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        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 Should I Expect from My Attorney?

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

        What should I expect from my attorney?

        Well, you should expect someone who works for you.

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        How Do I Know if the Insurance Company’s Offer is Fair?

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        Chicago's Top Injury Lawyers
        Wayne L. Newman, a partner and workers’ compensation attorney at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates answers a listener’s question on Free Legal Advice Friday’s:

        The insurance company is offering to settle my case, but I’m not sure if their offer is fair? How do I know?

        You don’t know, and that’s the problem.

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

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        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 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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        Chicago Injury Attorney, Thomas A. Kelliher, Argues Before the Illinois Supreme Court

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        On May 11, 2016, Thomas A. Kelliher, an injury attorney from Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates argued on behalf of plaintiff appellant, Ronald Bayer, before the Illinois Supreme Court.

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        Mitchell W. Horwitz Presents at the Illinois State Apprenticeship Conference

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        The Illinois State Apprenticeship Conference wrapped up last week. In attendance were numerous union locals and their members. Mitchell W. Horwitz was asked to speak at the conference on the topic of workplace injuries due to his extensive knowledge on injured workers’ rights and Illinois workers’ compensation laws.

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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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        105 Years of Workers’ Compensation in Illinois

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        105 Years of Workers’ Compensation

        By Marc A. Perper

        The year 2016 marks the 105th anniversary of the enactment of the first Workers’ Compensation law in the United States. Wisconsin passed the first work comp legislation, followed by Illinois the same year. A centennial commission was established to commemorate the 100th anniversary of work comp in America.

        Workers’ compensation laws were the first major social legislation in the United States. They were controversial then, and they remain controversial now. Nonetheless, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government itself now have work comp laws. Mississippi was the 50th state to enact work comp legislation in 1948.

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