Injured Police Officers | Injured First Responders

Our respect for law enforcement and first responders goes deep. For more than 25 years, the attorneys at Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices have fought for the rights of injured law enforcement officers, first responders and their families. We recognize that as first responders protecting the public, you deserve dedicated advocates committed to protecting you after you suffer serious injuries in the line of duty. We understand the unique impact these injuries have on your ability to return to work. Our experienced legal team will help you like we have successfully helped thousands throughout the state of Illinois.

To qualify for workers’ compensation benefits under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, it must be establish that the injury occurred in the course of and arising out of employment. Notice must be provided and the claim filed in a timely manner. Our attorneys are experienced in handling workers’ comp claims involving injured police officers and first responders. We handle workers compensation claims for all types of Illinois union workers, including the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police

With a track record of success and dedication, we handle a variety of cases involving workplace injury on behalf of officers and first responders including but not limited to: 

  • Slip and fall injuries
  • On the job traffic related injuries
  • Firearm injury
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injury and spinal injury
  • Burn or fire injuries
  • Repetitive motion injuries

For a free consultation and case evaluation, contact us online or call (630) 585-2320.

RECENT SUCCESS STORIES

Our law firm has represented first responders throughout the state of Illinois. Some of our recent success stories include outstanding settlement, verdicts, and awards on behalf of:

  • A central Illinois sheriff injured while subduing a detainee;
  • A west suburban police officer seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident;
  • A fire lieutenant who suffered hearing loss as a result of a career-long exposure to excessive noise;
  • A central Illinois police officer struck by a drunk driver;
  • An EMT who suffered injuries when his defective stretcher malfunctioned;
  • A southern Illinois police officer who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after coming under sniper fire;
  • A City of Chicago detention aide who suffered permanent disfigurement after being bitten by a detainee;
  • An Illinois Department of Corrections officer injured in an altercation with an inmate; and
  • An Illinois State trooper struck by a drunk driver while issuing a citation on the tollway.

Our office is proud to have recently expanded Illinois law to provide benefits available to first responders for accidents that previously were not compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. A west suburban police officer suffered a herniated disc in his back while lifting his duty bag at home. Although the department argued that the injury was not compensable because it occurred at home, we successfully argued that lifting the duty bag, even off premises, was a necessity of the job. The department appealed, but the Illinois courts agreed it was a compensable accident, and the case now stands as law. These are only a few of our successes representing police officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and other first responders who often sacrifice their safety in the name of protecting ours. Each case is unique. Call today for a free consultation regarding your case.

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Mr. Russell Haugen is the best injury attorney in the Chicago area!

In my opinion, Mr. Russell Haugen is the best personal injury attorney in the Chicago area. He is very professional and very hard working person for his clients. His knowledge allowed me to have a good ending for my case. He was awesome to work with. The process took several months but the settled was […]

Barbara I.

Great People to Work With!

They are on top of everything. Great people to work with! Thank you so much for everything you done for me.

Deanna S.

Lee got my Work Compensation checks coming in!

I hired this firm when I got hurt at work. I’m glad I did because my company wasn’t sending any checks. Leandro got my checks coming after talking to workers compensation. The work comp company wasn’t easy to deal with. I’m glad I could relax and let Leandro and Kristal go after them. It took […]

Brian M

Excellent Service.

Very good and professional service I received from Dexter.

Jaime G.

Thanks Jay Johnson!

Very responsive. Always called back and always had an answer to my questions and concerns. Jay handled everything and I just sat back and waited for results. I’ve seen him fight for friends who went through the same situation I did and they all have nothing but good things to say about him. Hopefully I […]

Elizabeth V

Best in town.

They will handle your case. Best in town. They beat everyone.

Striker M

Very Persistent and Very Honest!

After Mr. Evans took over my case, it didn’t take long to get results. I recommend Mr. Evans if you want to get results quick he very persistent and very honest with his clients.

Timothy A

He settled my case for more than I had expected.

Mr. Haugen is always so very kind and very involved with his client. He’s very attentive when it comes to his client relationship. Any questions I had for him were always answered in a very timely fashion, and explained very well. He settled my case for more than I had expected. Great Attorney! Highly Recommended!

Molly P

Thank you so much for great service and representation!

Attorney Russ Haugen was truly amazing. He kept in touch with me every time there was new information or changes with my case. The company he represents were very professional every time I called and responded back within a reasonable amount of time. I would recommend not only Russ Haugen to represent you, but the […]

Alexis W

Russ fought for me and I received more than double from the 1st settlement offer.

In July of 2018 I injured my back on the job. I was advised by someone to find a lawyer. I was given Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices telephone number. I called and had a consultation with Russell Haugen. I knew nothing as far as what to do or expect. He was very informative […]

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