61-year-old ironworker injured back and shoulder lifting; no surgery; after trial commission awarded permanent total disability to receive workers compensation benefits for the rest of his life. 49-year-old hospital aid injured shoulder carrying surgical equipment; surgery denied by employer; after trial commission ordered respondent to authorize and pay for necessary surgery for the shoulder and pay all workers compensation benefits while petitioner off work. 50-year-old police officer injured knee tripping over parking lot abutment; employer denied claim refused to pay for surgery or workers comp benefits; after trial commission ordered employer to pay for necessary surgery and pay all workers compensation benefits. If you or a loved one have been injured through the negligence of another, call Vrdolyak Law Group, LLC. today to get the money and results you deserve. Call (773) 731-3313.



1. Report your injury or incident to your employer as soon as possible and make sure you include all of your injuries and symptoms.

2. If you are in any amount of discomfort, you should seek medical attention immediately.

3. When seeking medical attention for your injuries, you should see a doctor that specializes in your type of injury.


1. When seeking medical attention, you should NOT continue to receive treatment from the physician your employer chose for you. The doctor may have your employer's best interest in mind, NOT yours. You may occasionally need to be examined by your employer's doctor, but you should seek treatment from someone not associated with your employer.

2. When you're injured, don't skip doctors appointments because you think your symptoms will go away "on their own." If they don't and you need more treatment, your lawyer may refuse to pay.

3. Do not try to handle your case without an attorney, even if your employer is a “good guy”. It’s your employer’s insurance company that will make all the decisions about your claim. They understand these claims much better than most people.

Always seek the consultation of an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

That's the best way to protect yourself and your claim.

Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, you are entitled to three major benefits:

1. Temporary Total Disability:

Report your injury or incident to your employer as soon as possible and make sure you include all of your injuries and symptoms.

2. Medical Benefits:

You are entitled to see two doctors of your choice (plus any referrals to other medical providers by those doctors) under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. The workers’ compensation insurance carrier must pay for medical services. You DO NOT have to be treated by the company clinic.

3. Permanent Partial Disability Benefits:

Although pain and suffering isn't awarded in a workers’ compensation case, the Act recognizes that in most cases you will not be 100% after a traumatic injury at work. As a result, you may be entitled to a permanent partial disability award, which is a percentage of the disability you sustained to the body part from your work accident. This benefit, commonly known as the "settlement" or "award", is also tax-free.

Workers' Compensation FAQs

Do I have to be treated by the company doctor?

Do I have to be seen by the insurance company’s independent medical evaluator?

How long do I have to report a workers’ compensation claim?

How long do I have to file a workers’ compensation claim?

Does my citizenship status stop me from getting workers’ compensation benefits?

Can I be fired for filing a workers’ compensation case?

What happens if my medical benefits or temporary total disability benefits are stopped?

Why Vrdolyak Law Group?

As you can see by the FAQ, workers’ compensation law is filled with issues and traps for the unwary. The employers and insurance companies have a whole host of investigators, doctors, and lawyers on the payroll to find ways to cut off the benefits you deserve. For nearly 50 years, Vrdolyak Law Group has been a friend of the injured worker, fighting to ensure that you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.

You are more than a case!

One of the scariest and unsettling times in a person’s life is when a person is injured and unable to provide for their family. Unlike other firms out there, our attorneys and staff do not view your case as a way to obtain a quick fee. We evaluate each individual client, their work history, education, and recovery from injury to determine how to obtain the most for the client. We listen to your concerns and give you an honest opinion about the best course of action.

Trial Experience

Our workers’ compensation attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience and have tried thousands of workers’ compensation matters before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. If the insurance company refuses to give you fair value to settle your case or your injuries require future medical treatment, we will not hesitate to proceed to trial to obtain the benefits you deserve.