When employees are injured while working for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), they are entitled to workers compensation benefits. These benefits are paid by CPS, an insurer or an affiliated contracting company and typically cover reasonable expenses related to a workplace injury or illness.

The Chicago workers compensation attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers have represented injured Chicago union workers since 1977. As the largest and most successful workers compensation firm in the state, we have presented hundreds of CPS employees and contractors. Our clients have received workers compensation for all types of workplace injuries and illnesses, including:

  • Brain injuries and concussions
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Electrical accident injuries
  • Ladder falls
  • Neck sprains
  • On-the-job car accident injuries
  • Slip-and-falls
  • Tissue damage
  • Toxic substance exposure

Our legal team has also represented more union workers than any other Illinois law firm. We routinely speak at union events to educate Chicago union members regarding their rights in the workers compensation process, including the importance of promptly informing an employer about a workplace injury.

We handle cases involving all types of Chicago Public Schools union workers, including cases involving members of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

IUOE: Keeping Chicago Schools Safe and Running

The International Union of Operating Engineers is a large trade union that was founded in 1896 and has about 400,000 members. The IUOE primarily represents operating engineers who work in the construction industry, industrial complexes and service industry. The IUOE also represents a significant number of public workers and health care workers such as nurses.

The IUOEs 123 local unions are dedicated to promoting the common interests of their members in the U.S. and Canada. The union focuses on protecting member wages, promoting member competitiveness through training and alleviating health care costs through extensive coalition-building.

Chicago members of the IUOE are served through Local 143 and Local 143B. Local 143 members primarily operate and maintain the buildings of Chicago Public Schools. Local 143B represents Chicago Public Schools Financial and Payroll Service employees.

Illinois Largest Union Workers Compensation Law Firm

The legal team at GWC Injury Lawyers is uniquely positioned to help injured IUOE members because we understand the nature of their jobs. Our personal injury lawyers have the legal and financial resources that smaller firms cannot match. This is why are able to promptly resolve workers compensation claims and make sure that our clients get into court as quickly as legally feasible.

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We Win Cases

With a proven track record of success and more than $2 BILLION in courtroom victories and negotiated settlements for our clients, we have grown into the largest personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm in the entire state.


Settlement – A sheet metal worker suffered significant injuries and was eventually placed on permanent sedentary work restrictions.

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