Workers’ Compensation Law

Attorneys Jim Black and Tracy Jones begin every Workers’ Compensation case by thoroughly investigating the legal and factual basis for each workers’ compensation claim, never relying upon insurance companies to state the issues. Their thorough knowledge and understanding of the rights of the injured individual as protected by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act guide them in each individual case assessment.

Following the initial review of each claim, Black and Jones Attorneys at Law files an Application for Adjustment of Claim before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC). Attorneys Black and Jones work aggressively to move the file through the system by securing needed medical records and expert medical testimony, if necessary, to establish a strong case before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. At times it is even necessary to secure expert medical testimony through a deposition. Throughout this process Attorneys Black, Jones and their staff make certain the insurance company fulfills its legal obligations under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

Some claims are disputed by the employer or their insurance company. In these situations as well as non-disputed matters, Black and Jones Attorneys at Law continue to identify the legal and factual issues of the case and to gather evidence needed to present the claim before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission in such a manner as to increase the probability that the injured workers’ claim will be successfully resolved.

Social Security Disability

Attorneys Jim Black and Tracy Jones offer representation on Social Security Disability cases. This encompasses both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI, commonly referred to as Social Security Disability, is available for any individual who can not engage in substantial gainful activity because of a physical or mental impairment which is likely to last 12 months or more, or result in death. SSDI is available for those who are fully insured through payroll deduction. If one does not have a work history and is not insured, SSI is available as long as they meet certain asset levels.

Most people who apply for SSDI or SSI are turned down twice. The denials require action within 60 days. If one waits more than 60 days, a new application process must be initiated. Black and Jones Attorneys at Law can help by gathering together the evidence necessary to establish that one meets the definition of disability under the Social Security law.

Personal Injury Law

Attorneys Jim Black and Tracy Jones represent individuals who have been seriously injured or killed due to the negligence of others. This includes auto accident cases, construction cases, animal attacks, or any other situation where the wrongful conduct of another has caused injury.