201606.17
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Summer

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…

201604.28
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Gustavo

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…

201604.01
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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…

201601.12
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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….

201509.30
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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…

201508.27
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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…

201507.18
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Tracy Jones cars and cases

Tracy is progressing on her project to restore the T-Bird.  She takes the same care to detail and refinement with the restoration of the T-Bird as she does with the workers’ compensation cases she handles. She polishes out the rough spots and accenting the highlights. As with any major project, whether restoring an old car…

201503.06
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Workers’ Compensation Reform

Newly elected Governor Rauner wants to enact workers’ compensation reform, taking away rights from injured workers. Two recent studies examining the nation’s various workers’ compensation laws have found it is the workers and tax payers who are suffering through these reforms.  OSHA and ProPublic did the studies. One of the findings is,“Employers are paying the…

201502.26
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Luis & Daniela Delgado

Luis & Daniela Delgado: Luis Delgado has been an employee of the Law Office of Jim Black & Associates for over 7 years. In November of 2014 he married his lovely wife Daniela in Guadalajara, Mexico. To celebrate the marriage, an after hours reception was held by the firm where games and good cheer ensued….

201501.08
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Victories in federal court

8 Victories in Federal Court Diaz v. Colvin, 4:13-cv-04034-SLD: Reversed and remanded by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois because the ALJ ignored favorable evidence, particularly several low GAF scores in the 40s assessed by multiple treating sources over eighteen months. Robertson v. Astrue, 3:12-cv-50375: Reversed and remanded by the U.S….