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55 W Monroe St Suite 900
Chicago, IL, 60603

312.346.6444

We founded Capron & Avgerinos more than 20 years ago to represent the seriously injured in Illinois and Iowa. We have devoted our entire practice to representing individuals in workers’ compensationpersonal injury, and wrongful death claims. Our skilled injury attorneys have helped thousands of clients receive compensation, enabling them to move forward with their lives.

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Workers' Compensation

Workers’ Compensation: Your Protection under the Law

At Capron and Avgerinos, we fight to secure compensation for people injured on the job in Illinois and Iowa. Our mission is to help you or a family member move forward after a serious injury in the workplace. Your life might seem shattered forever, but Capron and Avgerinos’ legal team can help you put the pieces back together.

You and your family should know that Workers’ Compensation Laws protect those individuals who sustain work-related injuries. These laws require an employer to pay compensation to an injured employee. Since the laws are administered on a state-by-state basis, the processes for making a claim in Illinois or Iowa can differ somewhat.

Depending upon the details of your case, the benefits may include:
Full medical expenses
Temporary disability
Permanent disability
Vocational rehabilitation or job training
Compensation for loss of earning capacity as a result of your injury

Injured in a Factory Accident? 
Turn to the Attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos

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Since 1989, Capron & Avgerinos has brought justice to workers in Illinois and Iowa who have sustained factory accidents. Over the years we have represented factory workers from a wide range of jobs, including welders, mechanics, machinists, forklift operators, pressmen, and sheet metal workers. We understand how traumatic a factory accident and subsequent loss of income can be for you and your family.

Filing a workers’ compensation claim for an industrial accident can be complex and may involve issues of site location, company ownership, involvement of other parties, and job responsibility. It is crucial that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible, because a site investigation, photographs, and interviews with co-workers may be necessary to validate your claim. You have the right to consult an attorney before being interviewed by the workers’ compensation insurance company or its representatives; and do not sign any forms releasing your employer from liability. Your attorney will tell you how to proceed. Depending upon the details of your case, you may be entitled to:

• Full medical expenses • Temporary disability • Permanent disability
• Vocational and physical rehabilitation • Compensation for loss of earning capacity

Additionally, your factory accident might qualify for a personal injury lawsuit, if you suspect that the fault also lies with a third party other than your employer.

Our Attorneys Have Proven Expertise in Construction Injuries

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Construction workers are protected by workers’ compensation law. Still, if you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site, you should turn to the attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos, who have knowledge of the construction industry and the ability to protect your interests.

Our extensive experience in the construction industry in Illinois and Iowa has enabled us to obtain substantial settlements for our clients. We have helped Illinois and Iowa workers who have sustained head injuriesback injuries, fractures, and other types of serious physical damage. Examples of our clients include a construction worker who received $360,000, plus lifetime medical benefits for a lower back injury; and a carpenter, who after falling from scaffolding and severely injuring his hand, was awarded medical and lifetime weekly wage differential benefits, because he was forced to retrain for another profession.

The benefits you receive will depend upon the severity of your injury, your age, your income, and other circumstances surrounding your accident. In addition, workers’ compensation law is administered on a state-by-state basis, and the procedures for accidents that occur in Illinois and Iowa are somewhat different. You should also know that even if you work for a company based outside of Illinois or Iowa, but your construction injury occurs in Illinois or Iowa, Capron & Avgerinos can handle your case.

Pursuing Damages Beyond Workers’ Compensation

Depending upon the specifics of your construction accident, Capron & Avgerinos may be able to file a personal injury claim, beyond your claim for workers’ compensation--if you suspect that your injury involves a third party. It is possible to file suit against site subcontractors, suppliers of faulty equipment (such as scaffolding), or other parties who contributed to your accident. Lack of safety practices, negligence, and faulty equipment are common causes of construction accidents, and all may be grounds for a personal injury claim. Capron & Avgerinos’ personal injury attorneys can help make a difference in the outcome of your case.

Our Attorneys Handle Repetitive Trauma Cases in Illinois and Iowa

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Capron & Avgerinos represents workers in Illinois and Iowa who suffer from painful and debilitating repetitive injuries.

The types of cases that Capron & Avgerinos handles include:

• Nerve damage • Shoulder, arm, and knee injuries • Spinal disc injuries • Joint replacements
• Epicondilytis (tennis elbow) • Bursitis • Tendinitis
• Synovitis, or inflammation of the joints • Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Aggravation of a previous condition

 

 

Depending upon the details of your case, the benefits may include:

• Full medical expenses • Temporary disability
• Permanent disability • Vocational rehabilitation or job training
• Compensation for loss of earning capacity as a result of your injury

Seek Medical Diagnosis and Knowledgeable Legal Counsel

Years of experience have taught us how complex the process of pursuing a repetitive trauma case can be. Because it is more difficult to determine when repetitive motions cause an injury, you must seek medical advice as soon as possible. You should also consult with an attorney immediately to ensure that your case receives proper consideration. The laws are administered on a state-by-state basis, and Illinois and Iowa have different processes.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a repetitive injury, please call us for a free consultation. Our attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos are here to help.

Seeking Compensation for a Back or Joint Injury in Illinois or Iowa? Experience Counts.

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Capron & Avgerinos’ attorneys understand that back and joint injuries are not trivial; pain, loss of mobility, days away from work, and financial hardship can result. Over the years, our Illinois and Iowa lawyers have secured awards for a wide range of workers who have suffered back and joint injuries, including: physical therapists, social workers, machinists, truck drivers, automobile mechanics, construction workers, and iron workers. We have also worked extensively with organized labor, and we have achieved solid results for many union members who have sustained debilitating back or joint injuries on the job.

Our Illinois and Iowa Attorneys Handle a Full Range of Back and Joint injuries

Capron & Avgerinos’ attorneys handle the full range of workers’ compensation claims involving ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and nerve injuries, including:

• Knee injuries (ACL or MCL tears) • Arm, elbow, wrist, hand, and finger injuries
• Ankle foot and toe injuries • Shoulder injuries (torn rotator cuff) • Hip injuries

Our attorneys frequently see workers with common back problems and more severe back injuries, including:

• Herniated and compressed disks and disk degeneration • Fractured vertebrae • Sciatica
• Numbness • Paralysis • Spinal Stenosis • Burns and lacerations
• Damage to thoracic, lumbar, or cervical spine

Capron & Avgerinos’ attorneys consult with vocational and orthopedic specialists to help determine the severity of your injury and calculate the damages that might be involved. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to receive full medical expenses, temporary disability, permanent disability, vocational rehabilitation, or compensation for loss of earning capacity as a result of your back or joint injury.

Lawyers for Workplace Head Injuries in Illinois and Iowa

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A head injury at work can alter your life forever. You might recover, yet you might also be faced with pain and long term disability. If you have suffered the consequences of a head injury in the workplace, Capron & Avgerinos workers’ compensation attorneys will provide the attentive and knowledgeable legal counsel you deserve.

Over the years, the attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos successfully handled claims for head injury victims suffering from post-concussion syndrome, nerve damage, and traumatic brain injuries, such as fractures, and closed head injuries. We have also pursued workers’ compensation cases in which a secondary infection caused severe injury to the brain.

 

Capron & Avgerinos Attorneys Understand the Seriousness of Head Injuries

Because head injuries are extremely serious and can result in memory loss, emotional changes, speech problems, chronic pain, paralysis, and even death, you must act quickly to get expert medical care, as well secure legal counsel to protect your rights to compensation. Our lawyers at Capron & Avgerinos can help you or a loved one receive prompt payment of medical expenses, workers’ compensation for temporary or lifetime loss of wages, and provisions for longer term care and rehabilitation, if needed.

Federal laws, such as the OSHA Act, and state laws place legal responsibility on the employer for creating and maintaining a safe working environment. Our attorneys represent clients in Illinois and Iowa and can help determine whether your head injury was a result of faulty equipment or an employer’s failure to provide a safe workplace. Capron & Avgerinos will consider all of those factors in filing your claim.

Determining Causes of a Heart Attack in the Workplace

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Above all, you should not automatically assume that your workplace heart attack was a natural event. Employers often require workers to operate in dangerous environments, step outside their usual jobs, or perform tasks that cause overexertion and stress. Firefighting, police work, construction, cement finishing, warehouse work, and even executive management are just a few of the jobs that may be considered high risk for cardiac arrest.

Capron & Avgerinos will gather evidence to determine that events in the workplace caused or contributed to your heart attack—or that the attack arose out of the conditions of your employment. Your employer may dispute your claim, contending that your heart attack was caused by a pre-existing condition that had nothing to do with work. But your pre-existing condition should not stop you from receiving workers’ compensation benefits for a heart attack, if your medical history and the circumstances show that the workplace aggravated or substantially aggravated your pre-existing condition. The standards in Illinois and Iowa regarding pre-existing conditions are slightly different, and our attorneys are well-versed in the state laws that apply to your situation.

Capron & Avgerinos will thoroughly examine events that led up to your workplace heart attack: Were heavy lifting or stress involved? Was the workplace excessively hot or cold? Was violence a factor? Was electrical shock a potential cause? We rely upon medical and industrial experts to help determine the specifics of your case, and we will use their recommendation to aggressively pursue your claim.

You should also know that if you work for an Illinois or Iowa company and your heart attack occurred out of state while you were on the job, Capron & Avgerinos can handle your case. Our workers’ compensation attorneys have more than two decades of experience successfully handling cases of Illinois and Iowa workers’ on-the-job heart attacks. Let our experience go to work for you.

Capron & Avgerinos’ Attorneys Handle Spinal Cord Claims with Compassion and Expertise

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No amount of money can make up for the pain and suffering a spinal cord injury causes. Yet, you and your family must obtain the critical monetary resources you need to cope. Spinal cord patients often require special equipment to perform daily tasks, in addition to lifelong healthcare, which puts an enormous financial burden on a family. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury at work, Capron & Avgerinos’ attorneys will focus on getting you the workers’ compensation you deserve. Moreover, we will ensure that any special needs for your transportation, adaptive equipment, physical and vocational rehabilitation, and housing modifications are considered and met.

The location of the injury along the spinal cord is usually a sound indicator of how severe the disability is. We call upon specialists--neurologists, occupational therapists, vocational experts, and others--to help assess physical and the financial damages in your case.

Depending upon the circumstances and severity of your spinal cord injury, your workers’ compensation benefits may include: 

• Full medical expenses • Temporary disability • Permanent disability 
• Vocational and physical rehabilitation • Compensation for loss of earning capacity

Moreover, if you have suffered a spinal cord injury at work through negligence of a third party, we may be able to pursue a personal injury claim for you. For example, if you drive a truck for a living and are hit by a motorist, you might be entitled to personal injury compensation as well as workers’ compensation benefits.  Illinois and Iowa laws determine the processes used to pursue your claim.

Let Capron & Avgerinos’ 23 years of defending workers’ compensation and personal injury cases in Illinois and Iowa work for you. We are highly experienced in handling spinal cord injury cases, and will treat you and your family with compassion and respect.

Capron & Avgerinos’ Injury Attorneys Seek Justice after a Workplace Death

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A workplace death places a terrible emotional and financial toll on a family. For nearly 25 years, the attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos have been providing compassionate legal counsel to families who have lost loved ones in workplace accidents. Our experienced attorneys in Iowa and Illinois have helped survivors cope with loss and its economic impact. We listen carefully to you, answer every question, and meet with you personally to do everything we can to help.

We Determine the Impact of a Workplace Death

While no financial award can compensate for the death of a loved one, it is crucial that you secure the resources your family needs. Capron & Avgerinos will help determine workers’ compensation death benefits, burial expenses, the effect of lost income on your household, and other crucial considerations, such as your family’s ability to provide for children or to make mortgage payments on a home when a regular paycheck is no longer there.

Each state is different with regard to the duration of benefits and the beneficiaries of a workplace death. In some cases, the parents of an adult child or the adult children surviving their parent can be designated as beneficiaries. Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you determine the “next of kin” under the law and the benefits your family deserves.

If appropriate or necessary, our attorneys may also investigate the fatal accident, ensuring that eyewitnesses are interviewed, photographs are taken, and the site is inspected. In these cases, we use industrial, medical, and forensic specialists to evaluate the work site, review medical evidence, and reconstruct the events of the accident.

When to Make a Third Party Claim

Survivor’s benefits from workers’ compensation and Social Security will help your family, but they might only stretch so far. Capron & Avgerinos will help determine whether someone other than your loved one’s employer was responsible for the fatal accident. In that case, you might have grounds for a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit that would be brought in civil court. For example, in cases where faulty equipment, inadequate safety protections, violence, or negligence were responsible for a workplace death, the financial awards can be substantial; these can ease the monetary burden and stress on your family. Every state has its own laws and time limitations that govern wrongful death suits. Capron & Avgerinos’ lawyers have practiced workers’ compensation law and personal injury law in Illinois and Iowa for nearly 25 years and can advise you.

Our Injury Attorneys Work in Two States: Illinois and Iowa

Capron and Avgerinos has offices in downtown Chicago, Illinois and in Moline, Illinois.

We represent clients in the Greater Chicago area, Dubuque, and the Quad Cities, as well as throughout both states in communities such as Joliet, Wheaton, Rockford, Moline, and Clinton.

If you believe you have a claim or if you simply have a question, contact us or call us for a confidential no-charge consultation at (800) 535-4542.

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