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        What type of medical benefits am I entitled to after I’m injured?

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        Marc A. Perper, a principal partner and lead trial attorney at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates answers a listener’s question on Free Legal Advice Friday’s:

        What type of medical benefits am I entitled to after I’m injured?

        The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law entitles you to emergency treatment, plus treatment from the first two medical providers of your choice.

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        How much is my workers’ compensation case worth?

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        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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        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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        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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        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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        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

         

        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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