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        Honest Abe for Labor

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        Importance of Labor

        “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”

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        The Origin of Workers’ Injury Laws in the U.S.

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        The video contains information about:

        • Workers’ Compensation
        • Workers’ Rights
        • Work Injuries
        • Workplace Injuries
        • Workplace Accidents
        • Construction Injuries
        • Labor History

        Railroad Injury: Workers’ Compensation

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        Railroad Injury Compensation

        Employer Negligence

        If the injured worker can prove that his employer was negligent (that is, provided an unsafe place to work) then he can recover for pain and suffering and disability and can recover full compensation. Such a case is usually worth much more than a Workers Compensation case since Workers Compensation has strict statutory limits. Further, with the FELA, the Plaintiff can have his case decided by a jury, which is always preferable since they have more in common with an injured Plaintiff.

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        Do I Need an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?

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        Mark Weissburg, Partner at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney

        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.

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        Construction Injuries: Among the Most Serious Injuries We Encounter

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        Construction Site Injuries

        Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claim Problems

        When injured on a construction site, the worker clearly has a Workers’ Compensation claim, but we sometimes find that the employer has no insurance. Under this scenario, Illinois law permits us to prosecute the company that hired the uninsured employer. This allows the Workers’ Compensation claim to go forward. We have seen numerous lawyers who fail to know this rule and who let injured workers go uncompensated.

        With any construction injury, one must always evaluate whether there is a “third-party” case.

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        Horwitz WIns Highest Verdict in Illinois History and 2nd Highest Verdict in U.S. History

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        Largest Personal Injury Jury Verdict in Illinois History

        Personal Injury Attorneys Win For Ironworker

        Horwitz, Horwitz and Associates, Ltd. (after five years of fighting AIG insurance and the “defense lawyer of the year”) obtained what was the largest personal injury individual jury verdict in Illinois history; $64 million dollars. Only one jury verdict for an individual in United States history (in New York for $66 million) was higher. This record setting verdict was $13 million dollars higher than the previous record verdict in Illinois of $51 million dollars.

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        Horwitz Attorney Marc Perper Wins Supreme Court Victory for Illinois Labor

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        Injured Worker Rightfully Paid

        After fighting the employer and their insurance carrier at every level, Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates has won a solid victory for working people throughout the State of Illinois.

        The employer, Interstate Scaffolding, fired the injured worker, Jeff Urban, and then refused to pay benefits, claiming that Mr. Urban had been fired “for cause.”

        Horwitz attorney Marc A. Perper convinced the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse this decision and force the employer to pay the injured worker his benefits.

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        Unions v. Non-Union “Independent” Contractors

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        How Unions can Level the Playing Field with Non-Union “Independent” Contractors

        Union contractors in the construction trades have long fought an uphill battle, forced to compete at a financial disadvantage with non-union contractors who pay their employees less, offer few, if any benefits, and have historically reduced their overhead by not providing legally mandated workers’ compensation insurance.

        Amendments in February 2006 to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act significantly improved the law and imposed, among other things, stiffer fines for contractors who failed to provide workers’ compensation coverage to employees.

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