• Call Today For A

     FREE CONSULTATION 

    1-800-985-1819

        Posts Tagged :

        Illinois Accident

        Common Truck Accident Injuries in Illinois

        150 150 Clifford Horwitz

        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.

        read more

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

        150 150 Clifford Horwitz

        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.

        read more

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

        150 150 Mark Weissburg

        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:

        read more

        Common Brain Injuries from Automobile Accidents

        150 150 Clifford Horwitz

        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.

        read more

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

        150 150 Mark Weissburg

        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.

        read more

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

        150 150 Marc Perper

        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

         

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

        1024 498 Clifford Horwitz
        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.

        read more

        Mitchell W. Horwitz Presents at the Illinois State Apprenticeship Conference

        1024 668 Clifford Horwitz
        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.

        read more

        What is a Work Accident?

        150 150 Mark Weissburg

        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.

        read more

        105 Years of Workers’ Compensation in Illinois

        150 150 Marc Perper

        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.

        read more