ELG Personal Injury Blog

What is a Request for Hearing in a Workers’ Compensation Case?

If you were injured on the job, a variety of benefits may be available to help you recover. You are entitled to benefits that pay for your reasonable and related medical care. You are also entitled to disability benefits while you recover from your injury and are...

Slip and Fall on a Construction Site

If you suffer a slip and fall injury while working on a construction site, you should of course be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. However, unlike most employees across Illinois, your recovery may not be restricted to the amounts allowed by workers’...

Legislative Update: Police Pension Survivorship Law Amended to Allow More Flexibility

Article 3 of the Illinois Pension Code governs the benefits available to police officers serving in municipalities with more than 5,000 but less than 500,000 residents. Article 3 defines the benefits available to police officers upon retirement, disability, or death....
What is a Request for Hearing in a Workers’ Compensation Case?

What is a Request for Hearing in a Workers’ Compensation Case?

If you were injured on the job, a variety of benefits may be available to help you recover. You are entitled to benefits that pay for your reasonable and related medical care. You are also entitled to disability benefits while you recover from your injury and are...

Slip and Fall on a Construction Site

Slip and Fall on a Construction Site

If you suffer a slip and fall injury while working on a construction site, you should of course be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. However, unlike most employees across Illinois, your recovery may not be restricted to the amounts allowed by workers’...

We’re Moving! (But Not Far)

We’re Moving! (But Not Far)

As our law firm continues to grow, we are in need of more space to better serve our clients and make things more comfortable for our wonderful team. So, we are happy to share that we are relocating our office space! However, we love the South Loop and Dearborn Station...

Does Quitting My Job End My Workers’ Compensation Case?

Does Quitting My Job End My Workers’ Compensation Case?

After suffering a work-related injury, it is not uncommon for employees to be unable or unwilling to return to their prior duties as a result of physical limitations issued by medical providers, due to a deteriorated relationship with an employer, or for some other...

Giving Back:  Attorney Olga Beznashchuk Assists Ukrainian Refugees

Giving Back: Attorney Olga Beznashchuk Assists Ukrainian Refugees

This month, we are happy to highlight the wonderful work that Attorney Olga Beznashchuk has been doing in our community on behalf of neighbors in need. For many months, there were discussions about the possibility of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, many people...

Will Insurnace Cover a Dog Bite Claim?

Will Insurnace Cover a Dog Bite Claim?

Dog bites and other animal attacks are very common in Illinois. Given the large number of animals in our society, it should come as no surprise that accidents and animal attacks are not a rare occurrence. Many people contact our office after suffering an animal attack...

Can My Employer Fire Me for Filing a Work Comp. Claim?

Can My Employer Fire Me for Filing a Work Comp. Claim?

One of the most common questions we get asked is whether an employer is legally allowed to fire an injured worker as a result of filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Keep reading to learn more about this complicated topic, and what top Chicago injury...

What are my legal options when a wrongful death occurs?

What are my legal options when a wrongful death occurs?

When tragedy strikes, and a loved one loses their life, it will have a devastating impact on a family. When a personal injury results in death, the law in Illinois can allow the loved ones of the deceased to seek damages against the responsible persons and entities...

Attorney Brent Eames Recognized by Super Lawyers for 8th time.

Attorney Brent Eames Recognized by Super Lawyers for 8th time.

We are proud to announce that for the eighth time, Attorney Brent Eames has been recognized as one of the best personal injury lawyers in the State of Illinois by the Super Lawyers publication. No more than 2.5% of lawyers in the State of Illinois are recognized as...

What is the Line of Duty Compensation Act ?

What is the Line of Duty Compensation Act ?

The Illinois Line of Duty Compensation Act is an Illinois law which is designed to provide the payment of benefits to the beneficiaries of a deceased first responder who was killed in the line of duty. Section 3 of the Act provides for the payment of death benefits to...

Can my Apple Watch be Used Against Me in Court?

Can my Apple Watch be Used Against Me in Court?

Modern technology makes our daily lives so much easier. We can attend work or school from the comfort of our home by using a laptop or a desktop computer. We can send e-mails, participate in videoconferences, and pay at the grocery stores with our phones. And of...

How to Handle Giving Your Employer Notice of a Work Accident

How to Handle Giving Your Employer Notice of a Work Accident

One of the most common questions that we receive from our clients is regarding what is required when it comes to reporting a work accident or injury to their employer. Although the requirements of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act are relatively lax with regard...

Eames Law Group Welcomes Olga Beznashchuk as Associate Attorney

Eames Law Group Welcomes Olga Beznashchuk as Associate Attorney

This month, we are happy to welcome Olga Beznashchuk to Eames Law Group, Ltd as our new associate attorney! Prior to joining our law practice, Olga was employed by Farmers Insurance. After working for Farmers, Olga worked for another insurance company in Mount...

Injured While Exercising at Work.  Is that Work Comp?

Injured While Exercising at Work. Is that Work Comp?

It is becoming more and more common for employers in many industries to actively encourage their employees to exercise and stay physically fit and active. Studies have indicated that physically active employees are generally less stressed, and demonstrate better...

Can I Bring a Personal Injury Claim For a Hit-and-Run Accident?

Can I Bring a Personal Injury Claim For a Hit-and-Run Accident?

Hit-and-run accidents are on the rise during recent years, and according to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a hit-and-run happens in the U.S. every 43 seconds. Unfortunately, in Illinois many people become victims of hit-and-run drivers annually. Just this past...

MRSA Work Comp Presumption for Firefighters and EMTs Becomes Law

MRSA Work Comp Presumption for Firefighters and EMTs Becomes Law

Firefighter injury attorney, Brent Eames, recently wrote about the passage of House Bill 3662 in the Illinois Senate, which was intended to create a “rebuttable presumption” with respect to firefighters, and emergency medical technicians who contract...

What Does Light Duty Mean for my Work Comp Case?

What Does Light Duty Mean for my Work Comp Case?

Nobody ever plans on getting injured while performing their work duties, but unfortunately, work accidents happen daily and affect workers laboring in almost every industry. If your injury arose out of and in the course of your employment, and you are temporarily...

Labor Day in the USA:  Why We Celebrate by Taking a Day Off

Labor Day in the USA: Why We Celebrate by Taking a Day Off

When you think of Labor Day, what comes to mind? For many people, we think of BBQ, the unofficial end of the summer season, and a random Monday off of work resulting in a three day weekend. However, the history of Labor Day should be of great significance in the...

Can I Sue the Bar for a Drunk Driver’s Negligence?

Can I Sue the Bar for a Drunk Driver’s Negligence?

If you were injured in a car accident, you may be feeling confused and unsure of your next steps. Who is responsible for the pain and suffering? Who will pay for your medical bills? These questions can be complicated, and they can be even more complex when a...

How do I Report a Work Injury or Accident?

How do I Report a Work Injury or Accident?

When processing a workers’ compensation claim, both the employee and employer hold general responsibilities that must be followed in order to ensure that the claim proceeds appropriately.  Unfortunately, you often will not have time to speak with a Chicago work...

A Baseball Ticket or a Contract Waiving Your Rights?

A Baseball Ticket or a Contract Waiving Your Rights?

Whenever you go to a baseball game, or any other professional sports game, your ticket will contain a lot of fine print which contains many confusing terms and conditions. It should come as no surprise that often times, that ticket can contain some pretty unfavorable...

Should I Move My Car After an Accident?

Should I Move My Car After an Accident?

Having a car accident is not usually a pleasant experience. Everyone is at risk of getting into a fender bender, including the best drivers. However, to prevent any legal troubles it is important to know what to do if you get into a car accident in Illinois. It's best...

Illinois Civil Pretrial Interest Law Takes Effect!

Illinois Civil Pretrial Interest Law Takes Effect!

A new law has gone into effect in Illinois which will provide 6% interest to injured Plaintiffs who are victorious at trial after having a settlement demand rejected by a Defendant. From the time that a lawsuit is filed, the Plaintiff will be entitled to interest...

A Guide to Uninsured Motorist Claims

A Guide to Uninsured Motorist Claims

Car accidents cause pain and trauma, and cost money. When you're involved in a car accident, you just want the subsequent problems to go away. You want your whiplash, your constant headaches, the medical bills, and the memories of the day to...

How does PEDA work for Police Officers and Firefighters?

How does PEDA work for Police Officers and Firefighters?

The Public Employee Disability Act (PEDA), codified under 5 ILCS 345/, is an Illinois law that provides financial assistance to first responders and other qualified employees, such as correctional officers, who get injured in the line of duty. Although first...

5 Things A Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help You With

5 Things A Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help You With

Illinois motorcyclists are involved in around 3,400 crashes each year. These accidents can be devastating and they can leave motorcyclists buried under a mountain of paperwork, bills and confusion. That's where a motorcycle accident attorney can come...

How Long After a Car Accident Can You Claim Injury?

How Long After a Car Accident Can You Claim Injury?

Car accidents come out of nowhere and leave those involved shaken and reeling with questions about what to do. If you were injured in a car accident, you may be feeling even more unsure of your next steps. How do you determine who is at fault for the accident?...

What to Do If You’ve Been in a Semi Truck Crash

What to Do If You’ve Been in a Semi Truck Crash

Have you been in an accident with a semi-truck? Driving a truck is one of the more difficult jobs out there. On top of being able to drive a massive and complex vehicle in all sorts of tight scenarios, they're responsible for transporting valuable cargo and hitting...

How Much Is a Good Settlement for a Motorcycle Accident?

How Much Is a Good Settlement for a Motorcycle Accident?

Motorcycle ownership is at an all-time high in America. With more bikers on the road, though, there's also been an increase in motorcycle accidents. If you've been in a crash, you're likely wondering what your claim is worth. How much is a good settlement...

This Week is National Work Zone Awareness Week!

This Week is National Work Zone Awareness Week!

Car accidents in work zones occur daily, and claim the lives of far too many construction workers and drivers across America. In fact, a person is killed in a work zone accident every 15 hours nationwide! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics more than 1800...

Do All Workers’ Comp Cases End in a Settlement?

Do All Workers’ Comp Cases End in a Settlement?

In 2019, there were 2.8 million nonfatal workers' comp cases in the US. Construction accidents alone account for approximately 250 workers' comp incidents per 10,000 full-time workers. This number of workplace injuries and illnesses is why 90%...

An Easy to Read Guide About How to Apply for Workers’ Comp

An Easy to Read Guide About How to Apply for Workers’ Comp

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are around 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses each year in the U.S. The aftermath of workplace accidents can be stressful and frustrating, especially when you consider the intricacies of...

What To Do When Workers’ Comp Won’t Pay

What To Do When Workers’ Comp Won’t Pay

Each year, American workers suffer nearly three million nonfatal workplace injuries. These incidents can be devastating. They rob families of income, result in enormous medical bills, and can upend people's lives.  Workers' compensation should be the...

How to Prove a Back Injury at Work?

How to Prove a Back Injury at Work?

The worker's compensation insurance industry is worth a staggering $56.8 billion as of this year. Accidents at work are far-too-common, but are employees really getting what they deserve?  Most employees do not foresee an injury happening at work, not...

When to Get an Attorney for a Car Accident

When to Get an Attorney for a Car Accident

With about 6 million car accidents a year, it's essential to know what to do if you find yourself in this unfortunate scenario. Don't wait until a collision occurs to figure out what to do next; it'll be a lot more complicated since you'll be...

How Long Do Workers’ Comp Settlements Take?

How Long Do Workers’ Comp Settlements Take?

Have you recently suffered an injury on the job? Do you wonder how long it would take to reach favorable workers' comp settlement amounts for your accident? If so, then you need to learn more about the overall process regarding workers' compensation settlements. The...

Construction Site Slip and Falls (on Ice or Snow)

Construction Site Slip and Falls (on Ice or Snow)

Every day, 14 construction workers in the United States die, on average. A third of these deaths are falls, more than any other category of injury in construction accidents. As we head into the winter months, workers should be aware of the dangers on job...

Can I Return to Work After a Workers’ Comp Settlement?

Can I Return to Work After a Workers’ Comp Settlement?

If you were recently involved in a workplace accident that led to an injury, then you're probably asking yourself several questions. What should I expect from this process? How long will it take to complete? Can I return to work after a workers' comp settlement?...

Brent Eames Settles Lawsuit Against Bar After Drunk Driver Injury

Brent Eames Settles Lawsuit Against Bar After Drunk Driver Injury

Chicago personal injury attorney Brent Eames has settled a Cook County lawsuit against a Logan Square bar for selling alcohol to a drunk driver who struck our client with his automobile, causing serious injuries.  Our client was standing on a sidewalk with a...

Can I Be Laid Off While on Workers’ Compensation?

Can I Be Laid Off While on Workers’ Compensation?

The average cost for a worker's compensation claim is just over $41,000. The compensation varies, depending on the type of injury sustained. Even without injuries, 83% of United States workers suffer from work-related stress. Not being able to work due...

When Should I Hire a Workers’ Comp Attorney?

When Should I Hire a Workers’ Comp Attorney?

Workplace injuries happen every seven seconds. That is equivalent to 12,900 every day, which adds up to about 4.6 million workplace injuries every single year.  Your employer has a responsibility to provide safe working conditions for you while you are...

Survivor Benefits For Police and Firefighter Disability Pensions

Survivor Benefits For Police and Firefighter Disability Pensions

When tragedy strikes, and a first responder dies or becomes permanently disabled, it is crucial to make sure that your loved ones are taken care of now, and into the future after you are gone. While line of duty disability pensions under Article III and Article IV of...

Brent Eames secures $260,000.00 Settlement in Dog Injury Case

Brent Eames secures $260,000.00 Settlement in Dog Injury Case

This past week, personal injury attorney Brent Eames settled a lawsuit filed in LaSalle County, Illinois on behalf of a client who suffered a serious knee injury as a result of an off-leash dog running and colliding with her lower extremities. Suit was filed against...

Eames Law Group Wins Spinal Fusion Victory at Commission

Eames Law Group Wins Spinal Fusion Victory at Commission

We are happy to report another hard-fought victory before the Workers’ Compensation Commission on behalf of a client.  We represent a worker who suffered a significant lower back injury as a result of a trip-and-fall accident at work.  As a result of this...

Injured while working from home?  That might be Work Comp.

Injured while working from home? That might be Work Comp.

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act covers employees who suffer injuries arising out of and in the course of their employment.  A common mistaken belief is that you have to suffer an injury on your employer’s premises in order to qualify for work comp...

ELG’S COVID-19 UPDATE

ELG’S COVID-19 UPDATE

First of all, I want to assure you that our office fully intends to remain open and operational throughout this outbreak.  Given the advantages of modern technology, even in the event we are compelled to work remotely, we will remain fully capable of answering...

ELG Settles Pace Bus Lawsuit

ELG Settles Pace Bus Lawsuit

Attorney Brent Eames of Eames Law Group has settled a lawsuit filed in Will County against Pace Suburban Bus related to injuries our client sustained after being struck by a Pace van while crossing the street in downtown Joliet.    Pace Suburban Bus is a...

NEW LAW ALERT: First Responders Suicide Prevention Act

NEW LAW ALERT: First Responders Suicide Prevention Act

On December 20, 2019, Public Act 101-0617 was passed, creating the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act. This Act is intended to address a troublingly high suicidal rate for first responders across the state. Due to repeated and unrelenting exposure to...

Police & Fire Pension Consolidation Bill Passes Both Chambers

Police & Fire Pension Consolidation Bill Passes Both Chambers

Despite a whirlwind of drama in the final hours leading up to the Senate’s vote, a pension consolidation bill passed both chambers of the General Assembly this week which awaits Governor J.B. Pritzker’s signature before formally becoming law.  The Senate’s 42-12...

When Animals Attack in Illinois, the Law is on your Side

When Animals Attack in Illinois, the Law is on your Side

According to recently released data from the  American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), pet ownership is on the rise in the United States.  Unsurprisingly, dogs continue to be the most popular pet.  However, the country has seen a large increase in the number of...

What to do if you are Involved in a Hit-and-Run Car Accident

What to do if you are Involved in a Hit-and-Run Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident is traumatic enough, so when the other party flees the scene, it can add confusion and uncertainty to an already terrible situation.  Although hit-and-run accidents are far from ideal, an understanding of the applicable laws, as well...

Can Training Exercise Injuries Qualify for PSEBA Benefits?

Can Training Exercise Injuries Qualify for PSEBA Benefits?

The Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (820 ILCS 320/1) is an Illinois law which provides for the payment of the full premium of an employer’s health insurance plan for firefighters and police officers who suffer catastrophic injuries or are killed in the line of...

Personal Injury From a Fireworks Accident

Personal Injury From a Fireworks Accident

Every year, the 4th of July brings celebrations, parties, and of course, fireworks.  Although there are strict laws in Illinois, such as the Illinois Explosives Act, which are intended to regulate and deter the use of fireworks by citizens, of course, residents will...

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