I know what it’s like to have to show up for work despite the pain, and then to fill every free moment with doctor appointments, physical therapy, and home exercises. That’s exactly what happened to Sandy Fitzpatrick. I felt tightness in my neck and right shoulder, and in my left lower back. The arbitrators concluded that the injury was, in fact, caused by the crash, but they were concerned that Belinda did not seek medical treatment immediately after the accident.Read More
Workplace Accident Claim
In order to avail the benefits provided by workers’ compensation, you are required to prove that the injury or illness is related to your work. Rephrased in legal jargon, the unfortunate event must be “arising out of employment and occurring during the course of employment,” commonly abbreviated as AOE/COE. Know the rules that dictate whether or not an employee’s injury or illness is work-related and covered by the workers’ compensation.
The AOE/COE requirements appear simple enough. However, many events that occur in the workplace can be of a dubious nature. Here we list down some common occurrences that may allow you to avail the benefits provided by the workers’ comp.
In most cases, if you sustain an injury or develop an illness while doing something for your employer, then you can get the benefits provided under workers’ compensation. It is a given that you must meet other eligibility requirements that depend on your state laws.
Injuries sustained during Recesses: Injuries sustained during recesses or lunch breaks generally do not fall under the work-related category. For instance, it is not possible for you to claim workers’ comp if you hurt your joints as you walked to the local food shop to get lunch for yourself or for others. But, you can do so if you were told to pick up lunch for your employer as well.
Seek a lawyer
Many times a worker's injury or illness may be of a dubious origin, a gray area when it comes to understand worker's comp coverage. In these special circumstances, it is always worth seeking a lawyer’s expertise. The lawyer may be able to tell you whether or not you qualify for the benefits. As a lawyer is aware of your state laws he may be the best counsel in such matters.
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Top Lawyers Serving Illinois
- John Hipskind
- Eric M. Terry
- Marvin A. Brustin
- John R. Berg
- Melvin L. Brooks
- Bradley M. Cosgrove
- Richard F. Burke, Jr.
- Adam B. Riback
- Brian S. Shallcross
- David C. Wise
- Kenneth A. Hoffman
- Susan E. Loggans
Meet one of the leading legal teams in Illinois in Missouri: Hipskind & McAninch, LLC. After working for big defense firms for several years, we started this firm to provide our legal services to the people who truly need it: personal injury victims. When you hire the attorneys at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, you are not just getting a legal team—you are getting partners to guide you through the choppy legal waters youre facing.
Eric M. Terry
As a plaintiffs personal injury lawyer, Eric Terry primarily concentrates his practice on advocating for clients who have been harmed by others, through no fault of their own. This can include but is not limited to, negligence on the part of pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers, a car accident, or exposure to a deadly chemical at a workplace.He has represented clients in cases involving a multitude of prescription drugs and medical devices, including robotic surgical systems, Pradaxa, Januvia, vaginal mesh and Yaz. Eric continues to lead in recovering millions of dollars for injured victims from the pharmaceutical companies.Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked for more than 10 years as a parole officer. During his decade of work as a parole officer, Eric enjoyed helping offenders live positive lives and felt personal satisfaction when his hard work resulted in former convicted criminals transform themselves into contributing members of society. While working as a probation officer, he saw many people turn to a life of crime after becoming involved with drugs, even prescription drugs. It was in his role as a probation officer that Eric educated himself about the massive pharmaceutical industry and the injustice that occurs when these conglomerates prioritize profit over consumer safety. Eric decided to return to law school to become a consumer advocate in the courtroom.
Marvin A. Brustin
As the founder and president of Brustin and Lundblad, Ltd. Marvin A. Brustin represents clients in a variety of personal injury matters, including medical malpractice and car accident cases. He offers legal services to people in Chicago and throughout all of Cook County, Illinois.Mr. Brustin completed his undergraduate education at DePaul University. He then went on to earn his law degree from the DePaul University College of Law. Mr. Brustin is admitted to practice in the Illinois Circuit Court, the Illinois Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He is also admitted for limited practice in California, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin.Over the course of his career, Mr. Brustin has been involved in numerous cases in Illinois that have set law precedents. He is committed to helping people, who have been injured due to the actions of others, receive the compensation they are entitled to. Mr. Brustins successes include over 100 jury trials and several multimillion-dollar settlements and jury verdicts that add up to over $25 million.Volunteer work is a priority for Mr. Brustin, and he has been honored for his efforts with several service awards. He is involved with a number of organizations, including Teen Living Programs and the America Nepal Medical Foundation. Mr. Brustin also served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged.In addition to his work in the courtroom and the local community, Mr. Brustin is an active member of the legal community. He is the honorary consul general of Nepal, as well as an elected member of the Chicago Consular Corps executive committee. Mr. Brustin also founded a program for inner city youth that hosts discussion panels with local judges.
John R. Berg
As a partner at Berg & Berg Attorneys at Law, John R. Berg serves clients in the Chicago metropolitan and Cook County areas in cases of workers compensation, criminal defense matters such as DUI, and personal injury, including motor vehicle accidents, traumatic brain injuries and plane crashes. Mr. Berg has an extensive list of successful arbitrations, bench trials and over 100 jury trials throughout his career.Mr. Berg attended Northwestern University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors, then went on to attend the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, earning his Juris Doctor. Early in his career, he worked as an assistant states attorney, preparing and assisting in a long list of state and federal trials. By the end of his tenure with the state, he was a member of the Union County Prosecutors Office Special Prosecutions Unit and never lost a felony trial he was assigned.With his previous focus on violent and complex financial crimes, Mr. Berg brings experience from both sides of a case to benefit his clients. He handles cases in anything from auto theft to murder with a strong work ethic and superior skill in the courtroom. For many clients, he has been able to achieve six- and seven-figure judgments, and he regularly deals with cases of catastrophic death or injury.Integrity, loyalty and excellence are the focuses of Mr. Bergs practice. When he is not educating other attorneys, or presenting on issues of practice and procedure in Illinois, Mr. Berg enjoys fishing at the Florida Keys or on Lake Michigan.
Melvin L. Brooks
Melvin L. Brooks is a Managing Partner at the law office of The Cochran Firm-Chicago. He previously served as a partner at the firm of James D. Montgomery & Associates, Ltd. Mr. Brooks dedicates his practice to protecting the rights of citizens who have been harmed or injured by representing their interests in wrongful death and serious personal injury cases. He has obtained more than $40 million in personal injury verdicts and settlements for his clients since focusing his practice on civil litigation. His list of high-profile cases included having served as lead counsel in the ,E2 Nightclub, litigation. Through the efforts of Mr. Brooks, over $20 million was recovered for families of the victims. He also represented the family of a young lady, Rekia Boyd, who was fatally shot by an off-duty, Chicago ploice officer and successfully obtained an award of $4.5 million.After earning a Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University of Science and Technology in 1982, Mr. Brooks went on to earn a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1985. That same year, the state of Illinois approved him to practice law in its courtrooms.Prior to joining his current firm, Mr. Brooks served as Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago where he handled complex, mulit-million dollar exposure cases. His litigation skills were highlighted by the The National Law Journal whch included Mr. Brooks successful defense of the City in the case of ,Sanders v. City, among the top 15 defense verdicts in 1997. The experience which he gained in this position he now uses from the other side of the courtroom to the benefit of his clients.Thanks to his extensive knowledge and long record of success, Mr. Brooks has earned the respect of the legal community. As a result of that respect, he has earned various honors and awards, including an Excellent rating from Avvo and a BV Distinguished peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, the Cook County Bar Association chose him as the recipient of its Harold Washington Award in 2012 for his service to the community.Mr. Brooks is an active member of the legal community. He is currently a member of several legal organizations, including the Cook County Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.
Bradley M. Cosgrove
Bradley M. Cosgrove is a Chicago medical malpractice attorney, personal injury attorney, and partner at Clifford Law Offices. He is an experienced trial attorney in the areas of medical malpractice, trucking accidents, automobile collisions, personal injury, and wrongful death who believes that results speak for themselves.Brad was raised on Chicagos South Side in the Beverly-Mt. Greenwood area. He graduated from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He went on to John Marshall Law School in Chicago on an academic scholarship. It was there that his love for the area of personal injury law began and where he honed his skills as a member of the trial attorney team. He is married and lives with his family on the South Side of the Chicago land area.Brad Cosgroves reputation as a fair, tough and successful advocate for those in need has made him a proud addition to the Clifford Law Offices legal team as a partner at the firm.Click ,here, to learn more about Brad.
Richard F. Burke, Jr.
Richard Burke is a partner at ,Clifford Law Offices,. He is an outstanding product liability attorney and one of the most respected aviation liability attorneys in Chicago. Mr. Burke is experienced in many complex practice areas, including medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, heavy truck litigation, product liability, aviation liability, aviation litigation, airline liability, and other forms of transportation liability.A tireless worker, Mr. Burke stays on task with the most difficult of cases. He is a quiet, behind-the-scenes leader who knows how to get things done. From establishing groundbreaking liability in sport utility vehicle rollovers to negligent product design and operation of jumbo jet passenger aircrafts, he explores every angle of his cases whether it be researching case law across the country or garnering experts from the other side of the globe. Mr. Burke uncovers the answers to each issue, leading him to many successful verdicts at trial.Mr. Burke initially acquired his trial skills as an Assistant States Attorney in Cook County for 12 years. He rose up the ranks among his peers to become the supervisor of felony trial prosecutors in two busy suburban courthouses. At that point, he decided to use those litigation skills in the civil arena, and he has been a valuable member of the Clifford Law Offices team of Chicago personal injury attorneys ever since.Mr. Burke went to Loyola University where we earned his bachelors degree in biology. He then graduated from DePaul University College of Law. He later went on to the University of Chicago where he earned his Masters in Business Administration.To learn more about Richard F. Burke Jr. click ,here,.
Adam B. Riback
Handling personal injury cases at Levin Riback Law Group PC, Adam B. Riback is devoted to helping victims of negligence recover maximum compensation. He represents people in Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, on matters concerning construction law, premises liability, product liability and motor vehicle accidents.Over the course of his career, Mr. Riback has represented hundreds of union workers from the construction industry. In one issue in which an electrician slipped on oil while on the job, injuring his knee, Mr. Riback secured a $1.32 million settlement. In another case, he recovered $1 million on behalf of a worker who slipped on hydraulic fluid, snow and ice at a construction site, tearing a ligament in his knee. He has been instrumental in obtaining millions of dollars for Hispanic day laborers on construction sites.These are just a few of the examples of Mr. Ribacks ability to procure awards on behalf of clients. For such accomplishments, he holds an Avvo Superbrating; the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin named him in its list of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch, and he has been listed in Leading Lawyers.When he is not advocating for clients, Mr. Riback teaches at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and coaches their mock trial team, which has won championships a number of times.In 1990, Mr. Riback earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then graduated with a Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, in 1994. While in law school, he participated in moot court competitions.
Brian S. Shallcross
The founder of Shallcross Law, LLC, Brian S. Shallcross is a highly focused attorney for his clients in Chicago, Illinois. His practice is primarily focused on representing plaintiffs who have been harmed by the negligence of others, including medical malpractice. Mr. Shallcross also handles general business litigation.Mr. Shallcross grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in political science from DePaul University. He went on to attend DePaul University College of Law and was awarded a Juris Doctor in 2004. After graduation, he spent several years with a well-known and prestigious personal injury firm in Chicago where he worked on many high-profile cases involving medical malpractice, aviation accidents, premises liability and commercial vehicle accidents. He opened his own firm in November 2014. Admitted to practice in Illinois, Mr. Shallcross is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.Mr. Shallcross has a record of success garnered through his hard work, skill and determination. In 2014, he was the recipient of a Trial Lawyer Excellence Award from Law Bulletin Publishing after winning a $5 million jury verdict for his client who received a hysterectomy that was not needed. Other representative matters include his work, together with his co-counsel, in obtaining a $5,950,000 verdict for a client whose iliac artery was torn by a doctor, causing him severe muscle and nerve damage in his leg.Mr. Shallcross is actively involved in several legal organizations, including the American Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee of The Chicago Bar Association.
20 South Clark Street, Suite 1800,, Chicago IL 60603
David C. Wise
Attorney David C. Wise is a founding member of the Wise Morrissey, LLC law firm in Chicago. Recognized as one of the nations top trial attorneys, Mr. Wise devotes his practice to advocating on behalf of those who suffered an injury or loss caused by another partys negligence or wrongdoing.Over the course of his 25-year legal career, Mr. Wise has achieved notable success handling complex, high-stakes litigation for a wide range of clients. He has successfully tried over 200 cases and obtained more than $200 million in verdicts and settlements for those throughout the state dealing with legal challenges involving motor vehicle accidents, railroad and plane accidents, construction and workplace accidents, defective products and other similar claims.Of note, he helped secure settlements and awards in excess of $24 million on behalf of families whose loved ones were injured or killed in an airline accident. He has obtained several settlements and verdicts of more than $5 million each for clients and their families in cases involving construction work site accidents, trucking accidents and other preventable tragedies.A graduate of the University of Illinois, Mr. Wise attended The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1993. That same year, the Illinois State Bar Association admitted him to practice. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.Mr. Wises devotion to his practice is evident in his memberships with numerous local, state and national bar associations, including the American Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and The Chicago Bar Association. He also conducts continuing legal education seminars and lectures for various professional legal organizations throughout the state.He is a member of Leading Lawyers, and he holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
Kenneth A. Hoffman
A serious injury changes the victims life forever, but Kenneth A. Hoffman, founding partner of Mitchell, Hoffman & Wolf LLC, understands that holding a negligent party accountable may ease the financial impact of the event. For the past 25 years, Mr. Hoffman has represented people in Chicago, Illinois, and throughout Cook County, aggressively seeking justice for those who were harmed in car and truck collisions. He has also advocated fiercely for families who have lost loved ones to nursing home neglect, birth injuries or other medical errors.The permanent nature of physical and emotional damages often caused by careless mistakes leads Mr. Hoffman to push for large awards for his clients. Consequently, he has frequently achieved multimillion-dollar verdicts. In one case, his clients received a $6.25 million settlement after a doctors failure to properly monitor an infants heart rate during labor, which caused cerebral palsy and brain damage. Another client was offered a $1.97 million settlement after doctors missed a diagnosis of mouth cancer.Because of his successes as a personal injury attorney, Mr. Hoffman has been featured numerous times in the media. In addition, he has been included in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletins prestigious 40 Under Forty list, which honors the top lawyers in Illinois under age 40.Beginning with his law degree from Washington University School of Law, Mr. Hoffman has continuously pursued the highest level of knowledge in the field. His professional memberships in the state include the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. On the national level, he is a member of the American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association. He served on the board of advocates of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and has been the Chicago Bar Association Tort Litigation Committee chairman.
221 North LaSalle, Suite 1148,, Chicago IL 60601
Susan E. Loggans
The founder of Susan E. Loggans & Associates, Susan E. Loggans has received well-deserved recognition as a leading personal injury and wrongful death litigation attorney. Based in Chicago, Illinois, she furnishes representation to people who have been harmed by the negligence or recklessness of other persons or entities. Admitted to practice before all Illinois, Florida and Wisconsin state courts, Ms. Loggans has been able to obtain millions of dollars in jury awards and negotiated settlements, and her colleagues have taken note of her successful track record by awarding her an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a Superb peer review rating through Avvo.Ms. Loggans devotes a significant portion of her practice to medical malpractice, particularly birth injuries. She has represented many children who have been born with cerebral palsy due to doctors error or hospital negligence, and she has, as a result, been an active participant in nonprofit organizations that deal with this condition, including her prior service as a member of the board of directors of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago. Ms. Loggans has also handled cases arising out of defective products, motor vehicle crashes and aviation accidents. Some of her representative results include a $16 million settlement with a health maintenance organization and an $8 million settlement for birth injuries caused by both hospital negligence and a doctors mistake.Ms. Loggans has served in leadership positions with several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. She has had several articles published on topics related to her practice area, and she has appeared on local and national television broadcasts. In addition to her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law, Ms. Loggans holds both a masters degree and a doctorate in psychology.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.