As the third-largest city in Illinois and the largest city outside the Chicago area, Rockford has over 150,000 residents. Initially an industrial town, it is the county seat of Winnebago County, and it boasts the oldest music club in the nation. When residents find themselves in need of an injury attorney after an accident, our office can help. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, our Rockford personal injury lawyers advocate on behalf of people seeking compensation for their harm. Whether you have been injured at work or by the careless or reckless conduct of others, we are prepared to enforce your rights according to Illinois law.Personal Injury
Rockford’s location is attractive, especially to people working in the logistics and transportation industries. Linked by highways to Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, its growth has increased the number of vehicles on the roads and interstates. With this increased usage, there is a potential for more motor vehicle collisions. Following an accident, victims may choose to file a personal injury claim for damages against the driver or other party responsible for causing the crash. Monetary damages are meant to put the accident victim in the place in which they would be had they not been harmed. The first step in a personal injury claim is demonstrating who was at fault for causing the accident and resulting injuries.
To successfully bring a claim for compensation, the plaintiff victim must show that the defendant caused their harm. Many lawsuits proceed under a negligence theory of law, asserting that the defendant owed a duty of care and breached this duty, and this breach directly caused their injuries.
After proving legal fault, the value of a case will be assessed. Victims must set forth quantifiable costs associated with medical expenses, lost wages from work, and property damage. Costs that victims have already incurred may be recovered, as may present and future costs. Rehabilitation experts and vocational counselors may offer their opinions on the ongoing effects of injuries and their impact upon the victim.Workers’ Compensation
Employees who are harmed on the job may assert workers’ compensation claims for benefits. It is not necessary to prove fault in a workers’ compensation claim, since any employee harmed in the course and scope of employment is entitled to compensation. Illinois law provides that injured employees must file a claim promptly, and they must abide by notification rules to alert the employer of their harm.
There are many types of workplace injuries, extending from burns and disfigurement to brain injuries. Some employees suffer trauma in a single accident, while others are exposed to ongoing conditions at work that lead to a medical disease or conditions like nerve damage. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides benefits for job-related injuries, as well as diseases that are work-related.Social Security Disability Benefits
If you are unable to work because of an illness or an injury that you expect to last for 12 months or longer, you may be entitled to receive benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The process of filing a claim and securing benefits may be arduous. A skilled Social Security attorney can help with all of the phases of a claim, including appealing an initial denial.
By understanding the importance and role of medical information in a Social Security decision, claimants can present a strong case. It is important to prove the full impact of a medical condition and show how it prevents an individual from working. Our attorneys can strengthen a claim for benefits at a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.Retain a Rockford Lawyer for a Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, or Social Security Matter
The experienced attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca are available to help individuals and families dealing with the consequences of a motor vehicle collision, a workplace accident, or a disability that prevents them from working. The focus of our practice is on maximizing compensation for our clients by holding responsible parties legally accountable. Our Rockford personal injury attorneys can gather medical documentation and work with experts in the fields of vocational rehabilitation and medicine, as well as other professions. To better understand your legal rights, contact our office to set up a free consultation with an injury, Social Security, or workers’ compensation lawyer. We can be reached online or at (800) 444-1525.