Safety Violations and injuries

What happens when your work injury was caused by your employer not complying with health and safety standards? Sometimes injuries happen even when you and your employer are following every safety standard. Unfortunately, when a business is allowing employees to work in an environment or around equipment that is blatantly unsafe, injuries not only are…


Rights of Undocumented Injured Workers

Undocumented workers’ who suffer an injury arising out of and in the course of employment have the rights afforded by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, with a few exceptions.  Undocumented workers’ who are injured on the job are entitled to have all reasonable and necessary medical expenses paid.  When the undocumented injured worker is temporarily…



When summertime rolls around, we all want to escape the confines of our homes and immerse ourselves in the sun and fresh air. Cookouts, outdoor sports, swimming, or even just a relaxing stroll at dusk are just a few of the benefits of warmer weather. Kids want to throw baseballs and ride bikes with their…



When you call, or come into, the law office of Black and Jones and you feel more comfortable speaking in Spanish, you will talk with Gustavo. Gustavo is an employee of Black and Jones who is fluent in both Spanish and English. Gustavo is there to ensure what you want to say is properly heard…


It is just what we do

Often people come to Black & Jones Attorneys at Law after the insurance company has stopped paying for medical care and/or weekly benefits. The individuals are confused because everything the insurance company asked of them they did. They cooperated with the insurance company expecting the same treatment in return; not realizing the insurance company was…


Litigation wilderness

The Boundary Waters Wilderness area is 1,090,000 acres of wilderness, lakes, streams and rivers. Access to the area is by permit only so the number of people paddling through the area at any one time is limited.  A canoeist can go weeks without seeing another human being.  Cell phones do not work in the area….


The key is to anticipate and plan

When flying it is important to plan for contingencies, things can happen and you have to be prepared.  Unexpected weather can pop up, other airplanes can appear, mechanical problems can develop and as pilot in command you have to be ready to address each issue. The same is true in a workers’ compensation case. Unexpected…


When to hire an attorney

Hire an attorney right away. I would recommend that you hire an attorney as soon as possible after you have a work related injury. This recommendation is not simply self-serving. It is to minimize the opportunity the insurance company has to control your case and make your case more difficult down the road. Initially the…