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Balke & Williams

Workplace Injury Lawyers Serving Clients 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

How to Double your Chances of winning Your Personal injury Case

How to Double your Chances of winning Your Personal injury Case

Have you Suffered a Work Accident In Crystal Lake, IL?

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.

A Caring, Diligent Illinois Workplace Injury Attorney

When you’ve been injured on the job in Crystal Lake or Warrenville, Illinois, your options can seem limited. Finances are a key concern for many injured workers, and you and your family need a strong voice on your behalf.

For over 20 years, Brad Balke has helped represent injured workers just like you win the compensation and dignity that they deserve. No injured worker should ever feel left behind, and insurance companies are often all too eager to minimize the significance of your injuries.

No matter your industry, injury type, or the extent of your post-injury impairment, workplace injury lawyer Brad Balke can review your case, help you understand your legal options, and make sure that your claims are properly investigated and presented.

Construction Injury Lawyers

Construction Injury Lawyers

Injuries suffered at construction sites can be devastating and life-altering. Falls, head injuries, electrical injuries, and injuries sustained when caught between or pinned under equipment are common. The machinery used by contractors can be heavy, loud, and dangerous.

If you’ve been injured on a construction job site, reach out to workers’ compensation attorney Brad Balke. He can work with responsible parties, insurance companies, and contractors to ensure that your injuries are properly compensated and that your and your family’s well-being are protected.

Retail Store Accidents & Negligence Attorneys

Retail Store Accidents & Negligence Attorneys

Some of the hardest-working people in our country plug away in grocery stores and general merchant stores, and their injuries can deeply impact their earning potential and quality of life. Whether you’ve been hurt in a slip-and-fall accident or suffered a back injury while stocking, you deserve appropriate damages.

Retail companies’ insurance providers can be notoriously stingy and dismissive. Attorney Brad Balke will work hard to ensure your injuries are properly documented and that the full extent of your accident’s impact is compensated justly.

Retail Store Accidents & Negligence Attorneys
Injured In An Illinois Warehouse Accident

Injured In An Illinois Warehouse Accident

Warehouses can be dangerous, noisy, and fast-paced. The toll taken on the human body during unloading and transporting goods can be immense. When you’ve been injured in a warehouse accident, be sure to give workplace injury lawyer Brad Balke a call.

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Workplace Injury FAQs

Report the injury to your employer as soon as possible! Ideally, the same day or within 24 hours. It’s also important to make contact with a seasoned attorney when you report your workplace injury. This helps ensure you have the right legal guidance and representation should you need it.

The longer you wait to report your injury, the more difficult it can be to get adequate compensation. Reporting quickly allows you to get medical care, lets a doctor evaluate your injuries, and can go a long way in helping make your case for workers’ compensation.

A medical professional can help evaluate the extent and likely long-term impact of your injury. Seeking medical help immediately following an accident can help document your injuries, preserve evidence of the severity of your injury, and allow your doctor to assess the risk of disability.

Unfortunately, some workers do find themselves unable to work at any job following a serious accident. If this is the case, your attorney can file a claim for Permanent Total Disability benefits. If approved, these benefits can cover a percentage of your previous working wages for the remainder of your life.

The types of disability you may qualify for in Illinois can vary. These include Total Temporary Disability, which allows you to recover fully from an injury before returning to your previous position. Total Temporary Disability covers injury-related medical bills as well as ⅔ of weekly pay until you can return to work.

Temporary Partial Disability helps compensate for income loss due to a temporary light duty-related loss of income, at ⅔ the difference between your regular position’s pay and your new temporary position’s pay.

A Permanent Partial Disability may be awarded if you lose the use of a part of your body due to your workplace injury but can still handle modified work tasks. This compensation may award you damages that account for previous wages, the body part affected, and the extent of the permanent impact on that body part. In other cases, differential wage benefits may be awarded instead.

Finally, Permanent Total Disability can cover ⅔ of lost wages for the remainder of your life. These benefits can be sought in extreme cases where future employment is impossible due to the serious nature of your injuries.

Workers’ compensation in Illinois covers medical expenses related to your injury until you can return to work and a percentage of lost wages. Medical expenses can include the cost of first aid, emergency care, doctor’s visits, hospital care, and surgery or physical therapy.

Unfortunately, Illinois workers’ compensation does not award benefits or damages due to pain and suffering caused by workplace injury.

If your injuries have qualified you for Temporary Partial benefits, you may still work for your current employer if medically and professionally cleared to do so.

Working elsewhere or taking on a second job while collecting benefits can be legally risky, however. Depending on the type of work, this action may disqualify you from benefits or lead to accusations of fraud. Be sure to consult with a knowledgeable and seasoned workers’ compensation attorney before taking on a new or second job while collecting benefits.

Injured On The Job? Reach Out For Help Today!

If you have a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois, don’t entrust your well-being to chance or to a less attentive law firm. Allow workplace injury lawyer Brad Balke to review your case and help you file for what you deserve.

For over 20 years, Brad Balke has helped clients just like you file for workers’ compensation benefits, contest inadequate offers from employers’ insurance companies, and win the damages needed to move forward.

Injured on the job? Unsure of your next steps? Make reaching out to Balke & Williams Injury Lawyers the next thing that you do. Contact Brad Balke at (815) 495-5598 for a free initial consultation today!

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Crystal Lake Office

7115 S. Virginia Rd.
Suite 118
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: (815) 495-5598

Fax: (312) 986-8072

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Warrenville Office

4320 Winfield Road
Suite 200
Warrenville, IL 60555

Phone: (815) 495-5598

Fax: (312) 986-8072

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