GWC Obtains $17,200,000.00 Settlement for Union Laborer

GWC Injury Lawyers partners Louis C. Cairo, Michael D. Fisher, and Louis A. Cairo have obtained a $17,200,000.00 settlement for a union laborer who suffered an internal cranio-cervical disassociation injury whereby his skull detached from his vertebral column. The case remains pending against other defendants. Plaintiff Sustains Life-Altering Injuries In October of 2019, the Plaintiff, a 41-year-old union construction>> Read More

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GWC’s James E. Babcock Publishes Article on Sua Sponte Exclusion of Evidence

GWC attorney James E. Babcock recently published an article on the impact of a sua sponte exclusion of evidence on a workers’ compensation claim. Occupational Exposure Claim Denied Mr. Babcock is currently serving his second term on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section Council. His duties include taking part in Council subcommittees, assisting with the development of>> Read More

GWC Obtains Over $2,050,000.00 for Union Marble Setter

GWC partner Michael D. Fisher and attorney Lawrence J. Amato have obtained a gross settlement valued at over $2,050,000.00, inclusive of an $806,239.00 waiver of the worker’s compensation lien, for a union marble setter who suffered shoulder, elbow, and neck injuries in a construction incident on a commercial building project. General Contractor’s Negligence Causes Marble Setter’s Injuries GWC’s client,>> Read More

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CTA Employee Compensated for Work-Related PTSD

A CTA employee who attempted to help a dying coworker has been approved to receive benefits for her work-related PTSD. Man Flatlines on Train In Lisa McKenzie v. Chicago Transit Authority, the Petitioner was employed as a full-time CTA train operator. As part of the duties of her job, she was required to operate a>> Read More

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GWC Attorney to Serve Second Term on ISBA Council

The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) has selected GWC attorney James E. Babcock to serve a second term on the Workers’ Compensation Law Section Council. Article Published in Newsletter The ISBA had previously appointed Mr. Babcock to the Workers’ Compensation Law Section Council for its 2021-2022 term. This reappointment will see him continuing his work>> Read More

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Workplace Fatalities Declined in 2020

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its latest data on workplace fatalities, revealing a sharp decline in work-related deaths. A Decrease of 10.7 Percent On December 16, 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics published the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) for 2020, the most recent year for which workplace fatalities>> Read More

Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Workplace Eye Wellness Month Highlights Hidden Risk

A nonprofit organization has declared March to be “Workplace Eye Wellness Month,” highlighting a little-discussed risk to American workers. What Is Workplace Eye Wellness Month? A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that there were 15,730 eye injuries involving days away from work in 2020. Prevent Blindness, a group whose mission is>> Read More

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Cashier’s Injury Found to Be Work-Related

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission has ruled that the “positional risk” injury sustained by a restaurant cashier was work-related. Cashier Suffers Shoulder Injury In Winfrey v. Portillo Restaurant Group, the Petitioner worked as a cashier at a fast food restaurant. Her duties included taking customer orders, receiving money, giving change, stocking, sweeping, mopping, and placing>> Read More

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GWC Obtains $425,000.00 for Foreman Electrician

GWC attorney Kitra K. Killen has obtained a $425,000.00 settlement for a union foreman electrician who sustained a neck injury with permanent work restrictions. Foreman Electrician Loses Trade GWC’s client was a 45-year-old union foreman electrician and a proud member of IBEW Local 134. In May 2017, he was working on a construction project in>> Read More

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GWC Obtains $500,000.00 Settlement for Construction Worker

GWC Partner James J. Nawrocki has obtained a $500,000.00 workers’ compensation settlement for a construction worker who was injured in a fall. Floor Gives Out Beneath Construction Worker GWC’s client is a 55-year-old construction worker. In 2018, he was working on a project in Indiana. While he was putting rebar into a cage, the floor>> Read More

November 2021 Settlements

GWC Obtains Over $2.8 Million in November 2021 Settlements

GWC Injury Lawyers LLC obtained over $2.8 million in settlements on behalf of its clients in November 2021. Firm Settles 42 Cases in November 2021 The firm settled a total of 42 cases in the month of November, including more than $1.3 million for third-party personal injury lawsuits and more than $1.2 million for workers’>> Read More

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City Employee Workers’ Compensation Claims Down in Chicago

Chicago’s Chief Financial Officer announced that city employee workers’ compensation claims have fallen dramatically over the past two years. City Employee Claims Down 30 Percent In June 2019, the City of Chicago hired an outside firm, Gallagher Bassett, to administer its workers’ compensation claims. Incoming Mayor Lori Lightfoot had characterized Chicago’s $100 million-per-year workers’ compensation>> Read More