At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, we have over 350 years of combined experience in personal injury and workers’ compensation law.
We are recognized as one of the premier personal injury law firms serving the Chicago area. Our team of experienced litigators has achieved what was the largest personal injury verdict in Illinois history, as well as what were the highest jury awards ever recorded for back, neck, spinal cord, and brain injuries. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers are passionate about protecting the rights and interests of the people we represent, and we pursue the maximum possible financial compensation in every case.
How Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates Can Help
We have deep experience in complex injury cases. Each member of our litigation team is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of injured men and women. The first steps in filing a claim or lawsuit must be initiated as soon as possible. Critical evidence must be identified and preserved. Filings must occur within the strict time limits. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis – meaning you pay nothing unless we recover compensation on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed due to the actions of another party, we encourage you to contact us immediately for a free and confidential office consultation in Chicago or Joliet. Our attorneys also maintain regular office hours in union halls in communities across northeastern Illinois on designated days each month. Home and hospital visits are also available for those whose injuries may prevent them from traveling to our office.
Trial-Tested Personal Injury Law Firm
If you have been seriously injured, it is vitally important that you retain a law firm willing and able to take your case to trial and win. Insurance companies know which lawyers are unafraid to try cases, and which lawyers are looking to accept the first settlement offer, no matter how inadequate. The attorneys at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates have significant trial experience and are not afraid to take your case to court if the insurance company does not treat you fairly.
Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates excels at handling workers’ compensation cases. One of our principal partners, Mitchell Horwitz, was named one of the Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers through a survey of his peers. It is imperative that cases of serious work-related injuries or loss of life on the job are managed by an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer with a track record of success.
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Cases
We at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates believe that if you or a loved one are injured at work, you should receive swift and certain compensation for lost time, medical treatment, permanent disability, and/or lost wages from your employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier. In addition, you may also be entitled to money damages from a company or person other than your employer – known as a “third party” who may have been at fault in causing your injury. Third party liability can be crucially important, as the dollar value of the benefits available under workers’ compensation may be inadequate to support a family’s basic needs.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or disabled, or if a friend or family member has been killed on the job, we recommend that you contact Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates as soon as possible. We offer a free case consultation to assist injured workers and their families – the first step in seeking justice and fair compensation – from every possible source.
An estimated 300,000 work-related injuries occur each year in the state of Illinois. For three generations, the Chicago personal injury lawyers and workers compensation attorneys of Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates have represented workers who have been injured on the job, recovering millions of dollars for our clients through jury verdicts, directed judgments, administrative rulings, and out-of-court settlements. Many of our clients were initially represented by other personal injury law firms and told, “You have no case.” Looking to settle cases quickly and easily at reduced compensation, injured workers have often been told by other firms that their case had only modest value and should be settled out of court. Our firm has recovered millions on behalf of countless injured workers who were previously denied proper representation.
Since 1924, the Horwitz family of distinguished Chicago trial attorneys has continued a tradition begun by grandfather, Jacob W. Horwitz, and then his son Andrew J. Horwitz, representing individuals against corporate wrongdoers and insurance companies who routinely take advantage of those who have been injured. Clifford and Mitchell Horwitz are third-generation Chicago personal injury trial lawyers who continue that tradition. Our firm has never represented corporate interests and never will.
Attorney Andrew J. Horwitz was a renowned trial attorney who pioneered the concept of “hedonic damages” that is now recognized across the nation. In 1978, Mitchell Horwitz, Andrew’s son, joined Andrew as one of his partners. In 1988, Clifford Horwitz (another of Andrew’s sons), after having achieved a string of record-setting jury verdicts, joined his brother and father as a partner in what became Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates.
Clifford Horwitz heads the lead trial team and has won virtually every case he’s taken to trial since the start of his career, with over 25% of his victories representing record-setting jury verdicts. Mitchell Horwitz leads the workers’ compensation team and was recently named one of the Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Illinois in a survey of his peers conducted by Leading Lawyers.
In a recent example of our firm’s record of excellence, Clifford Horwitz, Jay Luchsinger, and Michael Carter won another record-setting jury verdict of $64 million for an injured ironworker who fell and was left paralyzed from a job-site accident.
The American Association of Justice branded Clifford, Jay, and Michael as “masters in the profession.” According to the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter, when the jury returned their verdict, it was the highest ever in the state of Illinois for an individual. Less than two years after recovering what was the largest verdict in Illinois history, the lead trial team secured another record-setting verdict in Illinois history on behalf of an injured carpenter. The verdict was the highest ever in the state of Illinois for a non-amputation hand injury – the jury awarded $5.745 million.
Worker’s compensation attorneys, like Marc Perper, Wayne Newman, and Mark Weissburg are vital components to the success we have established as Illinois and Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of working men and women in Illinois will benefit from Marc Perper’s work. Marc convinced the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse an unfavorable appellate court decision in 2010.
The Supreme Court agreed with Marc that when an employer fires an individual while the person is on temporary light duty, regardless of whether the firing is for “cause” – the employer must reinstate weekly disability benefits. Injured workers are obviously extremely vulnerable when they lose weekly disability benefits because their daily existence depends upon it. The decision of the Supreme Court of Illinois will help thousands of these injured workers.
Wayne Newman is a past president of the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (WCLA). The organization has a membership of over 700 workers’ compensation attorneys and is dedicated to providing continuing legal education, as well as promoting the fellowship of Illinois State Bar members practicing workers’ compensation. In addition to his peers, members of the news media have recognized his authority in the field. In an article in SmartMoney magazine, Wayne discussed why many professionals who decide not to file workers’ compensation claims eventually regret that decision.
Mark Weissburg authored the book, “How to Win a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Illinois.” The book provides useful insight into the secrets that insurance adjusters do not want you to know, the three basic rights you have under the Workers’ Compensation Act, amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act, red flags that will alert you to problems up ahead, and many more useful tips. If you would like a copy of Mark’s book for free, call our Chicago office at (312) 372-8822 or our Toll-Free line at 1-(800)-985-1819.
Attorneys at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates have been recognized by the American Association of Justice, Illinois Super Lawyers, the National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Top 40 Under 40, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and two attorneys were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 for workers compensation. We congratulate Clifford Horwitz, Mitchell Horwitz, Jay Luchsinger, Marc Perper, Wayne Newman, Michael Wierzbicki, and Michael Carter, seven partners at our firm, who have been honored by their peers as Leading Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than five percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.
But our distinction is more than a legacy of record-setting verdicts or peer acclaim. It’s found in the satisfaction of thousands of clients, including countless cases felt too difficult for other firms to accept
Cases that Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates then took on, skillfully prosecuted and won, recovering millions of dollars for clients who had been denied representation by others. We have recovered more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for hardworking families throughout the state of Illinois. Our consultations can determine whether your case has merit and is without charge.