Victory for injured workers

Tracy Jones won a significant victory for injured workers. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act requires that an injured worker give the employer notice of the work injury within 45 days of the injury. (Some employers have a company policy which requires notice sooner than 45 days.) For the sudden traumatic event this usually is not…


Peggy a paralegal in Social Security

Peggy is a paralegal in the Social Security Disability department of the Law Office of Jim Black and associates.  She sees the face of the disabled and understands how dire the situation can be for many waiting to receive something to help them survive.  This empathy motivates Peggy to do all she can to help…


A new year

A new year is seeing significant changes at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (Commission). The Commission has rotated new arbitrators into the Rockford venue. My office is familiar with all three arbitrators having tried many cases in front of each.  My office looks forward to working with the new arbitrators moving cases to settlement or…


Holiday party

Friday December 7th The Law Office of Jim Black closed for the afternoon to celebrate the holidays at Franchesco’s . It was great to get together as a group away from the office and the demands and enjoy each other’s company.



Laura is the primary contact person for the social security clients. She sees first hand the needs of the clients. Often she is frustrated by the system that does not work faster to aid these clients with their needs. Laura answers the clients’ questions and encourages the clients to seek the medical care they need…


The annual staff retreat

Each year the staff at the Law Office of Jim Black has a retreat. We close the office and spend the morning doing work.  We then break for lunch and have some fun. Below are a few pictures of the afternoon’s fun. This guy hasn’t moved in years. I am certain more than one person…



I would like you to meet Cindy. She is about everywhere at the Office of Jim Black. She fills in at the front desk. She makes certain that the computer back up tapes are exchanged. She picks up office supplies. She closes files. She purges files. She waters plants. She does about anything needed. Every…