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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, who delivers 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.

“I just want to let you know between Jennifer and Lisa, you two are awesome attorneys and I will recommend you both till the end! I love your service and positivity throughout the process! Thank you both for all you have done! I honestly felt so comfortable with your service from the start! I can’t thank you both enough! Honestly!”

Joseph H.

“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, the people that Jeff and his secretary had to deal with are simply scandals and that is being polite, but Jeff and his wonderful secretary fought for me and my family, I was off work over this for over a year. Medical bills . . . just a lot of uncertainty, fear and just being taken great advantage of, my settlement is only a few dollars, less than $4,000, this is in no way due to lack of working hard and vigorously for me [sic].”

Eddie F.

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

Jeremy M.