Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission has implemented a modified hearing schedule with an emphasis on pre-trials and very limited in-person hearings as a consequence of the safety directives under Governor J. B. Pritzker's order. Please feel free to call our office if you have concerns about your case. Our lawyers and staff remain available to help you as we are present in the office as well as working from home.
For over 60 years, Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca have fought for full and fair compensation for clients in Chicago, Rockford, Aurora, DeKalb, Bloomington, Decatur, Champaign, Danville, Mattoon, and Quincy. We concentrate in protecting the rights of people who are injured in work, car, truck, and premises accidents as well as those with Social Security Disability cases. Our firm also seeks to achieve economic justice by representing the needs of several major labor unions as well as employees whose rights are violated at their work. Our goal is to obtain justice to help fix our clients’ harms and losses.
As an AV-rated law firm, our experienced Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury, and Social Security Disability lawyers have established a reputation in Chicago and Illinois as the most knowledgeable and ethical attorneys among our peers. Besides being rated each year as a U.S. News and World Report Best Law Firm in the areas of Labor and Workers’ Compensation, five of our attorneys are Illinois Super Lawyers and four are rated “Best Lawyers in America.” When you choose our firm to represent you, you can rest assured that you are represented by one of the most highly rated and well respected firms.Work Injury Lawyers
If you have been injured at work, it is important to you and your family to hire attorneys who are well known for their exceptional knowledge of the law, litigation ability, and negotiation skills. It is also important for you to hire attorneys who travel throughout all parts of Illinois to aggressively and diligently advocate for your rights. We represent clients in nearly every work field, including: manufacturing, assembly; construction; air travel; law enforcement; fire protection; ground transportation; security; education; health care; hotels; restaurants; and retail. We have seen the heroic efforts of our clients and their families when they are dealt hardship by unexpected work injury, medical treatment, and loss of income. Our experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers have a sincere commitment to provide you with the best possible legal advice, service, and effort to work tirelessly to maximize your recovery.Car Collision Lawyers
All drivers must follow the rules of the road to protect our communities from needless harm. The bottom line is that personal injury cases happen because often times, people act carelessly toward others. When someone is determined to be legally responsible for injuring someone else, they must compensate the victim for all of the consequences that follow. Before going to trial, the personal injury lawyers at our Chicago firm investigate each case because we know that there has to be a good reason for going to court. Before going to trial, we attempt to resolve our clients’ cases with the insurance companies and corporations because our clients must have a good reason for going to trial. Whether seeking compensation for a family who has lost a loved one or fighting for the needs of individuals harmed by others, we are dedicated to you and your case.Truck Crash Lawyers
All truck drivers must operate their rigs safety to prevent needless injury and mayhem on our roads.
Most truck drivers have safety training that goes over and beyond what we learn in driver’s education. Every time a professional driver gets behind the wheel of their company’s vehicle, they accept responsibility for the safety of everyone sharing the road. Operating commercial vehicles is a privilege and a serious responsibility because the size and weight of tractor-trailers, cargo vans, and buses can cause massive harm even at relatively low speeds. If you are in need of accomplished legal representation in any of our practice areas, contact us to schedule a free consultation. Our truck injury work is handled on a contingency basis, which means there is no charge to you unless we recover money for the damages in your case. If you would like to talk to a Chicago personal injury attorney about a potential case, call us at 312-263-6330 or toll-free at 800-444-1525 for a free consultation. You can also complete our website contact form and a lawyer will call you back.Premises Liability Lawyers
All property owners must keep a safe environment for visitors. The bottom line is that premises liability cases happen because property owners fail to maintain their property in a way that protects others from being harmed by hazardous conditions. Most injuries that take place on another person’s property are preventable because the property owner could have easily fixed worn, broken, defective, and dangerous conditions. You should consult a personal injury attorney in the Chicago area if you have been hurt in a preventable accident on someone else's property.Social Security Disability Lawyers
If have been unable to work for a long time, then you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. Statistically, most people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits will not be approved by the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration’s statistics also show that you are more likely to win an appeal if you hire an attorney.Union, Labor, and Employment Lawyers
Labor and employment legal representation is a complex and nuanced area of the law. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, our labor and employment attorneys have been a leading labor law firm for decades. We represent unions on a number of legal issues, including: National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and state labor board cases; Collective bargaining and labor relations/negotiations; Union issues affected by acquisitions, plant closings, and facility relocations; Grievances and arbitration; Union trust fund and pension issues; and Unfair labor and compliance issues. Our employment lawyers represent people in a variety of cases, including failure to pay for overtime (FLSA wage and hour claims); Americans with Disabilities Act; and Family Medical Leave Act.
If you are in need of accomplished legal representation union, labor, and employment work, please contact us to schedule a free consultation at 312-263-6330 or toll-free at 800-444-1525. You can also complete our website contact form and a lawyer will call you back.
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Stanley Eisenstein works closely with our diverse labor union clientele. He strongly believes that counseling, advising and educating our labor clientele is a critical component of the firm’s successful labor practice over many decades.Read More About Stanley Eisenstein
Richard K. Johnson joined the law firm in 1983. Currently, he is the managing partner of the firm. In addition to these duties, Richard maintains a busy statewide practice representing injured men and women, many of whom are union members.Read More About Richard K. Johnson
Deborah Weiss Fertel has been successfully representing and obtaining compensation for injured workers and other injured or disabled individuals since 1985. A large portion of her practice focuses on representing injured workers...Read More About Deborah Weiss Fertel
Philip A. Bareck has been with Katz Friedman since 1991, became a partner in 2003, and a shareholder in 2007. He has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer (5% of the attorneys in Illinois), included in Best Lawyers...Read More About Philip A. Bareck
Frank J. Bertuca, an aggressive litigator, has obtained millions of dollars in benefits on behalf of his clients. He is one of a select group of lawyers to obtain rarely awarded penalties and attorneys’ fees against United Airlines...Read More About Frank J. Bertuca
David M. Barish joined Katz Friedman in the fall of 2001. He covers cases that are set in Chicago, Rockford, Woodstock, Waukegan, Elgin, Wheaton, Geneva and New Lenox. He is available to meet clients at many locations...Read More About David M. Barish
Chris is a savvy litigator and negotiator who specializes in workers’ compensation law and social security disability law. Over the course of his career, he has represented thousands of clients from all walks of life...Read More About Christopher W. Mose
Christopher Johnson has spent a significant amount of his career obtaining compensation for the harms and losses suffered by injured workers. He has litigated across the State of Illinois against various employers...Read More About Christopher J. Johnson
As one of Katz Friedman’s esteemed Labor and Employment attorneys Joshua File serves as a zealous advocate for the firm’s many labor union clients. In addition to representing labor unions in traditional labor law...Read More About Joshua M. File
Keith Sparks concentrates his legal practice in representing and fighting for individuals. His representation seeks to ensure fair and proper treatment or compensation under the law for hardworking individuals when they have suffered...Read More About Keith Sparks
Bridgette Kolb joined Katz Friedman in 2014. Her practice is focused on protecting the rights of workers in Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease cases. Ms. Kolb is a zealous advocate who is dedicated to obtaining...Read More About Bridgette A. Kolb
Prior to joining Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, Brent worked as a compensation analyst for many years, developing an expertise in designing and administering sales incentive plans.Read More About Brent Keller