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I recently had a chat with a nice woman who had gone through three leg surgeries after badly tearing her ACL on the job.  That’s a lot of leg surgeries. She had no guidance when she got hurt and had never even heard of workers’ compensation. So after she got hurt when she got a call from an insurance adjuster who told her what doctor to go to for treatment, she thought that was normal…
We get a lot of calls about social security laws and benefits so we thought it would make sense to provide some information. The differences between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income If you’ve suffered a severe injury or are suffering from an illness or disability that is keeping you from being able to work and earn a living, you may want to consider help. But, where does one start? Thankfully, The Social…
Last month, a truck driver was awarded $21,600,000.00 in a lawsuit that stemmed from him falling off his truck, hitting his head and getting a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  How is this possible? This case happened because it wasn’t just a workers’ compensation case and his lawyers did a great job of identifying that not only was the injury the result of a truck design error (the handle he held on to came loose causing…
Per the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, you have the right to two medical opinions when it comes to your care.  As long as the medical care is “reasonable” the insurance company has to pay for it. This comes up a lot from clients/callers who want to know how to get a second opinion and more specifically, how to make sure that bill gets paid. The most recent call I had on this issue shows that…
After Thanksgiving last year we had a crazy snow storm and got 13 inches of snow in one day or as those of us who have lived most of our lives in Chicago call it, a Tuesday. It was a mess for sure, but nothing you haven’t seen before. It was later that week when I got contacted by a pissed off injured worker.  His case was supposed to go to trial, but he received…
We are Chicago based lawyers who cover all of Illinois and have experience with serious injury cases. Fill out our contact form or call us at 312-346-5320 if you’d like to discuss a case for free and in confidence. Many Americans are highly concerned with access to affordable and quality health care. And rightfully so with the price of premiums rising as they are. What many American’s don’t realize is that even if you can…
I don’t want to say that the people who run insurance companies are cartoon villains, but sometimes their minions sure act like there is a crazy evil hand controlling all of their moves. At the start of the case you are likely to get a request for medical record authorization form.  It’s usually a broad request that asks for permission to get history on every piece of medical care you’ve ever received.  They don’t have…
I’ve written before about the Illinois work comp law principle that says the insurance company can’t make you have surgery if you don’t want to.  Having something like a spine surgery is a big decision and it’s your decision.  If not having the surgery leaves you with permanent restrictions and costs the insurance company more money, that’s their problem. I recently had a caller though with a different question.  He needed shoulder surgery per his…
Your baby is born and it is the most rewarding experience for your family and one that you’ve been anticipating for a long time. But, what if, what should be one of the brightest and happiest moments in your life, has turned to one of the darkest moments. Such is the case for a mother in Cook County who just won a medical negligence against her obstetrician. In 2008, Evanthia Georgas had a seemingly normal…
If you are reading this, there’s probably been some sort of pop up box that invites you to chat with me.  When I’m in the office, you get to chat with a real live lawyer.  When I’m out, we have an answering service that will immediately send your questions to me, and we call back right away. Anyway, a recent chatter was nervous because he had a trial coming up.  He told me that he…