you for a free telephone or in person consultation to discuss your injury and any questions you may have. You can also email us or even speak with us right now on LiveChat. Even if you do not wish to retain an attorney, we can set you on the right path for free. Most of our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience and we have an outstanding track record in helping our clients and creating a strong trust relationship, as you can see in our Success Record. Please call our Chicago office at (312) 372-8822, or our Joliet office at (815) 723-8822, or you can call our toll free number at (800)-985-1819.