Illinois workers’ compensation law applies to a wide range of workers, even those who don’t live and work in this state. If you were hired in Illinois or work for out of state for an Illinois company, you might want to file your claim here.
Within Illinois, there are several locations where workers’ compensation cases are filed and handled, including the main office of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission in downtown Chicago.
If you were injured in Cook County, if you work for a company that is based in Cook County or if you were hired in Cook County, you should be able to file a claim in Chicago. The office is located at the Thompson Center downtown. All proceedings in your case, including the filing of your claim, as well as hearings and arbitration, would take place here.
All work injuries in the county go through the Thompson Center location, which is why most Cook County workers’ compensation lawyers can be found in downtown Chicago. We usually recommend a downtown attorney because their office is near the Commission. It puts them in the center of the action. It also makes it more likely that they won’t look at going to court as an inconvenience and that they will have a better relationship with the Arbitrators. All of this is in your best interests when choosing a firm to represent you.
A lot of claims are filed in Chicago, which is one reason why these centrally located workers’ compensation lawyers tend to work only on work injury cases rather than split their time and resources among different areas of law. We think this is a good thing. They are at the Commission frequently, talking with other work injury attorneys, appearing before arbitrators and generally keeping up with the latest changes in the law.
Working with a downtown lawyer doesn’t mean that you have to come downtown all the time or even at all. This can be a concern of clients who are injured or otherwise unable to get to Chicago regularly. The attorneys we recommend are used to traveling around the suburbs as part of their job. They drive around for depositions and to meet with clients near their homes if necessary. The use of phone, email and mail helps, as well. In most cases you’ll never have to come in to the City. The only time it would be mandatory is if you have to testify at trial.
We can answer any questions you have about finding a workers’ compensation attorney in Chicago, Cook County or anywhere in Illinois. We treat every call very seriously as we know that having a work related injury can be stressful and cause anxiety. While we can’t promise a result, we will do whatever we can to help you find the best law firm for your unique case. You can reach us at (312) 346-5320 or (800) 517-1614, or you can get in touch with us online. Whether you call or email, the communication is confidential.