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        What is Temporary Total Disability Under the Workers Compensation Act in Illinois?

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        What is Temporary Total Disability?

        Temporary Total Disability (TTD) is a weekly benefit that is two-thirds of your average weekly wage (AWW), granted it is within the minimums and maximums that are stated by the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission. These minimums and maximums can be found at:http://www.iwcc.il.gov/benefits.htm. Like all benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act, temporary total disability is tax-free. Insurance adjusters routinely underestimate injured workers’ total temporary disability rates, so it is important that you make sure you are not being underpaid.

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        Cliff Horwitz Talks Patrick Kane on the Kap and Haugh Show

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        On Friday, August 7, 2015, Clifford Horwitz spoke on the Kap and Haugh Show (Comcast SportsNet), hosted by Chicago’s very own – Dave Kaplan and Dave Haugh. The talk was focused towards understanding the recent allegations of Chicago Blackhawk star, Patrick Kane, from a legal (civil law) perspective.

        The original segment from the Kap and Haugh Show can be viewed on Comcast SportsNet’s Website.

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        Michael Wierzbicki Named Member of National Association of Distinguished Council

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        Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates Partner Named Member of National Association of Distinguished Council

        Michael T. Wierzbicki, of Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Ltd., has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.  NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence.  Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.

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        What is a Contingency Fee?

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        What is a Contingency Fee?

        When a person is injured and considering hiring an attorney, they often question whether or not they can afford legal representation, and ask, “Do I need to pay an attorney up front?”

        In many cases, the injured person will try (often unsuccessfully) to manage their own circumstances because they believe they cannot afford representation.

        In cases of personal injury, most experienced and reputable firms offer what’s called a Contingency Fee contract to eliminate any financial concerns about attorney fees and other costs up front.

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        Man Survives Fall into Chicago River after Car Accident

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        The Chicago Tribune reports that a man fell into the Chicago River after a car crash on Congress Parkway. Police say a red Ford sedan collided with a Lexus SUV just after 8 p.m. When one of the drivers stopped to ask if the other driver was ok, he fell into the Chicago River below.

        The Chicago Fire Department arrived on the scene and rescued the man from the river. In total, he was in the water for approximately 15 minutes.

        Emergency workers transported the man to a nearby hospital for treatment. The woman in the other vehicle denied treatment for minor injuries. The man sustained critical injuries, according to the local fire department.

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        Man of Steel – Ironworker and Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer, Jay Luchsinger

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        *Note: This story originally appeared in the June 23, 2014 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

        Man of steel

        Ironworker represents his union brethren as plaintiffs in personal-injury cases

        By Jack Silverstein
        Law Bulletin staff writer

        Jay R. Luchsinger knew he was ready to start his law career the moment he was nearly crushed in the Loop by 15 tons of steel that fell 30 stories from a crane.

        Luchsinger, an ironworker at the time, was part of the welding crew working on the building at 181 W. Madison St.

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        Jury Verdict Awards - Chicago Injury Lawyers

        Horwitz Recovers Record $5.745 million Jury Verdict for Local 10 Carpenter

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        Experienced Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers

        Chicago personal injury lawyers (from left to right: Jay Luchsinger, Clifford Horwitz, and Michael Carter from Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates) at the Jury Verdict Reporter Trial Lawyer Excellence Awards in 2013 where they received the award for the largest non-death compensatory personal injury verdict in Illinois history.

        The Prime Contractor Claimed the Construction Accident was All Carpenter’s Fault

        After five years of litigation and a week-long jury trial fighting against ISEC, Inc., twelve jurors awarded a local 10 journeyman carpenter, Gary Markovich, $5,745,600.00.  Before the trial, defendant ISEC Inc., through their insurance carrier, Liberty Mutual Insurance, offered Mr. Markovich nothing.

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        Chicago Personal Injury Law Firm, Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates Files Lawsuit Against the CTA Claiming Several Privacy Laws Violated

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        According to a lawsuit filed by Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is being charged with secretly filming at least five employees – both men and women – in areas where they can change from their street clothes into their work clothes. The suit claims that privacy laws were violated. CTA managers admit to the cameras and have removed them since this illegal practice came to light.

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        Tortious Law and Econ – An Automobile Accident Example

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        Tort comes from a French word that means injury. Tortious law from an economical point of view covers situations when the transaction cost of bargaining is too high for both parties to agree in advance.

        What do I mean by agree in advance? Two economists, Robert Cooter and Thomas Ulen state tort law is; “the attempt to make injurers internalize the externalities they cause, in situations where transaction costs are too high to do this through property or contract rights.” So, let’s think about this with an example, say an automobile accident. Under contract law, you and a person would make a contract saying that the person cannot hit you. However, it would be impossible to have an agreement or promise before an accident that states what will happen in the event of an accident that both parties agree to. Even more impossible would be to have a contract with every other possible driver.

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        Winter Tips for Staying Warm While Working Outdoors

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        The temperatures are dropping and workers and laborers of all kinds still work outside in the cold every day. Layering clothing is necessary during this time of year to stay warm and dry. In general, the rule of thumb for working in a cold environment is to get lots of insulation between you and the environment, and to remove that insulation layer by layer when you get warmer. You need a clothing system that allows you to shed layers quickly and easily before you get damp from perspiration. Why layering? Several lighter layers will keep you warmer than one very thick one. Air is trapped between each layer and warmed by your body, surrounding you with a self-generated heat shield that insulates you from the cold.

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