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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Attorney Leandro “Lee” Alhambra has given me and my family a peace of mind that I am much grateful for.

My experience with Woodruff Johnson & Evans has been a blessing. My attorney Lee has been such a professional but also a friend that has walked me through many of the things that I had no knowledge of or what I should do next. He has given me and my family a peace of mind […]

Michael K.

I just wanted to let you and your office know how pleased I was with your handling of my case!

Dear Russell, I just wanted to let you and your office know how pleased I was with your handling of my case. The promptness in which you handled this matter and the professionalism you showed while doing so was greatly appreciated. Should there arise another time in which I need assistance or should an acquaintance […]

M. Wright

Attorney Dexter Evans Was Always Available to Answer Any Concerns I Had.

D.J. was always available to answer any concerns I had. The entire case was handled professionally. I am completely satisfied with entire staff at Woodruff Johnson & Evans that I encountered.

John N.

Attorney Jay Johnson went above and beyond!

Attorney Jay Johnson went above and beyond. He made everything so easy and was always available for any questions I needed to ask. I highly recommend Woodruff Johnson & Evans!

Chad M.

Attorney Russell Haugen was awesome!

Attorney Russell Haugen was awesome at handling my case and very communicative on a lot of information I needed help with as well. He also took out the time to make sure I was handled with great provision! Thanks

Jashaunti P.

Russ Haugen and Woodruff Johnson & Evans Have Been My Attorneys For a Couple Different Cases.

Russ (and his firm Woodruff Johnson & Evans) has been my attorney during  a couple different cases. I have been extremely pleased with Russ’ work. He answers calls and always follows up even if there has been no movement on your case. I believe he’s personable and he gets to know his clients and going […]

Teresa D.

Attorney Leandro Alhambra Was Very Responsive to Adressing My Concerns. I Didn’t Have to Worry About Anything

I was so impressed by Lee’s responsiveness during such a long and potentially confusing process. I never had to worry about anything during the entire case.

Torianna L.

Thank You Mr. Jay Johnson and May God Bless You.

Thank you so much, Mr. Jay Johnson! I was very pleased with your service. If I need legal help in the future, I will call on you again. If I know of someone who needs legal help, I will give them your number. Thank You and May God Bless You.

Carolyn G.

When Russell Haugen took my case, I never had to follow-up as he ensured that I was always updated on the status.

It was a very long process for me as I started my case with one of their former colleagues then it was assigned to Russell Haugen, who worked diligently to finalize the case. From the beginning, he took the necessary time to clearly explain the position of the case, the potential timing of all the […]

Beverly F

Great Team of Lawyers

Attorney Dexter Evans is a part of a great team of lawyers and staff at Woodruff Johnson & Evans. They really get the job done. Excellent communication and great outcomes. I definitely recommend them for any injury cases anyone may have.

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