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        Should I sign the papers my insurance company asks me to sign after I am injured?

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        Chicago's Top Injury Lawyers
        Mitchell Horwitz, a principal partner and head of the workers’ compensation department at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates answers a listener’s question on Free Legal Advice Friday’s:

        Should I sign the papers the insurance company asks me to sign after I am injured?

        It is our recommendation that you should not sign any papers that an insurance gives you without consulting an attorney.

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        What’s the first thing I should do when I get hurt?

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        Chicago's Top Injury Lawyers
        Clifford W. Horwitz, a principal partner and lead trial attorney at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates answers a listener’s question on Free Legal Advice Friday’s:

        What’s the first thing I should do when I get hurt?

        The first thing you should do is go to a doctor or the hospital. Immediately. Report it immediately AND be accurate in your reporting.

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        Dashboard Cameras and Personal Injury Claims

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        As the Illinois General Assembly explains, accident victims have the right to pursue compensation from the negligent drivers who caused their injuries. However, claimants must tie their injuries to the accident and demonstrate liability. This may require eyewitness testimonies, police reports, doctors’ records, photographs and other evidence, which your accident attorney can aid in gathering.

        If the crash occurred in Illinois, contact Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. An accident attorney in Chicago can handle the legalities of your case so you can focus on your recovery.

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        Five Horwitz Horwitz & Associates Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers® List

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        Chicago, IL, United States — Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates is pleased to announce that five lawyers have been named to the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

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        Common Truck Accident Injuries in Illinois

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        Due to their size and weight, trucks are involved in some of the most traumatic crashes in the United States. These collisions killed more than 4,000 people in 2013, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Most of these victims were occupants in passenger vehicles.

        If you were injured by a negligent truck driver in Illinois, contact Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. A personal injury lawyer in Chicago can evaluate your accident, talk to witnesses and aggressively fight for the maximum compensation. Our firm has recovered more than $1 billion in settlements and has won record-setting jury verdicts.

        Call 1-800-985-1819 to schedule a FREE consultation.

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        I Was In an Accident with an Uber Driver, What Should I Do?

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        Uber boasts more than 8 million people use their service with over 300,000 drivers on the road in the U.S., according to Business Insider.

        Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft provide what can be seen as a convenient method of transportation. But there are also risks associated with services like these.

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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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        Common Brain Injuries from Automobile Accidents

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        Many people underestimate the force of a car accident until they experience one firsthand. In addition to the property damage, an unexpected jolt to the neck or blow to the head can cause lifelong disabilities or worse.

        According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are responsible for more than 14 percent of all brain injuries in the United States. A traumatic brain injury can have one or several symptoms. WebMD reminds readers that it is critical to see a physician if they notice persistent headaches, dizziness or confusion after a wreck.

        Treating a brain injury is often exorbitantly expensive. Some patients require multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation; others can never return to their career or enjoy the lifestyle they had before the accident. This is where an accident lawyer may be able to help.

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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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        Strict Limits on Attorney Fees, Now Overturned, Stand Out Among States

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        Marc A. Perper, a partner and Chicago workers’ compensation attorney at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, was asked to explain the difference between the statutory fee structure in Illinois and the statutory fee structure in Florida following a Florida Supreme Court decision.

        The Florida Supreme Court recently declared that the statutory caps on claimants’ attorney fees in the Florida workers’ compensation system are unconstitutional and a violation of an injured worker’s due process rights.

        The Florida workers’ compensation statute allows for an attorneys’ fee equal to 20% of the first $5,000 in benefits secured for a client, 15% of the next $5,000 and 10% of any amount secured in excess of $10,000 with no room for exceptions.

        In its decision for Castellanos v. Next Door Co., the Florida Supreme Court ruled that this structure creates a disincentive for claimants’ attorneys to take on “low-value complex” cases.

        According to Marc Perper, there is a major distinction between the Illinois and Florida acts. In Illinois, workers’ compensation attorneys get 20% of the settlement or award and this total is not to exceed the 364-week cap. However, when a full 20% fee exceeds the 364-week cap, attorneys can petition the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission for a fee in excess of the 364-week cap. As long as the client agrees to the fee, there is usually no problem in getting the commission to approve it.

        Due to publishing restrictions, the story is no longer available to read on our website. To read the full story please visit WorkCompCentral: Strict Limits on Attorney Fees, Now Overturned, Stand Out Among States