Injury Lawyers Serving Clients & Families Throughout Illinois
Suffering an injury in an auto accident, in the workplace or as the result of another’s negligence can lead to serious personal and economic consequences. Many victims are left with unmanageable medical expenses, long-term care needs and reduced ability to work.
The law offices of Balke & Williams, offers client-focused advocacy dedicated to maximizing compensation and bringing security back to your life. We have offices in Crystal Lake and Warrenville to better serve your needs. There will be no attorney fees unless you recover money for your injuries.
Do not settle an insurance claim after suffering an injury without first consulting an attorney. Schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys by sending us an email. Read more
Have You Suffered A Personal Injury In Crystal Lake, Illinois?
An injury can have a devastating effect on you and your family. Balke & Williams dynamically represents those who have suffered an injury at the hands of a negligent person or businesses. The devoted Crystal Lake personal injury lawyers at Balke & Williams offer personalized legal services to Illinois residents who have been harmed as the result of a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, a slip and fall, medical malpractice, or any injury that was caused by negligence.
Illinois law protects the victims of injuries caused by negligence by allowing them to seek financial compensation for the harm they have suffered. An injured person pursuing compensation in Crystal Lake, Illinois may choose to file a claim with the advantage of a personal injury lawyer representing their interests. Legally speaking, negligence is when a person or business fails to put forth the same level of care that a reasonable person or business would, in the same situation. In order to be allowed to recover in a personal injury lawsuit, the injured individual is required to prove that the defendant owed them a duty of care. It must be shown that the defendant breached their duty of care, that the breach in question resulted in an injury that should have been foreseeable, and that the victim has since suffered damages as a result.
Owners of retail or grocery stores owe a specific duty of care to their customers. A commercial driver has a certain duty to other drivers to observe all federal safety laws while in operation of their work vehicle. A surgeon must adhere the current industry standard of professional care. If he or she fails to meet those standards, they may be held liable for injuries that result.
Illinois abides by a comparative fault directive when assessing damages in personal injury situations. This approach means that even if you were partially at fault for your own injuries, you may still be entitled to be compensated for damages. An Illinois judge can assign a percentage of liability to each party in the case. The victim’s damages will be reduced according to their level of fault. A competent Illinois personal injury lawyer can fight to reduce amount of responsibility that you are assigned in your personal injury case.
Can You Sue For A Work Injury In Illinois?
Injuries caused by or sustained at work fall under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. The act also covers pre-existing conditions that were worsened by working and injuries that occur while working outside of the workplace. There are, however, certain situations in which an injury will not be covered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act:
- Injuries that are self-inflicted
- Injuries that occur during a fight that you started
- Injuries sustained during an illegal act
- Injuries that happen off duty
- Injuries sustained during conduct that is in clear violation of company policy
All employers in the state of Illinois are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. They are also required to post notices in work areas that explain employee’s worker’s compensation rights and display the contact information and policy number for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Employers are not permitted to fire, demote, relocate, or otherwise retaliate against employees who utilize workers’ compensation in any way, shape, or form. If you feel that you have been retaliated against after filing a workers’ compensation claim in Crystal Lake, IL or the surrounding area, contact a workers’ compensation attorney right away. The benefits offered by workers’ compensation in Illinois include:
- The cost of medical rehabilitation
- Temporary disability pay equaling 2/3 of your average pay
- Permanent disability benefits, in the event that the use of a body part is lost
- Retraining for a new position
It is important to notify your employer in writing immediately, if you are injured on the job. If your workers’ compensation insurance claim is denied, you have the right to file a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. The potential legal issues surrounding workers’ compensation rights can become extremely complex and technical. It is highly recommended that you seek out the representation of an expert Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible after filing a claim.
Balke & Williams know how to customize our approach to each individual client’s needs. We are here to help you regain your life after an injury that may have been completely disruptive. Our Illinois personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys are knowledgeable, personable, compassionate, and dedicated to fighting hard for those who have been injured and are need of help to recover. Please, call Balke & Williams today for a free consultation to find out if we can assist you in putting the pieces back together after your injury.
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We take all workers' compensation and personal injury cases on a contingency basis and will aggressively assert your right to benefits and compensation.
How We Can HelpAfter an injury, whether in a motor vehicle accident or while on the job, the insurance company often is quick to make a settlement offer. But wait, you may not yet know the full extent of the injury and this initial offer may not cover all of your expenses.
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Professional Service, Advocacy And A Commitment To ResultsOur personal injury practice is dedicated to asserting the rights of victims and their families. We have handled numerous high-profile cases and can provide you with the necessary representation to recover maximum compensation.
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