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….

201406.24
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Gloria completes a half marathon

Gloria quietly put before herself the challenge of running a half marathon. She trained and trained and train. She focused all of her energy and determination in pushing herself all 13.1 miles and SHE DID IT.

201406.17
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Bill Wojnarowski a new asscociate

Bill was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois. Bill graduated from Waukegan High School in 2006, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010, where Bill received his Bachelor of Arts, and from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2013, where Bill received my Juris Doctorate. Bill graduated law school cum laude, was…

201406.13
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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…

201404.03
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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…

201401.08
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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…

201312.13
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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.