Recalled North Chicago Officers Will Retain Their Disability Pensions After 3 Years of Legal Fighting

As we previously reported, Attorney Brent Eames was retained to represent seven disabled police officers from the City of North Chicago after the City filed a motion with the pension board to revoke all of their pensions due to their alleged failure to respond to an emergency recall to work as dispatchers. The City relied upon an obscure provision of the Illinois Pension Code to demand that these disabled officers report back to work for the City for no compensation aside from their previously earned disability pensions. After these disabled officers allegedly did not fulfill their legal obligations under the Pension Code, the City filed a petition with the Police Pension Board to revoke all of their disability pensions.

This matter was originally scheduled to proceed to hearing before the pension board in March of 2020, but as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hearing was continued indefinitely. In the meantime, Attorney Eames was able to secure dismissals of the case against all but three of the disabled officers. CBS Chicago, which previously covered this story in 2019, did a follow-up story last year by interviewing two of the disabled officers, as well as Attorney Brent Eames. Those interviews can be found here.

Since that time, the officers refused to back down or negotiate, and prepared to push the City’s claims to trial. This past week, the day before the case was set to proceed to hearing, the City of North Chicago agreed to dismiss its case against all of our clients with prejudice. CBS Chicago did a follow-up story on the case, which can be accessed here. The video of the story and interview with Chicago Injury Attorney Brent Eames can be seen below:

We are thrilled to report a successful result for each and every one of our clients.

Eames Law Group, Ltd. never stops fighting for our clients, and we will aggressively push cases to trial in order to obtain justice.  Brent Eames is an experienced and award-winning attorney for first responders, and he has fought for and won disability claims for injured police officers and firefighters all across the state. If an insurance company has denied your claim or refused to pay work comp benefits, you owe it to yourself to contact one of the best work comp attorneys in Chicago, Brent Eames, to discuss your rights.  If you have been injured, you should immediately contact Brent Eames for a free consultation to discuss your options.

The content of this blog is intended for informational purposes only and does constitute or establish an attorney-client relationship, nor constitute legal advice. If you wish to discuss any further aspect of the material contained herein, please contact Brent Eames at Eames Law Group, Ltd.

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