As a result, IMEs often result in your auto insurance cutting off your PIP coverage. So, finally, after hearing me talk about it for years, my father-in-law asked me to take a look at his declaration page during a family visit. My chiropractor sent me for a lumbar spine MRI, which showed disc bulges and protrusions at multiple levels. Unfortunately, if you’ve already been injured before you had health insurance, it may be difficult to get full coverage.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.
Illnesses and diseases that develop because of constant strain on the worker are covered by the workers’ comp. Diseases related to work as well as psychological or physical illnesses resulting due to long-term exposure to stress and strain are all covered by the workers’ comp. However, in such instances, there is a difficulty in attempting to prove whether the illness is work-related or not. Different states have different rules for such situations. For more information, you are required to check out the employees’ rights booklet provided by your employer that lists down the injuries and illnesses that are covered by workers’ compensation.
Injuries sustained while travelling: The workers’ comp does not cover injuries that occur while the worker is commuting to and fro form work. This is called the “going and coming rule”.
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 Bureau County
- Louis C. Cairo
- Larry M. Amoni
- Robert J. Adelman
- Jack J. Casciato
- Mitchell Sexner
- Adria East Mossing
- Michael S. Agruss
- Jamie M. Trapp
- John R. Wrona
- Matthew Gannon
- Michael T. Gill
- Matthew J. Healy
Louis C. Cairo
A senior partner at Chicago, Illinois-based GWC Injury Lawyers LLC, Louis C. Cairo divides his practice between workers compensation matters and personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He has earned the respect of his fellow professionals for his successful track record and high degree of ethics, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 Superb peer review rating through Avvo. Mr. Cairo is admitted to practice before all Illinois state courts.In his personal injury and wrongful death litigation practice, Mr. Cairo represents people throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area and across the state who have suffered economic and noneconomic losses due to the negligence of other parties. The cases that he has handled have arisen out of incidents involving premises liability, truck and other motor vehicle crashes, pedestrian knockdowns, defective products and construction site accidents. In this regard, Mr. Cairo has been able to obtain several sizable settlements and jury awards on behalf of his clients.Mr. Cairo also provides assistance to people who have been injured on the job or who have contracted an occupational disease and who are seeking their rightful benefits under their employers insurance coverage. His work includes helping ensure that the required claim documentation contains all required information and that it is filed on a timely basis. Mr. Cairo also provides advocacy at subsequent hearings in the event that the claim is disputed or denied.Mr. Cairo is a 1980 graduate of Marquette University, where he majored in marketing and received a Bachelor of Science. His legal education came at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1983. He is an active participant in several legal organizations, including the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.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.
Larry M. Amoni
Focusing his practice primarily on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, Larry M. Amoni is the founder of Amoni Law Offices, P.C. Based in Aurora, Illinois, he provides representation to clients throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area and other parts of the state. Admitted to practice in Illinois, Mr. Amoni is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.Mr. Amoni assists people who have incurred economic and noneconomic losses due to the negligence or recklessness of other parties. The types of cases that he has handled have involved premises liability, construction site accidents, defective products, auto-pedestrian knockdowns, and truck, motorcycle, and other motor vehicle crashes. Throughout his career, Mr. Amoni has been able to obtain numerous sizable negotiated settlements and jury verdicts, and some of his representative results have included $1.6 million in compensation for the surviving family members of a person who was killed in a truck collision and a $2 million award in another wrongful death lawsuit involving a big rig.Mr. Amoni also has extensive commercial litigation experience, and he has received favorable results in that area as well, including a $10 million award in a breach of contract action. His fellow professionals have taken note of both his successful track record and high degree of ethics, and they have awarded him an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a Superb peer review rating through Avvo.Mr. Amoni attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an undergraduate, majoring in political science and receiving a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in 1973. His legal education was obtained at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1977. His professional affiliations include the Kane County Bar Association.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.
Robert J. Adelman
Robert J. Adelman is an attorney with the Chicago-based Levin Riback Law Group, P.C. which is a practice dedicated to protecting the rights of the seriously injured. Mr. Adelman joined this legal team in 2001 after first starting his career in public service and made partner at the firm in 2007 because of his continued success. Dedicated to positive results, he provides experienced representation to clients in Chicago, throughout Cook County and the entire state of Illinois in cases pertaining to:,Personal injury,Plaintiff abuse,Construction law,Following his graduation from DePaul University College of Law in 1999, he received admittance to the Illinois State Bar Association. Throughout his career, he has combined his compassion for his clients with a determination to obtain justice on their behalves, resulting in an impressive record of success. It is this success that resulted in significant recognition in the legal community and beyond, such as his inclusion on the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin list of 40 Under Forty and The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40.Employing both his tenacious litigation and negotiation skills, he has successfully recovered millions of dollars for his personal injury clients. Attorney Adelman holds active memberships in the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. In addition to his successful work in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, he continues to employ his close knowledge and appreciation of the law by teaching courses for future attorneys at The John Marshall Law School.
Jack J. Casciato
Jack J. Casciato joined ,Clifford Law Offices, in 2018 as a partner after working as a partner at a well-respected defense firm in Chicago. As a defense partner, Jack defended truck accident cases, medical malpractice actions, nursing home litigation, and actions against retailers, construction companies, product manufacturers, hotels and sports arenas.Jacks time on the defense side provides him the a unique vantage in representing personal injury clients. Jack recognizes that every personal injury case is personal to our clients. In doing so, Jack believes that the center of a successful case is first building a strong attorney-client relationship with the clients he represents. Jack believes that representing people during the hardest times in their lives is not just a career, but an honor to be entrusted to represent our clients and tell their stories.It is with great pride that Clifford Law Offices welcomes an attorney of Jack J. Casciatos caliber and legal acumen in representing plaintiffs and guiding families through complex tort litigation.To learn more about Jack, click ,here,.
A graduate of Northwestern University and Chicago Kent College of Law, Mitchell Sexner has worked tirelessly for his clients in the pursuit of justice for more than 25 years. He began his career prosecuting criminal cases, gang offenses and traffic offenses as an Assistant States Attorney in one of the nations largest prosecutors offices located in Chicago, while compiling a winning record of both bench and jury trials. He then founded Sexner & Associates LLC, and since 1990 has lead a team of experienced attorneys concentrating both in the defense of criminal/traffic matters, as well as the prosecution of multi-million dollar injury and medical malpractice cases.Recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers, Nations Top One Percent and one of the Best Attorneys of America, Mitchell Sexner also has been awarded an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale -Hubbell and appeared as a featured television speaker. Always striving to exceed expectations for his valued clients, Mr. Sexner was recently also awarded the 2017 Avvo Clients Choice Award.
Adria East Mossing
Adria East Mossing founded Mossing & Navarre, LLC, in Chicago, Illinois, along with her partner, Jim Navarre, in 2011. Ms. Mossing brings a wealth of experience on both sides of the docket to her broad-spectrum personal injury practice, having worked at a prominent Chicago defense firm for 16 years, followed by a position at a plaintiffs personal injury firm. In particular, she focuses her practice on complex medical malpractice matters, as well as cases involving wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home injuries and construction litigation for clients in the greater Chicago area.Ms. Mossing has achieved notable successes in both the courtroom and at the negotiating table, including a jury award in excess of $10 million for an injured grandmother and a $7.875 million settlement in a medical malpractice case. The awards stemming from her successful cases total well in excess of $50 million.Admitted to practice in Illinois since 1988, Ms. Mossing is also licensed by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Supreme Court of the United States. She has been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 2011 and also maintains memberships in the bar associations for Chicago and Illinois. Ms. Mossing has served on the Board of Directors of the Womens Bar Association of Illinois since 2008. She served as President of the Womens Bar Association of Illinois for the 2016-2017 bar year. She holds an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.After earning her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northwestern University in 1983, Ms. Mossing went on to receive her Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law, at which she was the managing editor of notes and comments for the DePaul Law Review, in 1988. She currently serves on the DePaul College of Law Alumni Engagement Board. She has contributed material for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Educations publications on civil trial practice since 1998.AV-Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories—legal ability and general ethical standards.
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1524,, Chicago IL 60602
Michael S. Agruss
Consumer rights and personal injury:, w,e see you as a person, not just a clientand that makes us better at what we do. We listen. We learn your story. And, as we help you, we go above and beyond in a way most law firms never could and never would. Because were not just lawyers. And youre not just a client. Were friends, neighbors, family. Were all people. And here at Agruss Law Firm, we put people first.
Jamie M. Trapp
Jamie M. Trapp is the founder and principal attorney of Trapp & Geller, a Chicago-based personal injury firm. As a personal injury lawyer, he has represented plaintiffs statewide in cases involving auto accidents, medical malpractice, unsafe products, construction accidents and other injuries caused by the negligence of others. Due to his perseverance and superb trial skills, he has won several million and multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements on his clients behalf.Mr. Trapp is an AV-rated attorney and has been selected by his peers as an Illinois Top Lawyer each year since 2006. An active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, he has served as the seminar planning chairman and received the Presidents Award in 2002 for his dedication and service to the organization. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.A lifelong Chicago native, Mr. Trapp graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 1981. He is currently licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Illinois, as well as the U.S. District Court of Illinois, Northern District.CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.
John R. Wrona
John R. Wrona represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. He obtained a $5.4 million verdict in a medical malpractice case for the family of a 55-year-old woman who died from a side effect of a cancer drug in February 2011. Combining enthusiastic representation with thorough preparation, he has achieved over $34 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients over the course of his 16-year career. John heads the plaintiffs department at GKWW and focuses his practice on medical malpractice, construction negligence, product liability, nursing home neglect, and transportation negligence cases. He is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Northwestern School of Law.
Matthew Gannon concentrates his practice in construction negligence, wrongful death, medical malpractice, automobile negligence, product liability, and workers compensation.Mr. Gannon has recovered millions in jury verdicts and settlements for injured individuals. He recently obtained a verdict in a medical malpractice trial resulting in a $4.6 million dollar award for a grandmother who experienced complications during an angiogram procedure. Matt also obtained a $2.5 million dollar verdict for the family of a 20-year-old who was killed in a sporting event. In both cases the Defendants insurance carriers refused to make a settlement offer.In Matts first year as an attorney, he was selected as a Rising Star by Top Lawyers, featured in Chicago Magazine, a distinction that is limited to fewer than 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois. Recently, Mr. Gannon was selected as an Illinois Emerging Lawyer, an honor bestowed to less than 2% of all attorneys licensed in Illinois. In 2015, Mr. Gannon was appointed to the Board of Advocates by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He has recently been elected to the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.Mr. Gannon has written in various areas of tort law and workers compensation. He is a published author in the Irish American News and a co-chair for the seminar committee for Trial Lawyers.He earned his bachelors degree with honors from Merrimack College in Massachusetts, where he attended on a football scholarship. Matt received his law degree from John Marshall Law School, where he excelled in the advanced trial advocacy program.Mr. Gannon is a third generation union member. During and post-college, Matt operated heavy equipment as a Local 150 Operating Engineer. He has extensive experience working with the labor community and is dedicated to serving the working men and women of the state of Illinois.Matt is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago Bar Association, American Association for Justice, the Workers Compensation Lawyers Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.
111 W. Washington Street, Suite 1425,, Chicago IL 60602
Michael T. Gill
In Cook County, Chicago, Michael T. Gill brings swift justice for clients as a personal injury attorney at Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. Since beginning his law career, Mr. Gill has been a passionate advocate for those who have suffered an injury because of the negligence of another party and vigorously pursues maximum compensation for every client.Avoidable mistakes can end in serious injury or even death for those who are not at fault, and Mr. Gill represents the rights of clients who have been injured in cases of legal malpractice, auto collisions, construction negligence, medical malpractice, sexual assault, defective products and product liability. He is admitted to practice by the state of Illinois, and with a lighter case load, guarantees that each client gets his full attention.In 1994, Mr. Gill graduated from Miami University, moving on to earn a Juris Doctor in 1997 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Passionate about education, he currently teaches law students in their second and third years about Trial Practice Intensive at the same university as an adjunct professor.Mr. Gill has been chosen for the last 13 years as a member of the top 5 percent of personal injury and professional malpractice lawyers in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network. Named one of the Forty Under Forty to Watch in 2006 by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, he also has an Avvo Superbrating given by past clients. For his commitment to ethics and professional accomplishments, Mr. Gill has earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent 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
Matthew J. Healy
Matthew J. Healy gained extensive experience handling medical negligence litigation cases for hospitals and doctors before joining Healy Scanlon Law Firm. This makes him uniquely qualified to represent victims in matters concerning the following: wrongful death, medical malpractice, workers compensation, nursing home neglect, motor vehicle accidents and products liability. Having experience on both sides of the issue, Mr. Healy is prepared to aggressively protect his clients rights in or out of court.A prolific writer, Mr. Healy has been published in the Irish American News, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the American Association for Justice, discussing subjects concerning defective products and personal injury. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Workers Compensations Lawyers Association, Ltd. and the Illinois State Bar Association.While he was attending the University of Notre Dame to earn a Bachelor of Arts, Mr. Healy was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, working with heavy construction equipment. This experience gave him a deep understanding of the risks that exist within the industry. He continued in this occupation for several years after graduating cum laude in 1996. In 2003, Mr. Healy received his law degree from the Illinois University College of Law. As a law student, he was a member of the universitys environmental moot court and trial team. He also completed an internship for the staff of attorneys for the Illinois Speaker of the House.Mr. Healy has served in Chicago and represents clients in the Cook County area. He takes a personal and professional interest in every case, and he is known as a compassionate advocate.
111 W. Washington Street, Suite 1425,, Chicago IL 60602