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Chicago’s Best Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Friend, Levinson, and Turner understand the physical and emotional toll of an injury at your workplace on you and your family. For 70 years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to representing people injured at work and helping them get the compensation they deserve.

Our goal at FLT Law is always to listen, empathize, and fight to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorneys You Can Trust.

You can count on us at Friend, Levinson, and Turner to be on your side.

If you were hurt on the job, you might be entitled to compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, or rehabilitation. You need immediate support and care, including an authoritative Chicago workers’ compensation attorney who can begin protecting you immediately.

For the past 70 years, our skilled workers’ compensation attorneys have represented thousands of seriously injured workers

The results speak for themselves.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Facts

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Workers’ Compensation Settlement Plus Lifetime Statutory Payments


Personal Injury Settlement and Workers Compensation Waiver

Client Success Stories


Workers’ Compensation Settlement Plus Lifetime Statutory Payments

While on the job, a 32-year-old man suffered a devastating injury that resulted in a 100% loss of use of his hand. Before the work injury, he had an injury to his other hand that made it unusable. In addition to a lump-sum settlement of over $100,000.00 (which represented a 100% loss of use of the affected hand), we fought for Statutory Permanent Total Loss designation — resulting in monthly payments for the remainder of his working life. We proudly counseled and represented this hard-working laborer.

Client Success Stories


Personal Injury Settlement and Workers Compensation Waiver

An employee of a moving company suffered severe injuries when he stepped on an unstable manhole cover while on-the-job. The manhole cover in the sidewalk along the side of the building flipped as he was carrying furnishings out of a tenant’s apartment. This hard-working man suffered multiple injuries to his bones, muscles, and joints. We proudly represented him and earned a sizable settlement and a waiver of the $135,000 workers’ compensation lien.

Top 5 Occupational Injuries Involving Days Away from Work

Every two years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes data about occupational work hazards. As of 2020 (their latest publication), COVID influenced this information as exposure to harmful substances or environments ranked number 1st this year (as opposed to 2019, where it placed 6th).

Listed below are the top 5 occupational injuries involving days away from work. One note, the top three on this list account for 75% of all nonfatal injuries and illnesses involving days away from work.

  1. Exposure to harmful substances or environments
  2. Overexertion, bodily reaction
  3. Falls, slips, and trips
  4. Contact with objects and equipment
  5. Transportation incidents

Types of Work Injuries

Workers’ Compensation Checklist

In the immediate aftermath of an injury on the job, losing track of what’s happening is easy. If you or someone you love was hurt at work, follow these five simple steps to help you get the compensation you deserve.

1. Seek Medical Attention

Worker’s injuries frequently involve cuts, concussions, aches and soreness, soft tissue injuries, and muscle and bone damage.

At the doctor’s office, get copies of medical records regarding your exam and treatment. Also, take photos of any bruises or physical damage that will not appear on an x-ray.

2. Notify Employer

Do not wait. In Illinois, you must notify your employer of injury or illness within 45 days, either orally or in writing.

The state recommends the written notice also include your name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, and a brief description of the injury or illness.

3. Document

After the accident, write down what you remember happening during the incident as soon as possible.

Be sure to document what was happening just before the accident, what was the condition of any equipment you were using, who came to help, and who witnessed the accident.

Keep these notes private; you should only share them with your attorney. The more documentation you have, the easier it will be for your lawyer to fight to get you your full benefits.

4. Notify Your Union

If you’re a union member, tell them about your injury. Most often, your union can provide significant help to your case.

5. Hire an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Right away, you need to look into hiring an attorney to look out for your interests. Our team at FLT Law helps you navigate the claims process to ensure that all your benefits are awarded appropriately and promptly.

We fight for your rights and take care of all the details. We ensure that no legal deadlines are missed while healing from your injuries.

FLT Law knows the complications involved with obtaining workers’ comp benefits and provides the personal attention your circumstances demand.

Types of Workers’ Compensation

You might file four types of workers’ compensation claims if you sustained an injury at work. FLT Law, Chicago’s best workers’ compensation attorney, works alongside you to maximize your compensation and submit your paperwork on time and to the proper locations.

Medical Coverage

Your employer must pay for all reasonably necessary medical care to relieve or cure the effect of your injury.

This includes:

First Aid
Emergency Care
Doctor Visits
Hospital Care
Physical Therapy
Prosthetic Devices
Medical Appliances

Depending on the type of injury, your employer may be responsible for physical modifications to your home, such as a wheelchair ramp.


Wage Benefits

If you qualify in Illinois for wage benefits, your employer must compensate you for ⅔ of the employee’s average wage.

Be aware that you are subject to the state’s minimum and maximum compensation rates based on the day your injury occurred.


Vocational Rehab

After working through medical rehabilitation, if you are still limited in your ability to return to your current job, there may be a case for vocational rehabilitation.

These services are designed to help injured workers develop new skills or retrain for a new career to return to the workforce as soon as possible.

Services may include:

Vocational Counseling
Job Training
Job Placement Assistance
On-the-job Training
Educations Programs
Job Training Programs


Death Benefits

If someone you love was killed on the job, eligible survivors and beneficiaries may qualify for benefits.

If you are survived by a spouse, they are entitled to 50% of your final average compensation payable until death.

If you are survived by a spouse and have a child under their care under age 18 (22 if a full-time student), they are eligible for up to 75% of your final average compensation until the child ages out.

If you have children under the age of 18 (22 if a full-time student), they are eligible to receive a monthly annuity of 15% of your final average compensation until they age out.

A trusted Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney at FLT Law can assist in collecting the necessary paperwork to ensure your family doesn’t have to worry after your passing.


Frequently Asked Questions About Workers' Compensation

You must notify your employer of the injury, and you should also tell your employer immediately if you need medical attention. An experienced injury attorney in Chicago specializing in workers’ compensation laws can help you understand the process and your rights in Illinois and file your claim.

Benefits are not payable if you are injured while engaged in willful misconduct or if your injury is due to the use of alcohol, drugs, or the misuse of controlled substances. Workers’ compensation benefits should be within reach if you were injured while performing your job duties.

No. Fault is not an issue in a workers’ compensation claim. Accidents happen, and you deserve compensation for the extent of your injury. Many workers don’t know that accidents are covered in workers’ compensation, and they don’t get the full benefit. This is why you should hire a skilled workers’ compensation attorney to be sure you get the best benefits from your case.

If your employer and insurance company deny coverage of the claim, you may file a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. State law limits the amount of time you have to file a worker’s compensation claim. In Illinois, it is three years from the date of injury.

If your claim is for a job-related disease, the time limitation period begins when you learn you have the disease or the time of last exposure. Contact Friend, Levinson, and Turner today to hire a workers’ compensation attorney for your Chicago area workplace accident. Our skilled law firm will happily answer your questions and discuss options surrounding hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer in Illinois.

Your claim may be denied if you fail to report injuries promptly or fail to cooperate with your employer and authorized treating physicians regarding medical evaluations, treatment, rehabilitation services, and claim investigation. Your claim can also be denied if you refuse to return to suitable employment after being released to do so by a doctor.

Claims may be denied for several reasons. Possible problems may include the submission of fraudulent information, refusal to take a drug test, or refusal to submit to a medical examination by the authorized treating physician at reasonable times.

Yes. This is a third-party suit. If the negligence of a third party caused your injury case, you might have a right to sue that party. Contact us to secure a workers’ compensation lawyer who can ask questions about how to get the best benefit.

Illinois has a no-fault insurance program that gives benefits to employees who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses. In such a program, if you are injured on the job, you receive benefits in exchange for agreeing not to pursue civil action against your employer unless the injury was intentional.

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