Trial Win For Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Associate Hayley Graham tried the first in-person workers’ compensation hearing during the COVID-19 pandemic in Chicago on June 15. Hayley received a very favorable award of all benefits at trial. Our client is a beer delivery driver whodelivers 5,000 cases of beer each week, unloading and stocking the product in large grocery and liquor stores.

The constant heavy lifting on a daily basis caused an injury to his lumbar spine and he suffered a herniated disc. His injury was exacerbated by stepping awkwardly off the back of his truck, which led to the need for surgery.

The workers’ compensation insurance company disputed the injury, arguing that it was not a result of his job-related duties, but the result of regular wear and tear on the spine. The insurance company denied all benefits, including payment for his time off work, medical expenses and for the permanent nature of the injuries.

The arbitrator disagreed and issued a trial award in our favor, finding that the injury was work-related and directing the insurance company to pay for all of the client’s medical treatment and time missed from work. Additionally, the arbitrator found that the client had suffered a permanent injury and awarded benefits accordingly. The case is currently pending on review before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.

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    A catastrophically injured ironworker facing a myriad insurance and Medicare issues.

  • Brain Injury $645,000 Settlement

    A settlement was obtained on a totally disputed case for a laborer who had an unwitnessed fall off a ladder sustaining a brain injury.

  • Injured Worker $525,000 Settlement

    Award and settlement for a Local 1 ironworker whose foreman (and uncle) testified against him claiming no notice of an injury was given. Through phone records and through the impeachment of the testimony of the company’s workers’ compensation administrator, the firm obtained an award in excess of $250,000, including $125,000 in penalties and fees.

  • Career-Ending Injury $500,000 Award

    Award for an ironworker who suffered a second career-ending injury in the same occupation which involved defending in the Appellate Court against an employer’s appeal of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s original decision in favor of our client.

  • Construction Accident $450,000 Settlement

    Established the medical relationship between and effect upon a union millwright who caught a 110-pound steel beam as it fell from its perch and the one in a million diagnosis of his condition.

  • R.S.D. Injury $425,000 Settlement

    John Popelka settled a Workers’ Compensation claim on behalf of an Assistant Project Manager for $425,000 and established a $485,000 Medicare “set-aside” Trust. Our client had developed R.S.D. following a meniscal surgery on his knee.

What Sets Anesi Ozmon Apart?

When You Have Been Injured, You Need a Firm With a History of Excellence
  • We Handle Your Case, So You Can Recover

    We understand the uncertainty you face and aim to provide you peace of mind. Clients may worry about making ends meet while missing work because of injuries or staying out of debt from medical bills. Our aim is to go above and beyond what you expect so that you can focus on recovery.

  • Work Directly With Your Attorney

    Our firm believes that in order be a successful team, we need to work directly with our clients. Not only do you get to work directly with your attorney, but you always have access to their direct number to ensure your questions never go unanswered.

  • Personalized Strategies & Results

    At Anesi Ozmon, we believe that no two situations are alike. Thus, we work to not only learn about your case but also about what unique goals and needs you may have in order to provide you with legal counsel customized to you.

  • Protecting the Injured Since 1955

    Anesi Ozmon has four generations of leaders and decades of experience protecting the rights of those injured. When you come to our office, you don't just get our team, you get our history.

    You always have my back and are very professional.

    “You always have my back and are very professional. Your team seems very smart, is not intimidated by any other lawyers, and is willing to take on a case simple or complex. Thank you for helping me and ...”

    - Mark N.
    I am grateful for their services, very professional at all times.

    “Good communication in replying to my messages immediately, letting me know of any changes. The lawyer and assistant were very kind and respectful, I am grateful for their services, very professional ...”

    - Miriam D.
    Highly Recommend

    “I would just like to say to everyone at the firm, this is about Jeff Alter, I know that you all there have large and much more profitable cases than mine...but Jeff and his wonderful secretary fought for me and my family.”

    - Eddie F.
    Great job well-done THANK YOU

    “The firm and John Popelka handled my case very professionally and very efficiently. Done in a very quick manner. I will definitely recommend the firm and JOHN POPELKA to all my family and friends.”

    - Glenn F.
    Very Satisfied

    “They did a great job with helping me with my workmans’ comp case. I would recommend this law firm to anyone that’s in need of a lawyer.”

    - Jeremy M.

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