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Can I Start a New Job While Receiving Workers’ Comp Benefits?

Clients often ask me if they can start a new job or quit working for their current employer if they have a pending workers’ compensation case or are receiving benefits. Before you take that job, you should know how it will affect you and your case.

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5 Common Reasons for Workers' Compensation Claim Denials

If you’re wondering whether you have a case, consider having a workers’ compensation lawyer on your side to help you through the complicated steps.

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How Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits Paid Out?

You don’t want to risk not getting paid the benefits you are owed. Get an attorney who can help ensure prompt and reasonable payment.

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How Soon Should I Report My Work Injury?

Many people who file workers’ compensation claims are hardworking, loyal and honest employees who simply got in an accident at work, by no fault of their own.

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Will a Workers’ Comp Claim Affect My Future Employment?

Illinois law protects employees from retaliation and discrimination for exercising their rights under the IL Workers’ Compensation Act.

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Introducing Black & Jones’ Latest Workers’ Compensation Campaign

In a workers’ compensation case, our legal team serves those who are hurt and not able to work—or in pain and in need of medical care—due to an injury at work.

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Compassion & Toughness | Workers' Compensation

If you were injured at work, don’t watch the medical bills stack up. We are here to help you put up a fight! At Black & Jones, we offer both compassion & toughness.

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What To Do After an Injury at Work

This comprehensive list will provide a step-by-step process of how to act following a workplace incident, remember that you have the power to immediately contact a trusted lawyer to help you file for compensation.

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How and Why You Need to Document Workplace Injuries

We know how difficult it can be to sustain an injury or illness from a workplace incident. And, it’s okay if you don’t know everything about Workers’ Compensation yet. In fact, many of those injured are unaware of their rights to recover benefits.

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What Injuries Are Not Covered by Workers' Compensation?

Workers’ compensation protects employees by covering medical bills, rehab costs, and any wages lost due to a workplace injury. The insurance policy also offers benefits to an employees’ family if they died due to workplace injury.

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Common Workplace Injuries

Today’s workspaces are full of safety hazards—and they’re more common than you think. A work injury can be debilitating and lessen one’s quality of life. Getting injured at work can also be an emotional tightrope, as you try to navigate unfamiliar territory.

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Hurt at Work? Let Us Help

It’s tough enough putting in so many hours with little compensation, but getting hurt at work can also be a life-altering injury. Your job, self-esteem, relationship with your family, and financial situation can be impacted after sustaining a serious injury at work.

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Black & Jones Is Ready to Fight for You!

When you get hurt at work, you want an attorney who will be on your side. You want an attorney who will tell you what your rights and responsibilities are. And you want a lawyer who is willing to go to bat for you; someone willing to go to trial and fight.

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Everyday Bodily Movements Can Cause Work Related Injuries

Have you ever had an employer say that it is not a work-related injury because you were just standing up or reaching or walking? Unfortunately, when an employer or insurance company says something like that, often employees believe them. Yet it is not necessarily true, and most likely is wrong!

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Get Informed: You Have a Limited Time to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Under Illinois law, you must file a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission within three years of the injury or accident, or within two years of the date, the insurance company or employer last pays a benefit related to the injury or accident.

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What if I get exposed to COVID-19 at work?

A lot of employees are going to be exposed to coronavirus or COVID-19 while working; if that happens, you should contact an attorney. If you test positive and here's why sometimes, if you're exposed, you may have a compensable work comp claim.

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A Guide to Settlements in Workers' Compensation Cases

There are a lot of things to watch out for in a settlement that could ultimately harm an injured worker. I will highlight a few of those problems here and what you can do about them.

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Workers' Comp, COVID-19

Emergency Rule to Protect COVID-19 Positive Essential Employees Repealed

In another unprecedented move today, the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission repealed the emergency rule amendment entered April 15, 2020. Recall that Governor Pritzker announced the amendment in his daily briefing, indicating that all frontline workers who test positive for COVID-19 would be entitled to a rebuttable presumption that they contracted the virus at work.

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Legal Protection For Our First Responders and Front-Line Essential Workers

Today, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission made the unprecedented move of enacting an emergency amendment to the Rules Governing the Practice before the Commission to help protect our first responders and front line workers.

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Workplace Exposure to COVID-19 and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act

While we pray no one reading this gets sick from it, the reality is that there is a good chance you might. And we want to make sure you know your rights ahead of time if you are exposed to it at work.

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Here's To The Workers

Here's to the workers! Attorney Tracy Jones helps builders, drivers, welders with workers' compensation representation.

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Why does it take so long for the insurance to approve my treatment?

When you hurt your hand at home, you usually can call your doctor’s office and get into see someone fairly quickly. Then if the doctor recommends a diagnostic test or physical therapy, you can call the place you want it performed and set up the first available appointment.

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First Responders Injured Off The Clock

Are our first responders entitled to workers’ compensation benefits when they are injured while providing help in their official capacity while off the clock?

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Losing a Loved One in a Work Place Accident

Unfortunately, no matter how cautious we are, accidents sometimes happen in the workplace. Losing a loved one in a traumatic accident is hard; and the last thing you should have to worry about is how to pay for the funeral and survive financially without them.

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Challenging and Rewarding Work

Raising two kids is challenging and rewarding, much like fighting for the rights of those injured at work. We work hard to provide the tough, responsive and caring legal representation you deserve for your workers’ comp claim.

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What happens when the adjuster says your case is not compensable?

Not every injury that happens at work or on the clock is the responsibility of your employer. But just because you are off the employer’s premise or off the clock doesn’t automatically mean that your employer is not responsible for the injury.

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Do I need an attorney?

My response is always, “Even if everything is going perfectly right now, you will inevitably need an attorney. Don’t wait to get one until after a problem occurs because then you risk a situation where an attorney cannot fix the harm that has been done.”

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Is my case over if the company’s doctor says so?

The answer is NO. Just because the company’s “independent medical doctor” says that you don’t need more treatment or that your condition is not work related, does not mean that your case ends. There are several ways to get around that doctor’s opinion.

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Compassionate and Competitive Workers' Compensation

At Black and Jones, we’re tough when dealing with insurance companies, but we never overlook caring for our clients. We offer compassionate, competitive workers’ compensation representation.

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Do you really need an attorney when you get hurt at work?

Most people don’t call an attorney right away when they get hurt. Usually they wait until a problem arises and only then do they call an attorney.

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Workers' Comp, Local Representation

Not All Offers Are Created Equal

Illinois case law guides the attorneys and arbitrator what may be awarded at trial by reporting what cases with similar evidence were awarded at trial. So when the client says, “that’s not a good offer,” it is unlikely the client did the legal research to form an accurate picture of what his case is worth.

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Repetitive Work Activity can Lead to Ill-Being

An insidious onset occurs where a person’s condition worsens over time through no apparent cause. The person’s body is simply wearing out.

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Open Medical Rights

What to do when your former attorney won’t help get treatment approved after your case has closed.

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What If I Cannot Go Back To Work

What happens when a work related injury leaves you with permanent restrictions and your employer cannot accommodate those restrictions? You find yourself without a job, without an income, and very little hope that you will find an employer who is willing to tolerate your restrictions.

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Why You Need An Attorney To Navigate Workers' Comp

Now more than ever, it is important to hire an attorney for your workers’ compensation injury. Governor Rauner wants to reform the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, claiming that Illinois workers are paid too much money for their injuries, too many injuries are compensable, and the medical expenses are too high.

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When Work Comp Denies the Treatment You Need

Have you received a letter from the worker’s compensation insurance carrier telling you that they are denying approval for medical treatment recommended by your doctor? You need to know that their “decision” is not necessarily final.

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Helping You Over the Hurdles of a Workers' Compensation Case

On-the-job injuries can lead to unseen the unseen hurdles of lost wages, untreated injuries and unpaid bills. Don’t go it alone! Black & Jones Attorneys At Law are prepared to assist you in your workers’ compensation case.

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Safety Violations and injuries

Unfortunately, when a business is allowing employees to work in an environment or around equipment that is blatantly unsafe, injuries not only are likely to happen, but they can be devastating.

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What Determines the Amount of Compensation for an Injury

Often an injured worker will question why he didn’t receive as much in compensation for his injury as a friend of his received for his injury. So why didn’t he receive as much, or more, compensation than his friend did?

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Protect Yourself After You've Been Injured

What do you do if you are hurt at work and your boss tells you to say it happened at home so your health insurance pays with a promise that your boss will take care of everything?

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Rights of Undocumented Injured Workers

Undocumented workers’ who suffer an injury arising out of and in the course of employment have the rights afforded by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, with a few exceptions.

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Workers’ Compensation Preferred Provider Program

Illinois has adopted a Preferred Provider Program for injured workers. This allows the employer and/or its insurance company to set up a preferred provider network.

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