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Mitchell Horwitz
Illinois Workers Compensation Lawyer
Illinois Workers Compensation Lawyer

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Should I allow my employer or their representative to speak to my doctor when I am not present at the time of the conversation?

According to Marc. A Perper and Mitchell W. Horwitz from Horwitz Horwitz & Associates, the short answer is: NO. Listen to their responses in this Free Legal Advice Fridays session hosted on CBS Chicago (

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Mitchell W. Horwitz, a principal partner and head of the workers’ compensation department at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates answers a listener’s question on Free Legal Advice Friday’s:

Should I report my injury at work to my employer, must it be in writing?

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Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company? According to Clifford W. Horwitz and Marc A. Perper from Horwitz Horwitz & Associates​, the short answer is: NO. Listen to their responses in this Free Legal Advice Fridays session hosted on CBS Chicago​ (

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Greater scrutiny of the insurance industry, which has been pocketing the savings from benefit reductions instead of passing those savings along to their policyholders, is needed.
The call for further workers’ compensation “reform” is just another part of a systematic effort to reduce the rights of working men and women and give more power to the insurance industry.

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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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