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With a proven record of success and more than $2.5 BILLION recovered for our clients, we have grown into one of the premier personal injury and workers’ compensation law firms in the entire state.

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For a union laborer who suffered a cranio-cervical disassociation injury in which his skull detached from his vertebral column.


Construction Accident

A union tuckpointer was fatally injured in a lift tipover accident.



A union cement mason was fatally injured while trying to help an injured friend off a ladder on the friend’s property.


Truck Accident

For a driver and passenger who sustained multiple injuries when hit by a semi-truck driver.



For a union electrician who was electrocuted by an improperly manufactured ceiling fan.


Personal Injury

For a conveyor operator who sustained significant injuries to his hand when it got caught in a conveyor machine.


Construction Accident

An electrical lineman suffered severe electrical burns at a construction site accident.


Automobile Accident

An Iraqi war veteran sustained fatal injuries after striking a pothole while riding his motorcycle in the City of Chicago.

Dedicated Attorneys

We are the sons and daughters of working-class families. We understand and appreciate the struggles of working people – it’s part of the history of this firm. Many of us have seen parents injured at work and have lived through difficult times. That’s certainly one reason we are committed to doing whatever it takes to get our clients back on their feet after workplace injuries.

Justice Starts Today™

For more than four decades, the Chicago lawyers at GWC Injury Lawyers have been fighting for the rights of personal injury victims throughout Illinois. By utilizing the knowledge and resources that we have acquired during that time, our team of Chicago lawyers can provide the experience and dedication that is needed to litigate your claim.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

Harris was great throughout the whole process, always had time to answer questions and handle situations as they came, the rest of the staff was very helpful also. I would definitely refer people to him for their workers comp cases, thanks again

Mark F.

Kate Kirwin Searls and her team at GWC will get you everything you deserve! She was one of the most thorough lawyers that I have ever dealt with. She always followed up with me in a timely manner especially when I needed to feel confident that my case with my car accident was being handled. She was very detailed when it came to how she and GWC were going to address any issues that I might have had. I never had to deal with the other insurance company because I was confident that she would be doing all the follow up. She got me and my husband every penny we deserved after our car accident. I couldn’t have had a better attorney on my side. Kate Kirwin Searls is top notch if you need an attorney for an accident. You can sit back and concentrate on healing knowing that Kate is going to bat for you! If you hire Kate rest assured you will get everything you deserve plus more!

kelly D.

This is a great law firm that went above and beyond the call of duty as my case had many complications attached to it. The lawyers and supporting staff that handled my case were always very helpful and communicated with me on a regular basis. They were a great help to me in settling my case and I am very grateful to them.

old auto M.

I cannot say enough about how great of a job that GWC did for me. I was involved in a semi accident and I use GWCas a lawyer to help me recover damages that I sustained in this accident Anytime I had a question,all I needed to do was give Lou Anthony a call and he was ready to respond to any questions that I had. With the help of Louis Anthony and Megan Shore I received a larger settlement that I could ever have dreamt was possible. If you ever have a personal injury situation Gwc is the way to go!!

Rod S.

Attorney Joel Block & his assistant Marlyn are great! They respond quickly and they actually care about you and your case. They are part of the best firm in the area for a reason!

Jaime B.

A big Thank You to Larry Amato and his team at GWC. I truly felt that I was the only case he was working on because of the communication he and his team provided me. They always kept me in the loop, and always made me feel as if I was their top priority! His assistant Georgia was especially helpful also. If you need great representation because of an injury, Larry Amato at GWC is the way to go!

Nate M.

We have used GWC several times and have always been pleased with their great customer service. They kept us informed as things progressed and answered any questions we had. We have already recommended them to others and will continue to do.

Debby H.

My experience withth GwC had been nothing but awesome, Kate had been very thorough and detailed on everything she had done for me ,very prompt on emails and returned all my calls, thanks for representing me on this case,,I will most definitely refer you all to a family or friend....

ms Y.

I’m extremely grateful and appreciative for my legal team. I have two separate cases with this firm and would highly recommend them to those who need their services. Kitra, Yulema, Amy and Kate, are awesome at communicaters! They were straightforward (NO B.S), provided me with valuable information, and honesty, which I appreciated the most. My company didn’t make this process easy and fought me at every turn, but my legal team handled my case so well I found myself not stressing over the situation after a while.

S R.

After being told my workplace injury was not covered by workman’s comp I contacted GWC. Mr. Nawrocki was polite, very knowledgeable and explained everything to me in a way I could understand. He kept me informed along the way and got my surgery approved. Without him and GWC I would be living with a torn rotator cuff and bicep. Thank you so much Mr. Nawrocki. On top of the wonderful work he did I was pleasantly surprised to have the pleasure of working with his assistant Crystal. She not only would send me emails but would follow up with a phone call to be sure I understood everything. Would never go anywhere else for help with work comp issues. When the worlds against you reach out to GWC! The best of the best!

Mike S.

I used GWC for my car accident lawsuit. My attorney, Kate Kirwan Searls, has awesome throughout the entire process. She fought for my family and I from start to finish. At the end of process, she got my family more money than I ever thought, and she handled everything. Highly recommend!

Steven B.

First I would like to say I would recommend Cassey to everyone.She was very kind and listened to what you have to say. She was very professional with her job and other, and keep me up to date with my case.Thanks for all your help.Linda

linda L.

I can't say enough about the team at GWC Injury lawyers. Considering all things especially with the injury from 1st point of contact everything went great. The response time was great, and i will definitely refer GWC to everyone i know!

Tim L.

It took two years. No one really knows what you’ll go through. So many things have changed since I was hurt in the car accident. Sooo many things. But Kate Kirwan Searls stayed on the insurance company and she got the maximum allowable for me. She went a step further and got my medical bills paid by my insurance company. This is for a vehicle accident.Thank you Kate. I will keep you nearby. Just in case, and if anyone I know should fall into bad luck.

William B.

I had a couple attorneys here. I had James Babcock before he retired and I then had Joel Block. I had a workers comp case and they helped me win. Along the way, they were supportive, kind, listened and helped keep me focused. I hope I never have to be in this situation again, but if I ever am, I would absolutely call Joel again. I’m also very happy with the overall professionalism, efficiency of the team. Thank you to Marlyn and Amy as well for your work along the way. You guys were quite literally the only people supporting me in one of the most difficult situations I’ve ever been in. My experience here means more than you guys know

Heather S.

I truly appreciate GWC injury lawyers and their team, especially Marilyn Perez, because she and they are thoughtful, knowledgeable,and prompt taking care of your concerns. Marlyn is always available and does a great job of listening to my concerns and then offering good feedback and advice. Marlyn is always pleasant and a joy to talk to and confide in. Thank you GWC law.

Freddie W.

Larry Amato was very professional. I was never without an answer to any question I had. He was very respectful to me & my wife. He did an amazing job on my case & I would highly recommend him.

Greg P.

I hired Gwc to handle a case, and their attorneys and staff are very attentive they don't keep you in the dark they call to give you updates, so far I am very happy. The support staff is amazing!

Ken P.

Mr. Harris Elliott is an amazing attorney! He helped me with my WC case and kept me updated throughout the process until everything was taken care of. He is very reliable and responded to my emails or phone calls within 24 hours. Upfront and helpful, Mr. Elliott explained everything in detail and made the process a better learning experience for me. I am really grateful for his services, and I would recommend him to anyone who needs a great friendly lawyer!

Farzana Y.

James and Crystal were both amazing. they made the whole process so easy, were always in contact with me and informing me on the progress of my case.would definitely use again and refer them to others . thanks again guys. GREAT JOB

Gary K.

Working with Mr. Elliott was a Breeze. not only was he concise and honest, he was also very knowledgeable and explained everything Very easy. Also i might add, his supporting staff Amy and Crystal make sending and receiving documents so good and hassle free. I have worked with GWC in the past and will called them first every time too. One last thing, i have Had success referring GWC to my Coworker's and friends and also Family too.and I always will !Thank You GWC .Reymond Herrera

Reymond H.

Deanna and Lydia are amazing! This was my first accident ever (with no fault of my own) and I had NO idea what to do. Even before I decided to hire an attorney, Deanna graciously answered all my questions and gave me advice. The whole process was very simple - I just had to sit back while they took care of everything! It was such a huge weight off my shoulders during a very scary and stressful time. I can't thank them enough!

Dani M.

I want to take time to thank GWC Law, specifically the team of Bennett Baker & Donna Messina! The attention and detail that was given to my case definitely made me feel like an individual that was truly being taken care of versus a number. Their diligence, timely responses and patience with the various scenarios that would arise helped ease my anxiety tremendously. Baker & Messina’s display of integrity, customer service and ethics are a rare commodity in today’s time! I give them my sincerest gratitude for working on my case. Though being faced with the circumstances of having to seek representation were less then ideal, I can honestly say that I’m glad that GWC Law has been with me through this journey, I couldn’t have made a better choice!

James B

Very efficient and helpful from the top down. If you’re having issues while going through process of a claim, they’re extremely helpful and resourceful. Amy and Harris assisted me every step of the way and I was blessed with a result in my favor. Highly Recommended!!

Shuny G.

My team were great & refreshing legal professionals. Lawyer Joel Block & paralegal M.Perez's professionalism afforded me a huge piece of mind throughout the whole process from my work injury. I already referred friends to them.Thanks soo much!


I currently have two separate cases with this Law Firm & I must say that the services I've received thus far is simply amazing! To the young lady Ms, Amy whom seem extremely caring towards others life's challenging situations & makes the whole experience with "GWC Law Firm" very simple & easy! Lastly, I'd like to Thank my Attorney Mr. Elliott Harris for responding quickly & taking action towards whatever issues came up within my case! I'm extremely grateful for choosing (GWC Law Firm) to represent me.... Much gratitude again to you guys for your awesome professional expertise for my cases...

Antonio L.

Unfortunately my Wife and I lost our daughter during a traffic accident at the fault of another person. I reached out to GWC for a consultation. Louis Cairo Sr, whom immediately called me back directly in less than 15 minutes. I was absolutely impressed and I explained the situation and circumstances ro him at that time. Louis Sr then had his son Louis Jr call me and explained that we potentially had a case and I hired GWC and from that point, we were treated like family. Louis kept us abreast on each step, answering all of the questions we had whenever we had them, responded to emails and calls immediately and always made time for us as clients. I have NEVER seen an attorney operate the way Louis Jr did with GWC!!! Overall I would HIGHLY reccomend GWC to represent you if ever in need of an attorney. Hats off the entire team at GWC, as they were absolutely wonderful and amazing to us during this difficult time. Thank you all so very much for the hard dillegent work put in on our case!

Eric S.

Harris Elliott was my attorney and I couldn’t ask for a better lawyer!He was always responsive, and willing to help me with any issues that arise during the process and made sure I had a good understanding of it . He quickly answered my phone calls and text messages and took time explaining my situation. Personally, I felt like I knew him for a long time he had a very approachable personality yet he was very professional. He worked tirelessly to get me a good compensation for my injury.I’m very happy and satisfied with the way he handled my case. If I needed to, I would recommend him to my family and friends anytime! Thank you for your help Harris!


I had a career ending injury working as a Nurse. My attorney was Harris Elliot and my experience was Phenomenal. There were a lot of bumps across the 2+ years of surgeries and insurance company payments getting to me on a bi-weekly basis. Harris was Excellent on getting all of my issues along the way, along with a general concern for my personal health along the way. I could not have asked for a better experience with anybody else during one of the most devastating points in my life. I would consider Harris as not only my attorney but a Great friend through it all. I now have reached out to Amy for a unrelated matter, she has also been Amazing to say the least!!! I am looking forward to now have her have my back this time around. I would and have recommended this law firm to friends in need, and will continue to in all future needs. I can't thank you enough!!!Phillip Spallina

Phillip S.

I am so thankful I made my first phone call to Bill Kimball after my injury. He took all my worries away and made the initial phone call to set me up with a great doctor. My attorney Cassey Shashaty was the best. She handled my case like I was her only client. She returned phone calls and emails ASAP! She was so attentive to my case and needs. Her ability to put all the legal lingo in my terms and understanding was “teacher like”.Her persistence paid off for me. Thank you GWC!!

Tim B.

If I could give 10 stars I would! I would like to start out by saying thank you to Jim Nawrocki and his paralegal Crystal Sansone for all the hard work, dedication and perseverance they put into making sure justice was served. Their compassion ,professionalism and expertise gave me and my wife such comfort and piece of mind during a very trying time. For me, my injury took a hard toll on me, not only physically but mentally. Jim was able to keep me and my head in the proverbial “ Ball Game”.by keeping me updated every step of the process. He came up with a game plan and he stayed the course. I recall during negotiations, Jim would not settle for less, because I was worth more!. His game plan was solid with facts of the injury, facts of law , figures , and hard nosed negotiations. I was amazed and impressed. I have told many of my friends of Jim Nawrocki and GWC law. I will highly recommend your firm to anyone In the future. Thank for all your support and confidence.

gerald G.

This firm was so so helpful with my case from start to finish!! I had called a few places to get a feel for the different lawyers I’d work with and felt most comfortable after speaking with multiple people at GWC. I knew they’d handle my case with strong and timely communication and they did just that! Kate and her team were incredible and made the process so easy for me, as it was my first time needing a lawyer. All my questions were always answered, within a few hours at most. I strongly recommend using their services.

Corryn S.

Attorney Kate Searls was amazing and her team were great! Kate was always on top of everything and kept me up to date through the entire process. I was very pleased with my settlement and the time it took to receive it. Great job Kate! and I highly recommend this GWC Law Firm!

Quyen L.

My experience with GWC was genuine, honest and true like family. What was said and explained in our first conversation was exactly how it started and ended. Joel and Marlyn these two are the true dynamic duo!!!I'm forever grateful to all their hard work and dedication to make sure I received everything I deserved and more. They give the injured a voice to focus on healing.My overall experience was SUPER -FANTASTIC and AMAZING with fast results.GWC YOUR FIRM ROCKS😁

Latacia J.

Without no doubt this firm is so awesome. I had another lawyer where he never picked up the phone, I wasn’t getting paid on time weeks sometimes months late I couldn’t do it anymore, so I found GWC and from the start they were so helpful, especially Harris is such a great person he got me setup with direct deposit an they haven’t been late on my payment or benefits not once they get the job done!! I highly recommend them if you want smooth, no headaches for your case they will! Take care of you

Taison Z.

Jim Babcock at GWC is amazing. My whole experience was great. When the company was playing games Jim got on them yo make sure I didn't miss any of my income. It's nice knowing people out there care about us. We need more people like Jim & GWC to stand up for us against big business. My family & I are truly grateful to the entire GWC staff for all they did for us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Jim Q.

I had the wonderful experience working with GWC injury lawyers.Not that getting hurt is good while on the jobBut I contacted this group and all I can say it was one of the best calls I made.Working with Jim Babcock, Laura Flores and Amy was exceptionalThey said and did everything they promised to doWhen they said they would call — they did right on time . Constant and consistent communication from these three . I never had to worry about my case as they updated me at every ventureJames Babcock explained everything to me and he was right on the money with the times , calls and he delivered along with his fellow workers Laura and AmyI would without hesitation call this group if I were to be injured again on the jobI highly recommend GWC to anyone in need of competent, caring, and kind individuals!!Jim was kind understanding and humorous along the way which made my experience that much better !And Amy — I could have talked with her for hours. What a vibrant , intelligent humorous lady she is !!What a great contribution to the staff at GWC!!They are the best group to work with period !!

Christopher K.

Harris Elliot and his team were great. I can't say enough about them. I felt like my life was turned upside down after a slip at work and trying to deal with workers comp was horrible. I was going through weeks without pay ignored phone calls and emails. I didn't know what to do I was at my breaking point medical bills not being payed by worker comp and sent to my insurance. Finally I couldn't take it anymore and I called GWC and got Harris Elliot as my attorney.after talking to him was able to relieve some of my stress. Anytime I called him he called me right back. Always calming my nerves and resolving any issues I had. I can't say enough about Harris and his team. I'm glad my case is done everything went good. I miss everyone at GWC now that my case is over. I would recommend Harris Elliot to anyone. Thanks again Harris.

David G.

I was hurt badly at work. I had a Lumbar Fusion and a Cervical fusion. GWC lawyer Jim Nawrocki was amazing and helped me out tremendously. He guided me through the whole process. Lou Cairo at the end of the case helped my case out tremendously. I would definitely recommend GWC to anyone who is in an accident and needs a good law firm to represent you. A really great group of people at GWC!! Thank you GWC!!!

Bill K.

GWC Injury Lawyers is one of the best law firm and ATTORNEYS I have ever worked with. My case was handled very professionally. My phone calls was handled and returned on a timely basis. Any time there was a change in my case for any reason they call me immediately no problem. Everything about my case was always a phone call to let me know what was going on.Everything explained so Professional. I recommend GWC and give them a 5 STAR RATING. Thanks GWC

James S.

I highly recommend GWC Injury Lawyers for work and non-occupational injuries that you may have sustained. I was recommended by a fellow employee and I must say that my experience having GWC handling my injury lawsuit, was as they said, professional and sensitive to my suffering. GWC, also took time to help me understand the procedures and possible time table for a possible settlement. They will return your voice and email messages in a very timely manner. GWC was honest and respectful to me. If you are looking for a injury law firm that you can trust, I highly recommend GWC. Why the high praises, well, they handled their business and I was awarded settlements that made me happy.

Ant L.


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GWC Injury Lawyers Welcomes Two New Partners

GWC Injury Lawyers LLC is proud to announce the promotion of two distinguished members of our team to the position of Partner: Deanna Cairo Arthur and Timothy J. Keiser. Over the course of their tenures, Deanna and Timothy have demonstrated exceptional dedication, skill, and leadership. We are thrilled to formally recognize their significant contributions to>> Read More


Scaffold Corner Built With Complete Negligence

The lawsuit on behalf of the family of David O’Donnell, Local 130 technical engineer who suffered fatal injuries in the June 9th fall at the University of Chicago Hospital Cancer Pavilion project, has been filed today, June 20th, 2024. David O’Donnell’s mother was appointed Administrator of his estate in a probate order on June 18th,>> Read More

Scaffold Failure at University of Chicago Hospital Leaves 1 Dead and 1 Seriously Injured

A lawsuit was filed on June 10, 2024 on behalf of Jeffrey A. Spyrka, the Local 1 ironworker who fell over 100 feet when a scaffold at the University of Chicago Hospital new cancer center project failed in high winds on Thursday, June 6, 2024.  The lawsuit on behalf of the family of David O’Donnell,>> Read More

Dr. Robert McBride sexual assault lawsuit

GWC Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Lockport Township High School District 205

GWC Injury Lawyers has filed suit against Lockport Township High School District 205 for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old student during an official school sporting event. GWC’s client, Jane Doe, has also named District 205 Superintendent Dr. Robert McBride, Jr. and Assistant Superintendent Anthony Cundari as defendants. District Disregarded Duties Under Dr. Robert McBride’s>> Read More

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GWC Obtains $5.875 Million for Wisconsin Truck vs Car Accident Victims

GWC Partners Louis C. Cairo, Michael D. Fisher, and Louis A. Cairo have obtained $5.875 million in settlements on behalf of five victims of a Wisconsin semi-trailer accident. GWC represents two other passengers injured in this incident whose cases remain pending at this time. 18-Wheeler Flips Over Passenger Vehicle In March 2019, GWC’s clients were>> Read More

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GWC Honored as a Top 10 Illinois Personal Injury Firm

The Jury Verdict Reporter published its 2023 Settlements Report in the latest issue of Chicago Lawyer Magazine, highlighting those Illinois personal injury firms who procured settlements of $500,000.00 or more from August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2023. Of the 103 law firms that had settlements which qualified to make the list, GWC ranked in>> Read More


GWC Trial Verdict Nearly 33 Percent More Than Final Offer

GWC Partner Michael D. Fisher and attorney Lawrence J. Amato have obtained a $332,000.00 jury verdict in a highly contested pedestrian incident – nearly 33 percent more than the final settlement offer. Jeep Backs Over Woman in Parking Lot In October 2017, GWC’s client, a 64-year-old Arizona woman, was walking through an Enterprise Rent-A-Car parking>> Read More

Allison L. Dolan

GWC Attends the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys Annual Symposium

GWC attorney Allison L. Dolan is set to attend the highly anticipated 2023 Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA) annual symposium. Allison has become a respected name in trucking law and earned the coveted position of the 2023 Co-Chair of the New Lawyers Division. Allison will take the stage to address the New Lawyers Division,>> Read More

GWC Speaks to Chicago Tribune About Its Fermilab Construction Lawsuit

GWC Partner Michael D. Fisher spoke to the Chicago Tribune about the firm’s lawsuit on behalf of a Local 1 Ironworker who was seriously injured at the site of a massive Fermilab construction project. Lifetime of Disability On May 25, 2023, GWC’s client, Local 1 Ironworker James Daniels of Northwest Indiana, went to work at>> Read More

GWC Takes Part in Latin American Labor Rights Week

GWC attorney Raul V. Rodriguez represented the firm during the 15th Annual Latin American Labor Rights Week. Educating Latin American Workers Latin American Labor Rights Week is a yearly event that is dedicated to educating Latin American workers in the Chicago area about their legal rights. The Consulate General of Mexico organized the event, with participation from>> Read More

GWC Speaks on the South Elgin Trucking Accident

Trucking accidents are tragic events that can lead to devastating consequences, as exemplified by the recent South Elgin incident. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families affected by this terrible crash. These accidents serve as a stark reminder of the inherent dangers associated with large commercial vehicles on our roadways. The sheer>> Read More

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Family of Boy Injured at Great America Retains GWC Injury Lawyers

GWC Injury Lawyers has been retained by the family of an 11-year-old boy who was injured on a roller coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL. Permanent Scarring After Unexpected Stop July 25, 2023 should have been a happy day for this active-duty military family, who were visiting Great America prior to a>> Read More

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GWC Obtains $9 Million Settlement on Behalf of the Estate of Deceased Truck Driver

GWC attorney, Autumn Leslie, and partner, Michael D. Fisher, have obtained a settlement for $9 million dollars and a waiver of the $122,531.00 workers’ compensation lien on behalf of the Estate of a deceased truck driver who was killed when a bundle of metal tubing fell off his flatbed trailer during unloading. Bundle of Metal>> Read More

GWC Injury Lawyers Welcomes Two New Partners

GWC Injury Lawyers LLC is proud to announce the promotion of two distinguished members of our team to the position of Partner: Deanna Cairo Arthur and Timothy J. Keiser. Over the course of their tenures, Deanna and Timothy have demonstrated exceptional dedication, skill, and leadership. We are thrilled to formally recognize their significant contributions to>> Read More