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        Mark Weissburg

        How much is my workers’ compensation case worth?

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        Chicago's Top Injury Lawyers
        Mark Weissburg, a partner and Chicago workers compensation lawyer at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates answers a listener’s question on Free Legal Advice Friday’s:

        How much is my workers’ compensation case worth?

        The value of a workers’ compensation case depends on a lot of variables.

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        What Happens if I Can’t Go Back to My Old Job?

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        Vocational rehabilitation and training

        By Mark Weissburg

        Many clients come to me with the question, “what happens if my injury prevents me from going back to my old job? How will I support my family? Am I going to lose everything?” Fortunately, we live in a state where the rights of workers are respected. Illinois has a great Workers’ Compensation Act that protects injured workers.

        And what are those rights? Under section 8(a) of the Workers’ Compensation Act, it states in part:

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        A Company Physician v. Personal Physician When Injured On-the-Job

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        A common theme to many of the questions we’re asked by injured workers involves the treatment and diagnosis provided by a company physician.

        The situation is frequently as follows: a worker is injured and reports to his supervisor, who recommends an exam by the company physician. The company physician may be on the worksite full time, or someone the company contracts with who is located off-site in a private medical office.

        Many workers comply with their company’s request and will begin treatment with their company’s physician. Often an employee feels that treatment by a company physician is a requirement. They trust that the company recognizes their injury and has their best interests at heart when providing care.

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        What is a Work Accident?

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        Understanding what is and isn’t covered by Workers’ Compensation

        By Mark Weissburg

        What’s an accident? This might sound like a silly question, but it’s actually the subject of a great deal of case law. At the most basic level, the term “accident” encompasses anything that happens without design. It can also refer to an event which is unforeseen by the person to whom it happens. But in order for an accident to fall under the protections of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act it has to arise out of and in the course of the employment. What exactly this means will be discussed below. But before we get into the nitty gritty, I want to emphasize one thing. If your employer refuses to pay you benefits because they don’t think your accident qualifies under the Workers’ Compensation Act, find yourself a good Workers’ Compensation attorney and get their opinion. I’ve seen cases denied for good reasons, bad reasons, and no real reason at all.

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        Do I Need an Attorney for Workers Compensation in Illinois?

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        Brain Surgery…Rocket Science…Workers’ Compensation Law…

        One of the first things new client’s tell me when I meet them is, “I’m not the type of person to hire an attorney.” Actually, someone with a legal case is precisely the type of person who should and does hire an attorney. If you need brain surgery, see a brain surgeon. If you need a rocket built, consult your local neighborhood rocket scientist.

        No, Workers’ Compensation law is not brain surgery, nor is it rocket science. But there are times when the expertise of someone who deals with this area of law day after day is going to save you a lot of grief. My hope is that many people can handle most of their claims quite competently with nothing more than my book, How to Win a Worker’s Compensation Claim in Illinois, and a healthy dose of caution. But there will come a time in virtually every case when you will benefit from the advice of an experienced lawyer.

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