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Chicago's Leading Workers’ Compensation Firm

Since 1995, Leonard Law Group has recovered more than $500 million on behalf of our clients. This level of success is a tribute to the quality of work and representation we devote to each and every case. To learn more about our firm, don’t hesitate to contact us. With free second opinions and Spanish speaking services available, we strive to provide our client's with convenience.

For more information about your case, call (312) 487-2513 to speak with a Chicago personal injury lawyer from Leonard Law Group. Spanish-speaking services available.

How Leonard Law Group Can Help

To have the advantage in your case, and in turn, avoid being taken advantage of, it’s beneficial to seek the skilled representation of a skilled workers' comp attorney. Leonard Law Group currently represents over 800 injured workers in the Chicago area. Our practiced workers’ compensation lawyers have handled more than 10,000 claims with great success. We are passionate about ensuring that our clients get the representation they need in order to secure the results they deserve.

How Do I File For Workers' Comp?

Every year in Illinois there are between 38,000 and 45,000 workers' compensation claims filed for traumatic injuries, repetitive injuries, and mental stress injuries. These applications are filed at the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission located at 100 W. Randolph St.

Believe it or not, it’s not uncommon for workers’ comp insurance companies to deny a legitimate claim. After all, these businesses make money by collecting premiums, not distributing compensation. Insurance companies will use any excuse to keep from covering your injury. However, you do have another course of action—filing an appeal.

The state of Illinois has a no-fault system and is only concerned with whether the injury or injuries arose out of and were in the course of the employee's work duties. If this burden can be satisfied, then the injured worker may qualify for benefits.

Please contact Leonard Law Group at (312) 487-2513 We offer free second-opinion case reviews and offer Spanish-speaking services for client convenience.

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Our Clients Share Their Stories
  • Always a pleasure to work with!

    “Always a pleasure to work with! Very quick at getting back to you and helping with anything you need!”

    - Esther B.
  • Thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for what you did for me.

    “I've been thinking how fortunate, blessed, I am to have an attorney like you. You're a great attorney and I'm glad that you're MY attorney!”

    - Robert B.
  • Leonard Law is a must if you are injured on the job!

    “Thank you Leonard Law (Joe) for all that you do. I don't know what I would do without you. Thank you.”

    - Joe LiCavoli
  • Ahora gracias a Leonard Law Group yo y mi familia dejamos de sufrir.

    “Estamos muy agradecidos con Leonard Law Group por que a sacado adelante a mecaso cuando el abogado anterior no me habla ayudado en mucho. Ahora gracias a Leonard Law Group yo y mi familia dejamos de s ...”

    - Gerardo Valle
  • I sent him to Joe Leonard and he was awarded $150,000.

    “Many members of Local 705 call me for advice on workers compensation issues. A Village employee called me because he felt he was wrongly terminated because of a workers compensation case. I sent him ...”

    - Bill Sullivan
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Appealing A Denied Workers' Comp Claim

In the state of Illinois, you have a right to appeal the denial of your claim. In order to do so, you must show evidence countering the reasons for the denial. The process can be quite complicated, which is why you need the assistance of an excellent Chicago workers’ compensation attorney. A good lawyer will not only know what papers to file and where to send them, but they will know the deadlines for each one. Every state has a statute of limitations that puts a restriction on the amount of time you have to file a workers’ comp claim; however, there are also deadlines for the appeals process.

What Is Needed To File An Appeal?

In order to begin, you must submit an application for "adjustment of claim." This must be submitted with proof that the employer has been served with a copy of the application. Then, you must request a hearing with the arbitrator working with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. This hearing is your opportunity to present evidence that the denial was a mistake.

If you have sufficient evidence, the next step is requesting a trial. The arbitrator will seek to resolve the dispute during the trial and will issue his or her decision within 60 days of its conclusion. Having a good attorney on your side will allow you to present your case in an orderly and well-argued way. Lawyers have extensive training in presenting and explaining evidence in a court of law, including the legal terminology necessary to present a well-argued case.

What If My Appeal Was Denied?

If your claim is still denied, you can appeal the arbitrator’s decision with a Petition for Review with the Workers’ Compensation Commission within 30 days. A panel of 3 commissioners will then review the petition and make a decision within 60 days regarding your case. Another denial can be appealed via the Circuit Court, Appellate Court, or even the Supreme Court of Illinois.

Each step will become progressively harder and will require the support of experienced legal counsel. Make sure you are represented by the best. Our attorneys have handled more than 7,500 claims successfully for injured workers all over the state. Trust us to advocate for you.

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With Decades of Experience
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    Joseph J. Leonard

    Senior Partner

    In 1998, after five years defending insurance companies and employers, Joseph decided he would rather champion the rights of the injured rather than seek to limit them. In 1998 he joined his brother Andrew Leonard in developing and promoting Employee Legal Services, Ltd., into a prominent worker’s compensation/personal injury plaintiff’s firm that Andrew had started with the assistance and vision of their late father Dr. Eugene Thomas Leonard III.
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    Andrew P. Leonard

    Senior Partner

    Andrew P. Leonard is a Chicago area native and the founder of Leonard Law Group, LLC, Andrew concentrates his practice on the representation of those injured while working throughout the state of Illinois. He practices before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Circuit Courts, and the Appellate and Supreme Courts.
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    Matthew J. Leonard

    Senior Partner

    Attorney Matthew J. Leonard is an owner and equity partner of Leonard Law Group. Matthew concentrates his practice in the handling of a few hand-selected personal injury cases and the oversight of the personal injury department of Leonard Law Group. Matthew was recognized as an Illinois Rising Star in 2013 and 2014 and has been nominated an Illinois Super Lawyer annually since 2015.
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    Michael E. Mahay

    Partner

    Michael earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois Benedictine College in 1982. After graduating, he worked in the private sector before returning to law school in 1987. Michael earned his Juris Doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School in 1990. Since 1991 Michael has concentrated his practice in workers’ compensation.

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    Daniel J. Biederman, Sr.

    Partner

    Daniel J. Biederman, Sr. is a tenacious advocate for his clients in the courtroom and at the negotiation table. Throughout his career, he has recovered over $39 million in verdicts and settlements for people injured by the negligence of others. Most notably, Dan secured a $4.5 million settlement for parents who tragically lost three children in a house fire in the Austin Neighborhood.

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    John P. Baglia

    Partner

    John Baglia joined Leonard Law Group in 2018. He concentrates his legal practice on personal injury, including construction negligence, medical malpractice, premises liability, and automobile accidents. John has a passion for advocating on behalf of injured people and helping them restore their lives both economically and emotionally. Prior to joining Leonard Law Group, John graduated from The John Marshall Law School with honors.

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    Crystal B. Figueroa

    Partner

    Crystal Figueroa is a driven and talented attorney who advocates for her clients’ best interests at all times. Crystal is fluent in both oral and written Spanish, and she takes pride in being able to help those who would otherwise not have a voice. Crystal comes from a Mexican immigrant family, which makes her not only familiar, but also empathetic, to the struggles faced by the marginalized.
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    Joseph P. Brancky

    Partner

    Joseph P. Brancky is a Chicago-area native. He obtained his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003, and his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2007. Joe has practiced entirely in workers’ compensation since that time. Prior to joining Leonard Law Group, he represented employers throughout Illinois, and has been a frequent presenter at seminars.
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    Matthew J. Canna

    Partner

    Prior to joining Leonard Law Group, Matt was a partner at a large Chicago law firm (Am Law 200), where he had over 15 years’ ...
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    Jeffrey M. Brown

    Partner

    Jeff has worked for over 34 years as a civil litigator. From the beginning of his career, the bulk of his efforts have been devoted to representing people that have been injured due to negligence or other misconduct by others. During that time, Jeff has represented plaintiffs in everything from a product liability case against a leading auto manufacturer to the death of victims due to neglect or medical malpractice
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Is Workers’ Comp Taxable Income?

Generally speaking, workers’ compensation benefits are not taxable. This includes both the state and federal level. However, there may be some exceptions to this, including individuals who receive compensation alongside other benefits such as Social Security Income or Social security disability insurance.

If your combined compensation meets a certain threshold, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may need to offset the workers' compensation benefits by reducing other benefits. The difference between the amounts you get from each income may be taxable. However, most people who receive both SSD and workers’ compensation typically don’t owe taxes.

Understanding Workers’ Compensation Liens

Section 21 of the Illinois workers' compensation act governs liens on workers' compensation cases. As a general rule there are no liens in workers' compensation cases. However, an exception exists if there is unpaid child support owed. If this is the case and the insurance company or employer is properly served and notified of the child support lien, it is enforceable against the injured workers TTD checks and settlement. Recent Illinois case law has also found enforceable liens against an injured worker’s settlement by the Illinois Department of Public Aid.

Workers' Comp Penalties Against Employers

Section 19 of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act governs the award of penalties against the employer. Two provisions, 19(k) and 19(l) may become relevant depending on the conduct of the employer in defending the injured workers claim.

  • 19(l) penalties take the form of late fees for delay in payment of an award after trial or in paying TTD benefits. 19(l) takes the form of a late penalty against the employer, computed at $30 a day with a maximum of $10,000.
  • 19(k) penalties require a finding of vexatious conduct on the part of the employer in defending the claim. These penalties require a finding on the part of the employer of bad faith. 19(k) penalties are computed at 20% of disputed medical, 20% of the disputed TTD withheld, and in some rare cases 20% of the prospective medical not approved by the employer once the costs of that medical are determined.

Injured On The Job? Find Out What Your Legal Options Are By contacting Leonard Law Group.

Workers’ Compensation Settlements

There is no provision of the Illinois workers' compensation act that guarantees the injured worker a settlement following the conclusion of medical treatment. The belief that the insurance company or employer will offer you a settlement may be a mistake. Often times once medical treatment has concluded the insurance company or employer will simply close the claim.

The value of a claim depends on the following factors:

  • Permanent partial disability sustained
  • Ability to return to work full-duty
  • Wage loss or earning impairment incurred, if any
  • Ability to return to any type of gainful employment

Our Firm Gets Results. Start Today With A Free Consultation.

Leonard Law Group is backed by decades of collective experience in the field of workers’ compensation. We handle cases for workers of all industries with professionalism and personal attention. Already with a firm, but unsure of the quality of your representation? Don’t hesitate to get a free second opinion from our established workers' compensation lawyers. We have a reputation throughout Chicago and all of Illinois as top workers’ compensation attorneys.

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    Regardless of the size or scope of your case, we always provide free initial consultations to our clients.

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    We know how insurance companies and major corporations work to try and avoid responsibility. We're not afraid to go toe-to-toe with these companies to fight to make sure our clients get the recovery they deserve.

  • Hundreds of Millions Recovered For Our Clients

    We have recovered over $500 million for injured clients, winning virtually every case we've tried or obtaining a superb settlement along the way.

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