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Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates is pleased to announce that five lawyers have been named to the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.

We would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America© list:
Clifford W. Horwitz, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Mitchell W. Horwitz, Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
Wayne L. Newman, Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
Marc A. Perper, Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
Mark Weissburg, Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants

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"This book is for any Illinois employee, as well as any lawyers interested in learning more about Workers' Compensation law. If you or someone you know has been injured at work, the information in the book will enable you to soar where others stumble."
-Mark Weissburg, partner and Chicago workers' compensation attorney at +Horwitz Horwitz & Associates

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Over 4 years ago, a semi-truck operated by Werner Enterprises crashed into a Carpenters Local 1185​ member's vehicle. Werner Enterprises did not dispute an accident occurred, but did dispute the injuries the carpenter suffered were caused by the accident. Werner argued that shoulder, neck, and back pain was a common complaint arising out of the carpentry trade.

Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates​ partner and trial attorney, Michael Wierzbicki represented the carpenter. Wierzbicki focuses on commercial transportation and trucking litigation.

The carpenter received a $1.5 million settlement from Werner Enterprises, Inc., which was nearly $1 million higher than any previous offers throughout the four years of litigation.

Wierzbicki commented, “It is always an honor to represent a tradesman from the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters​. Although it doesn’t erase what Werner Enterprises did, the compensation they paid him will allow him to move forward a little more financially comfortably in life as he continues to deal with the physical injuries they caused.”

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What's the first thing I should do when I get hurt?

The first thing you should do is go to the doctor or hospital. Tell the doctor what happened and tell the truth.
Report the injury immediately and be accurate in your reporting.

Though this advice may seem like common sense, it is not always followed and it may cause problems down the road.

Listen to Clifford W. Horwitz's response to this Free Legal Advice Fridays question hosted on +CBS Chicago (

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Horwitz Horwitz & Associates has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list.

Firms included in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from peers and clients.

Achieving this ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

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Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company?

The short answer: No.

Watch the video to hear from Clifford W. Horwitz, a principal partner and lead trial attorney at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, and Marc A. Perper, a partner and workers' compensation attorney at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates.

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The lead trial team just secured another record-setting jury verdict after a three week trial that ended on November 3, 2016. Congratulations Clifford Horwitz, Michael Carter and Jay Luchsinger!
A Cook County jury awarded a Union member belonging to Local 1 Ironworkers $8 million for a shoulder injury, more than doubling the previous record for the injury.
The lead trial team at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates has secured 2 record-setting verdicts in the last 7 weeks alone, totaling $18 million.
Since 2012, a staggering 80% of the lead trial teams verdicts have been records, setting new precedents for these injuries in the state of Illinois.
Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates has been fighting on behalf of the injured and neglected since 1924. We're proud to say that we've never represented corporate interests, and that we never will.

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The lead trial team at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates recently secured a record-setting jury verdict confirmed by the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter as the largest verdict in Illinois history for a complex regional pain syndrome injury (CRPS). To read more about the trial and verdict on The Joliet Herald-News website:

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Wayne Newman, a partner at +Horwitz Horwitz & Associates  debuts on Free Legal Advice, which can be found on
Wayne answers commonly asked questions regarding work injuries like:
The insurance company is offering to settle my case, but I'm not sure if their offer is fair. How do I know?
Can the insurance adjuster limit the medical treatment I receive?
I settled my workers' compensation claim already, can I still file a third party claim?
My doctor wants me to have an MRI, but the worker's comp insurance company will not approve it. Do I have any recourse?
I knew I would eventually need surgery for a pre-existing injury; however, a recent accident at work accelerated this injury and I need surgery now. Will workers' comp cover the surgery?
My employer is denying my injury because I didn't fill out an accident report on the day of the accident. What should I do?
What is the best time for me to make a claim?

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Mitchell Horwitz, a principal partner at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, debuts on Free Legal Advice, which can be found on
Mitch answers commonly asked questions regarding work injuries like:
Should I report my injury I get at work to my employer? Must it be in writing?
Should I sign the papers the insurance company asks me to sign after I am injured?
Should I allow my employer of their representative to speak to my doctor when I am not present at the time of the conversation?
My employer has offered me light duty, what should I do?
What type of medical benefits am I entitled to after I am hurt?
How many doctors can I see?
Should I quit my job while my case is open?
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