Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Testimonial Tuesday :)

"I'm extremely grateful to Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. They truly have their client's best interest at hand. Marc Perper and Dulce were knowledgeable and helpful in guiding me through my workmans' comp process. I would highly recommend this law firm to friends and family."
With great appreciation,
Jim - South Chicago Heights

Want to know how Marc Perper might be able to help you and your workers' comp case? Click HERE to see his profile. For  free consultation, please call 800-594-7433

Friday, January 18, 2013

FAQ - What do I do if I am under surveillance?

Workers' Compensation Attorney, Tyler Berberich talks about what to do if you are under surveillance. 

Do you have a question? Contact Tyler today at Lawyers@HorwitzLaw.com or call 800.594.7433

If you're injured on the job, are you covered by workers' compensation insurance through your employer?
Will your medical bills be paid in a timely manner? Can your case and/or your benefits be denied? Should you let your employer or their insurance representative tape record your conversations?

What might seem like a "no-brainer" case to you can often become complicated and distorted with time. Sadly, there's often third-party liability that injured employees are not aware of and fail to receive compensation from.

It's wise to seek a knowledgeable attorney immediately; one who is experienced with the laws surrounding injuries on the job and can best protect your right to full compensation under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act.

Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, LTD is known for its commitment to those who were injured on the job and has earned the respect of countless union organizations throughout the state.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Testimonial Tuesday!

Clifford fights so hard for people because he truly cares.

"I hired Clifford and his partners at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates in 2007. Since then he has worked so hard on my case and I knew that I was going to have the best representation. Clifford helped me understand what was going on every step of the way. When it came time for trial, I watched and listened to how much detail and passion he had for my case. I was very impressed and even though it was a very serious case, it was fun to watch him work. I can't thank him enough for what he did for my family and I. I look forward to having Clifford as a friend when this is all finished. Thank you Clifford."

If you want to learn more about Cliff Horwitz, have a question or want to give us a testimonial, please contact us today on our website or call toll free 800-594-7433

Monday, January 14, 2013

Attorney Highlight - Tom Kelliher

"Early on in life, my parents instilled in me the belief that justice is a right which our country protects. I have never abandoned that idea in adulthood, which is why I routinely and consistently battle for justice on behalf of my clients."

Thomas A. Kelliher is a seasoned litigator who has first-chaired 30 trials during the course of his career. When engaged in defense work for the city of Chicago, Tom won 90 percent of the 29 cases he tried to jury verdict. In the one plaintiff case he has tried to verdict – a premises liability lawsuit involving a back injury – he won a jury verdict exceeding $1 million for his client.

Included in his professional experiences are matters that involve such areas of legal practice as:
  • personal injury and negligence
  • automobile and trucking accidents
  • product liability
  • nursing home neglect and abuse
  • medical malpractice
  • pharmaceuticals litigation
  • premises liability
  • insurance coverage disputes
  • antitrust matters
  • multidistrict and class action litigation
  • appeals
Tom also serves as the chief writer of appellate court briefs at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Ltd. Like his colleagues at the law firm, Tom is known for being an extremely talented, passionate, aggressive and sharp trial attorney.
Born in Santa Monica, Calif., Tom graduated from high school in Arlington, Va., before attending the University of Virginia and The John Marshall Law School. He currently resides in Westchester and enjoys golf, barbecuing and spending time with family and friends.
Honors and Awards
  • William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago Volunteer Award
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Order of John Marshall
Prior Employment
Before joining Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Tom was an assistant corporation counsel in the torts division of the law department of the city of Chicago. Earlier in his career he litigated personal injury and product liability matters for a plaintiffs’ boutique firm in Chicago. Tom was a law clerk for Judge Robert D. Sundby of the Wisconsin Fourth District Court of Appeals in Madison between 1994 and 1996. Before he entered law school, Tom worked for the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation in Syracuse, N.Y. 
Civic and Charitable Associations
Tom has tutored and mentored many children. He volunteers with the Lawyers in the Classroom program of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago. CRFC, a nonprofit and nonpartisan community-based organization, works with elementary and secondary schools to develop critical thinking skills, civic participation, and a commitment to the rule of law among young people. It also seeks to instill a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in the U.S.Constitution and its Bill of Rights.
From 1999 to 2006, Tom also volunteered with the Law Explorers Project of the Chicago Bar Association, which introduces teenagers to careers in law and government.
Pro Bono
As required by the Federal Trial Bar, Tom handles a limited number of assigned federal pro bono cases.
Professional Associations
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago Bar Association, Will County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association
Publications and Presentations
In addition to making presentations at Chicago Bar Association events, Tom has spoken to senior citizens at community centers about nursing home neglect and abuse, tort reform and medical malpractice.
A former staff editor of The John Marshall Law Review, Tom’s most recent publication is “Products Liability in Design Defect Cases: Application of the Consumer Expectation and Risk-Benefit Tests,” Trial Journal, the quarterly magazine of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Summer 2005.
  • The John Marshall Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1994)
  • University of Virginia (B.A., 1989)
  • Illinois, 1995
  • Wisconsin, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Contact Tom today by calling 800-594-7433 or ask a question on our website.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Your 3 Basic Rights: Part II

Compensation for time off work (temporary total disability)

The second right you have under the Act is the right to compensation for periods of time that you cannot work due to your work related injury. This is called temporary total disability ("TTD"). This is a weekly benefit, although many insurance companies prefer to pay it every two weeks (if at all). The weekly amount is 2/3 of your average weekly wage ("AWW"), subject to maximums and minimums. These can be found here. Temporary Total Disability, like all benefits under Workers Compensation Act, is tax-free. Your average weekly wage is going to require a spreadsheet to calculate correctly, but you can get a good estimate if you work regular hours. Just multiply the number of hours you regularly work each week by your hourly rate. If you regularly work a 50-hour week, and 10 of those hours are paid at time and a half, forget about that extra half you get for the overtime. In fact, stop thinking of it as overtime, since technically overtime is not included in your average weekly wage.

Some case law has indicated that - to be included in your AWW - the hours need to be both regular and mandatory. Mandatory means that if you aren't available to work those 50 hours each week, you could lose your job. Other cases indicate that it's enough that the hours are worked regularly, but beware. If you say you regularly work a 50-hour week, and there's one week that you worked 49 hours, the courts might say 50 hours ins't a regular week. (call for more details on this subject 800.594.7433)

Let's get back to temporary total disability. The important thing is to realize this; the insurance adjuster will frequently underestimate your temporary total disability rate. (We'll be generous and assume this is done by accident.) So do the math and if you think you're being underpaid, let the adjuster know.

In order to be entitled to temporary total disability, you need regularly updated work status slips from your doctor. Your doctor might take you off work completely, or place you on temporary restrictions. If you refuse to even try this light duty, your temporary total disability will be cut off. So show up for the light duty job and give it an honest try, as long as it's within your restrictions. If performing the job causes pain, see your doctor and get your restrictions modified accordingly.

Bear in mind that if youre working light duty but earning less than you would normally be earning, you're entitled to a different benefit called temporary partial disability.

Excerpt from Mark Weissburg's book, How to Win a Workers Compensation Claim in Illinois 

Want to learn more about compensation for time off work or if you have questions about your injury, contact us today or call (800) 594-7433

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Record Verdict For an Injury

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Testimonial Tuesday!

"Michael is not just a lawyer, he is my friend"

"Since 2007 when my case started until it ended in 2012, Michael has been such an important part of my life. He and his partners at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates fought a long hard fight and won. If I had any questions, problems or just needed to talk, Michael was a phone call away. During my trial I watched and listened to Michael and was so impressed by his knowledge of my case and how compassionate he is. Michael explained everything about my injury in such detail that it was easy for anyone to understand. Michael was next to me when the verdict was read and was the first to shake my hand and talked to me while I was so emotional from all the stress. My family and I will never be able to thank Michael and his partners enough for what they did. Once this is all done I look forward to having Michael as my friend. Thank you Michael."

If you want to contact Michael Carter, please call 800-594-7433 or go to our website for more information.