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The Law Office of Chris Doscotch provides legal representation in Police and Firefighter Line of Duty Pension cases and Public Safety Employee Benefit Act (PSEBA).  When injuries occur that prevent Police and Firefighters from returning to full duty and work,  the public safety employee will need to file for a disability pension and health benefits pursuant to PSEBA.  Police and firefighters can recover from workers compensation and disability pension benefits.  It is CRUCIAL that the pension issues be resolved PRIOR to resolving the workers’ compensation case due to off- set concerns.

Disability pensions can be line of duty or non-line of duty depending on the facts surrounding how the injury occurred.  If a line of duty pension is awarded then the police officer or firefighter can apply for health benefits pursuant to PSEBA and again based upon the facts of the occurrence, health insurance can be awarded.  Line of duty and PSEBA are separate statutes and have separate rules defining eligibility.

It is important that the police officer or firefighter provide the right evidence at hearing to preserve the records and his or her rights should the matter be appealed from the Pension Board to our courts. 

Chris Doscotch has been representing first responders for his entire career and takes this responsibility very seriously.  Police and firefighters have additional pension protections due to societies recognition of the importance of this work and danger of being a first responder.   Chris Doscotch will not only handle the workers compensation case but also pension disability cases to make sure the officer or firefighter obtains all benefits that he or she is entitled.

personal injuryAn accident or personal injury can change the course of your life. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side to get the response, respect and results you deserve. Chris Doscotch has the experience in dealing with a wide variety of personal injury matters. You can be sure your case will be properly navigated through the claims and litigation process, so you can focus on getting better and helping your family. Chris will thoroughly explain your options so you can make informed decisions throughout the process.

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workers compWorkers’ compensation cases are no simple matter. With litigation becoming more complex and businesses becoming more aggressive, you need a strong advocate for your rights. Chris Doscotch has a wide range of experience and expertise in workers’ compensation cases and defending the rights of injured workers is a passion. Since 1995, Chris has successfully represented approximately 2000 clients before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. You’ll get the information and advice you’ll need to make informed decisions. Chris will work with you every step of the way and give you the response you expect and the results you deserve

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motorcycle accidentsIf you have been involved in any type of motorcycle accident you should always seek the advice of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. Chris Doscotch has experience in dealing with a wide variety of motorcycle accident matters. After an accident it’s important to contact a lawyer early on because it’s easy to forget important details about an accident if trauma has been involved. This is especially true for witnesses, victims, medical care providers and police who might not remember the circumstances as clearly a few weeks or months after the accident.

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auto accidentsWhen you have an automobile accident, the insurance companies aren’t on your side. They have the legal and financial resources to defend their interests over yours. Chris Doscotch has been fighting for the rights of automobile accident victims for more than a decade.

Illinois is a fault state meaning that persons injured have rights to recover for damages caused by the negligent driver. In an auto case, you must first show the at-fault driver’s negligence is 50% or greater. Therefore it is very important to begin the accident investigation early to make sure liability is established. Early investigation includes witness statements, photographs of the scene, vehicles or injuries or possibly accident reconstruction. Photographs of the vehicles are important to get before the vehicles are salvaged and witness statements are best when memories are fresh.

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truck accidentTrucks and truck engines are becoming more and more complicated due to computers. With the advent of ECM and other electronic modules, significant crash data and driver actions are recorded in the truck engine computer system. It is imperative that victims of a trucking accident move quickly to prevent the trucking company from destroying or altering important evidence such as the speed of the truck at the time of the collision.

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wrongful deathWrongful death cases are civil suits involving the death of a person caused by the negligent actions of another person. Wrongful death cases are brought by family members or representatives of the deceased’s estate.

In Illinois, the family or “next of kin” of a person who dies as a result of the negligence of another person, business or corporation can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death is a recovery solely for the family of the deceased and not subject to medical bills or any other financial obligation of the victim.

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construction accidentsWhether it’s a falling girder, a defective piece of equipment or a forklift without a warning signal, construction workers are constantly exposed to dangerous work environments. As a result they can suffer serious injuries resulting in a loss of employment, permanent disabilities, and a lifetime of medical bills.

As with all litigation, timing is critical – and that’s especially true with construction accidents. As a personal injury lawyer, Chris Doscotch understands that it’s important to move quickly – and intelligently. He has successfully litigated and settled many cases against contractors and subcontractors and has helped injured workers and their families receive the compensation they deserved.

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dog bitesUnderstanding your legal rights is important in any type of litigation but especially so when it comes to dog bites. If you’ve been bitten by an animal, it’s critical that you identify it in order to find the animal’s owner.

Injuries caused by an animal are governed by the Animal Control Act or Domestic Animals Running at Large Act (livestock to include cows, sheep, goats, bison, swine, etc.). The Animal Control Act provides that the owner/keeper of an animal is strictly liable for any injury that occurs without provocation and the injury victim is peaceably conducting himself/herself. The injury victim must also prove that he/she is not a trespasser.

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premises liabilityPremises liability cases are often complicated based on the circumstances of the injury and the landowner involved. Chris Doscotch understands the complexity of these types of cases and has successfully litigated premises liability cases in Illinois. State laws concerning the classification of landowners, trespassers, licensees and invitees make premises liability cases especially challenging. There are also varying degrees of liability based on building and property conditions.

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felaSince 1908, the Federal Employer’s Liability Act has existed to protect railroad workers who are not covered by regular workers’ compensation laws. But FELA is different from workers’ compensation laws in that it requires the employee to prove that the railroad was negligent in whole or part and as a result of this negligence there was injury or disease. This includes injures or disease from specific incident or cumulative trauma such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, shoulder impingement, hearing loss or lung disease.

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Legal Dictionary

legal dictionaryThe legal dictionary is a quick resource for commonly used words in the legal world.

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Statute of Limitations

statute of limitations

Use this to see if your case needs to be filled within a particular time limit.

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