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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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        The Horwitz Brothers – They’re Far Smarter Than the Average Bear – and Lawyer

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        LeadingLawyers Magazine recently published their Consumer Edition for 2016, featuring an article on Clifford and Mitchell Horwitz!

        The article titled, “The Horwitz Brothers – They’re Far Smarter Than the Average Bear – and Lawyer” takes a look into the development of not only the brothers’ unique focuses in injury and workers’ compensation law, but also the unique legal strategies they have developed along the way – strategies that shed light on how devoted they are to helping those who have been injured in Illinois.

        We are proud to congratulate Clifford Horwitz, Mitchell Horwitz, Marc Perper, Wayne Newman, Jay Luchsinger, Michael Wierzbicki and Michael Carter, seven partners at our firm, who have been honored by their peers as Leading Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than five percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois. We also are proud to congratulate Tyler Berberich who was selected as an Emerging Lawyer – a distinction earned by less than 2% of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.

        We are especially excited to congratulate Mitchell Horwitz, who earned the honor of being listed as one of the Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Illinois. Mitch was voted No. 6 – moving up 4 spots from last year – through a survey of his peers conducted by LeadingLawyers.
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        What Juries Do Not Know – The Truth About Insurance and Trial Lawyers

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        What Juries Do Not Know

        99% of trials in personal injury cases are about insurance.  What juries do not know, is that the true battle is between the injured individual and the insurance carrier who represents an individual or corporation who is being sued.  The jury is led to believe that the Defendant is an individual or a corporation, but the case is really about his insurance policy and the insurance company… and the droves of attorneys for the insurance company who will fight not to compensate fairly and pay what’s due.

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        Tradesmen and Cancer; the Benzene Effect

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        Benzene causes cancer; a fact supported by decades of in-depth, documented research.

        Despite our understanding of it’s danger in the workplace, the following continues to be true:

        • Benzene is the number one cause of Leukemia, responsible for an estimated 10,000 deaths by exposure annually.
        • An estimated half-million workers are needlessly exposed to benzene annually, either through direct skin contact or toxic fumes.
        • Benzene is among the most widely produced chemicals in the U.S. (based on volume), ranked 17th.

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        The Season of Slip and Fall Injuries

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        A winter wonderland can quickly produce conditions that result in slip and fall accidents. Injuries, from falling on wet floors from snow tracked in by customers of retail stores skyrocket. But you’ll be surprised to learn how limited the liability is for store owners when falls on ice and water occur on their property.

        While it is in the best interests of retailers to make their stores accessible to the public during the winter months in a manner that’s both convenient and safe, Illinois law usually does not require a store owner, retailer, corporation or individual to pay any damages or medical bills for injuries due to falls on ice and snow and/or trampled in water.

        When it comes to injuries that occur on private property, whether it’s a neighboring home or a commercial retail store and parking lot, the public is widely misinformed about the owner’s responsibility and liability. Just because you fell on ice in a Wal-Mart store entrance or in their parking lot, for example, does not make Wal-Mart liable for your injuries.

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        Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Illinois

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        Losing a loved one is a tragedy that no one should have to endure. When that loss is caused by the negligence of another, the aftermath can be even more traumatic. Although no amount of compensation can undo the emotional hardship, a Chicago wrongful death attorney may be able to help.

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        Slip and Fall Accidents – Collecting Evidence

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        Slips and falls can cause broken bones, head injuries and even paralysis. Victims often cannot return to work, and the medical bills alone are enough to fall into debt. If you trip on another person’s property because of a hazard and hurt yourself – especially if the owner knew about the hazard – then you should contact an injury lawyer as soon as possible.

        In order to prevail in a premises liability lawsuit, you will have to present strong evidence to support your claim. If your injury happened in Illinois, then a Chicago personal injury attorney from Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates can provide legal guidance. Call us today at 1-800-985-1894 to discuss your options.

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        Questionable Call in City’s Workers’ Compensation Case

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        Note: This story originally appeared in the February 24, 2016 Issue of the Chicago Defender. It was authored by Ken Hare, a staff writer for the Chicago Defender. The original story can be viewed here: Questionable Call in City’s Workers’ Compensation Case.

        Questionable Call in City’s Workers’ Compensation Case

        City Worker Denied Surgery to Relieve Pain

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        Am I Covered by Workers’ Compensation in Illinois? – Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act

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        Who Operates Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act?

        In order for an injured worker to receive workers’ compensation benefits, the employer must be operating under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Three types of employers are “under the Act”:

        1. government employers;
        2. employers who elect to bring themselves under the Act; and
        3. employers who are subject to “automatic application” of the Act.

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        Winning Workers Compensation Claims in Illinois

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        Advice from a Chicago Injury Attorney

        Workers compensation laws are notoriously complex. In Illinois, all employers with at least one part- or full-time employee must have workers’ comp insurance, as the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission explains. The construction and extraction industries are some of the most dangerous industries for employees, and many workers understand the benefits of using a work injury attorney for help with the claims process.

        If you are learning the hard way just how reluctant companies and insurance providers are to pay benefits to injured workers, then contact Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. A Chicago workers’ compensation attorney from our firm can evaluate your claim, gather evidence and fight for maximum compensation.

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