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Our Lawyers Fight for Max Compensation after a Chicago Work Injury

We know the financial toll of a work injury in Chicago. To recover, you’ll need as much as possible to cover medical bills, your lost income, and your pain and suffering. And the worker’s compensation system is designed to protect the insurance companies, not employees. That’s where Staver steps in. Let us maximize your work injury settlement and pursue ALL of it.

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1. We Eliminate Risk for Chicago Work Accident Victims

Being seriously injured because someone failed to follow a work policy, was improperly trained, or otherwise created an unsafe workplace is enough to deal with. At Staver, there’s no up-front cost for our services.

Our contingency fee policy also means you won’t owe us anything unless you receive compensation.

Free case evaluation
$0.00 out of pocket expenses
No fee unless you win

Average Payout Amount*

w/attorney $1,600 on your own $1,600
Difference of $1,000.00

*According to the 2017 Martindale-Nolo Research.

2. Our Work Injury Experience Equals More; Faster.

Our years of experience with work accident claims or lawsuits typically result in more money in less time. These cases usually require considerable negotiation but come down to efficiency, documenting your injuries, and clarifying liability.

We make every effort to negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement for your injuries. But if an insurance company or negligent third party doesn’t offer enough, Staver won’t hesitate to fight for you in court.

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Chicago Work Injuries: Laws & Info

Although we have the legal side covered if you’re hurt at work, it can be helpful to have a general understanding of the unique laws and possible obstacles that may apply to your situation

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Chicago Work Accidents, Injuries & Damages

On-the-job accidents occur for many reasons and often result in severe injuries. Sometimes establishing responsibility is obvious. Other times, it takes an investigation to determine if someone was negligent.

Common Work Injuries in Chicago

Any number of accidents or mistakes can happen in the workplace. From inadequate employee training to improper maintenance, ignoring safety procedures, or outside instances of negligence, some of the most common work accidents we’ve seen include:

Chicago Construction Accidents

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States. A moment of distraction can leave a worker with serious or fatal injuries, and malfunctioning equipment can claim the life of even the most attentive worker. Common types of injuries in this field include those caused by falls, electrocution, being hit with an object, and being caught between pieces of equipment.

Learn more on our ‘Construction Accident’ page.

Work-Related Car Accidents

Generally speaking, this category of workplace injuries does not include accidents that occur when you are commuting to or from work. However, it does cover accidents that occur when you are running workplace errands, making a delivery, or traveling for work. It also covers those whose job involves driving. It can become challenging to assign liability if the other driver is responsible for the accident, as you may also be able to seek compensation through a third-party claim.

Ship Accidents

Maritime accidents are very common, as employers often try to run ships on skeleton crews or limit safety protocols to save time. In Illinois, compensation may fall under the Jones Act, rather than workers’ compensation.


Typical Work Injuries in Chicago

The severity of your work-related injuries significantly impacts the value of your claim. It’s important to keep up with medical treatment and document your recovery. This includes medical bills, treatment documents, and insurance info.

Here are some of the most common worker injuries we see:

  • Head and Brain Injuries —concussions or other traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, skull fractures, or lacerations that require plastic surgery.
  • Neck and Back InjuriesWhiplash, herniated discs, spinal cord damage, sprains, or strains.
  • Burn Injuries — Burns can run the spectrum from minor to fatal. Serious burns may require skin grafts and result in scarring.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries — When muscles, tendons, or ligaments are stretched or torn in an accident, the pain can be significant and lingering.
  • Broken Bones — Broken bones can be extremely painful, may require surgery to fix, and can take a very long time to heal.
  • Spinal Injuries – When the spinal cord is damaged, and the severity of the injury, a loss of movement or sensation in the lower extremities may result.

Illinois Workers’ Comp & Injury Compensation

Most work injuries are paid out through the workers’ compensation system. This is when your company pays a premium every month to provide coverage to all employees. Once approved, workers’ compensation benefits will include your medical treatment, lost wages, temporary total disability, permanent partial disability, and more.

Illinois is a no-fault system workers’ comp system. As an employee, you don’t need to prove that the company was to blame for your accident to receive compensation. However, when the system fails and the insurance companies are working in their best interest, that’s where we step in and take control.

Third-Party Work Accident Claims

Workplace accidents are also frequently caused by someone outside of your place of employment. For example, if you are out making a delivery to a client and fall on their unsalted icy steps, their homeowners’ insurance could be liable for your work-related injury.

If this is the case, we’ll file what’s called a third-party claim. The process is much different than a workers’ comp claim. But our approach is the same: we’ll collect evidence that supports your case, negotiate on your behalf, and fight for your every step of the way.


Establishing Liability & Fault for a Work Accident in Chicago

Someone needs to be held responsible for the harm you suffered after a Chicago work accident. This means physical and financial harm. In legal terms, this is what’s referred to as ‘liability.’ To determine liability, you must typically identify who’s responsible and how they ignored their duty to act responsibly, thereby causing your injury and various losses.

Liability in Chicago Work Accidents

You may wonder about how the details of your accident could impact your claim. If you’re an injured worker, you should seek out a workers’ compensation lawyer near you who can help with:

  • Employer liability
  • Third-party liability
  • Multiple defendants

All of these issues can lead to a complex personal injury or workers’ comp claim where an insurance company tries to deny your compensation.

Who’s Liable for a Chicago Work Accident?

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act is the primary piece of legislation used in workers’ compensation cases.

An employee must inform their employer within 45 days of the injury to receive maximum benefits. Note, though, that many employers have more restrictive reporting requirements.

Illinois laws cover an employer’s obligation to pay for workers’ compensation and post workers’ compensation insurance notices in an area where employees can see them. There are limited exceptions to these. Employers must report an injury to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission when an employee misses three workdays.


Chicago Work Injury FAQs

You will file a workers’ comp claim by notifying your employer of your work-related injury and finding the appropriate forms from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission or from your employer’s HR department.

Your employer, workers’ comp, and any third party insurance company will want to see proof of your injuries. Your medical records from emergency treatment and ongoing care will serve as proof of injury as well as severity of injury. If you don’t get medical treatment or you stop care, it will be impossible to prove that you deserve compensation.

Although you can see your regular primary care physician for a work-related injury, there are doctors who specialize in work-related injuries. It can be helpful to work with those types of doctors who are familiar with the workers’ compensation forms.

Some doctors and medical groups that advertise that they work with workers’ comp and work related injuries include the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, UI Health Occupational Environmental Medicine, and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. If you’d like other options, call our law offices for help finding the right doctors for you.


Is There a Work Injury Lawyer Near Me?

We cover the whole of the Chicagoland area:

Chicago, Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Naperville, Joliet, Waukegan

Our Process

We Focus on YOU after a Work Injury

Our process is people-focussed. It’s designed not only to win but to reduce stress levels and make the whole process easier.

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Consultation

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Case Value

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Workers' Comp Claim

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Third Party Claim

If Needed

Trial

It Starts with a Free Consultation

This is your chance to discuss the incident with an experienced work injury attorney. We’ll talk about how you were injured, who may be at fault, and what you might expect from a workers’ comp claim or third-party lawsuit.

Here are some things you may want to have or be ready to discuss:

  • Your Story– We’ll want to know what happened, including the date, time, and location of your work accident, as well as the severity of your injuries and subsequent medical care.
  • Documents & Photos– Make sure to get a copy of the police report or workplace incident report if applicable and take photos of your injuries.
  • Receipts for Expenses: A significant work njury will result in various out-of-pocket costs. These costs add up and should be accounted for.
  • Witness & Property Info: Any information you have about co-workers, bystanders, or others who witnessed the accident will be helpful.
  • Insurance Details & Communication: You may be covered by workers’ compensation insurance, but if other insurers are involved, you’ll be surprised by how quickly someone reaches out for a statement, release form, or settlement offer. Avoid agreeing to anything until you’ve consulted a lawyer, and keep a record of any communications you have with the insurer or your employer.
| Next Step: Determine the Value of Your Case

We’ll Determine the Value of Your Case

Staver gets to work fast to assess the full financial effect of being injured on the job. These accidents can go well beyond simple medical bills and hours of missed work. A serious work injury in Chicago could change your life, prevent you from returning to work, result in tremendous pain and suffering, and even be fatal.

We look long-term and consider everything you’ll need down the line. Whether through a workers’ comp claim or lawsuit, we pursue max compensation.

| Next Step: File a Workers' Compensation Claim

File a Workers’ Compensation Claim, if you haven’t already

The majority of work injuries are paid out through the workers’ compensation system. This is when your company pays a set premium every month to provide coverage to all employees. You can get workers’ compensation benefits for medical treatment, lost wages, temporary total disability, permanent partial disability, and more.

In Illinois, this is a no-fault system. As an employee, you don’t need to prove that the company was to blame for your accident in order to receive compensation. However, when the system fails and the insurance companies are working in their best interest, that’s where we step in and take control.

| Next Step: File a Third Party Claim

File a Third Party Claim

It’s not uncommon that a Chicago workplace accident involves someone outside of your place of employment. For example, if you are out making a delivery to a client and fall on their unsalted icy steps, their homeowners’ insurance could be liable for your work-related injury.

If this is the case, we’ll file what’s called a third-party claim. The process is much different than a workers’ comp claim. But our approach is the same: we fight for you every step of the way.

| Next Step: Trial

If Necessary, We’ll Take Your Case to Trial

Most work injury cases reach a negotiated settlement. But sometimes, the sides don’t agree, and insurance companies are known to make low-ball offers to make claims go away quickly. Other times, going to court may be the best way to hold someone accountable or get the result you need.

Regardless, we’ll explain the process and advise when the best option is to go to court.

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Why Staver?

We’re Here For You When Your Injured at Work

A workplace accident can get complicated fast. From identifying the cause to getting your bills paid and returning to work, you’ll have practical concerns and many questions. You shouldn’t worry about losing your job or getting the medical care you need.

That’s where Staver comes in.

Our lawyers have handled thousands of work injury claims. We take care of the complex stuff so you can focus on your own recovery. But we’ll always keep you up to speed so you know exactly where your case stands.

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We’re Advocates for Injured Workers

When you or a loved one are hurt at work because someone was careless, you shouldn’t feel cast aside or bear the financial burden. At Staver, we’ve seen the pain and bills that come with serious work-related accidents. It makes us passionate advocates for hardworking folks – in and out of court.

We’ve made thousands heard, and we’ll do it for you.

We’ve Earned Our Clients' Trust

Insurance companies are not worried about your health after a workplace injury. But Staver puts you first. It's why we have a 4.95 star Google rating 185+ reviews left by clients on Google.

Staver Law Group deserves 10 stars! By far the best law group I have ever worked with. Very easy to communicate with, unbelievable support through my injury, and very to the point. Would recommend them 1000x times!

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We Get Results in Work Injury Cases

Staver fights hard, and it shows. Over the years, we’ve helped recover millions so everyday people can move on after workplace negligence caused them significant harm.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

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Award-Winning Work Injury Lawyers on YOUR Side

We’ve won awards for over 3,500 clients. And with every award we get, the more it proves our quality. Years of credibility, glowing ratings from the BBB and a place on the top 100 trial lawyers of America.

The recognition we’ve accumulated speaks for itself.

Awards Memberships
Better Business Bureau A+ Rating
American Association of Personal Injury Attorneys
The AV Peer Rating
Top 100 Trial Lawyers of America
The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
The Chicago Bar Association
The Illinois State Bar Association
The American Bar Association
Brain Injury Association of America ‘Preferred Attorney’

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