Workers’ Compensation Preferred Provider Program

Illinois has adopted a Preferred Provider Program for injured workers. This allows the employer and/or its insurance company to set up a preferred provider network. The preferred provider is a doctor or medical facility chosen by the employer. The injured worker does not need to treat with the preferred provider. However, if the injured worker…


Mr. Fix it

Luis is our Spanish interpreter, Mr. Fix It, and Social Security Disability file generator. Luis is the go to guy when the computers are not doing what is expected. He also translates for our Spanish speaking clients. He takes this job seriously. He has been over heard debating the proper Spanish word for the English…


Shamrock Shuffle

The support staff at the Law Office of Jim Black & Associates gave up part of a Sunday to participate in the “Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run-Walk 2013” to run for a cure for muscular dystrophy. Cindy, Gloria, Laura, Bryanna, and Shonna all participated and completed the run.  They called themselves the “Four Law Clovers”. Not…


Medical Bills

“Medical bills are the bane of the workers’ compensation practice.” These words were heard at a workers’ compensation law seminar.  And so true the works are! Fortunately for the Law Office of Jim Black and Associates we have Karen Walker. She is pictured above checking on medical bills. She does so quickly and accurately. This…



Here is Gloria putting together our subpoenas. It takes quite a bit to put a workers’ compensation case together. The most important is to obtain medical records. Gloria sends out 60-70 subpoenas per week. Each subpoena requires a cover letter, the subpoena and a medical authorization. It is very important that injured workers tell us…


Repetitive Motion

in Videos

This is the second in the series of animated commercials developed by the agency, copywriter and animator. The 2-D animation of the worker performing his daily work activity, followed by him performing the same movement while trying to reach the insurance company sets the tone for the commercial. The fun sounding, but spot on, operator…


Adopt a family for Christmas

The entire office staff joined in to “Adopt a family for Christmas” by providing gifts and clothes for a family of four in the Rockford area.  In the picture, Shonna and Gloria are delivering the gifts to a Salvation Army employee. We all hope the family has a wonderful Christmas.


Preparing for trial

Issues in workers’ compensation cases can be involved and require extensive development of both factual and legal evidence. Here Tracy is putting her heart and soul into getting ready for a trial. In this case, the very factually and legally complicated issue of, “when does mental stress which causes physical injury become work related”. The…


Halloween 2012

On October 31st the staff at the Law Office of Jim Black donned the Halloween costumes and had some fun. One staff person, Kristy, dressed up as another staff person, Gloria. Kristy made a pretty good Gloria. Here she is doing Gloria’s “coffee dance”. Gloria tends to do this dance in the morning once the…